Diary: Offshore wind gets some mussel

First up, news reaches Diary that the cost of offshore wind could be set to drop further due to help from an unlikely source. According to reports, a scientific paper has found that the massive expansion in offshore wind turbines in the North Sea has created the perfect habitat for mussels - so much so that the paper estimates that the structures could soon hold a mussel population equivalent to 20 per cent of the entire coastal stock. Harvesting the mussels could bring the cost of offshore wind down by 10 per cent, the scientists suggest.

Next up, news from Portsmouth, where a new affordable housing development has been named in honour of the inventor of slot car race game Scalextric. Schoolchildren were last month handed Scalextric prizes by the wife, daughters and grandchildren of Fred Francis, whose factory employed thousands of local people.

In September, a limited edition commemorative Scalextric toy race car branded to mark the start of the 30-home Fred Francis Close development sold out hours after it was released.

The nights are drawing in, there's a feeling of crisp, clean air - it must be approaching that time of year again. Yes, World Town Planning Day takes place next week on 8 November, with planners from more than 30 countries celebrating their achievements and skills in helping to create more sustainable communities and places. In the UK, this year's celebrations include a schools competition, asking schoolchildren for ideas on how they would make their local place more inclusive, resilient and sustainable.

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