£23 million fund for neighbourhood planning

The government has announced that more English communities will have free access to guidance to help make their neighbourhood vision a reality.

EV charging points to quadruple in London next year

London Councils has revealed that London boroughs are set to deliver over 2,600 charging points across the capital in the next financial year.

£3 million flood risk action plan for Devon

Over 300 homes and businesses will benefit from greater flood protection as part of Devon County Council’s Flood Risk Management Action Plan.

Council to ban plastic straws and compostable coffee cups

Newcastle City Council is to ban plastics straws and switch to compostable coffee cups in its offices.

London launches free tap water scheme

Sadiq Khan has revealed that businesses around London have joined a scheme that offers people free tap water ‘refills’.

‘Keep Manchester Tidy’ campaign launched

Manchester City Council and Keep Britain Tidy are collaborating with the aim of making Manchester the UK’s first ‘Tidy City’ by 2020.

MPs call for end of 'poisonous air' emergency

Four Commons committees have urged for an end to the UK's ‘poisonous air’ emergency and demanded a faster phase-out of petrol and diesel cars.

New Air Quality Action Plan for Cambridge

Cambridge City Council has set out a new Air Quality Action Plan to improve areas of poor air quality and maintain areas of good air quality.

Underfunded councils prepared to sell off parks

Over half of councils in the North West are considering selling parks or finding other organisations to maintain them within the next three years.

Homes boost for rural communities

Rural communities will be given more options to convert agricultural buildings into family homes to better meet local housing needs.

Call for evidence on cycle safety launched

Jesse Norman has revealed plans to help people walk and cycle more, as part of a drive for the UK to leave cars behind for shorter journeys.

Three policy priorities for Sheffield City Region

Centre for Cities has outlined what the new Sheffield City Region metro mayor should prioritise when they take office in May this year.

Islington cleans up its act with ‘green fleet’ plans

Islington Council has revealed plans for a new 'green fleet' of vehicles that will use the cleanest possible technology and fuels.

Potholes becoming a national disgrace, warns RSTA

The Road Surface Treatments Association claims that potholes have gone from being just a local problem to being a national disgrace.

Public exposed to daily ‘cocktail’ of pollution

Professor Dame Sally Davies has warned that the impact of air, light and noise pollution has yet to be fully recognised in terms of health.

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