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Sale of energy drinks to children consultation

Department of Health and Social Care

Opens: 30 August 2018
Closes: 21 November 2018

Energy drinks are soft drinks that contain higher levels of caffeine than other soft drinks, and may also contain a lot of sugar (though low- or zero-calorie energy drinks are available). Evidence suggests that excessive consumption of energy drinks by children is linked to negative health outcomes such as headaches, sleeping problems, irritation and tiredness.

Under current labelling rules, any drink, other than tea or coffee, that contains over 150mg of caffeine per litre requires a warning label saying: ‘High caffeine content. Not recommended for children or pregnant or breast-feeding women’. Despite the warning labels, however, children are still consuming these drinks; recent evidence shows that more than two thirds of UK children aged 10-17, and nearly a quarter of those aged 6-9, are energy drink consumers.

We are hearing strong calls from parents, health professionals, teachers and some industry bodies and retailers for an end to sales of high-caffeine energy drinks to children. Many larger retailers and supermarkets have voluntarily stopped selling energy drinks to under-16s. While we recognise the efforts of retailers who have already acted, there are still many retailers who continue to sell these drinks to children. Legislating to end the sale of high-caffeine energy drinks to children would create a level playing field for businesses and create consistency, helping ensure that children do not have access to energy drinks in any shop.

We are therefore consulting on ending the sale of energy drinks to children, but we are aware that the evidence base around these products and their effects is complex. We want to use this consultation to gather further views and evidence on the advantages and disadvantages of ending the sale of energy drinks to children, and on alternative options, before making a decision.

Documents

Consultation on ending the sale of energy drinks to children PDF, 269KB, 12 pages

Impact assessment: ending the sale of energy drinks to children PDF, 644KB, 46 pages

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Give Your Views

Online Survey

Department of Health and Social Care 30 August 2018
https://consultations.dh.gov.uk/obesity/sale-of-energy-drinks-to-children/

Plots 3 4 and 5, Former Powergen site, Victoria Road – decided

Discharge of condition 13 – Contaminated land remediation

17/00018/CONO/AS

Decided: Permit

Original Application

17/00018/AS

Proposed variation of Condition 08 of planning permission 15/01671/AS to replace the following approved plans:-

  • Site Plan Proposed Illustrative Masterplan 14.046.S01.B
  • Plots 3, 4 &; 5 Block Plan 14.046.101 F
  • Parameter Plan Proposed Critical Distances 14.046.104 F
  • Parameter Plan Proposed Range of Building Heights 14.046.105 F
  • Parameter Plan Proposed Building Levels &; Plot Extents 14.046.106 G
  • Parameter Plan Proposed Access, Routes and Communal Landscaped Areas 14.046.107 G

Posted on 19 January 2017

15/01671/AS

Hybrid application for five plots comprising:

  1. Full and detailed application for plots 1 and 2 comprising: erection of 400 dwellings, a retail kiosk/cafe unit (Use class A1/A3) and associated parking, public surface car park, plant and storage; together with landscaping and access works.
  2. Outline application with appearance and landscaping reserved with parameters for plots 3, 4 and 5 comprising:  demolition of existing buildings/structures and erection of up to 260 dwellings, associated parking, plant and storage together with landscaping and access works.

Posted on 16 January 2016

Conditions

  1. ContaminationPrior to the commencement of any development within of Plots 1 & 2, a detailed remediation scheme for those plots to ensure that that part of the site is suitable for the intended use (by removing unacceptable risks to human health, buildings and other property and the natural and historical environment) shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. The scheme must describe all the relevant works to be undertaken including, the proposed remediation objectives and performance criteria, a schedule of works and site management protocols.The scheme must deliver a site that will not qualify as ‘contaminated land’ under Part 2A of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, having regard to the intended use of the land after remediation.The development within the relevant plot shall thereafter be carried out in accordance with the approved remediation scheme, unless otherwise agreed in writing by the Local Planning Authority.Following completion of the remediation scheme for each plot including those subject of partial discharge of condition 13 under 15/01671/CONA/AS dated 03 February 2017 and prior to occupation of any building within that plot or of the public car park, a verification report for the relevant plot, that demonstrates the effectiveness of the remediation carried out must be prepared and submitted for approval in writing by the Local Planning Authority.

Evidence-Based Interventions Consultation

Evidence-Based Interventions programme

NHS England

Opens: 4 July 2018
Closes 28 September 2018

Overview

Research evidence shows some intervetions (medical procedures and treatments) are not clinically effective or only effective when they are performed in specific circumstances. And as medical science advances, some interventions are superseded by those that are less invasive or more effective.

At both national and local levels, there is a general consensus that more needs to be done to ensure the least effective interventions are not routinely performed, or only performed in more clearly defined circumstances.

NHS England has formed a new national collaboration with the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, NICE (The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence), NHS Clinical Commissioners and NHS Improvement’ GIRFT (Getting It Right First Time) programme to turn this consensus into action – the Evidence Based Interventions Programme. This programme is counterpart to the items that should not be routinely prescribed in primary care programme launched in early 2018, www.england.nhs.uk/medicines/items-which-should-not-be-routinely-prescribed/.

The proposals have been jointly developed by NHS England, NHS Clinical Commissioners, the Academy of Royal Medical Colleges, NICE and NHS Improvement’s GIRFT programme in collaboration with the Royal Colleges and patient groups such as Healthwatch.

The proposals aim to reduce avoidable harm to patients, save precious professional time, help clinicians maintain their professional practice in line with the changing evidence base, create headroom for innovation and maximise value and avoid waste for patients and taxpayers.

NHS England are publicly consulting on the design principles of the programme, the interventions we should target initially and proposed clinical criteria, the activity goals we should set and delivery actions, including proposed new terms in the NHS Standard Contract.

During the consultation period NHS England are also hosting face to face events and a series of webinars (online meetings), to gather further clinical, professional and patient views. This will include patient and public events, webinars for CCGs and providers, an event co-hosted by Healthwatch England for their members, events jointly run with Age UK, NHSCC, the Health and Wellbeing Alliance, The NHS Youth Forum and Choices. Please contact NHS England at england.ebinterventions@nhs.net to learn more about these events.

You can read more about the Evidence Based Interventions programme on the NHS England website, www.england.nhs.uk/evidence-based-interventions/.

Initially targeted interventions

17 interventions are proposed to targeted initially:

Interventions that should not be routinely commissioned

  1. Snoring Surgery (in the absence of OSA)
  2. Dilatation and curettage (D&C) for heavy menstrual bleeding in women
  3. Knee arthroscopy for patients with osteoarthritis
  4. Injections for nonspecific low back pain without sciatica

Interventions that should only be commissioned or performed when specific criteria are met

  1. Breast reduction
  2. Removal of benign skin lesions
  3. Grommets for Glue Ear in Children
  4. Tonsillectomy for Recurrent Tonsillitis
  5. Haemorrhoid surgery
  6. Hysterectomy for heavy menstrual bleeding
  7. Chalazia removal
  8. Arthroscopic shoulder decompression for subacromial shoulder pain
  9. Carpal tunnel syndrome release
  10. Dupuytren’s contracture release
  11. Ganglion excision
  12. Trigger finger release
  13. Varicose vein surgery

Consultation documents

What happens next

Responses will be taken into account and considered fully before deciding the final approach. Any wording which, following consultation, we determine should be added to the NHS Standard Contract will be included in the 2019/20 version of the Contract, to be published later this financial year.

Give Your Views

Online Survey

Sunray Engineering Ltd Unit 6, Kingsnorth Industrial Estate, Wotton Road, TN23 6LL

Discharge of conditions 3, 5, 6, 7, 8

15/01402/CONA/AS

Start of Consultation: 17 Aug 2018, End of Consultation: 10 Sep 2018

Original Application

15/01402/AS Proposed extension to an existing factory Posted on 27 Oct 2015

Conditions

  1. Prior to the commencement of the development details of drainage works, designed in accordance with the principles of sustainable urban drainage, shall been submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority and the works shall be carried out and maintained in accordance with these details.
  1. No development shall take place until details of the bicycle storage facilities showing a covered and secure space for 5 bicycles have been submitted to an approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. The approved bicycle storage shall be completed prior to occupation of the development and shall thereafter be retained.
  2. Prior to works commencing on site, details of parking for site personnel as well as details of loading and turning areas for construction traffic shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority and thereafter shall be provided and retained throughout the development. The approved parking, loading and turning areas shall be provided prior to the commencement of development.
  3. Prior to development commencing, details shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority which shows the location of the proposed site compound. The site compound shall be implemented in accordance with the approved details, unless otherwise agreed in writing by the Local Planning Authority, and shall be retained as such for the duration of the works hereby approved.
  4. Prior to the commencement of development, details of facilities, by which vehicles will have their wheels, chassis and bodywork effectively cleaned and
    washed free of mud and similar substances at the application site, shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. The approved facilities shall then be provided prior to the works commencing on site and thereafter shall be maintained in an effective working condition and used before vehicles exit the site and enter onto the adopted highway for the duration of the construction works.

Chart Leacon Depot, Leacon Road, TN23 5NX – decided

Proposed reinstatement of a railway siding facility for the movement in, and stabling of, rail cars and associated equipment 

18/00003/EIA/AS

Decided: EIA not required

This is an application asking the council whether or not any future planning application needs to include an Environmental Impact Assessment when/if it is submitted or the scope of any future assessment. It is not a planning application and we will not be considering the planning merits of the proposal.

The decision of the council is limited by the requirements of the EIA Regulations. The parish council and local residents are not consulted on EIA applications but will be if a planning application is made in the future.

More information is available on the EIA page on the ABC web site.

Former Travis Perkins Trading Co Ltd, Victoria Crescent, TN23 7HP

Discharge of conditions: 9, 9A, 9B, 9C, 9E, 9F, 9G, 11, 13, 14, 15 & 17

16/00986/CONC/AS

Original Application

16/00986/AS Former Travis Perkins Trading Co Ltd, Victoria Crescent, TN23 7HP Demolition of existing buildings and erection of 28 flats with car parking, access and associated landscaping 6 July 2016

Conditions

  1. Prior to any construction above ground level, written details including source/manufacturer, and samples of bricks, tiles and cladding materials to be used externally shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority and the development shall be carried out using the approved external materials. Furthermore, prior to any construction above ground level the details set out below shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority and, thereafter, the development shall only be carried out in accordance with the approved details unless agreed otherwise by the Local Planning Authority in writing;-
    1. full details of glazing and external doors, including all external joinery and
      framing methods and external colour and the depth of recess of window and
      door frames in brick reveals (1:20),
    2. sections, elevations and colour finish of external rainwater goods (1:20)
    3. elevations sufficient to show the extent of proposed textured brickwork areas and use of brick soldier course detailing (1:50) and typical sections sufficient to illustrate the depth of any projection or recess (1:20)
    4. elevations, materials and external colour of entrance canopies to the circulation core (1:20)
    5. sections, elevations and colour finish to proposed balconies to shown handrail and balustrades (1:10)
    6. surfacing treatment and intended demarcation of private terraces serving ground floor apartments
    7. elevations and sections of brick boundary walls (including piers) and railings affixed thereto including specification, finials and colour finish
  1. Prior to the installation of services, full details of the soft landscaping (including tree planting) works shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. The details of the soft landscaping (including tree planting works) to be submitted to the Local Planning Authority for approval shall include the following;-
    1. the planting plans;
    2. written specifications (including cultivation and other operations associated with plant and grass establishment);
    3. details of the planting that is designed to create year round colour;
    4. schedules of plants noting species, plant & tree sizes and proposed numbers/densities/girth where appropriate;
    5. full tree pit details (including surface level plan detailing, below ground sections and dimensions and fill specification)
    6. an implementation and planting programme/timetable to ensure that all soft landscaping and planting is completed within 6 months of the completion of the development.

    The soft landscaping (including tree planting) works shall be implemented in full in accordance with the details and timetable approved by the Local Planning Authority unless written approval has been given by the Local Planning Authority to any subsequent variation.

  1. Prior to the first occupation of any apartment in the building, a landscape management plan including long term design objectives, management responsibilities and maintenance schedules for the landscape areas and the timing of provision of management and maintenance of such areas shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. Thereafter the landscape management plan shall be carried out in accordance with the details approved by the Local Planning Authority unless previously agreed otherwise in writing by the Local Planning Authority.
    1. The apartment building hereby permitted shall not be first occupied until a report prepared by SLR, or a similarly qualified firm, has been provided to the Local Planning Authority confirming that a sustainable surface water drainage scheme, based on the proposals within the SLR Flood Risk Assessment Ref.408.06248.00001 June 2016 has been installed. The report should demonstrate that the surface water generated by this development (for all rainfall durations and intensities up to and including the climate change adjusted critical 100yr storm) can be accommodated and disposed of without increase to flood
      risk.
    2. The apartment building hereby permitted shall not be first occupied until details of the implementation, maintenance and management of the sustainable drainage scheme have been submitted to and approved in writing by the local planning authority. The scheme shall be implemented and thereafter managed and maintained in accordance with the approved details unless the local planning authority has agreed to any variation in writing. Those details shall include:
      1. a timetable for its implementation, and,
      2. a management and maintenance plan for the lifetime of the development which shall include the arrangements for adoption by any public body or statutory undertaker, or any other arrangements to secure the operation of the sustainable drainage system throughout its lifetime.
  2. The apartment building hereby permitted shall achieve the minimum optional requirement set out in the Building Regulations for water efficiency that requires
    an estimated water use of no more than 110 litres per person per day.

 

  1. Prior to the occupation of the development, the following details have been submitted to and (following consultation with the Environment Agency) agreed in writing by the Local Planning Authority in writing;-
      1. proposed fencing/railings and soft landscaping forming the southern boundary to the parking court,
      2. the location and width of secure access gates within the southern boundary to the parking court sufficient to enable access to the river bank for maintenance
        purposes,
      3. details of proposed benches including ability to be removed as required during river bank maintenance.

    Thereafter the development shall be carried out in accordance with such details unless the Local Planning Authority has agreed in writing to any such variation.