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News stand What the papers say

The Times

An application to develop the area around the Millennium Dome - the biggest development plan in the UK to date - is likely to be lodged before Christmas. The £5bn development of the Greenwich peninsula is a joint venture between Quintain and Lend Lease.

English councils are to receive 3% extra in government grants next year, with some poorer councils receiving up to 13% extra.

People on higher incomes are twice as likely to support congestion charging for motorists in London, a British Social Attitudes survey has found. A total of 38% of people with household incomes of £32,000 or more are in favour of the £5 daily charge, due to be introduced in February.

Only 19% of those on less than £19,000 supported it.

The Independent

The future of Falmouth, one of the most important deep water ports in the South West, hangs in the balance unless £80M of regeneration funds are found. Safety consultants have said it can no longer be used by sea-going ships because of its run-down infrastructure.

Plans to build a memorial to Diana, Princess of Wales, were disclosed this week. The plans include a giant moat said to represent the 'turmoil' of her life.

A mystery oil slick has hit East Anglia's coastline and is poisoning wildlife and beaches.

The slick that is floating just off the coast is thought to be part of an estimated 400,000 tons of oil leaked little by little into the world's oceans by sea vessels.

Financial Times

The Royal Mail is to dramatically scale down its use of trains to transport first class post in a move that could cost rail freight company English, Scottish & Welsh Railways millions of pounds. The Royal Mail instead wants to transport more post by road using its 40,000 strong vehicle fleet, which is hoped to save it £100M over three years.

London's 'Great Smog' of 1952 may have cleared up but poor air quality is still thought to accelerate the deaths of 12,000-20,000 people each year, the National Society for Clean Air has said.

Train operators are being asked to slash budgets by up to 20% by reducing staff, services and new vehicle orders in an effort to cut costs of the railway. The Strategic Rail Authority is asking bidders for franchises to show how they could reduce costs by a fifth.

The Guardian

Architect Will Alsop won a competition this week to build a new exhibition centre on Liverpool's Pier Head waterfront. The 'Cloud' will be a 10 storey irregular globe decorated with messages of 800 years of Liverpool's history.

Premium seats at the rebuilt Wembley Stadium will cost up to £6,000 a year, and executive boxes up to £200,000.

Seats will have to be purchased for a minimum of 10 years.

The Scotsman

Senior transport officials at Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire councils have announced three potential routes for the planned western peripheral by-pass around the city.

The completed route, that will link the A90 to the north and south of the city, will cost £120M.

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