C’llr Magazine June 2016

The focus for the June edition of c’llr is well-being and takes in sport and leisure, culture, pubs and fresh air among other things.

Our big c’llr interview is with Michael Heseltine; he’s been a key player in government interactions with local government since the 1970s and Mark D’Arcy speaks to him about his involvement with devolution plans and deprived estates.

We also have a round-up of all the local election action from last month.

Special feature: well-being

  • Jennifer Glover on using traditional leisure facilities in new ways
  • Patrick Kelly takes a look at the culture White Paper
  • Mark Smulian on the thorny issue of libraries
  • Tom Pollard from Mind talks about the importance of mental well-being
  • The Great Exhibition of the North
  • Elizabeth Thomson reports on why other councils didn’t follow Stoke Gifford in charging for parkruns
  • Theatres reaching out to communities
  • London has experienced a cycling boom, Simon Munk from the London Cycling Campaign explains why and how other cities can follow suit
  • Mark Smulian reports from Hull the 2017 City of Culture
  • Pubs are good for you! Faye Grima from CAMRA explains
  • The Ramblers on how walking can boost mental well-being

Local realities

Jonathan Carr-West on the local elections

Marginalia – Councillor numbers

Chris Game is very concerned about the ever reducing number of elected representatives our councils have.

Impact report

A summary of the LGiU’s work over the last few weeks

Wheeler’s world

Updates from Heather Wheeler MP

Media watch

The media loves a row, says David Brindle, and the parish council decision to charge for parkrun has generated untold column inches

Running for the mind and body

Carol Grant discusses the importance that government policy is now placing on exercise

Agents of change

Neil Clarke MBE, chair of the District Councils’ Network, makes the case for district councils as the building blocks of service delivery

The air that your breathe…

Catherine Heffernan on why air quality is such an important issue

The c’llr interview – Michael Heseltine

Mark D’Arcy talks to him about devolution deals and deprived estates

A bitter pill to swallow

Chris Ford of Pharmacy Voice about the proposed cuts to community pharmacy budgets and the potential impact for councils

Greenwich’s golden touch

Cllr Averil Lekau on the borough’s cross-departmental approach to homelessness

2016 political control local authorities map

What does the country look like after the local elections

Out for the count

LGiU’s Ingrid Koehler on our collaborative approach to collecting and publishing the local election results more comprehensively than ever

Design for living

Mark Winterburn of RIBA on why they are campaigning for good design principles and minimum space standards to be an integral part of all new developments

Faster is smarter

Phil Woolas on the benefits of early payment schemes for councils and their local economies

Another view – Trumping local democracy in 2020?

Donald Trump’s US primary success epitomises the growing dissatisfaction many people have with traditional political systems. Alan Waters considers whether this feeling could spread to local government.

Jun 2016
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