Public sector news in brief

MANCHESTER: Regeneration body Groundwork Manchester has teamed up with Manchester City Council to launch a road safety educational tool. A series of short films on DVD will be circulated to schools and youth centres as part of a wider campaign to encourage young people to drive safely. It includes an interview with the mother of a road-crash victim and a police officer who has to inform families about crash fatalities.

LG COMMS: Trade organisation LG Comms has selected Manchester as the venue for its annual conference next year, which will take place in April. Manchester City Council will help organise the event that will look at best practice through partnerships, with the emphasis of the conference on workshops. This format was selected after considering feedback from members at this year’s conference, according to LG Comms general secretary Kevin Wilson.

LONDON: Promotional body Visit-London has launched London TV, aimed at visitors to the capital. It will now broadcast 24 hours a day on Sky Entertainment channel 244 and went live last Monday (20 September). For people without access to Sky, London TV clips can all be watched at www.golondon.com.

BELFAST: Camargue has been appointed to provide media relations support for economic development agency Investment Belfast, a body comprising local businesses and political leaders. Camargue is charged with promoting Belfast as a city for economic investment and relocation, via a programme targeting London-based, national and trade media.

HARINGEY: The troubled comms department at the London Borough of Haringey has begun the hunt for a new head of department after more than six months of interim management by troubleshooters at Tribal MPC. The comms chief will steer a new team following its restructure by Tribal MPC. The department was streamlined from eight to five positions, prompting a spat with staff. All but one comms officer snubbed a request to reapply for their positions and they were consequently made redundant (PRWeek, 20 February).

GLOUCESTERSHIRE: Gloucestershire County Council is to feature its own staff in an ad campaign to promote park-and-ride buses. The bus-back ads are designed to sway car drivers out of their cars and on to public transport.

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