The Lib Dems gained a seat from the Conservatives in East Riding of Yorkshire. It’s Our County held a seat in Herefordshire.
Jeremy Hutton: There are 6,047 empty council-owned commercial properties in the UK – what a shocking waste
Providing security, insurance, maintenance and renovation of these vacant properties costs £74 million a year. Many could be converted into housing.
Spending cuts have caused a spirit of innovaton and cultural change in our town halls.
Planners and architects are contemptuous of public opinion. It is naive to assume otherwise.
New tower blocks being proposed in the capital seem designed to be as assertive and architecturally antisocial as possible.
Failing inspection reports on two occasions and losing 90 per cent of SEND cases taken to tribunal are worrying signs.
The Conservatives lost a seat to the Lb Dems in Wiltshire. Plaid Cymru gained from Labour in Rhondda Cynon Taf.
From South Carolina to Singapore, and from Dubai to Dalian, growth is supercharged by creating areas inside a country, which fall outside of its customs border.
Buck-passing between different authorities results in poor outcomes for residents and kickback from voters.
Living in a world which can seem so provocative, emotive, and opinionated, I want to focus on the politics of inclusion rather than of division.
Anna Firth: Local Government, not central Government, has the power and the tools to combat loneliness
In Sevenoaks, we are using public health funding to pay for advisors working in GP surgeries to help tackle the non-medical causes why people visit their doctor.
Just as high performing and well-led schools were allowed to convert to being academies, good local councils should have the chance of financial independence.
In the only contest taking place this week, Labour lost a seat to an independent in Mansfield.
Yet more triumphs for clusters of independents. Essex Man may have lost enthusiasm for the Conservative Party but not for Conservative principles.
There is a threat of London-wide pay as you drive road charge, to fix the damage the Mayor’s done to Transport for London’s finances.