Our Green City news archive

Air quality improvements confirmed in Southampton during lockdown

Date: 22 October 2020

Summary: The reduction in road traffic has seen lower levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) recorded during this time.


Queens Park is lit green to celebrate parks in the city with a Green Flag

Date: 16 October 2020

Summary: Central Parks, St James’s Park and Riverside Park have received the prestigious Green Flag Award this year.


Fly-tipping prosecutions sought by new Enforcement Officers

Date: 1 October 2020

Summary: Heavy fines or prosecutions for dumping rubbish.


Council replaces nine waste collection fleet vehicles

Date: 17 September 2020

Summary: New greener, lower emission vehicles to replace older models.


Green City electric vans taking charge around the city

Date: 23 July 2020

Summary: Southampton City Council has recently added 24 electric vans to its City Services fleet.


Solar powered 'Bigbelly' compactor litter bins rolled out across the city

Date: 3 June 2020

Summary: The new solar power compactor bins have display panels featuring our eye-catching new anti-littering campaign artwork.


Southampton City Council announces its Green Transport Recovery Plan

Date: 28 May 2020

Summary: The plan outlines measures to support safe and active travel as the city gets moving again.


Southampton's Living Wall bursts into life

Date: 28 May 2020

Summary: The Living Wall at Millbrook roundabout has come into bloom.


Local schools and community groups plant free trees donated by CitizEn Energy

Date: 12 March 2020

Summary: Over 60 trees have been distributed to help 'green Southampton'.


Southampton City Council has announced the publication of its Green City Plan 2030

Date: 9 March 2020

Summary: The plan sets out an ambitious vision for a cleaner, greener, healthier and more sustainable council.


New Fixed Penalty Notices introduced to help prevent littering

Date: 12 February 2020

Summary: An Environmental Enforcement Service with the power to issue Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) will now start patrolling the city in order to tackle the issue of littering.


Millbrook recycling centre to be exempt from charging scheme

Date: 20 December 2019

Summary: Charges to be introduced by Hampshire County Council.


CitizEn Energy pledge a warm Christmas for all

Date: 20 December 2019

Summary: We're giving away energy credit to our most vulnerable customers.


Celebrating 25 years of Trees for Life

Date: 29 November 2019

Summary: Over 60 families joined us on Saturday 23 November to celebrate the births of babies across the city this year.


100 free trees for Southampton

Date: 10 October 2019

Summary: CitizEn Energy, an energy provider set up by Southampton City Council, has kicked started their campaign to plant 100 trees in Southampton by donating free trees to local schools and community groups.


The Avenue cycle scheme enters next phase

Date: 7 October 2019

Summary: Work has commenced to install new cycle facilities on The Avenue from Lodge Road to Northlands Road.


Southampton City Council goes green

Date: 30 September 2019

Summary: From Tuesday 1 October 2019, Southampton City Council commercial buildings will be using 100% green electricity.


Works start at Mansel Park

Date: 26 September 2019

Summary: Southampton City Council has begun work to rejuvenate the play area at Mansel Park in Millbrook. The improvements will create a new and improved space for families to spend time together and be active.


CitizEn Energy celebrates environmental achievements in first year

Date: 11 September 2019

Summary: Ethical energy provider CitizEn Energy celebrates on their first birthday this month, as their 1,500 customers save over 1,500 tonnes of CO2 from entering the atmosphere.


Work set to start on major improvements for Stoneham Way, Bassett Green Road, Wide Lane and Swaythling Arch

Date: 9 August 2019

Summary: Southampton City Council, with its Highways Partner Balfour Beatty, will begin work on Monday 12 August on a major project to improve the A335 Stoneham Way between Wide Lane, Bassett Green Road and Thomas Lewis Way.


New living wall

Date: 7 August 2019

Summary: New Living Wall set to be installed on Millbrook Roundabout is first of its kind in UK.


Southampton City Council's transformation of Blechynden Gardens near Central Station now complete

Date: 5 August 2019

Summary: The park creates an attractive public space which respects the rich heritage of the area.


New-look Townhill Park's environmental credentials stack up

Date: 26 July 2019

Summary: The first completed section of Southampton City Council’s redevelopment of Townhill Park has been celebrated with ringing endorsements of the scheme’s energy-efficient features and sustainable design.


New taxi and private hire vehicle licence conditions to help improve air quality in Southampton

Date: 26 July 2019

Summary: Conditions will ensure clean air compliant fleet in Southampton by 2023.


Two parks included in award recognising the UK's very best green spaces

Date: 22 July 2019

Summary: Both St James’ Park and Riverside Park have received a prestigious Green Flag Award.


Partnership approach to reduce and remove excess waste

Date: 15 July 2019

Summary: Southampton City Council’s waste collection service has been praised for its work to reduce and remove excess waste left outside student houses vacated at the end of term.


Southampton's Green City Charter to be launched on National Clean Air Day

Date: 17 June 2019

Summary: Southampton City Council will lead the way by introducing ambitious measures to create a cleaner, greener, healthier and more sustainable city.


Southampton City Council approves new long term transport strategy, Connected Southampton 2040; launches new website

Date: 21 March 2019

Summary: Members of Southampton City Council have voted to approve a new local transport plan setting out the long term strategy for transport in Southampton for the next twenty years.


First Bus get on board with clean air initiatives as fleet receives green makeover

Date: 21 March 2019

Summary: First Bus is well on its way to delivering its most eco-friendly fleet of buses yet across Southampton.


DEFRA agrees to £1.8m worth of funding for Southampton's NO2 plan

Date: 21 March 2019

Summary: Today the City Council has received confirmation that the Department of Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has agreed to support Southampton’s proposal.


Works complete on Millbrook Road East 'Quietways' scheme

Date: 13 March 2019

Summary: Southampton City Council with its highways partner, Balfour Beatty Living Places, has completed a project to improve Millbrook Road East for pedestrians and cyclists.


City wide community litter picks as part of the Great British Spring Clean

Date: 28 February 2019

Summary: Junior Neighbourhood Wardens and community litter picking groups are joining forces for a Southampton wide clean-up as part of this year’s Keep Britain Tidy - Great British Spring Clean campaign.


Clean air and green energy discussed at major roundtable event in Southampton

Date: 26 February 2019

Summary: Southampton City Council is leading the way in becoming a clean, green and healthy city.


Major project to transform the A3024 Eastern Corridor starts this month

Date: 8 February 2019

Summary: Includes new tech to improve journey times, bus priority and a new cycle freeway


Western Cycleway improvements branch out with new trees on Second Avenue

Date: 8 February 2019

Summary: The route is now receiving a green makeover with the introduction of trees along Second Avenue, as part of plans to enhance the cycling experience for those travelling into the city from the West.


Southampton City Council’s £25m cycling strategy moves into high gear

Date: 24 January 2019

Summary: The Southampton Cycle Network is taking shape with more investment planned.


Cabinet announces its commitment to significantly improving air quality in Southampton through the Green City Charter

Date: 22 January 2019

Summary: Today, Southampton City Council’s Cabinet announced its commitment to significantly improving air quality in the city by introducing the Green City Charter.