Leisure providers at 'crisis point' - LGA
Leisure providers are at a ‘crisis point’ as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, English and Welsh councils have warned.
Sport England call for support amid lockdown
Sport England has pleaded with local authorities to offer financial support to their local leisure trusts amid the coronavirus crisis after facilities were forced to close as part of the Government lockdown.
Plan to tackle £66.8m hike in cost of Birmingham Games scheme
Birmingham City Council is reporting ‘substantial progress’ in the delivery of a regeneration scheme key to the 2022 Commonwealth Games, but that a net cost increase of £66.8m has emerged.
Reading appoints leisure operator on 25-year contract
Greenwich Leisure Ltd (GLL) has been awarded a contract to operate Reading BC’s leisure services.
Harrogate hands Willmott Dixon £10m leisure build contract
Harrogate BC has awarded a £10m contract to Willmott Dixon to overhaul a leisure centre in Ripon.
Union and social enterprise clash over library strike
A trade union has questioned the treatment of workers by a social enterprise running hundreds of council-owned leisure facilities.
General Election brings uncertainty to improvement plan timetable
Sheila Oxtoby says the General Election calls into question the timetable for starting work on a key project to improve the seafront in Great Yarmouth that would also provide a major year-round boost for the economy.
Planning permission for council sports centre quashed
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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)
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
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
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
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
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.