Environment

  • Wakefield’s in-between spaces

    26 March 2024

    Wakefield’s Urban Greening Strategy sets out an ambition to transform the city centre by reconsidering the approach to using space between buildings. Mark Lynam explains.


  • Destruction dismissed

    26 March 2024

    With Banksy’s artwork drawing attention to rocky relations between urban councils and trees, Plymouth City Council headed back to the High Court last week – and, like the street artist, emerged scarred-but-victorious.


  • Losing their plots

    26 March 2024

    There are some issues over which councils take on the British public at their peril – and the love of allotments is one of them.


  • Future Forum: Councils ‘pivotal’ to net zero

    20 March 2024

    Local government has a ‘pivotal’ role to play in the journey to achieving net zero, The MJ Future Forum has heard today.


  • LGA warning over XL Bully dogs ban

    19 March 2024

    Councils face a double whammy of soaring costs and declining police support as they try to enforce a ban on XL Bully dogs.


  • Jenrick leads new charge to axe nutrient neutrality laws

    13 March 2024

    Former housing secretary Robert Jenrick is leading Tory calls for the Government to renew efforts to axe nutrient neutrality laws and boost house building.


  • LTNs popular and effective, leaked report says

    11 March 2024

    Low-traffic neighbourhoods (LTNs) are popular and effective, a leaked report from the Department for Transport (DfT) has found.


  • View with a poo

    27 February 2024

    Angry residents of Falmouth were up in arms recently.


  • Decarbonisation: from planning to action

    20 February 2024

    Lack of capacity on the electricity grid can present a significant barrier to local authorities’ net zero goals. Ben Taylor explains how partnering with a decarbonisation expert can help to provide the best chance of success.


  • Getting crucial decarbonisation buy-in

    13 February 2024

    Sean Ranson suggests how local authorities can maximise buy-in and build advocacy for achieving net zero locally


  • What’s mew pussycat?

    06 February 2024

    The neighbouring cities of Wanneroo and Joondalup in Western Australia are taking different approaches to public policy when it comes to our feline friends.


  • Expanding Oflog’s vision

    22 January 2024

    Jack Shaw says the Office for Local Government needs to go further than its current long-term vision, and moving to a statutory footing would mean it could set up a more robust performance regime.


  • Why climate change is health’s biggest threat

    15 January 2024

    The health risks from climate change are considerable, but directors of public health are ideally placed to ensure initiatives are implemented in the right way, to the right people, say Greg Fell and Darrell Gale.


  • Oxfordshire’s response to the flooding challenge

    15 January 2024

    Stephen Chandler and Carole Mackay describe Oxfordshire CC’s response to the recent floods, working alongside the Thames Valley Local Resilience Forum.


  • Driving the green agenda

    10 January 2024

    Maud Hollis discusses the crucial role of talent and leadership in local government’s journey to net zero.


  • Councils mobilise to tackle Storm Henk flooding

    05 January 2024

    Nottinghamshire CC has declared a major incident as the county has been hit by near-record levels of flooding.


  • A ‘poultry’ 10 minutes

    13 December 2023

    Diary must whisper it but, on rare occasions, councils don’t do themselves any favours.


  • MPs in waste clarity call

    01 December 2023

    England’s town halls cannot prepare for forthcoming waste reforms – including procurement - until ministers provide certainty over the impact on council coffers, MPs have warned.


  • Housing minister among casualties of Sunak reshuffle

    13 November 2023

    The UK will have its 16th housing minister in 12 years after Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s sweeping reshuffle affected the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.


  • 'Victory for common sense' hailed on waste

    23 October 2023

    Councils have claimed a ‘victory for common sense’ after ministers watered down plans to standardise waste and recycling collections.