Environment

  • Air quality probe launched

    21 September 2017

    An investigation into allegations Cheshire East Council manipulated air quality data has been launched by police.


  • Let’s get back local government’s voice

    20 September 2017

    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


  • Let the sun shine in

    13 September 2017

    The Beach Boys’ Barbara Ann is a cheery slice of sunshine pop.


  • Too good to refuse

    06 September 2017

    Birmingham City Council’s rubbish problems have hit the front pages in recent weeks.


  • Hounslow urged to review ‘risk-averse’ Lampton 360

    06 September 2017

    Hounslow LBC is looking into concerns that one of its arms-length organisations is too ‘risk-averse’.


  • Council's environmental contract under review

    30 August 2017

    Great Yarmouth BC has revealed it is reviewing its environmental services contract with Norfolk CC’s wholly-owned company, Norse Group.


  • Birmingham bin strike back on after Clancy backtrack

    30 August 2017

    Trade union Unite has decided to go back on strike in its long-running dispute with Birmingham City Council after senior councillors heeded warnings from senior officers.


  • Outsourcing blamed for bin complaints increase

    23 August 2017

    The outsourcing of waste collections by councils in England has led to an increase in the number of complaints being upheld by the ombudsman, a new report has warned today.


  • Council wins court battle days after Gove intervention

    16 August 2017

    Sheffield City Council has won a court battle against people protesting about its tree-felling programme.


  • Sheffield waste management talks continue

    09 August 2017

    Discussions to extend a waste management contract are ongoing between Sheffield City Council and waste management firm Veolia, six months after the council voted to end the contract.


  • 4 wheel drive woman

    09 August 2017

    Gosh, Tarquin, mummy just has so much to do. I’m sure everything used to go quiet in August, and we all toddled off to Tuscany for a month to drink Prosecco.


  • Council ends partnership with environmental services firm

    03 August 2017

    Maidstone BC has ended its partnership with an environmental services firm which was found to have offered bonuses to its officers for issuing fines.


  • Stretched councils criticise ministers for 'passing buck' on air quality

    27 July 2017

    Council directors have piled in on the Government’s Clean Air Strategy, claiming ministers have shifted the burden of implementing ‘politically unpalatable’ measures onto overstretched authorities.


  • Green dreams axed

    12 July 2017

    For around 200,000 proud townsfolk across this sceptred isle, the Britain in Bloom competition is an exercise in green-fingered local pride.


  • Wild waste

    05 July 2017

    Judging from a list of the weirdest things Enfield LBC’s waste management teams have found in recycling bins, residents enjoy dark humour and wild parties.


  • Just spinnin’ around

    21 June 2017

    What should local government do with the tonnes of those pesky fidget spinners that parents have discovered are already ‘so last year’?


  • Bin there, done that

    06 June 2017

    Diary likes to think it has its metaphorical finger on the pulse of current and emerging trends.


  • Call for responsible timber sourcing

    06 June 2017

    The Timber Trade Federation (TTF) has called on councils to source timber responsibly as they follow-up on election promises on housing and development.


  • LGPS urged to ditch fossil fuel investments

    06 June 2017

    Trade union Unison has urged local government’s pension scheme to disinvest from fossil fuels despite president Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate change agreement.


  • Some grave decisions

    30 May 2017

    Council communications chiefs have to sell all manner of events.