Government fails in delaying air pollution plan

Despite a late bid to delay publication of its the pollution strategy, the government has been ordered to release it before the June election.

Government approach to sustainable drainage ‘sub-standard’, committee says

The Environment Food, and Rural Affairs Committee has criticised the government’s ‘sub-standard’ approach to sustainable drainage (SuDs), claiming it failed to protect communities from flood risk.

Liverpool Council launches efficient energy provider

Liverpool City Council has announced the creation of a new not-for-profit energy company aimed at tackling fuel poverty in the city.

Failings at Aberdeen Council after unapproved cycle path repairs

Aberdeen City Council has admitted to a ‘serious failing’ after it was revealed that repairs worth £200,000 were ordered to a cycle path without proper approval.

Powys Council considers wind farm proposal

Powys Council is considering plans to build a wind farm at known beauty spot, prompting campaigners to warn the move could deter tourists visiting the region.

LWARB launches Advance London support scheme

LWARB has launched Advance London to help London’s SMEs adopt ‘circular economy’ business models.

Edinburgh CC new depot to improve waste service

Edinburgh City Council has announced the operation of a new, £9 million waste depot which will help to deliver a more resilient service for the city.

Government must improve disabled access to built environment

The Women and Equalities Committee has called on the government to lead the charge in improving access and inclusion in the built environment.

Government delays publishing air pollution plan

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has lodged a fresh application with the High Court to postpone publication of its draft clean air plan until after the election.

New partnership to manage waste collection in Surrey

Joint Waste Solutions will oversee waste collection across four Surrey councils and save around £2.5 million a year.

Dundee council to provide EV-only parking bays

Plans to provide electric vehicle-only parking bays in Dundee in two city parks is underway.

Fleet investment secures weekly refuse collections

Adur and Worthing Councils have announced the £4.2 million purchase of 24 new waste trucks to maintain the weekly collection of residential refuse.

Councils praised for improved roadworks communication

According to Socitm’s Find out about roadworks, 2016-17 report, local authorities have improved their performance scorecard for online roadworks communication by 37 per cent.

LGA highlights growing cost of chewing gum removal

The Local Government Association (LGA) has called on gum manufacturers to contribute to the £60 million annual gum removal cost to councils.

Ban on councils charging for fun runs proposed

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) is considering new proposals to ban councils in England from charging people to take part in weekend fun runs.

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Event Diary

The largest flood exhibition and conference in the world is coming to London’s ExCeL in September.

The Emergency Services Show takes place at the NEC from 20-21 September and is the only UK event for all involved in public safety.

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