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
Portland air quality
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 Picture: TfL Archant Campaigners against the CS11 cycle route that would tear up the Swiss Cottage gyratory have withdrawn legal action against TfL – saying they’re better off working with Westminster City Council to oppose it.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
Events taking place in the Herald and Gazette area during the coming week. Friday, April 20SHOREHAMTALK: Shoreham Society talk – Rebecca Searle, from Brighton University, asks ‘Why are we Paying So Much Rent?’ in her illustrated exploration of the history of housing, and how housing policy has shifted over the last 100 years. 7.30pm in St Peter’s Hall, West Street Shoreham. Admission is £3 – all welcome.WORTHINGFILM: The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society (12A) – 12.30pm, 3.15pm, 6pm. Ghost Stories (15) – 8.40pm. Venue: Connaught Cinema, Union Place, Worthing, BN11 1LG. Box office: 01903 206206. Online booking: www.worthingtheatres.co.uk.STAGE: Gangsta Granny. April 20 to 22, various times. Price: £19, Family of Four £66. Venue: Pavilion Theatre, Marine Parade, Worthing, BN11 3PX. Box office: 01903 206206. Online booking: www.worthingtheatres.co.uk-Saturday, April 21LANCINGFAYRE: Spring Fayre at St James the Less … [Read more...] about What’s on this week: April 20 to 26
0 Post a comment Wednesday, 4 April 2018 - Local People by Contributed Item - Contributed Item @twitter.com/gem_news [email protected] Local historian Ceri Joseph of Porthcawl Museum continues her fascinating series on life in Porthcawl 100 years ago, when World War One was still raging. This week, she looks at April 1918. The role of aviation evolved rapidly throughout the First World War. What began as a means for reconnaissance soon had to adapt new roles. Fighter aircraft were developed to shoot down enemy planes whilst other aircraft were equipped to drop bombs. By 1917, the growing superiority of German fighter planes, and the bombing of England by Zeppelins, led to an authorised review of British Air Services by South African General Jan Smuts. ‘The Smuts Report’ resulted in the amalgamation of the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service to form the Royal Air Force and the Women’s Royal Air Force. The world’s first … [Read more...] about Did the brother of a Porthcawl man shoot down the Red Baron? Porthcawl at war, April 1918, by Ceri Joseph.