Council escapes sanction despite missing deadline
Derby City Council has been given more time to tackle air pollution despite ministers warning of ‘serious consequences’ after it missed an earlier deadline.
Swindon solar farm to save council £185K
A solar farm owned by Swindon Council’s wholly-owned subsidiary Public Power Solutions (PPS) is up and running.
Consultation plans for council tree felling proposed
Councils would be required to consult residents before cutting down trees in urban areas under Government plans.
Councils back £1bn boost to tackle recycling
Council chiefs have welcomed the Government’s new waste plans, which aims to encourage businesses and manufacturers to use easily recyclable packaging.
Swansea to enlist private sector for tidal lagoon project
Swansea City Council is turning to the private sector in the hope of resurrecting a project for a tidal lagoon.
Planning changes aim to boost biodiversity
Changes to planning rules could require developers to provide a ‘biodiversity net gain’ in their plans.
Hackney to install solar panels to supply energy firm
Plans are being drawn-up by Hackney LBC to install solar panels on homes to supply a new energy company.
Bishop oversees council talks with protesters
The Bishop of Sheffield has been mediating in talks between the city council and protesters against tree felling.
The day the music died
Fans of the Brum-based reggae stars UB40 once complained that the bass vibration at one gig was so loud it was ‘altering heart rhythms’.
The localism effect
Comparing the approaches of an English and German councils, Peter Eckersley argues closer relations between tiers of government can empower local authorities to pursue more ambitious policies and maintain greater control over decision-making.
Many councils across the country are cutting their budgets for parks and open spaces, with some even looking to sell off these areas of land. Garry Payne explains how Wyre BC has continued to invest in its parks, making significant improvements for local residents and visitors alike.
Leonie Greene explains how local and regional leaders can make solar work for their communities today.
Rise of the robots?
Chatbots are predicted to massively increase the relevance of local councils to the average millennial.
Joined up policy? Leaf it out
As an architect of Brexit, Michael Gove has a knack for knowing when to exploit an opportunity – that woeful and failed leadership bid aside, obviously.
Greater collaboration is the key to future district heating schemes
The Government's 25-year green strategy is challenging but achievable. Peter Bense explains how he believes councils can help.
The Bells, the Bells
You might think that living in a street called Bell End could expose residents to coarse jokes and mucky innuendos.
Painting a bleak picture
Diary loves a tale of stupid crooks.
Recycling scheme to tackle plastic bottle waste
Environment secretary Michael Gove today announced a new deposit return scheme to increase recycling rates and reduce waste.
Wolverhampton to terminate Amey contract after 11 years
Wolverhampton City Council has decided to terminate its waste contract with Amey after 11 years and promised to introduce an improved service for residents.
White Van Man on ... potholes
There’s nothing new about potholes.