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The Ribble Estuary’s Hutton Marsh set for conservation boost

The Preston and District Wildfowling Association (PDWA) have been awarded a £21,000 grant from the Wildlife Habitat Charitable Trust (WHCT) to improve habitat on the protected Hutton Marsh in the Ribble Estuary. The grant will be used to fund habitat improvements for nesting birds, as well as to encourage water voles and otters into the… Read more »

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The government has denied that nicer neighbourhoods will be subject to higher council taxes
New quality of life council tax mooted

The government is planning to introduce a new system of council tax based upon the quality of life and crime levels within the area, the Conservative party claims. Shadow communities and local government secretary Caroline Spelman believes that council tax bills could rise by more than four times for residents in areas of England with… Read more »

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Ruth Kelly announces shake-up of local government
Councils given teeth in local government shake-up

Councils will have greater powers to champion their residents’ rights without being held back by central government targets, under new plans unveiled today. The local government white paper proposes council committees be able to summon health, education, police and transport officials to justify their actions if concerns are expressed by members of the public about… Read more »