Right time for the Western Powerhouse
Lord Kerslake says the launch of the Western Powerhouse complements the Northern Powerhouse and the Midlands Engine and sets out a programme of action to address the growing inequalities between London and the wider South East and the rest of the UK
The South East can deliver just when the UK needs it most
Productivity in the South East is the same as it was a decade ago, says David Covill. It’s a trend that needs to be reversed, he argues.
Council halts some recycling collections for two months
Some recycling collections have been halted by Allerdale BC due to issues with its new service.
Serco signs deals worth £120m
Serco has put pen to paper on local authority contracts worth £120m this year.
Cities slam Government over clean air hold-up
England’s two largest councils have blamed the government for ‘significant’ delays to their plans to introduce charging Clean Air Zones (CAZs) to tackle air pollution.
Clearing the air – a moral duty
Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region Steve Rotheram outlines the action the combined authority is taking to improve air quality and address the threat posed by climate change.
Contractor prepares to cut losses from Derby waste agreement
The future of a troubled energy-from-waste project in Derby hangs in the balance as a partner in the deal prepares to write-off its investment.
Government accused of trying to 'dictate' recycling rules
Local government figures are resisting proposals to standardise recycling across the country.
Herts renegotiates Veolia incinerator contract
Hertfordshire CC has renegotiated a contract with Veolia as it awaits a decision on plans for an incinerator.
Contractors' fears over extending council waste collection powers
Waste firms have warned of dire consequences if the Government proceeds with proposals to hand powers over collections from businesses to councils.
Flinging v singing
With all this talk of milkshake flinging, Diary is concerned that the political protest movement has been hijacked by a wider debate.
Experts call for revenue-boosting internet tax
Green credits and an internet transaction tax could provide valuable new revenue streams for local government, MPs have been told.
Coventry ordered to implement clean air zone
Coventry City Council has accused the Government of using ‘heavy handed’ tactics after it was ordered to implement a clean air zone.
Not sticking it to the man
Diary couldn’t help but be impressed by one plucky protester’s recent efforts in Bristol.
White Van Man on... air pollution
This Government was only elected to do one thing – deliver Brexit – and it can’t even do that, so instead it’s decided to jump on the air pollution bandwagon.
Brighton claims there's no grounds for bin strike
Brighton & Hove City Council has insisted strike action is 'unwarranted' as a union threatens to hold an industrial action ballot.
Waste strategy could lead to bins boom - DCN
Millions of already produced hard-to-recycle plastic receptacles may be made redundant by the Government’s new waste strategy, the District Councils’ Network (DCN) has warned.
4 Wheel Drive Woman on... climate change
Gosh Tarquin, that is a terrible cough. You’ve had it for weeks – try not to splutter over the cream leather interior, darling. Open the window and pass your germs out to those hideous protesters, there’s a good boy.
City of London bids for first in electric bin collections
City of London Council is expected to become the first authority in the country to run a fully electric fleet of refuse vehicles.
Bristol energy company labelled a 'waste of money'
Bristol City Council has sparked controversy by pressing ahead with further investment in its energy company.