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Refurbished Civic Hall set to be run by private operator

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Wolverhampton's refurbished Civic Hall will probably be run by a private operator when it reopens in the autumn of 2021.

Proposals going before city councillors suggest an external firm will be best placed to attract big names to the venue, which is having a £38.1m overhaul.

Civic plan
City of Wolverhampton Council

Labour leader Ian Brookfield said the authority would retain the ownership of the building, but external expertise would allow it to create a "world-class entertainment centre".

The 81-year-old building, which also includes the adjoining Wulfrun Hall, will have a combined standing capacity of more than 4,500.

West Brom stay top after Barnsley draw

BBC Sport

Championship leaders West Bromwich Albion had to come from 2-0 down at The Hawthorns last night to claim a draw against bottom club Barnsley.

West Bromwich Albion"s Matheus Pereira celebrates scoring his side"s second goal
PA Media

An own goal and an equaliser from Matheus Pereira after 81 minutes keeps the Baggies two points above second-placed Leeds United.

Elsewhere in the Championship, Birmingham City beat Blackburn Rovers 1-0 and Stoke City lost 1-0 at Sheffield Wednesday.

In League One, Burton Albion won 1-0 against AFC Wimbledon and Shrewsbury Town drew 1-1 with Gillingham.

Crewe Alexandra are still top of League Two after drawing 0-0 with Colchester United, Port Vale beat Bradford City 2-1 and Walsall lost 2-0- at Oldham.

Severe disruption: M6 West Midlands southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 West Midlands southbound severe disruption, from J7 for A34 Birmingham Road to J6 for A38 Tyburn Road.

M6 West Midlands - One lane closed and it's slow on M6 southbound from J7, A34 (Great Barr) to J6, A38 (Spaghetti Junction), because of a broken down van.

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