Business Support

Applications for the Coronavirus Business Support Scheme (CBSS) – Circuit Break (March 2021) and the Business Premises Support Scheme (BPSS), which were introduced to support businesses during the Circuit Break Lockdown, have been extended until Friday May 14.

The CBSS – Circuit Break (March 2021) was introduced on March 2 and provides local businesses and self-employed individuals in designated sectors with grant assistance of up to £3,500. Eligible applicants must declare that their turnover was reduced by 25% or more due to the March/April 2021 Circuit Break Lockdown, and have over £250 of eligible monthly business overheads per calendar month. 

Businesses and self-employed individuals can apply for the CBSS here

Richmond Hill

In the latest installment of the never ending saga that is roadworks on Richmond Hill, the DoI is to undertake work to deal with issues of water lying on the road which is especially bad in winter months.

The gov has appointed a contractor to undertake this work which includes the installation of new drainage pipes both down the hill and across the carriageway, with additional gullies and manholes being installed.

Preparative work will start on site, tomorrow with exploratory trenches being dug and site set up work being undertaken. The road will be subject to two way temporary traffic lights, which will be in place for 24 hours a day until the end of the working day on Tuesday May 11. Then on May 20, the main scheme will get underway, with the DoI saying it should be finished by July 24.

The road will remain open to two way traffic throughout, but with one carriageway at a time being closed, and traffic will be controlled by temporary two way traffic lights, which will be in situ 24 hours a day.

Trial Collapses

Two former paratroopers accused of the murder of an Official IRA man in 1972 have been acquitted after their trial collapsed. Joe McCann, 24, was shot in Joy Street in the Markets area of Belfast in April 1972. The court heard he was evading arrest when soldiers opened fire, killing him. Soldiers A and C, both in their 70s, had pleaded not guilty. The men admitted firing shots but said they had acted lawfully when doing so.

Police Murder Trial

A police officer tasered an ex-footballer for six times longer than is standard before kicking him twice in the head, a jury in Birmingham has been told. PC Benjamin Monk is charged with the murder of Dalian Atkinson during an altercation in Shropshire in 2016. He appeared at Birmingham Crown Court for the first day of his trial with co-accused PC Mary Ellen Bettley-Smith, who is charged with assault. The former Aston Villa player died after he was Tasered for 33 seconds.

Mour Mour Mour

Yes he is back. Less than three weeks after being given the sack by Spurs, Jose Mourinho is back in management as it is confirmed he will take over at Roma next season.

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