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ANDY BURNHAM: Mayor of Greater Manchester accuses the Scottish government of “hypocrisy”


1. Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham has accused the Scottish government of "hypocrisy" after it announced a travel ban to parts of the region.

First minister Nicola Sturgen said on Friday that non-essential travel between Scotland and Manchester and Salford would be banned from Monday.

Andy Burnham said the decision was "announced out of the blue" and was "completely disproportionate".

Scottish Parliament announced the decision to add Manchester and Salford on Thursday.

Mr Burnham said different arrangements could have been made "if the first minister had been in touch with us".

He added that he would write to Ms Sturgeon and ask the Scottish government to compensate local people who had planned to travel to Scotland and businesses that could lose bookings.

2. According to latest data from Public Health England, Coronavirus infection rates have gone up in eight of Greater Manchester's 10 boroughs. The weekly figures show that rates have fallen in Bolton and Stockport.

Meanwhile, the figures show Manchester now has the highest coronavirus infection rate in Greater Manchester, replacing Salford.

3. A £135m redevelopment of Wigan town centre could start in six months.

Plans to demolish The Galleries Shopping Centre to make way for four blocks of flats, a 150-room hotel and a multimedia centre have now been put forward.

A new market hall would also be built, replacing Wigan Market in favour of a more ‘contemporary’ space which is ‘likely’ to feature fewer traditional stalls.

A food and drink ‘pavilion’ which is also part of the plans promises to provide day to evening entertainment as well as offering some co-working space.

Two ground-floor commercial units are also part of the first phase of the plan.

The planning application has been submitted by North West based property development and investment company Cityheart together with Wigan council.

If the plan are approved, work is expected to start on site in January next year.

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