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Fresh rumpus over G8 summit bill
Gleneagles Hotel
Gleneagles Hotel will be surrounded by a security cordon
New controversy has erupted in the Scottish capital over the cost of the G8 summit at Gleneagles.

Edinburgh City Council said it was "completely and utterly opposed" to its council taxpayers' meeting the cost of any damage caused in the city.

Council leader Donald Anderson argued that any extra cash needed because of a large number of people should not come from the authority's coffers.

Protesters are planning demonstrations there during the summit talks in July.

Instead, Cllr Anderson wants the money to come from Holyrood ministers or the UK Government.

Ring of steel

He said he was writing again to First Minister Jack McConnell and Prime Minster Tony Blair about who should pick up the bill.

Holyrood Finance Minister Tom McCabe promised in March that the extra cost of policing the talks will be met by the Scottish Executive.

He told Holyrood's European and external relations committee that Edinburgh and Perth and Kinross councils will receive financial help.

Senior police officers say the event will cost tens of millions of pounds.

Finance Minister Tom McCabe
Tom McCabe has said extra police costs will be met by ministers

Chancellor Gordon Brown has pledged 20m towards the cost of policing the event, but the Scottish National Party said the Treasury should foot the bill in full.

The gathering will see Prime Minister Tony Blair joined by leaders from the world's richest countries, including US President George Bush, Russian leader Vladimir Putin and France's President Chirac.

Plans are being drawn up for an exclusion zone around the famous Gleneagles Hotel after violent protests at previous G8 summits.


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