There are certain things you stop noticing after a few years in London. The first thing is how busy it is; crowds become the norm. The abominable air quality only becomes apparent when you leave. Another thing is Portland Stone. Chances are, you don’t even know you’re looking at it, but there aren’t many streets in the City of London where Portland Stone isn’t visible. This gleaming white limestone has become synonymous with our capital, plastered across so many of its most famous landmarks it’s almost easier to name the ones it doesn’t feature on. In the City, you’ll find it on the Tower of London, the Bank of England and London Bridge, then the British Museum and Somerset House as you head out west until you reach Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament. And it all comes from a tiny island off the coast of Dorset, fetched out of mines owned by the Crown Estate. Though limestone has been mined on the island of Portland since Roman … [Read more...] about Portland Stone became the building block of London, but does it have a place in modern British architecture?
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Going to your local doctor could mean risking your health. GP surgeries and health centres across Wales are located in areas that exceed the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) safe air pollution limits, new research reveals. The situation in Cardiff is particularly bad. Twenty-six GP practices are in places where pollution is above the WHO limit. Cardiff Royal Infirmary, St David’s Community Hospital and three centres on the site of the University Hospital of Wales all had unsafe levels of pollution. The full list of 54 GP practices in Wales in such areas is at the bottom of this article. The analysis by the British Lung Foundation (BLF) and Cambridge Environmental Research Consultants comes at a time of rising concern about the impact of air pollution on public health. GP practices that exceed WHO air pollution guidelines British Lung Foundation There is particular anxiety about tiny particles – which mainly come from road transport in urban areas – which are … [Read more...] about The 54 GP practices in Wales in areas with unsafe levels of air pollution
Motorists will be hit by rising parking charges in Newcastle city centre in the coming weeks. Council bosses are planning to increase hourly tariffs by 10p per hour at a number of popular locations from October 1. The news comes after the civic centre also revealed last week that it would be scrapping free parking for electric and hybrid cars in the city centre. Charges will be increased at 14 car parks in the city - including the Eldon Square and Eldon Garden multi-storey sites - as well as 29 on-street parking locations. The all-day tariff at Eldon Garden will also increase by 50p to £8, while the Blandford Street East car park will have its hourly charge increased by 20p. A report into the proposals, which will generate an extra £381,000 a year for the local authority, said that the council-run sites still represent "good value for money when compared to private operators across the city". Newcastle City Council operates eight city centre multi-storey car parks and 47 … [Read more...] about The cost of parking in Newcastle is about to go up
Lindsay Schnell USA TODAY Published 1:20 p.m. UTC Aug 23, 2018 PORTLAND, Ore. — Hazy skies have covered the Pacific Northwest this week, the result of smoke from wildfires burning up and down the West Coast. Poor air quality has sent residents scurrying indoors as experts warn that this might be the new normal for this area. Seattle’s air quality has been among the worst in the world this week, as the Emerald City registered even worse than Beijing, often considered the barometer for poor air quality around the world. Fortune reported that hazardous readings — when the Air Quality Index hits between 301 and 500 — are “the future.” Related: Clean air goes up in smoke with California fires The Air Quality Index runs from 0 to 500. Higher numbers mean greater air pollution, which lead to increased health concerns. In some Seattle neighborhoods Wednesday, the AQI registered as high as 183, a number considered unhealthy for the … [Read more...] about How does Seattle’s ‘worst air quality’ compare to Beijing?
PUBLISHED: 16:13 09 July 2018 | UPDATED: 16:16 09 July 2018 Ramzy Alwakeel What CS11 could look like were it to go ahead. Picture: TfL Archant Campaigners against the CS11 cycle route that would tear up the Swiss Cottage gyratory have withdrawn legal action against TfL – saying they’re better off working with Westminster City Council to oppose it. Cyclists in Regent's Park. Picture: Justin McKie Tory-controlled Westminster announced last month it was seeking a judicial review of the flagship cycling project as TfL was planning to start work despite neighbours’ objections. The transport authority has now vowed to give four weeks’ notice before the first spade hits the ground. Today the residents’ group that lodged papers with the Administrative Court days before the JR announcement said it would focus all its efforts on backing the council instead of acting separately. CS11 would create dedicated cycle lanes between Swiss Cottage and Portland … [Read more...] about CS11: Campaigners withdraw legal action against TfL, vowing instead to back Westminster City Council’s judicial review