The roads dug up more than 600 times in a year < Birmingham Mail

Road repairs in Birmingham are causing traffic chaos with some routes being dug up almost every day for the past FIVE years, the Birmingham Mail can reveal.

Workmen have had to carry out maintenance on Birmingham’s Broad Street three times a week since 2009. The entertainment district – known as the Golden Mile – has been dug up an astonishing 684 times.

Yet it is not the most repaired road in the city.

Things councils buy on credit cards < Dorking and Leatherhead Advertiser

ARGOS, Amazon, Prezzo, the iTunes store and John Lewis are just some of the places that officers at Mole Valley District Council have used taxpayer-funded credit cards in the past three years.

More than £70,000 has been spent using the cards since 2011, according to information provided by the council, with items ranging from food and drink to iPhone apps and accessories to Christmas decorations.

The use of credit cards, or charge cards, is common in local government.

The unusual treatments funded by the NHS < Essex Chronicle

TAXPAYERS footed the bill for NHS-funded Botox treatment, cosmetic ear surgery and denture implants in mid-Essex during the past two years, figures reveal.

Records released by the Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (MECCG), which commissions services on behalf of NHS England, also show, however, that it refused to fund art therapy and scar revision.

The authority passed over details of all the 25 applications to its Exceptional Cases Panel during August 2012-14 following a Chronicle Freedom of Information Act request.

A patient can take their case to the panel, made up of clinicians, if their initial appeal to the CCG is turned down.

 Pet bites in hospitals < Carlisle News and Star

Hospital medics in north Cumbria have faced a flood of patients bitten by their pets, with more than 18,000 treated over the last five years.

The staggering statistic has been revealed by the NHS trust which runs the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle and Whitehaven’s West Cumberland Hospital.

While the benefits of pet ownership are well documented, the figures – released in response to a Freedom of Information request – show the potential dangers.

The number of dog bite patients was 9,898, but the next most dangerous pets were rats, with the two hospitals treating 8,326 bite injuries from the rodents in five years.

The last financial year saw the lowest number of rat bites – 999, compared with 1,911 the previous year.

The cost of servicing PFI hospital debt < Nottingham Post

Repaying debts at King’s Mill Hospital is costing £3.29 million a month, figures have revealed.

And the total cost of building the hospital will be £2.5 billion by the time the debt has been repaid.

Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust signed a £302 million Private Finance Initiative deal in November 2005 to rebuild King’s Mill, Sutton-in-Ashfield, as the former building was no longer fit for use.

The figures were revealed by the Trust under the Freedom of Information Act.


Seagulls at Derwentwater

Seagulls at Derwentwater

Sunny uplands behind Windermere

Lake District, November 2011

The London Eye at night

The London Eye at night

The London Eye at night

October 1, 2009: Westminster in the autumn

Westminister, viewed with the London Eye to the left

Westminister, viewed with the London Eye to the left

Tel Aviv Market

Tel Aviv Market - June 2009 -

Tel Aviv Market - June 2009 -

Contrasting architecture

Contrasting architecture styles

Contrasting architecture styles