‘Big society’ will not help diffuse urban pollution, says academic

The environment department (DEFRA) is developing a strategy on urban diffuse pollution. But cash, not the big society, are most likely to help, advisers say

The ‘big society’ is unlikely to deliver improvements in urban diffuse pollution, according to an academic helping the environment department (DEFRA) draw up a strategy on the issue.

David Lerner, director of the Catchment Science Centre at the University of Sheffield, presented a paper on the subject at the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management’s annual conference in April.

 “Can the big society solve diffuse urban pollution?” he asked. “I really do not think it can, certainly without [funding] from government.”

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