THE GROUND has been broken on a brand new park being created in Bridlington. The new "linear" park has been designed for the banks of the Gypsey Race running through the centre of town. The project is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and the first of two phases should be complete by autumn. Gypsey Race Park has been planned as a "green corridor" along the stream providing walking and cycling routes, play areas and improved habitats for wildlife. It is part of Bridlington’s regeneration plans and has been planned to provide an attractive edge for the developments and the improved streets being created. The first phase of the park is being developed next to Hilderthorpe Coach Park. East Riding's Cllr Andy Burton said: “More than £5 million is being invested in this project over the two phases of development and the feedback we have received for the scheme has been overwhelmingly positive. “Not only is the new park going to help … [Read more...] about New park being built in Bridlington
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Ludlow town councillors have issued a plea to Shropshire Council to re-think the controversial new parking strategy passed by cabinet last month, saying their town has been unfairly singled out among those of a similar size. The new policy will see charges change for the first time since 2012, and unify parking across Shropshire under a new 'linear' approach with all car parks and on-street parking provision sorted into seven bands. It sets Ludlow's on-street parking in band two, at £.180 an hour - the most expensive parking zone outside Shrewsbury. The new fees have stirred up outrage among traders and councillors, who are now calling for an urgent review of the scheme before it is implemented. The town council said in a statement: "Ludlow is being very harshly treated by Shropshire Council's unjustifiable proposal to impose some of the highest parking charges in the county on a small and relatively isolated market town. "Similar sized market town, Market Drayton (bands … [Read more...] about New parking charges ‘will do irreparable damage to Ludlow’
THIS is the vision for a new play park in Southampton. Friends of Lordswood Park have released their vision of what the park at Puffin Close will look like after reaching its fundraising target to enhance the area. The plans include a new four-seat swing, for both adults and children, a toddler climbing frame unit, a disabled swing and trampoline, and disabled picnic area. Organisers hope that building work will start in February with a completion date at some point in September 2018. Karen Morris, chair of Friends of Lordswood Park, said the group carried out surveys at school fetes and online to find out exactly what the public wanted from the new park. She said: “We have listened to what the public want and believe have created a park that will encourage families to enjoy the outdoors. “The park will all be open so there will be no anti-social behaviour. “This is a park for the residents of Lordswood that do not have a park. The families around … [Read more...] about New park plans unveiled after funding goal hit
Under the new EU scheme, power stations, refineries and heavy industry across Europe will be given limits on how much carbon dioxide they can emit. In Germany alone, around 1,700 companies will be bound by the scheme, with the aim of reducing their current 505 million tons of carbon dioxide a year to 495 million tons. Participating companies need to hold sufficient carbon dioxide allowances. Those that produce too much have to pay stiff fines, or buy spare allowances -- either directly from a company that has managed to reduce its emissions, or from middlemen, brokers, or trade platforms that will function like a sort of energy exchange market. Lucrative market The Leipzig-based company EEX (European Energy Exchange) has already conducted research in 13 European countries to get an idea of how large the trade in emissions allowances will be in the year ahead. "On average, companies are predicting that there'll be an EU-wide trade volume of around 150 million tons of carbon … [Read more...] about The New Billion Euro Business
The "energy transition" has become one of the key projects of Chancellor Angela Merkel's tenure. About one year ago, following the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima power plant in Japan, Merkel announced that all of Germany's nuclear power stations would be shut down by 2022 and money would be invested in renewable energy technology. The first spectacular step was the immediate shut down of eight German nuclear power stations that lacked the most up-to-date safety technology. But the massive energy shortages and winter power cuts feared by many critics did not materialize. This was a success that former Environment Minister Norbert Röttgen - sacked on Wednesday by Merkel – could claim a piece of. Up until this week, he was the central administrator for Germany's energy transition. But while the closure of the old nuclear power stations went relatively smoothly, Röttgen got bogged down in other areas. State broadcaster WDR reported that a leaked paper from the … [Read more...] about What’s in the new environment minister’s inbox?
Berlin can be a bewildering kaleidoscope of seat-of-your-pants creativity, with thousands of live-shows in all kinds of cross-bred formats happening every year. Most of it is terrible, of course - meandering, pretentious, unprepared, morally meaningless, or just fuelled by a directionless urge to escape the horrors of employment. I am not being sour - the city's live-art world is pure and liberating. What Berlin provides, and this makes the city so great, is an atmosphere of acceptance that all amateur artistic endeavors are valuable. It doesn't matter if you don't have anything to say, as long as you say it, preferably with a techno soundtrack while wearing too much black eyeliner and a torn tutu. But a Speaker's Corner is different. With public speaking, the performance aesthetic is stripped back, exposing the content. It's not about what you can do, but whether you have a point. A plastic crate was set up as a soap-box, a sign was planted next to it, and the Speaker's Corner, … [Read more...] about Berlin finds its voice at the new Speaker’s Corner
On a tour of the site in the borough of Staten Island, spokeswoman Tiffany Townsand said that the budget is currently 590 million dollars (about 555 million euros). That would make the New York Wheel more than twice as expensive as originally planned. At first its developers announced total costs of 250 million dollars and an opening date in 2015. Now the wheel is expected to start turning in spring 2018. A shopping mall, hotels, public parking garage and green areas will surround the planned attraction. The project's developers hope it will enhance the most suburban and least populated of the city's five boroughs. To this day, many tourists take the free ferry ride to Staten Island in order to enjoy the view of Upper New York Bay, the Statue of Liberty and the city skyline, but they usually go straight back to Manhattan. It's hoped that the New York Wheel will attract three million visitors annually and that they will spend time on the island's north shore. Right now, it … [Read more...] about The New York Wheel is growing
A massive solar power project in the deserts of North Africa supported by German industry and plans to build some forty offshore wind parks off Germany's Baltic and North Sea coast are among the ambitious schemes that have bolstered Germany's reputation as one of the world's leaders in renewable energy. But industry representatives warn that cutting-edge developments like these could be jeopardized by a reprieve for nuclear power. Germany currently has 17 operational nuclear power plants in total. The eight oldest reactors are due to be taken offline over the next five years, according to legislation first enacted under Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's government in the late 1990s. The rest had been due to be phased out by 2020. In the new coalition between the Free Democratic Party and the Christian Democrats, the government's policy roadmap says "safe atomic power plants" should remain in operation "indefinitely" after the original phase-out date, although no new law has yet been … [Read more...] about Will the new coalition nuke the renewable energy industry?
Faisal Shahzad was arrested at JFK airport late on Monday, as he was about to board a Dubai-bound flight. The 30 year old is suspected of trying to detonate a car bomb in New York's Times Square at the weekend. Citing official sources, Reuters news agency has reported that the man told investigators that he acted alone and denied any links to radical groups in Pakistan. Shahzad, who is a native of Karachi, became a US citizen last year. He lived in Connecticut. Some reports suggest he had recently returned from a five-month trip to Pakistan, including Peshawar, close to Islamist strongholds in the tribal areas along the Afghan border. Full cooperation from Islamabad Pakistan has promised full cooperation with the US investigation into the suspect. "When an official request comes for that individual, we will cooperate," Interior Minister Rehman Malik told reporters outside parliament. There have also been reports that the US ambassador to Islamabad, Anne Patterson, held … [Read more...] about Pakistan vows cooperation with the New York bomb plot probe
The setting couldn't be more stunning. The Villa d'Este is beautifully situated in a park that extends over 10 hectares on the shores of Lake Como near Milan. Since 1873, the former renaissance palace has been housing one of Italy's most famous luxury hotels. The patrol boats of the Italian police inconspicuously patrol the lake. Their engines hum quietly, the distinguished guests are not to be disturbed in their conversations. There is President Obama's economic advisor, a member of the European Central Bank, a European Commissioner, CEOs, politicians, bankers and top economists from China, Europe, the United States and Japan. Exclusive invitations were extended to 130 people by Italy's number one think tank: The European House Ambrosetti. Valerio De Molli, managing partner at Ambrosetti, is proud of his network's success. He sees it somewhere between McKinsey's Global Institute and the World Economic Forum. The intention is to inspire reflection and discussion, to highlight … [Read more...] about Super Mario and the new normal