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When An Eco-Town Might Cost You An Extra £500 A Year

Yet again details of the proposed eco-towns across the UK are not quite what the initial headlines would have you believe. Aside from the fact that Gordon Brown's 10 eco-town development across the UK are already running into trouble, it now appears that residents may be forced to pay an extra £500 a year each on top of their council tax bills.

The authorities claim that the 'possible' service charge is for subsidised travel and 'other costs' although Caroline Flint is due to announce strict regulations for these new eco-towns. As well as having a zero carbon status, it is proposed that 40% of land in the developments should be green space and 50% of journeys are to be made by public transport, walking or cycling. Quite how the authorities intend to ensure these guidelines are adhered to remains to be seen!

It will come as no surprise to those with an interest in eco-friendly issues that the proposed towns have run into major traffic. Developers are dropping out on a regular basis, councils are rejecting plans and the appetite from the public is luke warm at best. Whether these new towns will ever get off the ground is very debatable.

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