0 Have your say When Nottingham City Council first announced its plans for a workplace parking levy, the backlash was immediate. “Lots of businesses were trying to work out ways to get round it,” says BBC Nottingham journalist Rebecca Brice, who covered the story. “I spoke to one employer who was talking about painting huge [bays] in the car park so it looked as if there were only 10 spaces [because 10 is the maximum number allowed before a company must start paying].” Under Nottingham’s WPL scheme, businesses with 11 or more spaces must pay an annual tax (currently £415 per space); but an estimated 40 per cent of employers have passed the cost on to their workers. “People were initially outraged because they were paying the money, but not seeing the benefits,” says Brice.Seven years on, however, the city’s WPL scheme is held up as a model and has helped the city win an Ashden Award for sustainable travel. … [Read more...] about Insight: Panacea for urban congestion or poll tax on wheels?
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Escalante, Utah • On the eastern end of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, narrow slot canyons shoot through the rocks in shades of terra-cotta red and pale peach. To the west stand surreal rock spires, the hoodoos for which the badlands are known. But what’s buried beneath undulating gray formations here is what caught Washington’s attention: coal. Decades ago, that gray swath signaled big profits for any company prepared to dig it up. But today, even the government officials charged with assessing the roughly 9 billion tons of coal deposits say they are unlikely to attract investors' interest. In this fight, ideology has triumphed over economics. While administration officials trumpet a potential coal boom here, it’s unclear whether there will be many takers. Several of the tourist operators, conservation groups and researchers who invested in the area over the past two decades fear that even a modest amount of mining will undermine the … [Read more...] about Trump has opened up Utah’s Grand Staircase to coal mining, why has no one taken him up on it yet?
There’s nothing better than a barbecue when it’s sunny outside but Londoners with gardens are among the lucky few. Fear not dear flat-dwellers! Some of the city’s parks will let you get your grill on but it may mean venturing out of west London. Barbecues are banned because of fire risk in all eight London Royal Parks. This means no grilling in Richmond, Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, Bushy Park, St James Park, Green Park, Greenwich Park, Regents Park and Primrose Hill, Brompton Cemetery or Victoria Tower Gardens. Read More Eating out in and around London The councils of Brent, Ealing and Harrow also don't permit barbecues in any of their parks. But don't panic there are still some spots where you can legally sizzle and to help you we've put together a list of the best ones. Lincoln's Inn Fields, Westminster Close to Holborn this central green space let's you grill right at the heart of the city. It's the largest public square in London and celebrates is … [Read more...] about 7 London parks where you are allowed to have a barbecue