• LGA board chair hits out at culture secretary

    20 October 2020

    The chair of the Local Government Association’s (LGA) culture, tourism and sport board has claimed culture secretary Oliver Dowden ‘won’t engage with us at all’.

  • Keeping tourism going in the face of the unknowns

    29 September 2020

    Sheila Oxtoby outlines the challenge of 'encouraging businesses to remain positive and continue to work on a programme of extending the tourism season when there are so many unknowns that lie ahead'.

  • Turning the tide

    22 July 2020

    Cllr Vikki Slade outlines the key aspects of BCP Council’s response when day trippers arrived in droves after the relaxation of lockdown.

  • Lancashire lays its foundations for recovery

    14 July 2020

    Lancashire CC and its partners are having a ‘decisive, honest and evidence-based conversation with Government’ aimed at moving the economy in the right direction, says Stephen Young.

  • Helping local councils make their towns and cities smarter

    01 July 2020

    People are using digital tech to connect, engage with and shape their town or city by talking to street objects. Tiernan Mines explains.

  • Coastal resorts face both challenges and opportunities

    24 June 2020

    Additional Government funding is essential not only to support in-year budgets, but to 'ensure delivery of our regeneration ambitions does not falter, says Sheila Oxtoby.

  • Resurrected in Ramsgate?

    12 June 2020

    Council chief executives get all kinds of things in the post.

  • An invite you can’t refuse

    27 May 2020

    As we all try to adapt our day-to-day lives to the realities of social distancing, spare a thought for the poor folks in the tourism industry.

  • When this is all over we will be different

    24 March 2020

    Interim chief operating officer at Cornwall Council, Tracie Langley, views her leadership role as developing mechanisms for quick and safe decision-making and providing clarity over how emergency processes can work.

  • Westminster’s vision for the 2020s

    04 March 2020

    Rachael Robathan outlines Westminster City Council’s vision for the City, with climate and environmental initiatives, digital communications and infrastructure at its core.

  • Public backs tourism tax

    24 February 2020

    More than half of people think councils should have the power to levy a tourism tax, a new survey has found.

  • ‘Local works best’

    28 January 2020

    The fact that devolution hasn’t happened yet across Yorkshire ‘isn’t for the want of trying’, says Tom Riordan. But he adds that a solution may finally be close, and it’s vital that all parts of the region benefit.

  • Council told to urgently overhaul company

    18 December 2019

    Gloucester City Council’s arms-length market company lacks accountability and clarity of purpose, an independent review has found.

  • After the fire

    03 December 2019

    Liaison with a wide range of sectors including emergency planners ensured a well-co-ordinated response after a ferocious fire at a listed seafront hotel in Eastbourne, says Tim Whelan.

  • Making the most of our cultural assets

    27 November 2019

    The three councils of Lancaster City, Barrow and South Lakeland are coming together to pilot a new model that 'aims to capture and maximise our individual and collective cultural assets', says Lawrence Conway.

  • Let’s back the tourist tax

    15 October 2019

    Cllr Nickie Aiken argues that a modest levy on overnight visitor stays raised locally would go straight into services that help to boost tourism.

  • Growing a city the holistic way

    09 October 2019

    Chief executive of Belfast City Council Suzanne Wylie talks to Ann McGauran about the ambitious 20-year place-shaping community plan, prioritising inclusive growth, the Brexit factor, and more.

  • Delivering a compelling longer-term vision of place

    01 October 2019

    In shaping an area-based agenda it's important to remember that place is made up of people as well as spaces, says Sheila Oxtoby.

  • Think-tank calls for more local taxes

    19 September 2019

    There appear to be ‘few’ legislative barriers to bringing in new local taxes as long as the money raised went towards local authority expenditure, think-tank IPPR Scotland has said.

  • Be careful what you wish for on new revenue sources

    11 September 2019

    In one province in Canada, integration has clearly not provided the complete answer to what is a financial hole familiar in the UK, says Michael Burton. But we don't have cannabis sales to help plug the gap.