Your Debenhams is closing: What next?

We look at four ways former retail buildings are being given a new lease of life. Image copyright Enterprise Arcade Image caption The Enterprise Arcade is now home to 16 start-up businesses 2. Create a launchpad for new businesses Stockton upon Tees is in the midst of a big plan to revitalise its town centre, and one scheme has involved converting a former department store into a “start-up incubator”. Backed by the local council, the “Fountain Shopping Mall – Home of the Enterprise Arcade” rents spaces to independent businesses at low rates and doesn’t charge them business rates. Its 16 tenants range from independent jewellers to cafes. Bill Grimsey, a former chief executive of Wickes and Iceland, thinks the scheme …

What to look out for in May’s local elections

Which are the councils to watch? Image copyright Reuters Image caption The Conservatives did relatively well in 2015 and the pressure will be on Theresa May this time Many voters will be motivated by purely local issues or what the political parties call “pavement politics”, whether it is bin collections, parking or housing. But Brexit is hard to ignore right now. The polls will be a big test for Theresa May, who is under growing pressure from her own MPs and local activists angered by delays to the UK’s departure from the EU. Labour’s performance will also be closely watched, and the extent to which it is able to appeal simultaneously to Remain and Leave voters in different parts of …

SNP members change leadership’s currency plan

It means that the SNP’s official policy is, for the first time, to replace sterling with a new Scottish currency after independence. Skip Twitter post by @NicolaSturgeon Great debate at #SNP19 on economy and currency. Amendment urges progress as quickly as practicable, and six tests to ensure solid foundation for decision are endorsed. We can move forward now with confidence to make the case for Scotland’s future in Scotland’s hands — Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) April 27, 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A narrow majority of delegates at the conference voted to amend proposals put forward by the SNP leadership However the amendment, by the SNP’s Dalkeith and District Branch, kept the vast majority of the leadership’s proposals – …

Stagecoach calls for probe into bid leak

A Stagecoach Group spokesman said: “We do not consider the matter closed. There is growing evidence that the procurement process followed by the DfT in this case has been materially flawed and should be subject to an independent investigation. “We believe there are also wider questions to be answered across other franchise competitions.” Sensitive Stagecoach documents for the East Midlands franchise were inadvertently emailed by a transport official to Stagecoach’s rival, Abellio, which ended up winning the contract. The government said Abellio had not looked at the documents. “An expert third-party investigation established conclusively that Abellio did not access any information relating to any other bidders that affected their bid. There was no effect whatsoever on the outcome of the …

‘Amputation was the best decision I made’

“I was always on medication, which helped, but it was still very painful – but I never thought of giving up,” she said. “There were some really tough times but cheerleading always made me happy.” Image copyright SCWALES Image caption The 20-strong team includes members with various disabilities Related Topics Porth Disability Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Warning over ‘unexplained’ school moves

‘Uncomfortable reality’ The practice of so-called “off-rolling” is where schools are accused of trying to remove pupils who might have challenging behaviour, or whose poor results might damage league table performances. The think tank does not say how many might be off-rolled, but it suggests a proportion of these moves might be the result of schools pushing out pupils, rather than choices made by parents. Excluded pupils abandoned by schools Is knife crime linked to exclusions? Special needs pupils ‘spend years out of school’ Paul Whiteman, leader of the National Association of Head Teachers, warned “not to conflate and condemn all the different reasons a pupil might leave a school’s roll. Every individual circumstance is different”. Geoff Barton, leader of …

Hottest day of the year, says Met Office

Met Office forecaster Helen Roberts said the Solent’s records were the “ones to keep an eye on and could be broken”. The UK’s warmest Easter temperature was 29.4C, recorded at London’s Camden Square on Holy Saturday in 1949. Image copyright PA Image caption Cyclists pass the beach huts on Boscombe beach, Dorset Image copyright PA Image caption A group of runners take to the seafront in Bournemouth Image copyright PA Image caption Yellow rapeseed blooms in the sunshine near Skirpenbeck in Yorkshire Argos customers have been preparing for the hot weather, with sales of one air conditioning unit up 367% week-on-week. Easter travel 2019: Where to avoid on roads and rail Rail line to be closed between Bristol and Newport …

Warning over holiday deposit rules

Any amount it charges should reflect its costs. If the company includes a blanket “non-refundable deposit” demand or cancellation fee in its terms and conditions then this could be an unfair contract, not legally binding, and unenforceable – even if the customer has signed it. Wedding venues warned to treat customers fairly Personal travel agents boost holiday bookings Hotel booking sites to end ‘misleading’ sales Paul Latham, from the CMA – the UK’s competition watchdog, said that as many as 50% of travel firms may not be fully aware of the rules. Many smaller firms may copy terms and conditions from others, potentially leading to a proliferation of unfair contracts. The watchdog has no plans to launch an investigation into …

Drug dealer hunt over 13-year-old’s death

However, it is not known whether they came across or spoke to Carson. Image copyright Google Image caption Youth workers visited Ystrad Mynach Park prior to Carson’s death, but it not known if they spoke to him Supt McLain said “somebody out there will know where he got those drugs from”. He added: “It’s a small community and people are rightly concerned and they want to tell us what they know. “If anyone wants to tell us anybody who’s producing unlawful drugs – whether there’s one dealer, two dealers or three dealers producing and selling it, we need to know.”

Why Diana Rigg ‘loves being disliked’

Image copyright HBO/Kobal/Shutterstock Image caption Olenna Tyrell made her final appearance in Game of Thrones last year “She does it with dignity and wit, and wit is not often in final death scenes,” says the actress, who will celebrate her 81st birthday in July. Image copyright PA/ITV Image caption Rigg shooting The Avengers with Patrick Macnee in 1965 “Interestingly enough, they tested me very early on,” the actress recalls. “One of my earliest scenes was incredibly difficult, listing all the things my marching army would need. “It went on forever, talking about the sheep and the cows and the soldiers. I read that and thought, ‘these guys are testing an old actress to see if she can get it into …

Train named after Cornish 9/11 hero

Mr Rescorla’s widow Susan will attend the ceremony along with friends and family who live in the US and Cornwall. She said: “Rick was so proud of his Cornish roots. “To know Rick is being honoured in this way and is remembered with such fondness is great comfort. I know he would be so proud of this.” Image caption Rick Rescorla sang Cornish songs as he led people out of the World Trade Center Rick Rescorla – 27 May 1939 to 11 September 2001 Mr Rescorla was born in Hayle in Cornwall but became a US citizen in the 1960s and was decorated for bravery as a platoon leader during the Vietnam War. He was employed as head of security …