A great panto in the city Oh yes it is!

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 Festive guide                                                                                                                           A great panto
 to shopping                                                                                                                             in the city?
 and parking
 LATE night opening, extra market days, free                                                                                             Oh yes it is!
 park and ride and special city centre car parking
 arrangements are all helping to make it easy                                                                                            AUDIENCES at this year’s panto staged by Central Youth
 for shoppers to enjoy their Christmas spending                                                                                          Theatre (CYT) are in for a thrilling time.
 sprees in Wolverhampton.                                                                                                                  Their original production of The Time Machine – The
   Here is your handy One City News guide to                                                                                             Panto is based (loosely!) on the HG Wells classic story – and
 where to leave the car and when you can snap                                                                                            for the first time in CYT’s history the seasonal spectacular
 up those festive bargains.                                                                                                              at The Arena Theatre will run for two weeks.
 LATE NIGHT SHOPPING                                                                                                                       The 2004 panto has been specially written by city
 Shops are open until 9pm every Wednesday up                                                                                             playwright Jonathan Collings. The story hurtles audiences
 to Christmas. And from Monday 13th                                                                                                      on a magical trip through time and space with Victorians,
 December late night shopping (also until 9pm)                                                                                           Vikings, ape men, aliens and many more fantastic
 will run Monday to Friday.                                                                                                              characters.
   The shops will also be open on the following                                                                                            Jane Ward, Director of CYT, said: “Last year the panto ran
 days:                                                                                                                                   for ten days and was quickly sold out, and a number of
 Saturday 18th December (open until 7pm);                                                                                                people who wanted to book were disappointed. In
 Christmas Eve, Friday 24th December (open                                                                                               collaboration with the Arena Theatre it was decided to
 until 5.30pm); Christmas Day, Saturday 25th                                                                                             extend this year’s run to two weeks so no one misses out
 December – closed; Boxing Day, Sunday 26th                                                                                              on this exciting show.”
 December (open 10.30am – 4.30pm); Monday                                                                                                  The Time Machine – The Panto runs from Saturday
 27th December to Friday 31st December (open                                                                                             December 4th to Sunday December 19th.Tickets cost £8, £7
 9am – 5.30pm); (27th and 28th Bank Holidays)                                                                                            and £6, depending on time and day of the performance, and
 New Year’s Day, Saturday 1st January (open                                                                                              concessions are available.
 9am – 5.30pm); Sunday 2nd January (open                                                                                                   There are also family tickets for two adults and children
 10.30am – 4.30pm); Bank Holiday Monday 3rd                                                                                              at £24 and £20, depending on day of performance, and
 January (open 9am – 5.30pm)                             Celeste Dring plays outerspace baddie Bling with Paul Giles, as                 discounts for schools and other groups. Contact the box
                                                         panto dame Mrs Parsley.                                                         office at The Arena Theatre on 01902 321321.
 Wolverhampton, Bilston and Wednesfield
 markets will open on additional days in the run
 up to Christmas. For further information phone

                                                      Tenants back
 01902 555213. Normal trading days are:
 Wolverhampton market – Tuesday, Wednesday,
 Friday, Saturday.
 Bilston market – Monday, Thursday, Friday,
 Saturday, Sunday (outdoor only).
 Wednesfield market – Tuesday, Wednesday,
 Friday, Saturday.
 Why not use the stress-free option of the
 seasonal FREE Park and Ride facility and enjoy

                                                      housing boost
 your city centre Christmas shopping without
 the hassle of traffic queues and finding
 somewhere to park.
   Simply drive into one of the special car parks
 and hop onto one of the buses that run every
 10 minutes. The first bus leaves for the city
 centre at 10am and the last one returns at 5pm.
 Car parks are illuminated and patrolled by
 security staff. There is no service on Sundays or
 on 25th and 27th December.
 Park and Ride facilities are located at:
                                                              NEW era has dawn-                 Now work begins to ensure that

 q Science Park, junction of Bushbury Lane/
   Showell Road.                                              ed for Wolverhamp-             Wolverhampton Homes is on
 q Dunstall Park, Gorsebrook Road.                            ton’s 26,000 plus              track to go live by its target date of
 q Priestfield Metro Station, off Bilston Road.       council tenants, thanks to             early April 2005.
 q Sutherland Place, off Bilston Road.                                                          A shadow board of eight tenants
 q Corser Street, off Willenhall Road.                their overwhelming “yes”               and councillors is already in place.
 q Molineux, Jack Hayward Way (Molineux will          vote to create Wolverhamp-             Over the next few weeks it will
   be closed on 20th November and 4th, 18th           ton Homes.                             pave the way for the election of
   and 28th December).                                  In a ballot 84 per cent of tenants   five tenants to the 15-strong main
 There is a charge of £2 per vehicle at Molineux.     voted in favour of the city            board.
   For further details pick up a leaflet from the     council’s proposal to set up the          The city council will then
 Civic Centre or phone 01902 555745 or 555568.        Arm’s Length Management                nominate five councillors for the
 Free parking is also available at:                   Organisation (ALMO) to run the         main board and there will be a
 q Priestfield Metro Station, Bilston Road. Use       housing and repairs service.           skills audit of all ten nominees.
   Midland Metro.                                       Opting for the Wolverhampton         This will ensure that the five
 q Tettenhall Pool, off Stockwell Road. Use bus       Homes ALMO means the city is           independent people who will
   service 501.                                       now on course to secure up to
 q Plascom Road, off Willenhall Road. Use bus
                                                                                             make up the rest of the board will
                                                      £287 million extra funding from a      have expertise and specialist
   service 529.                                       special Government fund to
 Please note there are no security staff at these                                            knowledge to fill any skills gaps
                                                      improve homes and estates to the       identified by the audit.
 car parks and bus/metro travel is at normal          Government’s Decent Homes
 times.                                                                                         ALMO project director Tony
                                                      Standard by 2010.                      Brown and his team will be               Extra funds under an ALMO would help provide more
 City centre car parks open to coincide with
 seasonal shopping hours:                                                                    meeting the area housing                 improved housing in Wolverhampton.
 q Wulfrun Centre – open Monday to Saturday                                                  committees, tenants’ associations
   until 10.30pm; Sundays open 10am-5pm.                                                     and community groups across the          deliver their ambitious prog-           more control in the running of
   Normal tariffs apply.                                                                     city so that as many residents as        ramme of housing improvements.          the housing service.
 q Pipers Row – open Monday to Saturday until                                                possible will be fully informed          To help achieve recruitment           q Staff who currently run the
   midnight; Sundays open 10am-5pm. Night                                                    about     how      Wolverhampton         targets local colleges will offer       service      will    work      for
   rate £2.20 after 6pm and £1.50 on Sundays.                                                Homes will operate.                      fast track training courses in          Wolverhampton Homes under
 q Summer Row                                                                                   The advent of Wolverhampton           construction trade skills.              the same terms and conditions,
 q Church Street                                                                             Homes has already given tenants             Wolverhampton Homes is seen          and the extra money to spend
 q Fryer Street                                                                              access to £42.2 million of               as the best way forward because:        could lead to the creation of
 All three are 24-hour pay and display car parks.                                            Government funding for housing           q All housing will stay in the          more local jobs.
 q Mander Centre car park – open to coincide                                                 improvements over the next two              council’s     ownership     but      Councillor Peter Bilson, cabinet
   with late night shopping. Free if arriving after                                          years. The funding will be secured          Wolverhampton Homes will be        member for housing, said: “We
   5.30pm.                                                                                   when the housing and repairs                eligible for millions of pounds    are delighted with the result of the
 COUNCIL CAR PARKS                                                                           service achieves a two star (good)          of extra improvements funding      ballot.
 q The Civic Centre car park is open Monday-                                                 rating from the next Audit                  to which the council has no          “The city council has worked
   Saturday until 11pm and over the seasonal                                                 Commission         inspection       in      access                             hard to give tenants decent homes,
   period on Sundays 9.30am-5pm. Night rate                                                  October 2005.                            q Tenants will retain security of     and now, with Wolverhampton
   £1.60 if arriving after 5.30pm. Sunday rate                                                  The first tranche of this money          tenure with the council so their   Homes the money will be avail-
   £1.20 for up to two hours, £2.10 for longer.                                              will be made available between              rights will stay the same,         able for the repairs and moderni-
 q Fold Street, School Street, Peel Street, Faulkl-                                          January and April 2006. The                 including the right to buy         sation the properties need to bring
   and Street, Broad Street and the market car
                                                                                             intervening period will give             q Tenants will have represent-        them up to the standards tenants
   parks are all free on Sundays. Broad Street        ALMO project director                  Wolverhampton Homes time to                 ation     on    Wolverhampton      have a right to expect and to keep
   car park has a night rate of £1.70 if arriving     Tony Brown.
   after 5.30pm.                                                                             recruit a skilled workforce to              Homes’ boards, giving them         them that way in the future.”

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