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Sunbury-on-Thames business park

Small number of property investments spark ministry concern Subscription

Property investments are a cause for concern at just “two or three councils”, a senior Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government official has said.

Melanie Dawes

Dawes revises 'statutory services only' comments Subscription

The permananet secretary also tells MPs ministry was ‘not surprised’ by the collapse of Northamptonshire CC 

birkenhead market reimagined

Wirral: 'It's income generation, not commercialisation'Subscription

“What we wanted to do is to get the right permanent people in post here and then create the right cadre of managers,” says chief executive Eric Robinson.

sevenoaks premier inn crop

Sevenoaks: 'Our funding gap couldn't be filled just by saving'Subscription

Like many district councils, Sevenoaks DC has in recent years been forced to respond to dwindling financial support from central government.

plymouth cineworld

Plymouth: 'We're not scared to invest to tackle market failure'Subscription

The historic naval city, currently with a population of 264,000, is hoping to grow to 300,000 by 2032.

Brill Windmill, Buckinghamshire

Districts threaten legal action over unitary plans Subscription

Two district councils in Buckinghamshire have threatened to take legal action in a bid to prevent the creation of a single unitary authority.

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LGC special report: Commercialisation