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Manchester makes a Beeline for new Dutch-style cycling network

£500m is being spent to fund cycling networks in Greater Manchester

Chris Boardman: ‘If you want to make people change their habits you’ve got to give them a viable alternative.’ Photograph: Christopher Thomond for the Guardian

Published on The Guardian website on 27th June 2018
Story by Helen Pidd, North of England editor


A thousand miles of safe cycling and walking routes are to be created in Greater Manchester after an Olympic gold medallist persuaded town hall bosses to spend as much on cyclists and pedestrians as Amsterdam and other cycling nirvanas.

The network – named Beelines, in homage to Manchester’s civic symbol of the worker bee – includes 75 miles of Dutch-style segregated lanes and will be the largest joined-up network in the UK.

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More than £375,000 of funding secured to protect Langstone homes from flooding

Deep flood water in Creek Road, Hayling Island

Published in the Portsmouth News on 29th May 2018
Story by Tamara Siddiqui


FUNDING to develop designs for a new coastal defence scheme which could protect homes from flooding and erosion has been secured.

On behalf of Havant Borough Council, the Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership (ESCP) has secured £376,000 to protect homes in Langstone.

The outline designs for the new scheme will look to reduce flood and coastal erosion risk over the next 100 years, for 86 properties and critical infrastructure.

This includes the A3023, the only road on and off of Hayling Island.

Peter Scannell, project manager for the scheme, said: ‘The secured funding will allow us to address the significant risk to Langstone’s local community and critical infrastructure such as the A3023.

‘We will be able to develop outline designs of the flood defence options, seek input from the community and the landowners, and then submit a further case for additional funding to build the scheme.’

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Straw campaign group shifts focus to reusable bags

Lissie Pollard, left, Giles Babb and Bianca Carr all of Final Straw Solent, are now turning their attention to plastic bags. Picture Chris Moorhouse

Published in the Portsmouth News on 22nd May 2018
Story By David George

CAMPAIGNERS who have been looking to stamp out plastic straws across the Solent region are now putting the pressure onto plastic bags.

The Final Straw Solent campaign and Emsworth Business Association will be handing out 2,000 reusable bags to promote local business and eradicate the use of plastic bags.

The bags will be given out in a range of shops in Emsworth to encourage people to shop local, and to reuse their bags to cut plastic waste.

These bags will be given out on a first come, first served basis, one per customer.

Bags have been funded by the business association and Havant Borough Council.

Final Straw Solent founder Bianca Carr said: ‘We are so excited that we are able to give out these bags in a bid to further reduce the amount of single-use plastic that is given out in our beautiful town.

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