Environment

  • Making a resilient start

    21 May 2024

    Ann McGauran talks to ADEPT’s new president Ann Carruthers about the need for resilience and the increasing challenges for place services as funding continues to be curtailed


  • Restoring resilience

    15 May 2024

    Councils need to own the leadership of the response to extreme weather events and should argue the case for their role to be recognised and properly resourced, says Dame Meg Hillier.


  • The grass is greener

    07 May 2024

    Britain’s male population will know about Movember: that month of the year when moustaches get grown and ‘handlebar hirsute’ is temporarily cool.


  • The case for a new Public Health Act

    07 May 2024

    Greg Fell makes the case for a new and all-encompassing Public Health Act, and says preventing people from becoming ill will only be achieved by putting health at the heart of all policies.


  • High Court challenge against Government energy standards

    22 April 2024

    A legal challenge against Government restrictions on energy efficiency standards is to proceed to the High Court.


  • Toad patrol hops to it

    16 April 2024

    Why did the toad cross the road, asks one of the many jokes on a similar highways theme.


  • Greening public services

    16 April 2024

    GLL’s Chris Hebblewhite reveals progress on the co-op’s five year sustainability strategy.


  • DEFRA withholds £6m of air quality funding

    16 April 2024

    Around £6m in funding promised to local authorities to help tackle air pollution will be withheld, a Government spokesperson has confirmed.


  • Wakefield’s in-between spaces

    26 March 2024

    Wakefield’s Urban Greening Strategy sets out an ambition to transform the city centre by reconsidering the approach to using space between buildings. Mark Lynam explains.


  • Destruction dismissed

    26 March 2024

    With Banksy’s artwork drawing attention to rocky relations between urban councils and trees, Plymouth City Council headed back to the High Court last week – and, like the street artist, emerged scarred-but-victorious.


  • Losing their plots

    26 March 2024

    There are some issues over which councils take on the British public at their peril – and the love of allotments is one of them.


  • Future Forum: Councils ‘pivotal’ to net zero

    20 March 2024

    Local government has a ‘pivotal’ role to play in the journey to achieving net zero, The MJ Future Forum has heard today.


  • LGA warning over XL Bully dogs ban

    19 March 2024

    Councils face a double whammy of soaring costs and declining police support as they try to enforce a ban on XL Bully dogs.


  • Jenrick leads new charge to axe nutrient neutrality laws

    13 March 2024

    Former housing secretary Robert Jenrick is leading Tory calls for the Government to renew efforts to axe nutrient neutrality laws and boost house building.


  • LTNs popular and effective, leaked report says

    11 March 2024

    Low-traffic neighbourhoods (LTNs) are popular and effective, a leaked report from the Department for Transport (DfT) has found.


  • View with a poo

    27 February 2024

    Angry residents of Falmouth were up in arms recently.


  • Decarbonisation: from planning to action

    20 February 2024

    Lack of capacity on the electricity grid can present a significant barrier to local authorities’ net zero goals. Ben Taylor explains how partnering with a decarbonisation expert can help to provide the best chance of success.


  • Getting crucial decarbonisation buy-in

    13 February 2024

    Sean Ranson suggests how local authorities can maximise buy-in and build advocacy for achieving net zero locally


  • What’s mew pussycat?

    06 February 2024

    The neighbouring cities of Wanneroo and Joondalup in Western Australia are taking different approaches to public policy when it comes to our feline friends.


  • Expanding Oflog’s vision

    22 January 2024

    Jack Shaw says the Office for Local Government needs to go further than its current long-term vision, and moving to a statutory footing would mean it could set up a more robust performance regime.