Funding affordable housing in future
Steve Quartermain argues that Section 106 has been quite successful at securing concessions and contributions from developers, and he also considers if a new approach that sees affordable housing delivered through a revised levy would be good news.
Council blocks scrutiny over bizarre £7m contract roll-over
Greenwich LBC has refused to disclose why it has handed out a £7m contract without a competitive tender and has blocked scrutiny of the move.
Hitting the road
Diary has never been much of a gamer.
Do ya think I’m sexy?
Some guys have all the luck.
Mitigating winter storms’ risks
Winter storms are a stark reminder for local authorities of their legal duty for environmental management, says Andrew Clarke.
Change is coming and local authorities will need to adapt
Councils must grapple with planning issues now so that as much development as possible is adapted to deal with the effects of climate change, say Ben Standing and James Fawcett.
Meat Loaf’s rocky ride
US music legend Meat Loaf, whose trilogy of Bat Out of Hell albums sold more than 65m copies worldwide, died last week.
Boosting opportunities for Islington’s businesswomen
Cllr Asima Shaikh explains the steps being taken in Islington to help female entrepreneurs reach their full potential, build back differently and create a more equal borough.
Partnerships – the road ahead for highways services
Norse Highways is agile, with the flexibility to change delivery model and priorities to suit the network, says Jason Glasspoole. 'It’s about collaboration as opposed to the rigidity of a traditional client/contractor model.'
School’s not out – yet
Diary does love a good road-markings muck-up story.
White van man on... highways
This café society is all very well but you try and drive a Bedford van down a side street, half of which has been handed over by the council to the local cafés for their punters.
White van man on... cycle routes
I can see a battle brewing about who should be the king or queen of the road.
Funding cuts after councils remove cycling schemes
Councils are facing reductions in Government funding after removing active travel cycling schemes.
White van man on... the heat wave
The only thing that’s been levelling up is the weather. Did you see it’s as hot in Manchester as it is in London? That’s a result and it’s nothing to do with Boris.
High Court rejects low traffic neighbourhoods challenge
A legal challenge against Lambeth LBC's low traffic neighbourhoods (LTNs) has been rejected by the High Court.
Council prosecutes firm over jams
Thames Water has been prosecuted by a London borough after creating what the council said were unnecessary traffic jams three times in less than a fortnight.
London repairs backlog hits 'staggering' £1bn
The cost of the road maintenance backlog on London’s roads has now passed £1bn, according to the fourth annual ‘State of the City’ report from the London Technical Advisers Group (LoTAG).
Infrastructure services unit sale completes
M Group Services has completed the acquisition of Skanska UK’s infrastructure services operation.
Hole lot of cake
Cake war has broken out between Marks & Spencer and Aldi.
Thurrock workers strike in pay dispute
Workers at Thurrock BC have embarked on a three-week strike amid claims their pay is to be ‘slashed’.