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City news in 250 words: Thursday 5 May

No hosepipe ban in the North West, Salford Uni objects to flats and four-year-old refused primary school place

Published on May 5th 2011.

City news in 250 words: Thursday 5 May

SALFORD UNI VERSUS SALFORD COUNCIL: Salford University’s management team are currently deciding whether to lodge an objection with Salford Council against a private proposal to build £60m worth of flats on the outskirts of the campus. Manor Property Group’s plans to build the energy-saving building came just weeks after eleven buildings on the university campus were labelled as “liabilities” with regards to energy consumption and age.

NO HOSEPIPE BAN: Water bosses say they have no plans for a hosepipe ban this summer, despite local reservoirs looking low. United Utilities insist levels are normal for this time of year, even though there has been very little rainfall in the past few weeks. Last year, a hosepipe ban was introduced in June after the North West’s driest six months for more than 70 years.

MOTORISTS  FACE DELAYS in Rochdale today after a road in Newhey collapsed at around 4.30pm yesterday. Witnesses claimed that usual 20-minute journeys lasted over 2 hours. Some motorists had already taken a diversion after an earlier accident on Milnrow Road, Shaw.

GIRL REFUSED PLACE IN SCHOOL: A four-year-old has been refused a place at a school 480 metres away from her house, because she lives too far away. Stockport Council has supported Queen’s Road Primary by telling Ros Wall that the school cannot accept her daughter Sophia, as they do not live in the catchment area. Pat Morgan, the head of school support services, said that as the school was full, Sophia was “offered a place at the nearest available school with capacity” over a mile away from her home.

This week in 1882: Sylvia Pankhurst, daughter of Emmeline Pankhurst, was born in Old Trafford, Manchester. She later became the most famous of the Votes for Women campaigners.

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