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Diesel vehicles could be restricted from entering city centres in Midlands

The proposals look to improve air quality in cities Credit: PA

Drivers of diesel vehicles could face restrictions on going into city centres such as Nottingham and Derby under Government proposals to improve air quality.

The proposed change would affect six cities in areas where air quality targets for 2020 are expected to be missed.

Birmingham, Nottingham and Derby are the cities in the Midlands included in the proposals.

The plans by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) encourage local authorities to restrict access to cities for certain types of cars to try to reduce nitrogen dioxide emissions.

Nitrogen Dioxide is estimated to be responsible for 23,500 deaths in the UK each year, while a further 29,000 are killed by particulates - which are tiny particles of soot.


Derby begins second 'Commuter Count' survey

Derby city centre Credit: PA

Derby's second 'Commuter Count' will get underway today to find out how people in the city travel to work.

The survey is organised by Connected, a local scheme which encourages people to use sustainable forms of travel.

Information gathered from the survey will be used to work out what the most common travel patterns are across the city.

It will be open from 14 September to 12 October and can be completed online at Paper copies are also available by emailing

Last year over around 2,500 people took part in the survey.

Weekend Picks: Matlock Bath Illuminations

Matlock Bath Illuminations Credit: James Fearn.

Matlock Bath Illuminations: 12th September - 31st October (River Derwent)

This Saturday is the opening night of the 118th Matlock Bath Illuminations. The illuminations will begin at 7PM with entertainment around the bandstand in Derwent Gardens, followed by the lights switch on at 8PM and then the parade of decorated boats and judging for the best boat trophy at 8.15PM.

The illuminated boats along the River Derwent attract thousands of people each year and will be running every Saturday and Sunday from this weekend until October 31st.

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“The boat builders continue to be the stars of Matlock Bath Illuminations, and on a beautiful clear night, the effect on the River Derwent of the moment when all of the boats switch on their lights is absolutely breath-taking”

– Councillor Lewis Rose OBE, Leader of Derbyshire Dales District Council.
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