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Street Scar: why the utilities firms ruin our streets and how to stop it

19/02/2024

Nicholas Boys Smith, founder and chairman of Create Streets, explains what needs to be done to help local authorities prevent 'street scarring'.

London faces ‘chronic’ street clutter issue

18/10/2023

Central London has a ‘chronic’ issue with street clutter such as disused phone boxes and discarded e-bikes, a think tank has warned.

Street Manager limitations cost councils millions

08/09/2023

The Local Government Association has released a report it buried three years ago covering the financial impact of the Government's Street Manager software.

New front door opening litter bin

07/06/2023

Leafield Environmental have launched a new front door opening litter bin, the Heritage Oval Litter Bin..

Sheffield approach to tree felling utterly condemned

07/03/2023

A report into the Sheffield street trees scandal has laid the blame firmly at the door of the former leadership of the council.

How can you keep your site safer from hostile or errant vehicles?

05/08/2022

Deborah Ainscough discusses the importance of risk assessment and specification in protecting people and assets from hostile and errant vehicles.

Regenerating public realm for climate change

29/07/2022

The regeneration of White Hart Lane in Tottenham, London has shown has permeable paving and street trees should can help address climate change while delivering SuDS. Chris Hodson reports.

More than 100 projects secure money from Safer Streets Fund

26/07/2022

More than 100 projects have been awarded £50m to make streets safer and tackle violence against women and girls.

Communities to have more control over changes to street names

07/07/2022

Councils will need agreement from two-thirds of local residents and business owners in order to change street names, under plans by the Government.

Skate parks are not the only fruit

21/06/2022

On Go Skateboarding Day, Susannah Walker asks councils and their leisure and park departments to think differently about what facilities they provide for teenagers.

Third round of safer streets funding is allocated

04/10/2021

Local authorities and police forces across England and Wales have been awarded £23.5m to help make women and girls feel safer in public spaces.

BT steps up small business support by gifting up to £7.5m of street advertising space

21/09/2021

BT is donating up to £7.5m of outdoor advertising space to small businesses, as part of its roll-out of new Street Hub 2.0 units.

Council steps up security after vandalism at Low Traffic Neighbourhoods

20/07/2021

Lambeth Council has been forced to install security measures after vandals targeted its Low Traffic Neighbourhood schemes.

We need to put fun back into urban design – and councils are key

25/06/2021

Martin Bransby explores how to create better spaces that are geared towards improving both physical and mental wellbeing.

Areas chosen to share Safer Streets Fund

04/06/2021

The Government has announced the 40 areas that will share more than £18m to make streets safer and crack down on neighbourhood crime.

Harrow Council to remove two Streetspace schemes

04/05/2021

Harrow Council’s cabinet has decided to remove two of three Transport for London (TfL) Streetspace schemes designed to support people to socially distance and encourage active travel during lockdown.

Proving permeable paving

26/04/2021

New research highlights the major benefits of permeable paving for green infrastructure in the public realm, Chris Hodson reports.

All-female team create new guide to support safer public spaces

26/04/2021

A new guide to help local authorities create safer journeys for women has been published.

Report calls for a 'connected recovery' from pandemic

24/03/2021

Safer and more welcoming public spaces would help people reconnect post-COVID-19, MPs and peers have argued.

'Welcome back' fund launched for high streets and coastal areas

22/03/2021

Councils will receive £56m to help high streets and seaside resorts open safely this summer.

Mayor and TfL seek to appeal Streetspace judgement

11/02/2021

London mayor Sadiq Khan and Transport for London (TfL) have applied to appeal a court ruling that deemed their Streetspace for London Plan unlawful.

Council approves memorial for victims of Manchester Arena bombing

22/01/2021

A ‘calm and peaceful’ memorial for the 22 people who were killed in the 2017 Manchester terror attack has been approved by the council.

Could safe pedestrianisation secure a greener more prosperous future after COVID?

13/01/2021

Deborah Ainscough discusses the potential benefits of temporary pedestrianisation for local authorities and the safety considerations for pedestrianisation planning.

The winners of the 2020 Street Design Awards

18/12/2020

To end the year on a positive note, we are delighted to announce the winners of the 2020 Street Design Awards.

Waltham Forest Council announces five new School Streets schemes

17/11/2020

Waltham Forest Council is announcing a further five new School Streets following air quality monitoring that suggests the scheme has a ‘significant’ impact on NO2 concentrations.

How councils can use landscaping to maintain social distancing and safety

22/09/2020

Saul Huxley explores how councils can use different landscaping methods to incorporate social distancing into public spaces.

Planning reforms present 'dangers' for disabled peopled, Lord Holmes warns

07/07/2020

The relaxation of planning rules poses 'serious dangers' for disabled people, Lord Holmes has warned.

Changing the face of public realm design post-Covid

30/06/2020

What has Covid taught us about public realm? Peter Hogg explores.

Delivering a better post-pandemic public realm

25/06/2020

Chris Hodson explores how established and new techniques can help transform streets and public spaces to meet new challenges.

Council to remove Robert Baden-Powell statue from Poole

11/06/2020

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) Council is removing a statue of Robert Baden-Powell today from Poole Quay.

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How to tackle London’s housing crisis

Piali Das Gupta, London Councils’ Strategy Director – London’s Future, looks at what the new government should do to solve the capital’s housing shortage.
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