Proposals to introduce charges for people taking building and demolition waste to recycling centres in Derbyshire will be considered today.Read the full story ›
Twycross Zoo is undertaking its annual stocktake of all animals today - including 41 new babies!Read the full story ›
With temperatures falling and the colder weather coming, Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue is reminding residents to think carefully before heating their home this winter.
The advice comes after a number of reports of people heating their homes in dangerous ways, without realising the risks.
The service now wants to reinforce the message by highlighting the top mistakes people make in their home when trying to stay warm. This includes:
1) Putting washing too close to their halogen heaters
2) Sitting too close to their halogen heaters
3) Leaving their halogen heaters on when going to bed
4) Keeping wood all the way round a wood burner when lit
5) Using candle flower pot heaters - home-made heating devices made by candles being placed under an upside down plant pot
"We want people to stay warm and well this winter, but our main priority is that people stay safe. "We know it's tempting to sit with the heater close to your legs or to dry washing quicker by having the heater right next to it, but this can be extremely dangerous.
"These are all things we see when we visit people in their homes, and it is vital that they understand the dangers so they don’t put themselves or their loved ones at risk. “We realise that it is expensive to heat your homes at present, but would recommend portable oil filled radiators for small space heating."I
Households across Lincoln are being encouraged to go green this Christmas and help to support their local hospice with their tree-cycle campaign.
On Saturday 7th January, St Barnabas Hospice will collect and recycle unwanted trees in return for a donation.
The hospice will be collecting trees in parts of LN1, LN2, LN3, LN4, LN5 and LN6.
“This is the simplest, greenest and most charitable way to get rid of your Christmas tree after the festivities.
"Let the hospice take away the stress and mess of disposing of your tree and help us to raise vital funds for hospice care.
“Donations are crucial to the success of this event and to ensuring that we can continue to provide dedicated, compassionate hospice care every day of the year.”
To arrange a collection and donate to the hospice book in at www.charityxmastreecollection.com
Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom announced the government funded scheme to enhance Burton's existing flood defences.Read the full story ›
A report that paints the most 'accurate picture yet of homelessness' finds 16,100 people are homeless in the West Midlands.Read the full story ›
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling releases intentions for roads investments, with the Midlands hoping to receive a share of the pot.Read the full story ›
Nottingham Castle Transformation Project has secured £13.9m from National Lottery Investment.Read the full story ›
A new project at the University of Leicester hopes to save rare and threatened local wildflowers from across Leicestershire and Rutland from extinction. The university has built a deep freeze container, named 'Genebank55,' to store and protect rare wildflower seeds in case of a requirement for repopulation.
Changes in agricultural methods and how the land has been used have endangered some species of wildflower. Some of the species have a scant few individual populations remaining. The University are hoping that Genebank55 will be up and running by 2017.
Protesters have gathered outside County Hall this morning ahead of a decision on exploratory drilling in Nottinghamshire today.
The project in Misson Springs in Nottinghamshire could get the go ahead when the County Council Planning and Licensing Committee meet.
If approved, the firm IGas would be allowed to drill for shale gas close to the village in Bassetlaw.
Hydraulic fracturing, or the controversial practice of fracking is not part of the proposal but, if shale gas is found, it could take place in the future.