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
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.
A summary of the LGiU’s work over the last few weeks
Updates from Heather Wheeler MP
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.