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Bury St Edmunds Leisure Centre plans put to public consultation

Plans for an ambitious public sector hub combining leisure, police, NHS and education services in Bury St Edmunds are set to go out for public feedback within the next couple of weeks. Last year an outline business case was drawn up for the development of the old depot in Olding Road, that will incorporate Bury St Edmunds Leisure Centre, advice and support services like Citizens Advice, West Suffolk College space, police and NHS services. It aims to be the next ‘public sector hub’ similar to that being built in Mildenhall.…

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Planned 460 ft wheel on Newcastles Spillers Quay

Newcastle’s giant observation wheel gets green light

Plans for a 460 ft observation wheel on Newcastle’s Spillers Quay have been approved. The wheel is expected to support hundreds of jobs and attract thousands of visitors to the city. Developer World Wheel Company initially revealed CGIs of the project in October 2018 and submitted formal plans with Newcastle City Council in April. Creating up to 800 jobs, the Giants on the Quayside development will span 344,445 sq ft. The Whey Aye will be 16 ft taller than the London Eye, making it the tallest observation wheel in Europe.…

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Jamies Italian Gunpowder Wharf, Portsmouth – Wikimedia Commons

UK independent restaurants win the day as chains beat retreat

Another big one bites the dust. Earlier this year saw, to no one’s unalloyed surprise, the Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group, which includes Jamie’s Italian, Fifteen and the Barbacoa restaurants, called in the administrators. At a stroke, another 1,000 hospitality sector jobs disappeared from Britain’s high streets, adding to the dismal total racked up recently by the woes of other UK restaurant chains such as Carluccio’s, Byron, the Gourmet Burger Kitchen and Prezzo. However, does this mean that the casual diner, on whom the health of the sector depends, is going…

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