Council to spend £250,000 on leisure centre inquiry
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.
Let’s get back local government’s voice
Ahead of the Labour Party Conference, Nick Forbes outlines some of the challenges for local authorities and his hopes for the party in this next phase of governnance
Blackpool Airport back in council’s control for £4m
Blackpool Council has bought back Blackpool Airport (pictured) in a £4m deal.
White Van Man on ... the housing shortage
I’m a simple geezer. Business works like this – buyer wants something, seller offers it and if the price is right they do the deal. Bosh. And then you come to the housing market and all the rules go out the window.
Council considers cancelling £350m contract
Swindon BC is considering cancelling a £350m contract with developer Muse.
Hounslow urged to review ‘risk-averse’ Lampton 360
Hounslow LBC is looking into concerns that one of its arms-length organisations is too ‘risk-averse’.
From wasteland to playground – it’s the rebirth of Lee Valley
Fifty years since the creation of the Lee Valley Regional Park and the authority that is responsible for it, Shaun Dawson explains how partnership working with local authorities has been crucial for the park’s development.
Helping councils on a tight budget invest in culture
Council cuts have placed arts and culture under increasing pressure in recent years, but Darren Henley believes investment in these vital services can act as a catalyst for regeneration, civic revival and economic growth.
Shaping Oldham’s economic future
Oldham has a long-term masterplan which will act as a catalyst for regeneration across five town centres. The partnership between private and public sectors will be worth an additional £50m a year to the town’s economy, as Tom Stannard explains.
Council chiefs urged to 'seize the day'
Local authorities should ‘seize the day’ to secure inward investment for their areas, a former Government adviser has urged.
Many south coast towns are dubbed God’s waiting room due to their high percentage of elderly people.
Homelessness figures a ‘stain on nation’s conscience’
New government homelessness figures are a ‘stain on our nation’s conscience,’ the outgoing leader of the Lib Dems, Tim Farron, has said.
Clyde regeneration approved
Glasgow City Council’s executive committee has approved further regeneration on the banks of the river Clyde.
Investment firms buy Pinnacle
Two investment firms have bought housing-led regeneration company, Pinnacle.
Living the big dream
Despite a rollercoaster history, Thanet BC is working hard to build its local area and improve the economy – including reopening Dreamland, Margate’s historic theme park. Heather Jameson reports.
Why we are celebrating a battle we lost
Alan Jarrett explains how Medway Council is celebrating its history to put the place on the map and progress its ambitious regeneration projects.
To cut the arts or not to cut the arts? There is no question
Arts, culture and heritage are often among the first services to be scrapped, but John O'Brien highlights their importance not just for residents and visitors but for budgets, too.
Lewis hired by Stevenage
Stevenage BC has appointed Patrick Lewis as assistant director for regeneration.
£280m Arch portfolio review given ex-leader’s full backing
A Northumberland CC councillor who helped launch the council’s development company, Arch, has backed the authority’s decision to review its work.
Public inquiry into estate redevelopment
A new public inquiry is expected to be held in the long-running dispute between Southwark LBC and residents of an estate earmarked for redevelopment.