Blackburn named best high street in Britain
Mark Moran

Blackburn in Lancashire has won the top prize at the annual Great British High Street Awards. The competition, now in its third year, attracted over 900 entries from villages, market towns and larger towns across the UK. The competition recognises work done to promote city locations, town centres, large market towns, small market towns, coastal communities, villages as well as local centres. The winners are selected by a jury, who visited 42 shortlisted locations. There is also one public vote, which saw Hebden Bridge named the ‘People’s Choice’.  Winners in each category get a share of a prize pot worth £100,000. The competition is run by the Future High Street Forum, a not-for-profit body that brings tog... continue

13 Dec 2016RUDI News

LGA calls for more powers as fly-tipping clean-up bill hits £50m
Mark Moran

Local authorities are using new powers to seize and crush vehicles used by fly-tippers. Councils are also calling for the closure of a legal loophole that means enforcement officers have to give some fly-tippers seven days written warning before inspecting them and seizing evidence. The Local... continue

9 Dec 2016RUDI News

Great British High Street competition: finalists announced

The Great British High Street competition has revealed some of the nation’s best high streets, with 27 finalists now having the chance to impress an expert judging panel and battle it out in a public vote to be crowned Britain’s best. Between now and 18 November you can cast your vote... continue

25 Oct 2016RUDI News
Tyne & Wear Metro ventilation shaft listed by Historic England

Tyne & Wear Metro ventilation shaft listed by Historic England
Mark Moran

An air vent for the Tyne & Wear Metro’s tunnels... continue

22 Sep 2016RUDI News

£10,000 prizes on offer in Great British High Street competition

High Streets Minister Marcus Jones has called on communities across the country to enter their villages, towns and cities into the Great British High Street competition 2016. Now in its 3rd year, the competition celebrates the great work that is being done to revive, adapt and diversify the... continue

11 Jul 2016RUDI News

London watches electric-hybrid buses that could help with poor air quality and noise pollution

London mayor Sadiq Khan will be watching developments in Luxembourg's system closely, having already outlined plans to consult on bringing forward the Ultra-Low Emission Zone, making it harder to bring polluting vehicles along major arterial routes or a wider section of central... continue

16 Jun 2016RUDI News
Town Centre Investment Zones could deliver 'real structural change' in our city and town centres

Town Centre Investment Zones could deliver 'real structural change' in our city and town centres

A new report into Town Centre Investment Zones report, launched by a group of property industry experts and planners, including Peter Brett Associates, demonstrates that asset management of the high street could unlock much-needed investment for local authorities and communities to transform their areas. The project outlined aims to test whether it is possible to establish an... continue

20 Jan 2016RUDI News

UK environment ministers will be taken to court 'within weeks': air pollution in London exceeds legal limits for 2016 in just 8 days

UK environment ministers will be taken to court within weeks to make them speed up plans to reduce dangerous urban air pollution, reports The Guardian.  Alan Andrews, Lawyer for ClientEarth, which last year forced the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) to come up... continue

13 Jan 2016RUDI News

Independent shops go into decline in a 'fluid and challenging the retail environment' for high streets and town centres

Data released by The Local Data Company (LDC) and British Independent Retailers Association (bira) shows that traditional independent shops have closed more shops than were opened in the first half of 2015 in Britain’s town centres whilst the chains also continue their retreat. For the first... continue

21 Oct 2015RUDI News

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