• Crossing the line

    15 July 2022

    ‘Fury as it’s revealed councils spent more than £200,000 on woke pedestrian crossings,’ a recent Daily Mail headline fumed, piquing Diary’s interest.

  • A celebration of collaboration

    22 June 2022

    Enterprise Ireland is the innovation and development agency of the Irish Government and it will be at the LGA conference supporting a number of companies. Its goal is to build successful, long-term relationships between UK local authorities and Irish partners.

  • The baroness is signing on

    07 June 2022

    Diary could pick from a long list but today’s example of excessive centralism comes from roads minister Baroness Vere.

  • Funding affordable housing in future

    09 May 2022

    Steve Quartermain argues that Section 106 has been quite successful at securing concessions and contributions from developers, and he also considers if a new approach that sees affordable housing delivered through a revised levy would be good news.

  • Council blocks scrutiny over bizarre £7m contract roll-over

    06 May 2022

    Greenwich LBC has refused to disclose why it has handed out a £7m contract without a competitive tender and has blocked scrutiny of the move.

  • Hitting the road

    03 May 2022

    Diary has never been much of a gamer.

  • Do ya think I’m sexy?

    16 March 2022

    Some guys have all the luck.

  • Mitigating winter storms’ risks

    01 March 2022

    Winter storms are a stark reminder for local authorities of their legal duty for environmental management, says Andrew Clarke.

  • Change is coming and local authorities will need to adapt

    25 February 2022

    Councils must grapple with planning issues now so that as much development as possible is adapted to deal with the effects of climate change, say Ben Standing and James Fawcett.

  • Meat Loaf’s rocky ride

    26 January 2022

    US music legend Meat Loaf, whose trilogy of Bat Out of Hell albums sold more than 65m copies worldwide, died last week.

  • Boosting opportunities for Islington’s businesswomen

    13 December 2021

    Cllr Asima Shaikh explains the steps being taken in Islington to help female entrepreneurs reach their full potential, build back differently and create a more equal borough.

  • Partnerships – the road ahead for highways services

    26 October 2021

    Norse Highways is agile, with the flexibility to change delivery model and priorities to suit the network, says Jason Glasspoole. 'It’s about collaboration as opposed to the rigidity of a traditional client/contractor model.'

  • School’s not out – yet

    06 October 2021

    Diary does love a good road-markings muck-up story.

  • White van man on... highways

    31 August 2021

    This café society is all very well but you try and drive a Bedford van down a side street, half of which has been handed over by the council to the local cafés for their punters.

  • White van man on... cycle routes

    17 August 2021

    I can see a battle brewing about who should be the king or queen of the road.

  • Funding cuts after councils remove cycling schemes

    02 August 2021

    Councils are facing reductions in Government funding after removing active travel cycling schemes.

  • White van man on... the heat wave

    21 July 2021

    The only thing that’s been levelling up is the weather. Did you see it’s as hot in Manchester as it is in London? That’s a result and it’s nothing to do with Boris.

  • High Court rejects low traffic neighbourhoods challenge

    29 June 2021

    A legal challenge against Lambeth LBC's low traffic neighbourhoods (LTNs) has been rejected by the High Court.

  • Council prosecutes firm over jams

    23 June 2021

    Thames Water has been prosecuted by a London borough after creating what the council said were unnecessary traffic jams three times in less than a fortnight.

  • London repairs backlog hits 'staggering' £1bn

    19 May 2021

    The cost of the road maintenance backlog on London’s roads has now passed £1bn, according to the fourth annual ‘State of the City’ report from the London Technical Advisers Group (LoTAG).