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Attempted coup fails to topple Middlesbrough mayor while....

Wirral, Bradford, Stoke-on-Trent, Warwickshire and Brighton face up to budget cuts and Leicestershire seeks EU money to boost smaller firms while Gloucester launches £135m redevelopment plan in partnership with Gloucestershire and London Borough of Sutton buys charities HQ in Oxford and Scottish Borders launch plan for 1,200 affordable homes while Unionist councillors in Armagh vote "NO" to parking machines accepting Euro coins

Audacious bid to oust Middlesbrough Mayor voted down by council

Middlesbrough Council     Source: Gazette Live

An audacious bid to oust the Mayor of Middlesbrough was voted down. At the meeting of the Full Middlesbrough Council , Terry Lawton - independent councillor for Brambles and Thorntree ward - submitted a motion for the resignation of mayor Dave Budd.   Read in full

Unions fear £10m school budget cuts could put 268 teachers at risk in Northumberland

Northumberland County Council     Source: Chronicle Live

Schools in Northumberland could lose more than £10million putting 268 jobs at risk, education unions have warned. The National Union of Teachers and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers fear “a generation of children will be let down” by proposed changes to school funding by 2020.  Read in full

Wirral Council plans radical reforms and warns of tax hikes to cover £132m budget black hole

Wirral Council     Source: Wirral Globe

Wirral Council is considering launching its own development company to raise cash as it attempts to tackle a £132m budget black hole. Householders will be hit in the pocket with council-tax increases to cover the defict - and services and fees will cost more under radical reforms.  Read in full

£6m Bootle building rent deal branded a 'disgrace'

Sefton Council     Source: Liverpool Echo

The leader of Sefton’s Conservatives has criticised the council for allowing a charity to rent a £6m council- owned building cheaply and then make money by subletting space in it. South Sefton Development Trust, now named Regenerus, has paid a peppercorn rent to Sefton Council for the 32,000 sq ft Investment Centre building on Stanley Road, and also sublet units within the large building to tenants.  Read in full

Bradford Council leader outlines plans to slash £82 million from budget

City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council     Source: Keighley News

A cut of £8 million a year from care for the elderly and disabled was among a host of “very grim” savings plans unveiled by Bradford Council’s leader this week. Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe revealed how her authority plans to slash £82m from its budget over the next two years, in a set of proposals which also included cuts to libraries, public toilets, street lighting and community halls.  Read in full

Sheffield council urged to drop plans to fell war memorial trees

Sheffield City Council     Source: The Guardian

Campaigners are demanding that Sheffield council re-examine plans to cut down trees planted to honour soldiers killed in the first world war, in the latest development of the long-running battle over the local authority’s tree-felling programme.  Read in full

Leicestershire councils seek £3m of EU cash to boost businesses and create 350 jobs

Leicester City Council     Source: Leicester Mercury

A bid for millions of pounds of European Union cash has been made to help smaller firms in Leicestershire create some 350 jobs. The Collaborate scheme is being spearheaded by Leicester City Council which has applied for £3 million of European Regional Development Funds.  Read in full

Derby City Council writes off £5.2 million of debt

Derby City Council     Source: Derby Telegraph

Derby City Council has admitted it must write off more than £5.2 million it is owed - at a time when it needs to save tens of millions. The authority said the cash, mainly council tax and business rates, was owed by people who had fled, died, been declared bankrupt or had the debt cancelled by a court.  Read in full

Stoke-on-Trent City Council to axe 200 jobs and slash £60million in services

Stoke-on-Trent City Council     Source: Staffs Live

More than 200 jobs are to be axed and £61 million cuts made to services amid budget plans unveiled by Stoke-on-Trent City Council. And thousands of families are facing a three per cent hike in Council Tax from April 2017.  Read in full

Hundreds of council jobs to be axed in Warwickshire under swingeing government cuts

Warwickshire County Council     Source: Coventry Telegraph

Hundreds of council jobs could be axed in swingeing cuts that could affect Warwickshire’s most vulnerable. Warwickshire County Council is proposing to slash its spending by millions over the next three years, making changes to services across all departments.  Read in full

Essex County Council officers 'snuck in' to film Basildon waste plant over health hazard fears

Essex County Council     Source: Essex Live

Council officers "snuck in" to film a Basildon waste plant after concerns emerged over health hazards, says one of its former drivers. Residents and councillors are concerned the £800 million Tovi Eco Park waste plant on Courtauld Road is not yet fully operational, despite a representative of the contractor, Urbaser Balfour Beatty, saying five months ago that the commissioning phase should have ended by August this year.  Read in full

Council chief executive will retire after 12 years service

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council     Source: Echo

Southend Council's chief executive has announced he is to retire next year. Rob Tinlin, who will step down in March took up his post in Southend in March 2005, and has led a distinguished career in local government spanning 40 years.   Read in full

£24 million cuts for Brighton and Hove City Council in toughest year ever

Brighton and Hove City Council     Source: The Argus

Brighton and Hove City Council will make its biggest ever cuts next year with £24 million of savings needed. The 2017/18 cuts facing the city council are worse than even anticipated in the summer with service pressures in adult and social care and further cuts to education grants increasing the strain.  Read in full

Councils vow to launch breakaway authority as Hampshire power struggle continues

Test Valley Borough Council     Source: Romsey Advertiser

A group of local councils has vowed to launch its own breakaway authority as the power struggle over Hampshire’s public services took a new twist. Test Valley Council is among a group of local authorities who want to create their own super authority.  Read in full

Council draws up £135m masterplan to attract developers to Gloucester waterfront

Gloucestershire County Council     Source: Gloucestershire Live

Major work has been undertaken to design a masterplan to attract companies to invest in what could be the biggest single development in Gloucester's immediate future. Two councils have worked together to produce a wide-ranging programme of what could be built at the city's waterfront Blackfriars – set to cost around £135million.  Read in full

Court challenge could make Cornwall Council tear up Threemilestone A390 busgate after it is finished

Cornwall Council     Source: Cornwall Live

Cornwall Council could be forced to tear up a controversial road scheme on a main Truro commuter route unless it carries out a public inquiry, lawyers said. The saga relates to a so-called bus gate - a special lane and turning junction for buses only which is being installed on the A390 at Threemilestone.  Read in full

Sutton Council become Oxfam’s landlord following £30m investment…in Oxford

London Borough of Sutton     Source: This is Local London

Sutton Council’s long-term investment plan is to spend £30m buying property in Oxford and then charging a charity to use it. The building, a £29,890,000 site in Oxford Business Park, had been run by Aviva Investors Pension Property and has been Oxfam’s UK headquarters since in 2005.  Read in full

Government orders Waltham Forest council to stop publishing rule-breaking free paper fortnightly

London Borough of Waltham Forest     Source: East London and West Essex Guardian Series

The government has ordered Waltham Forest council to stop flouting national rules by publishing its free newspaper once a fortnight. Communities Minister, Marcus Jones, wrote to the local authority over its Waltham Forest News freesheet, which is published twice a month.   Read in full

Councillors give backing to £163m plan to build affordable housing across the Scottish Borders

Scottish Borders Council     Source: Southern Reporter

A five-year housing plan set to see more than £160m invested in affordable housing was approved by Scottish Borders Council. Members of the authority’s executive committee gave their backing to a strategic housing investment plan expected to lead to almost 1,200 affordable homes being built across the region before 2022.  Read in full

Council agrees multimillion-pound property maintenance deal

Aberdeenshire Council     Source: The Press and Journal

Aberdeenshire Council has awarded a multimillion-pound contract for all repairs and maintenance on its properties. Members of the local authority’s policy and resources have agreed a five-year deal with Forth Electrical Services FM starting from April.  Read in full

Council leader blasted for ‘personal attacks’ over Wrexham school demolition

Wrexham County Borough Council     Source: News North Wales

The future of the old Groves school remains in limbo. Wrexham Council is seeking legal advice on its options and council leader Cllr Mark Pritchard is adamant the current building needs to be knocked down to make way for new schools on the site.   Read in full

Cardiff councillor and Assembly Member to face tribunal over alleged conduct breaches

Cardiff Council     Source: WalesOnline

Cardiff councillor and Assembly Neil McEvoy will face a tribunal over allegations he breached the council's code of conduct. If he is found to have breached the code of conduct, he could face suspension for up to a year as a councillor or disqualification as a councillor for up to five years.   Read in full

Unionist councillors vote down possibility of car park ticket machines accepting Euro coins

Armagh Banbridge and Craigavon District Council     Source: Belfast Telegraph

Unionist councillors on Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council have voted down a request to investigate the possibility of car park ticket machines accepting Euro coins across the council area. Armagh SDLP Councillor Thomas O’Hanlon slammed those who voted against move and said the stance does nothing to support struggling businesses in the area.  Read in full

Council on course to meet £2m efficiency target

Derry and Strabane District Council     Source: Derry Journal

The city accountant Alfie Dallas reported that Derry City and Strabane District is on course to meet its £2m efficiency savings target at the Council’s Governance and Strategic Planning Committee. But he cautioned that now was not yet the time to extend Council largesse by way of reinvestment in the local authority’s extensive capital programme.   Read in full

And finally…

Councillor's voting gaffe blocks party's £400million IT privatisation plan

Glasgow City Council     Source: Herald Scotland

A £400m plan to privatise computer systems at Glasgow City Council has stalled after a blundering councillor hit the wrong button during a crunch vote. Anne Simpson inadvertently sided with opposition parties by voting to send the controversial IT project back to the drawing board.  Read in full


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