18/12/2014

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Victorian Urinal Given Grade II Listed Status

English Heritage has granted listed status to a rare Victorian public urinal on Whiteladies Road in Clifton.

Built by Glasgow-based W.MacFarlane in the 1880s, the now Grade II listed urinal is still in use, with English Heritage saying that the "often humble structures" were "important to the streetscene of our cities".

Taxi Driver Fined For Refusing To Take Guide Dog

A Birmingham taxi driver has been fined more than £2,000 for refusing to carry a blind woman and her guide dog.

It is an offence for taxi drivers to refuse guide dogs, unless that have a medical exemption certificate for an allergy.

It is understood that Shahzad Ahmad, of Hodge Hill, Birmingham, had claimed his six-seater taxi was "not big enough" to take the Labrador guide dog.

Libraries Urged To 'Emulate Coffee Shops'

Public libraries should aim to "emulate coffee shops" according to an independent report.

The Independent Library Report has said that the service is facing an "absolute disaster" and large-scale closures if features, such as free wifi, are not improved.

Speaking to the Independent, author of the report William Sieghart, said that libraries are facing a "critical moment" and that "if we're not careful we could lose so many."

(MH/JP)

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