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Wednesday, 10 November 2010 17:32

Councils quite right to dim the lights

In response to the BBC Newsnight investigation (9/11/10) that found significant numbers of councils considering cutting back on street lighting, Emma Marrington, Rural Policy Campaigner at the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), says:

Tuesday, 26 October 2010 17:32

Un-dead roads need to be put six feet under

Cuts faced by the Department for Transport have provided some welcome news for countryside campaigners. Today’s announcement in Parliament [1] confirms that many damaging road schemes will be put on hold and others will have to fight over a small funding pot.

Following the announcement of the results of the comprehensive spending review, Ben Stafford, CPRE Head of Campaigns, says:

Monday, 11 October 2010 13:33

Ashton Vale Town Green petition

Avonside CPRE objected to the planning application to build a new football stadium and associated development in Green Belt land at Ashton Vale.

CPRE has published new research that clearly demonstrates a drinks container deposit refund scheme (DRS, covering glass bottles, plastic bottles and cans) would cost little to set up, and would generate revenue to support most of its own running costs. The research demonstrates how the scheme would help the Government achieve a ‘Zero Waste’ economy by increasing recycling rates, and reducing litter as promised in the Coalition’s ‘Programme for Government’

Wednesday, 15 September 2010 13:33

Village of the Year 2010 winners announced

News of the 2010 competition can be found on our Village of the Year 2010 page.

As the Government begins to explain what the ‘Big Society’ might mean for local communities, the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) and the Environmental Law Foundation (ELF) are calling on Ministers not to pull a U-turn on their promise to rebalance rights of appeal in the planning process. Currently the only way for local people to question bad development granted planning permission, is in the high court, neither a cheap nor expedient option. Conversely, developers enjoy an unlimited right to appeal planning decisions.

Britain’s rural villages are at risk of dying unless radical action is taken to secure their future, it is being warned.

Housing Minister Grant Shapps has today (Friday) set out the Government's proposals for a new ‘Community Right to Build’, which will allow local communities to bypass the planning process if they can find overwhelming support for housing developments. Fiona Howie, Head of Planning at the Campaign to Protect Rural England, said:

Monday, 19 July 2010 17:35

Cost of litter spirals out of control

The cost of clearing up Britain’s litter epidemic has risen by almost £100 million (10 percent) in just one year. Figures highlighted today (Monday) by Keep Britain Tidy show the full shocking £858 million cost of our throwaway culture.

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