The High Court upheld the Adjudication Panel for England's decision to ban David Hathaway from being a member for a year for bringing the council into disrepute.
Mr Hathaway had claimed he would effectively be banned from serving for over three years because of the electoral cycle.
That was the verdict of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, which said that, despite recent above-inflation increases in fees, significant extra investment was needed to modernise older homes.
Councils have cut pollution at industrial works like foundries, glassworks and print works but need to improve their inspection regimes, according to a new government report. Environment minister Larry Whitty said the report found a lot of good practice but a patchy nationwide picture.