Proposals to ban lorries from making deliveries in town centres have moved a step closer after a district council said it would be interested in becoming a pilot area for a freight delivery scheme.
As part of its 10-year Transport Plan, West Sussex County Council put forward proposals to start a voluntary pilot scheme with retailers whereby HGVs would deliver goods to secure collection points or consolidation centres on the outskirts of towns.
Smaller vans would then pick up the goods and deliver them to outlets in the town centre.
In its response, Chichester District Council said that using Chichester as one of the pilot areas “would be welcomed”.
Jeff Lander, senior planning officer for Chichester District Council, said: “When the town was pedestrianised during the 1970s, it had the unfortunate side effect of diverting large delivery vehicles through the back residential streets of the conservation area to access rear service yards of the shops.”
Meanwhile, Transport for London is considering creating a London-wide Low Emission Zone. As part of its plans, from 2008, HGVs that enter London and fail to meet minimum pollution standards will be fined as much as £200 a day.
However, Louisa Perry, London regional policy manager for the Freight Transport Association, said the scheme was likely to be very expensive for taxpayers and industry.
Perry estimated that as many as 60,000 vehicles would not be able to meet the minimum standards by 2008 and one of its members would have to spend £10m to comply.
Full-year net profit for 2005 at US cereal maker Kellogg rose 10% to $980.4m on sales up 6% to $10.2bn. Fourth-quarter net profit rose 16% to $192.4m on flat sales of $2.4bn.

US food manufacturer Kraft Foods is to cut 8,000 jobs and close up to 20 production sites in the next three years. Kraft said the cuts, affecting 8% of its workforce, were part of ongoing restructuring and would save $700m a year. Fourth-quarter net profit rose 14.2% to $773m. Net profit for 2005 rose 8.8% to $2.9bn.
Thomas Coughlin, former vice-chairman of Wal-Mart, has pleaded guilty to fraud and tax avoidance. Coughlin left Wal-Mart last year after being accused of using up to $400,000 of company gift cards to buy items for himself.

Australian supermarket chain Safeway has been fined AU$8.9m by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission for price fixing and misuse of market power in the bread market. The ACCC said Safeway had entered into a price-fixing agreement with manufacturer Tip Top and had tried to stop manufacturers supplying to rival retailers who were discounting their bread.

Dutch retailer Laurus is selling off its Edah and Konmar Superstores fascias to focus on Super de Boer. Laurus said that the sell off was necessary because of unrelenting pressure on margins. The sale is expected to result in 290 redundancies.

Carrefour has acquired four hypermarkets and two petrol stations in Spain from Spanish chain Caprabo. The deal increases its selling space in the country by 20,000 sq m.
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