The new edition of c’llr magazine is now out. The special feature for April is local growth. We talk to Derbyshire and Sunderland councils about their successes in attracting major car manufacturers to their areas and the knock on effects for the local economy. On the flip side Mark Smulian reports from Dover about how they went about picking up the economic pieces when Pfizer closed its operation there. Waltham Forest enlighten us about small business support – vital for a borough where 98 per cent of businesses employ fewer than 50 people – and Paul Carter, Leader of Kent County Council talks construction.
We also have features about the winners of the LGiU/CCLA C’llr Achievement Awards, including interviews with Leader of the Year, Catherine West from Islington and Paul Bettison Leader of Bracknell Forest and winner of the Judges’ Special Award for Contribution to Local Government.
Elsewhere there is the usual eclectic mix of informative articles (this month’s 10 Things You Need to Know looks at welfare reform), diverse opinions (Mark D’Arcy interviews Graham Allen MP about his quest for a British Constitution), interesting updates from different areas of the country (Lousie Goldsmith, Leader of West Sussex talks about the success of the council’s green agenda and Councillor Neil Swannick writes about the Greater Manchester approach to sustainable waste management), and some light reads (our San Francisco correspondent Chris Mead never fails to raise a smile).