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July 2017

1)Gazetteers @GIS Day – save the date

On 15th November 2017, local authorities across England and Wales will be celebrating Gazetteers @GIS Day. This is an opportunity to celebrate the value of location data, and to demonstrate how it can be used to connect departments, improve services and save money.

For more information, see the GeoPlace website:

To register your interest in taking part, email [email protected]

2)Street Naming and Numbering area on the GeoPlace website

There is a new area on the GeoPlace website containing resources that are designed to support SNN Officers, including:

  • Good practice and guidance

  • Information on existing legislation

  • SNN policies from various councils

  • Case studies

  • The SNN Officer role, etc.

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3)Regulator reassured by Highways England improvements

Highways England is performing well against most of its performance targets but has areas for improvement, according to the latest report from its regulator.

The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) is the official ‘monitor' of the Government-owned company. Its Annual Assessment of Highways England's Performance found that Highways England is meeting its targets to keep traffic flowing while delivering its programme of major improvements.

It is also continuing to focus on improving safety and delivering a comprehensive health and safety plan.

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4)Councils given £15m to ease pressures of migration

Councils have been awarded £15m to help ease the pressures on local services caused by recent migration.

Communities secretary Sajid Javid said the funding will supplement local authorities' budgets, and will help reduce the impact of migration on local communities.

‘Migration brings great benefits to this country but, in some places, significant population changes in a short space of time have put pressures on public services,' said Mr Javid.

‘This new funding will help councils rise to the challenge of reducing the impact of migration on local communities in a variety of ways – whether that's tackling the small minority of rogue landlords who damage neighbourhoods with overcrowded properties, providing English language classes to ensure effective integration rather than reliance on translation services, or boosting the number of teaching assistants in schools to ensure all children get excellent teaching.'

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5)Grayling confirms HS2 route with Sheffield spur

Chris Grayling has announced the Government's preferred route for Phase 2b of HS2, confirming that the high speed rail link will now serve Sheffield via a spur, allowing the line to run further to the East than originally planned.

In total, the transport secretary confirmed six of the seven changes that were consulted on last November for the routes from Crewe to Manchester and the West Midlands to Leeds, completing the Y-shape of the high speed network.

The new route between Derbyshire and West Yorkshire partly follows the M1 and M18 motorways and includes the possibility of a northern junction that would allow trains to run between Sheffield and Leeds city centres using HS2 lines.

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