Plans announced for deposit return scheme

The Environment Secretary has announced that a deposit return scheme to increase recycling rates and reduce waste pollution will be consulted upon.

£56 million flood defence ending for Welsh coasts

Hannah Blythyn has announced a £56 million programme to improve flood and coastal erosion defences across Wales.

£25m to help support vital bus services in Wales

A £25 million funding boost for bus services in Wales has been announced to better support necessary bus transport across 22 local authorities.

Councils spent £43.3 million on pothole compensation claims

Cycling UK says local authorities have spent at least £43.3 million dealing with compensation claims and legal costs due to potholes over the last five years.

Online shopping growth causing congestion

The Local Government Association has warned that an increase in the use of online shopping is leading to increased congestion and road deterioration.

Improve quality of footpaths to boost activity

NICE has encouraged councils to improve routes for pedestrians and cyclists to enable people to be more physically active.

£220 million Clean Air Fund launched

The government has launched a £220 million Clean Air Fund to improve air quality in some of the most polluted areas of the UK.

Dockless bike hire scheme to launch in Leeds

Leeds City Council has announced that deckles bike company ofo will launch a fleet of 1,000 bikes in the city centre in May.

Committee finds rural communities being failed by government

The Select Committee on the Natural Environment and Rural Communities has urged for a radical change in how the countryside is looked after.

World’s first hydrogen road sweeper in Aberdeen

Aberdeen City Council has taken delivery of the world’s first hydrogen road sweeper to join one of the largest hydrogen fleets in Europe.

Debate encouraged on flood risk communities

Sir James Bevan has opened debate on whether communities at the highest risk of flooding should be abandoned and their residents permanently relocated.

Nottingham scheme to reduce the energy demand in buildings

Nottingham City Council is taking part in a new project looking at how people and technology can work better together to reduce energy demand within buildings.

nextbike chosen to run West Midlands bike-share

Transport for West Midlands, part of the WMCA, has chosen nextbike to run the UK’s largest docked bike-share scheme outside London.

Less than half of councils provide good online waste service

Only 46 per cent of district councils are providing a good or very good service for people seeking information about garden waste services.

10 per cent of local road network in poor condition

Under-funded local authorities report that more than 24,400 miles of road are identified as needing essential maintenance in the next year.

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