Traders in Birmingham's Golden Mile entertainment zone are being offered the chance to clean up Broad Street - for less than the cost of a cup of coffee a day.
Most of the offices, shops, bars and restaurants in the area will pay a levy of about #500 a year if the owners vote to set up the city's first Business Improvement District.
The BID, covering Broad Street and Brindleyplace, will raise #1.7 million over five years with all of the money being used to deliver a brighter, cleaner and safer environment.
When it comes to dentistry people in the Midlands have nothing to smile about, according to a new survey.
Almost two-thirds people in the region who tried to sign up with an NHS dentist in the last two years had difficulty.
A report by Which? has exposed the chronic scale of the dentistry crisis in the Midlands and across the UK.
Villagers living near a Staffordshire farm which breeds guinea pigs for medical research have failed in their High Court attempt to ban animal rights activists from a 77 square-mile zone around their homes.
But the judge who heard their case said the activists were conducting a "guerrilla campaign of terrorism" and warned that the exclusion zone would be imposed if they failed to obey court orders already in place to regulate their protests.
Arts bosses in the West Midlands breathed a sigh of relief after a threatened grant cut was shelved.
The Arts Council pledged nearly #12million to 81 of the region's theatres, galleries and museums to last until March 2008, despite the organisation's budget constraints.
Its last three-year grant for West Midlands arts organisations was for nearly #10.2million.
But the Arts Council's chairman, Sir Christopher Frayling, said the latest cash injection would mean some projects would be dropped because the Government had cut its budget by #30million.
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