• Planning permission for council sports centre quashed

    10 June 2019

    Elmbridge BC may be forced to demolish its multi-million pound sports hub after a High Court judge ruled it was granted planning permission unlawfully.

  • Social workers have a key role in helping disabled people get more active

    25 March 2019

    An evaluation of the Get Yourself Active programme, which sought to identify ways to boost participation of disabled people in sport and physical activity, has concluded that social workers have a key role to play, says Leanne Wightman

  • Pulling leisure out of the deep end

    15 January 2019

    Denbighshire CC is sharing the learning and the success of its commercial approach to leisure provision with the rest of the UK through a £750 million framework, says Jamie Groves

  • South Cambs bankrolls ice rink following explosive discovery

    30 November 2018

    An extra £550,000 has been invested in a permanent ice rink by South Cambridgeshire DC after buried explosives were discovered during construction.

  • Fresh goals for Gary

    10 April 2018

    LGA chair Lord Porter has joined the campaign to return one of England’s oldest football clubs to its home ground – but ruled himself out of a sensational ‘Roy of the Rovers’ comeback.

  • Quit horsing around

    10 April 2018

    Why the long face? For the good people of Western Isles Council, they have been jockeying their way through the courts since 2012.

  • McLaughlin & Harvey to deliver Liverpool's landmark regeneration project

    02 March 2018

    Liverpool City Council has appointed construction firm McLaughlin & Harvey to deliver the city’s most important regeneration scheme this decade.

  • Dundee to partner with Marriott for new hotel

    28 February 2018

    Dundee City Council has agreed to work with Marriott on a four-star hotel to exploit its potential as a tourist destination.

  • Bayeux battle (part deux)

    24 January 2018

    The Bayeux Tapestry depicts the Norman Conquest of England but a millennium later another battle is breaking out between the nation’s councils.

  • Mediation ordered for Coventry’s Ricoh wrangle

    13 December 2017

    Coventry City Council has been ordered into mediation talks with owners of the city’s football and rugby clubs in order to end a long-running dispute over the Ricoh Arena.

  • Council defends £52m Olympic Park investment

    06 December 2017

    Newham LBC has defended its decision to invest £52m in the transformation of the Olympic Stadium, after it emerged last week that it will not be repaid £40m of the loan.

  • Parks and recreation: why we need to invest

    05 December 2017

    Public spaces and parks are vital to the prevention agenda. Surely that's worth investing in, writes Paul O'Brien.

  • Not laid back about leisure

    20 September 2017

    Slough BC is investing more than £58m in its new leisure strategy. Cllr Sohail Munawar explains the motivations behind the policy and the wider role sport and physical activity has to play in urban renewal.

  • Council to spend £250,000 on leisure centre inquiry

    20 September 2017

    Dumfries & Galloway Council’s £250,000 investigation into the failings of a sports and leisure centre is expected to start after a meeting next week.

  • Scots welcome ALEOs decision

    20 September 2017

    Scottish councils have welcomed government plans to give ‘further consideration’ to proposals to remove charitable business rates relief from local authorities’ arm’s-length external leisure organisations (ALEOs).

  • Independent CIC criticised by auditors - reports

    11 September 2017

    Internal auditors in Warrington have reportedly criticised an independent community interest company (CIC) over the construction of a £19m leisure centre.

  • Council puts Chinatown development on notice

    02 August 2017

    Liverpool City Council has issued a forfeiture notice against the developer that was working on one of its key regeneration projects for 2016/17.

  • Leeds seeks support for long-term growth strategy

    02 August 2017

    Leeds City Council has invited businesses to pledge their support to its newly-launched growth strategy.

  • Libraries to reopen in Lancs

    26 July 2017

    Lancashire CC has approved more than £3m towards reopening libraries after a minister threatened to investigate cuts to the service.

  • Swindon awards £270m leisure deal

    12 July 2017

    Swindon Council has awarded Seven Capital the contract to develop its North Star site into a large-scale leisure centre. The scheme is worth £270m and is due to be completed by 2021.