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Cycling playing key role in Commonwealth Games legacy

Plans to get more people in the West Midlands cycling as part of the legacy of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games has been given a £2 million boost from the Department for Transport. The aim of Cycling for Everyone is to work with communities across the region’s most disadvantaged areas to encourage and enable more people to get on a bike to improve both their health and the environment and […]

todayJuly 30, 2021

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Coventry’s Godiva Festival returns to centre stage

Godiva Festival's battle of the bands-style competition is back and is once again offering local musicians the chance to perform on one of Godiva Festival's main stages. Bands or solo artists with a Coventry postcode can apply to play in one of the six heats. The heats are divided into Indie Rock, Urban, Alternative, Heavy Rock/Metal, Singer/Songwriter/Acoustic and Under 18s. Heats for the competition will take place at six venues […]

todayJuly 29, 2021

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Warwick District getting environmental boost from electric charging points

Electric vehicles owners can now benefit from more charging points in public car parks across the district. Funded by the Government Office for Zero-Emission Vehicles (OZEV) and Warwickshire County Council under the On-Street Residential Charging Scheme (ORCS), approximately 100 charge points have been installed across the County, with Warwick District benefitting from 26 twin-headed charging points, meaning 52 electric vehicles can be charged at any one time.  Cllr Heather Timms, […]

todayJuly 29, 2021

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Three regional mayors unite on homelessness

The Metro Mayors for the West Midlands, Greater Manchester and Liverpool City Region have joined forces to call for an extension of the Government’s successful Housing First pilot scheme for tackling homelessness. Andy Street, Andy Burnham and Steve Rotheram all share the same ambition to end rough sleeping and believe that the three Housing First pilots in their areas have been making a significant contribution to achieving this.  Figures show […]

todayJuly 29, 2021

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Introduction of hydrogen buses marks turning point in race to improve air quality

Birmingham City Council has unveiled the first of its 20 new hydrogen buses, which are set to be in operation later this year. The new buses have been purchased as part of the Council's Clean Air Hydrogen Bus Pilot, which looks to 'kick-start' the hydrogen market as a viable zero-emission fuel. It is intended that Birmingham's Clean Air Hydrogen Bus Pilot will be the catalyst for the next generation of […]

todayJuly 29, 2021

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Craig David presents TS5 announced as first headline act for Godiva Festival 2021

As excitement builds for the summer, Godiva Festival organisers have confirmed that 'Craig David presents TS5' will headline the main stage on Saturday 4 September. TS5 started out as an exclusive pre-party that was hosted by Craig David at his penthouse home in Miami but has quickly grown into a world-renowned show. The show has toured the US and has been featured at some of the UK’s biggest festivals including […]

todayJuly 27, 2021

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Vital communities scheme in Birmingham enters final round

McLaughlin & Harvey, the lead contractor for the council at the Alexander Stadium Redevelopment, has announced a third and final round of the You Matter Communities scheme. The scheme, open to all Birmingham-based community organisations, offers support to local communities, such as volunteer time, small grants, and the use of excess materials from the construction process. The first round of the You Matter Community Fund in August 2020 had an […]

todayJuly 26, 2021

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Innovation, innovation, innovation for transport in the West Midlands

A wide-ranging plan is being drawn up to guide and direct investment and development of the region’s transport network to meet the challenges of climate change, population growth and traffic congestion. Emerging technology and innovation, such as new types of bus services and intelligent travel apps, are set to play a significant role in the way transport works for areas like the West Midlands. Innovations, such as autonomous vehicles, the […]

todayJuly 22, 2021

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New plan could make Coventry the go-to location for British tourism

A new collaboration between Coventry City Council and the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce is set to deliver the city's destination management and marketing offer. As part of a two-year proof of concept trial, the new partnership will be established to manage the city's growing tourism offer and boost Coventry's reputation as a visitor destination. Coventry's visitor economy was worth £594 million in 2019, with over 10 million visitors. […]

todayJuly 22, 2021

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