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Manchester gives senior staff big pay rise; Sheffield & Derbyshire fall out over devolution; Cornwall to keep Brussels office despite Brexit; police storm Lambeth planning meeting

Essex leader calls PM to draw up industry strategy; unions battle Cardiff over leisure centres decision; new scandal at Wirral Council, Nottingham man gets parking ticket while vacuuming car; and more......

Tories vow to scrap plans for new Northumberland County Council headquarters

Northumberland County Council     Source: Chronicle Live

Tories in Northumberland have pledged to scrap plans for a new council headquarters if they are elected next May. Labour-run Northumberland County Council is set to close and sell off county hall in Morpeth and relocate to a new £38m building in Ashington.  Read in full

Hartlepool launches first ‘cashless’ parking machines to tackle vandalism

Hartlepool Borough Council     Source: Hartlepool Mail

Council chiefs have made a Hartlepool car park the first in town where drivers can pay only by mobile phone after damage caused by vandalism. The pay and display machine in Murray Street has been subjected to repeated attempts to steal cash.  Read in full

Senior women at Manchester council to get inflation-busting pay rises

Manchester City Council     Source: Manchester Evening News

Manchester council’s top female managers are in line for huge pay rises of up to 60pc amid fears over the council’s gender pay gap. Ten senior staff, seven of them women, are set to get inflation-busting raises.  Read in full

New scandal at Wirral Council after probe reveals 'smear attempt' on Tory leader

Wirral Council     Source: Wirral Globe

An investigation into an alleged attempt to smear Conservative group leader Cllr Jeff Green shines a spotlight on the sometime murky world of town hall politics in Wirral. The long-awaited findings of the £17,000 inquiry have been published and reveal that ex-mayor and former Labour council leader Cllr Steve Foulkes disclosed confidential information he'd gained as a member of the council in order to "advance himself".  Read in full

Devolution: Council chiefs in war of words over Sheffield City Region deal

Sheffield City Council     Source: Derbyshire Times

The chair of the Sheffield City Region combined authority has written to Derbyshire County Council to complain about what he says is their ‘misleading’ anti-devolution campaign. In a letter to the leader of Derbyshire County Council, Anne Western, the chair of the Sheffield City Region, Sir Stephen Houghton, says that some of the county council’s statements on the issue are simply ‘incorrect’.  Read in full

800 council workers to be transferred to private firm

Wakefield Council     Source: Wakefield Express

Hundreds of Wakefield Council staff will be transferred to a private company under a 10-year outsourcing deal. Cash-strapped Wakefield Council will transfer 800 workers to French-owned Engie Services, the winner of a contract to provide facilities management services.  Read in full

Northants council's plan to cut £65m stalls as it admits it may only achieve half of it

Northamptonshire County Council     Source: Northants Herald & Post

Swingeing cuts planned by Northamptonshire County Council this year are to be changed - after the authority admitted it will not be able to meet the target of £65 million of savings. The council agreed in April to a catalogue of cuts including closing down eight children's centres, reducing the funding to Northants Fire and Rescue Service and closing Ecton Brook Care Home.  Read in full

Government 'too bossy' about Lincolnshire devolution deal says senior Labour figure

Lincolnshire County Council     Source: Lincolnshire Echo

A senior Labour figure on Lincolnshire County Council has slammed Government meddling on plans to devolve more powers to the county. Rob Parker, deputy leader of the party, criticised Government tinkering on the rules surrounding the deal.  Read in full

This is what the city needs - Coventry reacts as £36.7million water park given go-ahead

Coventry City Council     Source: Coventry Telegraph

Coventry residents have reacted to the news that plans for a £36.7million water park and leisure centre have been given the go-ahead. The facility, which will be built to replace Coventry Sports and Leisure Centre, will sit on the site of Spire House and Christchurch House next to Christchurch spire.   Read in full

Plan to market Staffordshire as 'a place to do business' will cost city and county councils £100k

Stoke-on-Trent City Council     Source: The Sentinel

Communications experts will be paid up to £100,000 to market Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire 'as a place to do business'. Council and business leaders are set to appoint three companies to provide design and marketing communications services as part of efforts to boost inward investment.  Read in full

Essex County Council leader calls on new PM Theresa May to draw up 'industrial strategy' post-Brexit

Essex County Council     Source: Echo

The leader of Essex County Council has called on the new Prime Minister to develop an "industrial strategy" for the country. Tory David Finch has written to Theresa May to congratulate her on her new role, but has also stressed the importance of ensuring local government plays a leading role in driving forward business opportunities provided by Brexit.  Read in full

Who are the Bedfordshire councillors summoned to court for not paying their council tax?

Bedford Borough Council     Source: Bedfordshire on Sunday

Six councillors from Bedfordshire have been summoned to court by their own authorities for failing to pay their council tax in the last five years. Two high-profile councillors from Bedford Borough Council - both members of the authority's executive committee - have received court summons, along with two from Central Bedfordshire Council and another two from Luton Borough Council.   Read in full

Hampshire County Council launches consultation on devolution ideas

Hampshire County Council     Source: Petersfield Post

Hampshire County Council has launched an eight week public consultation to gather residents’ views on how they would like to see local government operate in Hampshire in the future. The ‘Serving Hampshire Consultation’ sets out potential options for how the county council and the 11 district councils in Hampshire could change, or be reorganised.  Read in full

Bucks County Council To Save Thousands With Shared Services

Buckinghamshire County Council     Source: Mix 96

Hundreds of thousands of pounds are going to be saved as Bucks County Council start sharing even more services. They're going to share HR with Harrow Council.  Read in full

Cornwall to keep Brussels office after Brexit… despite voting to leave EU

Cornwall Council     Source: The Independent

Cornwall’s council has admitted it will keep its office in Brussels after the UK has severed ties with the EU, despite residents in the county voting overwhelming to leave the bloc. Senior councillors fear the UK Government will not keep its promise to maintain up to £60m in annual EU funding and say the Brussels office will remain essential in its quest to bring in cash from other areas.  Read in full

New Devon road 'would be a lifeline to London'

Devon County Council     Source: BBC News

Plans for a £170m stretch of road that would ease access for drivers to get to and from the South West, have been unveiled by the council. Devon County Council has proposed three routes, for the five-mile link, starting at the A30/A35 junction.   Read in full

Police storm Brixton arches planning meeting as councillors are glitter-bombed

Lambeth Council     Source: London Evening Standard

Police were called in after protesters glitter-bombed councillors for approving proposals to redevelop Brixton’s historic railway arches. Officers entered the council meeting hall amid chaotic scenes after campaigners forced their way inside following the six-to-one vote in favour.  Read in full

Six developers chase £450m north London scheme

Haringey Council     Source: Construction Enquirer

Haringey Council has shortlisted six bidders for its £450m High Road West scheme to build more than 1,400 new homes and a major new public square in Tottenham. The shortlisted companies are: Barratt Developments; Countryside Properties; Lendlease Development; Linkcity (Bouygues); Stanhope, and Taylor Wimpey.  Read in full

Fife can cash in on Edinburgh city deal

Fife Council     Source: The Courier

Fife will reap enormous rewards from the much-anticipated multi-billion- pound Edinburgh City Region Deal, it has been claimed. Edinburgh City Council chief executive Andrew Kerr revealed a deal to inject around £2 billion of public money into the regional economy could be confirmed as early as November, amid suggestions a further £5bn of private-sector cash could be levered in.  Read in full

Cordia, City Building and City Property Aleos to give Glasgow City Council budget 10m despite Cordia slump

Glasgow City Council     Source: Evening Times

Glasgow City Council's Aleos will provide more than £10m for the council budget this year a new report estimates. Three of the Arm’s Length External Organisations make a payment to the council to contribute to services.  Read in full

Five unions go to war with Cardiff council over leisure centres decision as relationship reaches 'all-time low'

Cardiff Council     Source: WalesOnline

Cardiff’s trade unions say their relationship with the city council is “at an all-time low”. Together five unions – GMB, UCATT, Unite, Union, Nasuwt – have issued a scathing statement saying the decision to hand over control of eight leisure centres to an external company was “simply appalling”.  Read in full

Gwynedd council pest control service spared axe

Gwynedd Council     Source: BBC News

Gwynedd council's pest control service has been spared closure but councillors have urged the public to use the unit if they want it to continue. It had faced the axe as part of the authority's efforts to cut costs following a decision to approve £4.6m of cuts in March.   Read in full

Derry council spent £50,000 for Jamie Cullum at jazz gig

Derry and Strabane District Council     Source: Belfast Telegraph

A council has come under fire for using £50,000 of ratepayers' money to bring jazz-pop singer Jamie Cullum to perform at a festival. Derry and Strabane Council spent more hiring celebrities than every other council in Northern Ireland put together.  Read in full

£330k boost to revitalise Dungannonan and Cookstown town centres

Mid-Ulster District Council     Source:

Dungannon and Cookstown town centres have taken another step forward with news that they will receive a regeneration boost of £300,000 from the Department for Communities. The money will be matched by a further £30,000 of investment from Mid Ulster Council and will finance major physical improvements to the towns.  Read in full

And finally…

Man gets parking ticket while vacuuming car outside partner's house

Nottingham City Council     Source: Nottingham Post

A man was slapped with a parking ticket while he was vacuuming his car outside his partner's house. Swayne Smith says he was showing a valid visitors' permit in Lewis Close, St Ann's, when the parking warden approached him. But after an altercation in which both sides claim to have been abused, a ticket and fine of £70 arrived in the post and the city council says it is having trouble with misuse of residents' parking permits.  Read in full

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