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Hunt on for new Barbican boss

SENIOR figures in the arts world are likely to be approached shortly in the search for someone to run the troubled Barbican Arts Centre in London.

`Reign of terror' ended at Barbican

Baroness O'Cathain stepped down from her pounds 100,000 post as managing director of the Barbican Centre in London yesterday after months of criticism of her authoritarian style.

Heath trees are saved from axe

Public opposition to tree felling on Hampstead Heath has forced the Corporation of London to abandon proposals to restore the land to its appearance of a century ago. Most people who responded to a consultation document on the management of the Heath said they wanted it to remain as it is. There was virtually no support for tree felling, unless it was required to maintain the Heath as it is today.

The City learns to build on its past: Lynn Eaton discovers how ingenious engineering is preserving a valuable archaeological site

The latest technology is being used in the heart of London to build a modern art gallery and office block over the remains of a 2,000-year-old Roman amphitheatre.

Smithfield traders clinch refit deal

The City of London Corporation has made concessions worth at least pounds 2m to Smithfield meat traders as part of a deal to end a 10-year-old wrangle over refurbishment plans for the market.

Rent rise backed

The High Court said that the City of London Corporation, which owns the Smithfield Meat Market, did not act illegally when it increased traders' rents. The traders' application for a judicial review was rejected.

Corporation is attacked over charity secrecy

MEMBERS of the City of London corporation have drawn up secret plans to use millions of pounds from a trust fund, which maintains four of the capital's bridges, to set up a charity.

Security defended after City bomb find: Pocket-sized device planted yards from site of Bishopsgate blast

THE City of London Corporation yesterday defended its 'ring of steel' security measures despite an incursion into the area by terrorists who planted a device only yards from the site of the Bishopsgate bombing.

Terrapins terrorise pond life

VICIOUS flesh-eating terrapins are plaguing British rivers and ponds because hundreds of families have abandoned their pets.

Cameras plan for City 'ring of steel'

ALL VEHICLES entering the City of London through its anti-terrorist 'ring of steel' could be photographed and identified if new security propos als are adopted, writes Nick Walker.

Police to cordon off City from bombers

A PLAN which is likely to involve closing all but about six major routes into the City of London in order to deter terrorist attacks will be implemented over the next few days, it was announced yesterday.

Anti-terror strategy planned for City

A STRATEGY for dealing with the threat of future terrorist attacks in the City is being designed by the City of London Corporation with help from businesses and the police writes Ngaio Crequer.

Security plans

CHECKPOINTS may be set up to stop cars and lorries entering the City of London under measures aimed at preventing further IRA bombings.

The Bishopsgate Bomb: Churches not insured against bombings: Church faces substantial losses

THE CHURCH of England is facing substantial losses over the repair of churches damaged in the City of London blast because it failed to insure them against terrorist attack.

The Bishopsgate Bomb: City's reputation around the world is put at risk

THE SECOND serious IRA attack in the City of London in just over 12 months could harm the City's reputation as one of the world's leading financial centres.
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