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News in brief: Thames bridge competition, Bristol receives green award

Words: Laura Edgar

News in Brief: Tuesday 9 December, 2014

New Thames bridge competition

Wandsworth Council has launched an international competition to design a new bridge across the River Thames in central London. Architects and engineers are being challenged to design the bridge for the new river crossing that will link the Nine Elms district with Pimlico embankment. Ravi Govindia, leader of Wandsworth Council and co-chair of the Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership, said: “This bridge has the potential to become an inspiring landmark, heralding the changes that are taking place south of the river and making vital connections to the north shore. The transport case is very strong indeed and this will be a valuable and sustainable addition to London’s transport infrastructure.” To find out more, visit: http://www.nepbridgecompetition.co.uk/

Bristol awarded green capital award

Bristol has been awarded the European Green Capital 2015 by outgoing city Copenhagen. The city is the first in the UK to received the award, which rewards efforts that are being made to create a healthier urban environment and sustainable living areas, since its launch in 2008.

Swindon relief road sidelined

Plans for a dual carriageway from Thamesdown Road to the Great Western way will not go ahead after no money was secured. Instead, Swindon Borough Council is considering upgrading existing roads at a cost of £15 million, including junction improvements along Akers Way/Cheney Manor Road.

Corby waste plant plans thrown out

Opposed by 1,000 people, plans for a waste plant in Corby have been thrown out. The plans, for an industrial park and energy-from-waste incinerator, were rejected because officers felt developer Gretton Brook Estates did not provide an adequate environmental report. The developers cannot appeal the decision but can submit a fresh application.

Invercylde councillors reject wind farm

A £36 million wind farm proposed for land north of and east of Corlic Hill between Greenock and Port Glasgow has been rejected. Concern over the eight turbine development’s impact on air traffic radar was a key factor behind the decisions. Developer 2020 Renewables’ may launch an appeal against the decision with the Scottish government.

Somerset flooding funding announced

Environment secretary Elizabeth Truss has announced £1.9 million of funding for the Somerset Rivers Authority, meaning it will be able to start work next year on reducing flooding risk. The authority will receive £2.7 million in total from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Somerset County Council and the Somerset Consortium of Drainage Boards. Truss said: “This funding will enable the newly formed Somerset Rivers Authority to make a real difference in its first year.”