Rochdale Council’s swearing ban labelled a ‘misuse’ of power

Civil liberties group Liberty has accused Rochdale Council of misusing its power, following its introduction of a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) which includes a ban on swearing, skateboarding and begging.

Congestion reduction measures to get funding

Chancellor Philip Hammond has presented the 2017 Spring Budget, with aims announced to ease congestion on local roads.

Caerphilly Council home to most polluted street outside London

Hafodyrynys Road in Crumlin in Caerphilly has been highlighted as the UK's most polluted street outside London.

Scottish Borders Council opposes wind farm

Councillors from the Scottish Borders Council have unanimously objected to the construction of a 15-turbine wind farm near Bonchester Bridge.

EA begins £3.8m Totnes flood scheme

The Environment Agency (EA) has started work on a £3.8million scheme aimed at reducing the risk of flooding to over 400 homes and businesses in Totnes.

£50m a year spent on fly-tipping

New figures show that councils will have to spend £50 million to clear litter, as incidents of fly-tipping continue to increase.

11 regions bid for UK City of Culture 2021

The Department for Culture, Media & Sport has confirmed that eleven areas have registered bids to be UK City of Culture 2021.

MPs press for Nature report to be published

The Environment Audit Committee has called on the government to publish its long-delayed 25-year plan for improving nature in England, in a letter to Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom.

Highland Council to introduce annual charge for green bins

Highland Council has announced it will start charging a £30 annual fee for brown wheelie bins, which collect ‘green waste’ and are emptied fortnightly from spring to late autumn.

Newcastle sets up new radical approach to waste

A team of waste management experts have joint together to form the Newcastle Waste Commission, to tackle the city’s ‘mountain of waste’.

Use Brexit to define waste and resource policy

A new report has claimed that Brexit creates an opportunity for the government to develop a new approach to waste and resources policy.

Impact of air pollution underestimated

A new Friends of the Earth survey has revealed that only one in 10 people think their air quality is bad.

The cabinet of Cornwall Council has voted eight to one in favour of going ahead with the bid for Truro-Cornwall to be European Capital of Culture in 2023.

Higher energy bills result of government intervention

A House of Lords report has claimed that successive governments have failed to encourage enough fresh power capacity in the UK.

Give councils power over polluting vehicles in cities

Plans to create less polluted cities need to go further if targets to reduce increasing levels of harmful pollutants are to be met.

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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.

World of Learning will feature even more opportunities to discover the latest in learning and development (L&D) with over 100 exhibitors, The Technology Test Drive, Learning Design Live, live workshops, one-to-one consultations, free seminars and its renowned annual conference.