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The European Investment Bank is lending £100M for the construction of seven Scottish wind farms with a capacity of 323MWe, and for refurbishment of 24 hydro-electric power stations. Client Scottish & Southern Energy plans to invest £450M in renewable energy.

Thirty three new 'sensitive sites' requiring environmental protection have been named by the government. Farmers will be forced to cut nitrate emissions and water companies to limit sewer overflow emissions into watercourses in the areas.

Northern Ireland's governing body the Stormont Executive has unveiled a £270M investment plan for 29 major infrastructure projects. £110M will go to the Department of Health for improvement of hospitals, £67M is earmarked for road, water supply and sewerage improvements, and £52.8M for modernisation of secondary schools.

Sefton Borough Council, Merseyside, has installed an IT system to catch roadworks contractors who over-run their agreed time. The council plans to charge contractors who bust deadlines up to £2,000/day.

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