Monthly News February 2011 24 Feb 2011 Merton Council criticised for delay over community hall redevelopment The London Borough of Merton delayed over the redevelopment of a site where a new community facility was to be provided. 22 Feb 2011 Barnsley Council asked “extortionate” price for small strip of land Barnsley Council raised the price of a narrow strip of land it had agreed to sell to a woman for her extension – effectively valuing a small triangle of land, 7 inches at its widest point, at £4,000. 18 Feb 2011 Council at fault for refusal to help pregnant homeless woman The London Borough of Richmond upon Thames failed in its duty to a pregnant young woman who applied for assistance as a homeless person. 15 Feb 2011 Castle Point Council criticised for double charging taxi drivers Castle Point Borough Council double charged licensed taxi drivers for Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks. 01 Feb 2011 Camden Council criticised over school transport for vulnerable child Camden Council’s arrangements for contracting out its school transport services were inadequate. 01 Feb 2011 Ombudsman asks for greater clarity on school admission appeals Local Government Ombudsman, Jane Martin, has written to the Department for Education seeking greater clarity on the 2009 School Admission Appeals Code of Practice.