Contractors sentenced after fall from height

An employee falling five metres from height, and breaking his back, has led to a conviction for a building contractor and roofing contractor.

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Single-use plastics consultation coming soon

Single-use plastic plates, cutlery and polystyrene cups are among a host of items that could be banned in England as part of a new public consultation that will be launched in the Autumn.


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Scientists produce wooden flooring that produces renewable energy

By tapping into wooden flooring as an energy source, researchers from Switzerland have developed an energy-harvesting device that uses wood with a combination of a silicone coating and embedded nan...

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New offshore wind leasing process announced

Crown Estate Scotland has announced plans to launch a new leasing process designed for offshore wind farms that support the decarbonisation of the oil and gas sector.

The new process, which...

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Delivery driver struck by lorry

A furniture manufacturer based in Ilkeston, Derbyshire has been fined after a delivery driver sustained serious leg injuries when he was struck by a reversing lorry in the yard.


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Fine for ship building company

A shipbuilding and repair company based in Merseyside has been fined after an employee was fatally injured when struck by a 31-foot steel post.

Liverpool Magistrates' Court heard that on 30...

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Nature accreditation for Lea Castle Village

A Build with Nature accreditation has been awarded to Lea Castle Village, near Kidderminster in Worcestershire.

The scheme Building with Nature is voluntary, and sets out the standards for...

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New amendments for Environment Bill

The Environment Bill has been amended following work with Parliamentarians and wider stakeholders to strengthen commitments to protect the environment for future generations...

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Biffa fined £1.5 million over paper exports

Biffa Waste Services Ltd has been ordered to pay £1.69 million after being found guilty of breaching legislation over the export of mixed paper to Asia in 2018 and 2019.

It is the sec...

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UK Emissions Trading Scheme ruled lawful

In Elliott-Smith v Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the claimant applied for judicial review of the legality of the defendants' joint decision to create the...

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Locally listed clock tower saved from demolition

An appeal against the refusal to grant permission for the demolition of a derelict locally-listed clock tower in Watford has been dismissed by a planning inspector, saving the clock tower.


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Company fined after several workers contracted occupational disease

Construction company Peter Duffy Ltd was sentenced today for safety breaches after multiple employees were diagnosed with Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS).

Leeds Magistrates' Court heard...

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Irish Government publish new development plan preparation guidelines

The Irish Government has begun consulting on draft new guidelines for planning authorities regarding the preparation of development plans.

The 134 page guidelines are designed to help plann...

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Man prosecuted for illegal waste activities in Lincolnshire

A man from Lincolnshire has been given a suspended prison sentence and his van and funds confiscated, for storing and burning waste illegally at a site in Holbeach, despite repeated warnings from t...

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RTPI to research how design codes can help net-zero

The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) has appointed consultants LDA Design to research how design codes in England can help the Government achieve its net-zero targets and tackle the ongoing eco...

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