Leeds Council backs £35m stadium redevelopment

Leeds City Council has approved a proposal which would see a third-party investor provide up to £35 million to fund the redevelopment of Headingley Carnegie Stadium.

Christchurch council merger deferred following general election

Christchurch council has announced it has decided to delay any referendum on local government reorganisation following the announcement of a General Election to be held on 8 June 2017.

Councils praised for improved roadworks communication

According to Socitm’s Find out about roadworks, 2016-17 report, local authorities have improved their performance scorecard for online roadworks communication by 37 per cent.

Councils should have ‘full control’ of taxation, says think tank

Reform Scotland has called for a radical reform of local government taxation ahead of the local government elections next month.

93 per cent of combined authority positions filled by men

A report from the Electoral Reform Society has warned that 93 per cent of senior positions in the new combined authorities will be appointed to white men.

LGA highlights growing cost of chewing gum removal

The Local Government Association (LGA) has called on gum manufacturers to contribute to the £60 million annual gum removal cost to councils.

Ban on councils charging for fun runs proposed

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) is considering new proposals to ban councils in England from charging people to take part in weekend fun runs.

Councils call for input over new grammar school locations

The LGA has said that councils must have control over where new selective schools are introduced.

Oxford trials innovative new city mapping

Oxford City Council is to trial a new street mapping project that could transform services across the city.

Surveyors retain bleak perception of property market

RICS latest monthly survey shows that property surveyors are gloomy about the current state of the housing market.

Plastic bottle waste out of control in London

The London Assembly Environment Committee has reported that the amount of waste from single-use plastic bottles in London has risen out of control.

Council playground closures highlighted

The Association of Play Industries has revealed the extent to which local authorities across the country have been closing children’s playgrounds.

Birmingham City Council awarded for new website

Birmingham City Council has been awarded official Honouree status in the 2017 Webby Awards, the leading international award honouring excellence on the internet.

Essex CC facing legal action over care fees

Essex County Council (CC) is facing legal action over the level of fees it pays to care home providers for looking after residents, following a judicial review launched by Care England.

6.8m Lincolnshire coastal flood prevention scheme gets underway

The Environment Agency’s annual scheme to replenish beaches in Lincolnshire is set to begin.

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