Bexley’s midnight libraries
Cllr Peter Craske explains how initiatives such as Bexley LBC’s successful Libraries at Night programme help make the most of buildings at the heart of the town centre and boost the night time economy.
Five steps to digital transformation for UK libraries
Public libraries in the UK face a range of challenges. Douglas White reviews potential models for their digital future, building on the Carnegie legacy.
Vinci replaces Interserve on multi-million pound York Guildhall project
Vinci has been brought in to complete a major restoration project following the departure of Interserve.
Refurbishment puts Fairfield Halls firmly at the heart of Croydon's regeneration
The reopening of Croydon's iconic Fairfield Halls after a multi-million pound refurbishment is an ambitious council project that is creating unique opportunities for people to experience and take part in the arts, says Paula Murray.
Hailing a first for Halifax
Diary hears that Calderdale MBC has found itself engaged in a transatlantic tug-of-war over a prized piece of word play.
Lung full of Nothing
Local government policy by day, face-melting guitar licks by night.
Tourism levy meeting call
Core Cities has called for a meeting with new culture secretary Nicky Morgan and her ministers to discuss the idea of a hotel room levy.
Union 'bewildered' by backing of city of culture bid
Bradford City Council has come under fire after backing a campaign to become the UK’s city of culture.
Setting the right playing field
Donna Hall assesses the value of strong belief systems against the all too common trend to measure progress in a mechanical manner, and says the public sector can benefit from an adaptable take on the former
Exclusive: Chief execs' survey highlights tensions of 'challenging politics'
Tensions between chief executives and their leaders are under greater scrutiny because of ‘challenging politics,’ a survey by Penna and The MJ has found.
Preston steps in to take over struggling Guild Hall
Councillors in Preston have taken back control of the city’s Guild Hall - five years after selling the venue
Driving ahead with a new cultural and tourism strategy
Great Yarmouth BC is finalising a new strategy aligning its tourism and cultural offers, says Sheila Oxtoby - and alongside this it is shaping a 'place story' to support promotion.
Council to 'fully investigate' complaints after sexism claims
Stratford-on-Avon DC has said it will ‘fully investigate complaints of inappropriate behaviour’ after its outgoing head of paid service claimed it had a sexist culture.
Wigan’s fire within
A year ago, Wigan MBC commissioned its new cultural strategy. Alison McKenzie-Folan, explains how the arts are helping ignite excitement and spark creativity in the town.
Don’t be afraid to jump in the deep end
Donna Hall maintains that if we are serious about bringing about positive change we need to work out how our own behaviours influence the culture of an organisation or a team.
Creating a compassionate council
Robert Moran’s vision for Elmbridge is to ensure compassion runs through all of the work of the council – benefiting both residents and employees
Call for tourism tax review
An inquiry into cultural investment in cities has called for a UK-wide review of the benefits of a tourism tax.
The local standards regime for councils has faced allegations that it is insufficiently robust. Will the 20th report from the Committee on Standards in Public Life on ethics in local government lead to positive change? Heather Jameson reports
A council’s culture eats its strategies for breakfast, dinner and tea
Rip up all those wordy strategies that hardly anyone even reads. They just don’t work, says Donna Hall. She describes a better way for council chief executives and leaders to spend their time.
Putting people first
Detached is not her form of politics and she ‘worked like an absolute sod’ to capture an ‘unwinnable’ seat in Waltham Forest MBC. Council leader Clare Coghill talks to Heather Jameson