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Eating chips and drinking pop is probably not everyone's idea of a fitness regime, but children in Warwickshire see...
Eating chips and drinking pop is probably not everyone's idea of a fitness regime, but children in Warwickshire seem to have taken to it.

Warwickshire CC has donated£5,000 to a scheme to keep children entertained during the six-week summer holidays.

The project, Chips & Sport, is being run by the council's youth workers and has apparently proved 'extremely popular'.

And that is hardly surprising. The kids, ranging from 10 to 17 years old, get to play football and basketball and are then fed chips when they get hungry and fizzy drinks to quench their thirst. So much for having to eat your greens.

Councils may have been a little hasty in heaping such large quantities of ordure on the Audit Commission's plan to condemn large numbers of them as 'coasting' under the comprehensive performance assessment. Research among the public showed the punters saw it as rather complimentary - doing fine with minimum effort.

Lambeth LBC has attempted to make the borough more attractive by clearing the adverts which 'blight' its streets.

The council's planning enforcement team is clearing the borough of these 'unwanted and unauthorised eyesores'.

Helpfully, the press office provided before and after pictures of sites which have been cleared of these hoardings, revealing the things of beauty behind them.

The handsome double-fronted building which was almost completely obscured by an advertising board is now on show - broken and boarded-up windows and all - thanks to the council. As is the modern office block which has been revealed in all its glory by the removal of a giant car advert. Well done Lambeth.

If you are a manager at Westminster City Council you could be forgiven for feeling a little bemused.

The council has launched an innovative internal communications campaign to get managers to prepare for their comprehensive performance assessment inspections next month.

Small cards which have been sent out with cough sweets or eye tests attached saying: 'From the 9th to the 20th of September all Westminster City Council managers will be subject to inspection. Are you prepared?'

I am sure the prospect of more inspection is giving managers pains in various parts of their bodies, but beyond that it is hard to see the relevance. Surely they know CPA is coming. Do they really need reminding their careers are on the line?

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