Council force landlord to stop renting out SHIPPING CONTAINER after ‘joke’ home was slapped on market for £200 a week

A LANDLORD has been forced to stop renting out a shipping container after the "joke" home was slapped on the market for £200 a week. The one-bedroom shack in Wellington, New Zealand, hadn't been fully approved by the local council and doesn't have a code of compliance certificate, according to local reports. The property had been temporarily given the green

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Council blasted for blowing cash on 'Super Mario Brothers' plant pots

Council is blasted for blowing taxpayers’ cash on ‘garish’ giant green plant pots that leave town centre ‘looking like level from Super Mario Brothers’ Walsall Council forked out thousands of pounds on around 15 massive planters  Hoped they would give ‘feeling of wellbeing and safety’ in West Midlands town But residents have accused the authority of wasting funds on a

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Auckland Council development agency Panuku’s blow-out in staff earning over $100,000

Auckland Council development agency Panuku’s annual report shows 100 of its 214 fulltime employees earned over $100,000 in 2019/2020 – up from 78 recorded the previous year. Total personnel costs jumped 23 per cent from $23.7 million in 2019 to $29.1m in 2020, while the executive leadership team’s earnings increased from $3.3m to $3.5m in the 12 months to June

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Merkel presents EU council presidency plans, calls for more unity

Germany’s chancellor appeals for unity and solidarity within the EU to tackle the coronavirus pandemic. German Chancellor Angela Merkel appeals for unity and solidarity within the European Union to tackle the coronavirus pandemic as she presents her country’s European Council presidency plans. Speaking to the European Parliament in Brussels on Wednesday, Merkel called for support for the disputed EU-wide economic

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Council of Europe readmits Russia, five years after suspension over Crimea

STRASBOURG (Reuters) – Europe’s main human rights forum on Tuesday approved Russia’s readmission, the first time that an international sanction imposed for its seizure of Crimea in 2014 has been reversed, despite a stalling protest from Ukraine and Georgia. The decision, supported by France and Germany as a way of keeping communication open at a time of East-West tension, is

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