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<b>Monday 3 March: </b>Government takes the hard shoulder on congestion, Body Worlds encourage kids and crackdown on weekend party flats

Published on March 3rd 2008.

THE MANCHESTER to Birmingham motorway route could soon be the first to be allowed to use the hard shoulder in traffic jams. The congestion plan could be introduced to the busy M6 route following a successful trial on the M42. The government say the scheme will cut journey times by a quarter. However motoring groups have said a permanent solution would be to build an extra lane.

THE CONTROVERSIAL Body Worlds exhibition of dead bodies are offering free entry to teachers in a bid to encourage more school trips. Organisers say they are inviting secondary schools to visit the exhibition by German anatomist Gunther von Hagens as a way of promoting biology and PE education.

CITY CENTRE FLATS are regularly being used as hotels by people who hire them out for weekend parties, according to reports. Angry neighbours are now calling for the council and police to take action against the growing trend. In Manchester, luxury apartments can be rented by the night, disrupting residents with the noise. The council has said they will look into adopting a registration system for renting flats short-term.

MANCHESTER UNITED won 3-0 against Fulham over the weekend whilst City drew 0-0 against Wigan. Sir Alex Ferguson told mutv: “The team I picked today showed a great desire and worked very hard” whilst Blues Boss, Sven-Goran Eriksson remained optimistic, telling mcfc.co.uk: “The important thing is that we don’t give up, go to Reading with the same spirit and hopefully get the goal that we deserve.”

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Anthony McCaulMarch 3rd 2008.

Thanks to Confidential for highlighting the issue of Party Lets - if any residents reading this have problems get in touch and I'll let you know what action we're taking. Thanks - anthony@citycentrelabour.org.uk

ancoats girlMarch 3rd 2008.

City Dweller, have you ever lived next to a "party flat"? I can assure you it's extremely stressful. Short-term lets should not be allowed in the same buildings as permanent residents, who are often just trying to rest at the weekends after a long week at work. I have nothing against people having a good time, but the two worlds should be kept separate. Some short-term lets will be fine, but it would be impossible to pre-judge whether someone is a "good" short let candidate. And there is definitely a security issue - unlike dedicated apartment/hotel buildings, there is no security or reception, and no control over who accesses the flat in the wee hours.

DescartesMarch 3rd 2008.

Joan, fair enough. But what difference is there going to be between two addresses with repeat noise complaints (one being a private residence and one being a so called party flat)? Are the police to respond differently, do we have extra fines and punishments for party flats than we do for normal residences making noise? Registering them is pointless, records should already be kept about noise. Do you really think the council could or would *ever* even think about banning the private rental of city centre apartments? Are you mental?

City DwellerMarch 3rd 2008.

City Centre Party flats? What a nonsense of a story! Forgive me for saying so, but it's not like there aren't more important things for young Master McCaul to be investing his time in fighting - like Urban homelessness, and the visionless destruction of our public spaces by his friends in the town hall.God help us if he wins the City Centre election....

Anthony McCaulMarch 3rd 2008.

shame on you city dweller - its easy to hide your agenda behind anonymous postings - people have genuine concerns about this, they raised it with me and I'm pushing for action. We need a new politics in the City Centre not this sniping bollocks - if you've got real concerns about homelessness or our public realm then get in touch and let me show you what I can do - working constructively rather than shouting ineffectively and snidely from the sidelines.

DescartesMarch 3rd 2008.

Joan, I am thinking like an apartment owner, but riddle me this.... Will a registration system mean that a) private rentals are monitored properly and noisy schemes have some sort of ban placed on them. Or b) the council get a bit fatter from some new income but don't bother to respond to complaints or monitor things properly.Personally I think party flats should be applauded as clever business ideas first, but then banned as annoyances second. I don't see how registering an address as a private rental will stop anyone making noise, or make the police come out to quieten them down any quicker or do anything to sort the current situation out - it'll just make the council some extra notes on a new found tax.

JoanMarch 3rd 2008.

Presumably the purpose of a registration scheme is to monitor the situation and to allow complaints to be dealt with. It also allows the council to see whether more restrictive controls are necessary and consider any general safety issues.

JoanMarch 3rd 2008.

Descartes - you're not thinking like an apartment owner so I guess you're not one. I am, and don't want to feel as if I'm living in a reduced security version of a hotel catering for the stag-and-hen night brigade. Luckily it's not a problem in my block, but if it were then I'd be really pleased to have the council helping to control it.

RobMarch 3rd 2008.

Well done for at last getting someway to sorting out the party flats... There are apartment hotels for people to rent out in the city centre by the night, why spoil the weekends for those living in town all the time and risk our security?

nathanMarch 3rd 2008.

If this was my next door, I'd of been round with some mates and very heavy baseball bat, but thats just uncouth really isn't it ?

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