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What the papers say

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Daily Telegraph

George Pataki, the New York state governor, has said that no commercial building should ever be erected on the site of the Twin Towers. Instead the site should become a memorial.

Cyclists who ride on pavements could face a night in the cells or have their bicycles seized in a government attempt to cut down on 'Lycra louts'. New legislation will allow police to impound offenders' machines on the spot.

More than 2,000 traffic lights across London are being adjusted to give pedestrians and buses priority over cars. Transport for London hopes the move will make public transport more attractive.

Insurers and reinsurers in the US are refusing to provide cover for a new breed of mould described as the 'new asbestos'. The mould, which leaves a musty smell, can weaken the structure of walls leading to rotting and crumbling.

It can also cause breathing problems and allergic reactions.

Financial Times

Developers may have to contribute toward local London schools and affordable housing to gain planning permission in the capital, London mayor Ken Livingstone has proposed.

German construction employers and union representatives have reached an agreement to raise wages by 3.2%, ending the sector's first nationwide strike in 50 years.

The Times

A private members bill to make age discrimination unlawful will have its second reading next month. If passed, employers would be expected to give employees discrimination rights on age akin to those given by sex and race legislation.

A 3.5m steel fence secured the future of Glastonbury Festival last weekend by preventing gatecrashers from entering the site and causing overcrowding.

Mendip County Council could have revoked future licenses on health and safety grounds if the fence had failed.

Vivendi Environment has offered to sell part of Southern Water, the £2bn business it bought last month. The French utility giant hopes to sell off the infrastructure that currently supplies Hampshire to create a new water company.

Philip Anschutz, the American businessman handed the Millennium Dome for nothing by the government, is facing an investigation into whether one of his firms recorded a bogus income of nearly £1bn.

Mitsubishi Estate has agreed to sell a £225M stake in London's Paternoster Square development next to St Paul's cathedral. Two out of three office buildings being built have been sold to Legal & General and the government of Singapore Investment Corporation. The third building is to become the new London Stock Exchange.

The Scotsman

Scottish architects have unveiled plans for a new building on Edinburgh's waterfront that developers hope will be the next Guggenheim art gallery. The New-York based Guggenheim is looking for cities in which to open new galleries and hold events.

Daily Post

Six construction workers who rode bronco-style on a mechanical digger have been fined £4,330 by the Health & Safety Executive. An HSE inspector witnessed the workmen riding the digger as a counter balance while it carried a lump of concrete five times the size of its safe lifting limit.

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