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City news in 250 words: Thursday 11 February

Mickey Mouse banned from the ambulance service and Salford City Council takes the biscuit

Published on February 11th 2010.

MANCHESTER AIRPORT TIGHTENS PROCEDURES AFTER TWO SEPARATE PLANE COLLISIONS. All four aircraft involved in the two separate incidents in 2007 and 2008 were damaged after taxiing, but none of the 468 passengers was hurt. The Air Accidents Investigation Branch stated the airport had reviewed taxiing procedures and made changes.

NO MORE SILLY SOCKS FOR PARAMEDICS is the warning from health chiefs at the North West Ambulance Service, after it was decided they are inappropriate. Staff must also ensure their green shirt is tucked in at all times, footwear must be issued by the trust and be fully polished. Failure to comply with the dress code, or to turn up in Mickey Mouse socks, could result in disciplinary action. Paramedics said the guidelines had "gone that one step too far".

SALFORD CITY COUNCIL IS TAKING THE BISCUIT BY BANNING refreshments at meetings in an effort to save £30,000. Along with the biscuits, tea and coffee will no longer be served at the 20,000 meetings the council holds each year. A council spokesman said, “We are proposing to no longer provide tea and coffee refreshments or biscuits for any of our internal meetings as they are not essential costs.”

HEATON PARK CAMPAIGNERS FACE DEFEAT over their objection to a huge sports complex being built. More than 1,800 people have formally objected to the proposals and 6,400 have joined a ‘Save Heaton Park’ group on Facebook. Despite this, proposals will be recommended for approval when they are put to the council’s planning committee.

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