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A slip­pery slope

Com­muters in West Loth­ian could be head­ing out to work on ungrit­ted pave­ments this win­ter as the coun­cil looks at slash­ing over £5m from bud­gets.

Coun­cil crews cur­rently grit pave­ments from 5am, but counil­lors have been told that £100,000 could be saved by not start­ing grit­ting un­til 8am.

Around 80 jobs could also dis­ap­pear from road crews. West Loth­ian Courier

Is­land park­ing row

Op­po­si­tion is grow­ing to the coun­cil’s new park­ing charges on Mull and Iona, which could bring “the Lon­don con­ges­tion charge” to the is­lands and dam­age their frag­ile economies.

Iona Com­mu­nity Coun­cil urged Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil to with­draw its “ill-con­sid­ered and harm­ful pro­posal,” with charges dou­ble those of ma­jor cities. The Oban Times

Kicked into touch

Mem­bers of Blan­tyre Soc­cer Academy have been left “per­plexed and bewil­dered” af­ter their plans to take over a for­mer com­mu­nity hall were put on hold.

The Academy was to buy Rowans Hall in Blan­tyre from South La­nark­shire Coun­cil for £1.

But last week coun­cil­lors could not agree to the terms of the deal and halted the move. Hamil­ton Ad­ver­tiser

China dog walk ban

A city in the south western Chi­nese province of Yun­nan is at the cen­tre of con­tro­versy for ban­ning its res­i­dents from walk­ing their pet dogs on the street be­tween 7am and 10pm every day.

The city of Wen­shan also or­dered that all dogs in pub­lic places be put on a leash no longer than one me­tre, and that only adults may walk dogs. South China Morn­ing Post

Is­raeli rail plan

Is­raeli trans­porta­tion min­is­ter Is­rael Katz, in the Gulf State of Oman on Wed­nes­day, pitched plans to link the Mediter­ranean to the Gulf via the Jew­ish state, as the coun­try pushes un­prece­dented pub­lic rap­proche­ment with the Arab re­gion.

“It makes sense and is beyond po­lit­i­cal and ide­o­log­i­cal dis­agree­ments,” said Katz. The Times of Is­rael

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