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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