Birmingham lord mayor Theresa Stewart held a civic reception for the Radio 4 soap The Archers earlier this week. Members of the programme's 50-strong production team joined lord mayor to mark the half-century of the show, which is produced in Birmingham.
Education and employment secretary David Blunkett has appointed former Tower Hamlets LBC chief executive Slyvie Pierce to the Equal Opportunities Commission.
-Hants sex charges
Former Hampshire CC leader Freddie Emery-Wallis has appeared in court to deny eight allegations of sex offences in the 1960s and early 1970s.
The Housing Corporation has set up five companies to pilot a new approach to housing regeneration in Coventry, Liverpool, London and Rochdale.
Labour faces losing control of Crewe & Nantwich BC after three of its members threatened to defect over the pace of modernisation. The three claim the group leadership has bungled moves to a cabinet structure. If they break away the Labour group will lose its majority.
Arts and cultural industries should be at the heart of policy-making in inner city regeneration, says a new study. The report by the Economic and Social Research Council says cultural industries, can breathe new life into city centres. The study pointed to the successful role played by such industries in Manchester's 'gay quarter'.
-York gets its man
York City Council has appointed David Atkinson as its new chief executive.
Mr Atkinson has been acting chief executive since the departure of former boss David Clark.