Holiday village company Center Parcs plans to open a fifth UK camp on a site in Bedfordshire by 2009. A decision on whether to hold a public inquiry could come by next summer.
Britain has failed to figure near the top of a six year poll to identify the seven wonders of the modern world. The Tower of London and Greenwich Observatory have only made the top 40 top of the listing headed by the Great Wall of China, the Potala Palace in Tibet and the Colosseum in Rome. Poll organisers still hope late entrants Big Ben and the London Eye could make the final top 21 to be announced in February.
New York mayor Michael Bloomberg and financier James Dolan are locked in a battle over plans for a new stadium to support the city's 2012 Olympic bid. Bloomberg wants work on the £312M Manhattan redevelopment plan to begin before July, when the International Olympic Committee is to announce the host of the 2012 games. Dolan, whose family owns the rival Madison Square Garden arena, has called the mayor's plans 'voodoo economics'.