Archive for April, 2014

Severn Trent Water fined over pollution of Pudding Brook

Comments Off | 04-24-2014

The company was fined £7,500 and ordered to pay £2,232.60 in costs, along with a £15 victim surcharge.
The charges were brought by the Environment Agency under Regulation 38(1)(a) and Regulation 12(1)(b) of the Environmental Permitting Regulations 2010.
On 29 September 2012 the Environment Agency received a report from a local resident that sewage was discharging from

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Northumbrian Water Ltd fined £30,000 over pollution incidents

Comments Off | 04-24-2014

Northumbrian Water Ltd has been fined a total of £30,000 for two sewage pollution incidents that happened last year.
In two separate cases that were both heard before Peterlee Magistrates’ Court on 22 April, the water company admitted and was sentenced for two offences of discharging polluted matter into watercourses.
Chris Bunting, prosecuting for the Environment Agency,

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PM and Chancellor welcome £36 billion infrastructure projects

Comments Off | 04-22-2014

The Prime Minister and the Chancellor will visit a transport infrastructure project today (22 April 2014) to see how the government is helping hardworking people and backing businesses with investment in better infrastructure.

More than 200 projects due to start construction in 2014 to 2015

They will highlight that, as part of this government’s long-term economic plan

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£120 million boost for local business infrastructure

Comments Off | 04-22-2014

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles today (22 April 2014) announced a £120 million infrastructure investment plan to bring businesses and jobs to the Sheffield area on a visit to the local enterprise zone.
Eric Pickles visited Markham Vale as cabinet ministers explained how the government’s long-term economic plan will start delivering more than 200 infrastructure projects this

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Transport Secretary visited a major infrastructure investment project in Birmingham

Comments Off | 04-22-2014

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin visited Birmingham New Street today (22 April 2014) to see progress on a £600 million project to transform it into one of the country’s flagship rail stations and help highlight more than 200 more infrastructure projects due to start this year.
The Transport Secretary was given a tour of redevelopment works, which

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Investing in infrastructure in Wales

Comments Off | 04-22-2014

The UK government fully recognises the importance of upgrading infrastructure to create the right conditions to support thousands of new jobs and businesses across Wales.
By targeting public investment in infrastructure where needed, while harnessing private sector delivery, we are making Wales more globally competitive, giving businesses the tools to reach new markets and customers around

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Chesterfield scrap metal firm fined £16,000 for illegal fires

Comments Off | 04-22-2014

A Chesterfield skip hire and scrap metal firm has been fined £16,000 for illegally disposing of waste by burning it.
Richard Fletcher (Metals) Ltd, based at Newbridge Lane, Old Whittington, Chesterfield, was sentenced by North East Derbyshire & Dales Magistrates on 16 April following an Environment Agency investigation.
It was on Bonfire Night last year that the

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Government confirms £2.7 billion deal to build new state-of-the-art trains

Comments Off | 04-18-2014

The transformation of rail travel on the key intercity route between London and Scotland has taken a major step forward after Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin confirmed today (16 April 2014) that funding had been secured to build a new fleet of state-of-the-art trains.
Under the new £2.7 billion contract, nearly 500 new carriages will be manufactured

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Unemployment drops below 7%

Comments Off | 04-18-2014

Unemployment has dropped below 7% for the first time since the recession and employment has seen the biggest annual jump in a generation, figures published by the Office for National Statistics today (16 April 2014) show.
Unemployment fell by 77,000 in the last 3 months, taking the unemployment rate to 6.9% for the first time since

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Scottish government’s decision on a Scottish Independent Living Fund

Comments Off | 04-18-2014

The UK government announced on 6 March that the Independent Living Fund (ILF) will close on 30 June 2015, with the funding and responsibility for ILFrecipients being transferred to local authorities in England and the devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.
The Scottish government has announced that, from 1 July 2015, it will establish a Scottish Independent

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