Aberdeen City Council to spend £1.3m on park refurbishment

A total of £1.3million is to be spent refurbishing play parks across Aberdeen in 2017/18 after the money was agreed by the City Council’s communities, housing and infrastructure committee.

East Hampshire litter penalties halve after privatisation reversal

Figures have shown the number of fines for litter and dog fouling has halved for East Hampshire District Council, after it replaced private enforcement officers with its own staff.

Lights on option for Surrey councils

Local councils in Surrey could be handed powers to turn street lights back on, if they pay for the cost of doing so themselves.

Councils would be hit by deposit scheme

Plastic bottle deposit schemes could threaten the investment made by local authorities in infrastructure and collection services.

UK’s bathing water quality questioned

An EEA survey has found that 20 beaches across Britain failed an assessment on the quality of their bathing water.

Rutland renews recycling contract with Casepak

Rutland County Council has renewed its recycling contract with Leicester-based recycling company Casepak, following a competitive selection process

Nottingham City Transport (NCT) has unveiled a new £17 million double-decker fleet of buses that will be powered by biomethane.

Liverpool council defends litter firm slammed for preying on publi

Liverpool Council has defended its new litter partner firm Kingdom, after an undercover Panorama investigation found litter officers were ‘lying in wait’ to hand out fines to unsuspecting residents on the city’s streets.

Poor quality packaging threatens UK recycling, RA warns

A survey of UK recycling industry experts conducted by the Recycling Association (RA) at the Quality First Recycling Conference has revealed that 59 per cent of respondents considered poor material quality to represent the biggest threat to the sector.

South Northamptonshire joins MetalMatters scheme

South Northamptonshire council has announced that it has joined the ‘MetalMatters’ communications initiative.

World's biggest wind turbines go online near Liverpool

Dong Energy’s wind turbines have begun generating electricity off the Liverpool coast.

Hedges can help cut pollution in cities

New research has argued that hedges are often better than trees at soaking up air pollution among tall buildings.

Majority support car-free city centres, survey reveals

Over half of all UK adults would be happy to tolerate only public transport being allowed in their nearest city if it meant air quality could be improved, a survey conducted by Volvo Buses has indicated.

Pothole-related breakdowns rising despite mild conditions

The RAC has warned it attended over 6,500 breakdowns caused as a result of potholes in the first quarter of 2017 – a 63 per cent year-on-year rise despite decent weather conditions.

Nottinghamshire CC welcomes dropping of forest fracking plans

Nottinghamshire County Council has announced that plans to survey Sherwood Forest to identify its potential for fracking have been dropped.

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