Solar powered bins, that automatically text refuse collectors when they're 80% full, are being used on the streets of central London.
Westminster City Council is installing 4 new bins at Trevor Place, Berkeley Square, Belgrave Square, Ennismore Gardens. They also have eight times the capacity of a normal bin because the bins automatically compact the rubbish.
Dual use bays are all about maximising the space at the kerbside in the city to enable fair and easy parking for everyone.
Demand for space in the city is great and Westminster seeks to maintain a balance between the needs of residents, businesses and visitors to the city in all our decisions regarding parking.
However, we accept that the parking signs in these streets could have given rise to confusion among motorists and so we are making a one-off exception - it is the right thing to do. We have now also replaced signs as a result.
Westminster City Council is set to refund over 5,000 parking tickets valued at £278,000. The council says the signs at three locations in central London were confusing.
The signs told motorists that parking charges were in force between 8:30am and 6:30pm. They implied that motorists could park for free from 6:30pm until 8:30am. However, during these times the bays were dedicated to taxis only.
They were used along Oxendon Street, Jermyn Street and Conduit Street.
Westminster Council has long argued that rough sleeping Roma travellers are affecting businesses in the capital. Today it began another mission to move them on. They say the action's vital because soon they might not have the law behind them. To explain here's Dan Hewitt.
Mayor Boris Johnson has responded to new figures which show that two-thirds of electric car recharging posts in the capital are not being used. He called on electric car manufacturers to reduce their prices, and said the technology was vital for reducing emissions.
Westminster City Council says that putting in electric charging points is the only way to ensure that the infrastructure is in place for the long term. It says:
· There are 42 on-street recharging bays within the City of Westminster. At the start of 2013, there were approximately 150 recharging stations in the public car parks in Westminster
· The first on-street recharging point was installed in 2006 as a trial with local users. Westminster has spent and budgeted approx £140,000 per year on electric vehicle recharging infrastructure to deliver recharging bays in line with local demand.
· Usage data shows that the established on-street recharging points (which cover a two year period) are used at least twice / three times a day and the average length of stay at the post is 4.5 hours.