Labour in infrastructure pledge; Ernie Sharp passes away; £250,000 for Scottish council; Viridor hails boost to Peterborough economy
Labour pledges infrastructure commission
A Labour government would set up an independent National Infrastructure Commission to facilitate the development of long-term projects.
Speaking at the UK Infrastructure Conference, Ed Balls MP, Labour’s shadow chancellor, said: “The commission will then ensure government comes up with credible plans to meet them – and hold ministers’ feet to the fire to deliver those plans.
“Infrastructure investment is vital to boosting growth and productivity in a way which raises living standards for the many, not just a few at the top. That’s why it is a key part of Labour’s economic plan.”
Ernie Sharp passes away
The Chartered Institution of Waste Management (CIWM) has announced the passing of longstanding CIWM member and fellow Ernie Sharp, at the grand age of 93.
Ernie joined CIWM in 1962 and has been a Fellow since 1980.
He started working life as a dustman in Lewisham and worked his way up to assistant director of the Greater London Council Operations Department. He retired from the role in 1983.
Scottish council backed with £250,000
Scottish Borders Council has been awarded a funding package worth almost £250,000 to assist with the introduction of its new food waste collection service.
The six-figure sum follows a successful application to Zero Waste Scotland and will play a key role in implementing the new service, which is being rolled out throughout 2015 in five Borders towns.
Viridor hails £5m boost to Peterborough economy
Over £5m has been spent in the area near the Peterborough Energy Recovery Facility (ERF), developer Viridor has said (photo above).
Alan Cummings from Viridor said: “This is a fantastic milestone for us to achieve. The Peterborough ERF is going to benefit all of the local area when it’s complete, but we don’t need to wait until then to see the boost to the economy.
“We’re committed to engaging with businesses in this area to source our materials, expertise and resources. This applies to everything from Lorna, who runs a workers café on site to keep everyone’s hunger at bay, to scaffolders, crane operatives and more.”