Laura Sharman 30 January 2015

Pickles issues notice over council newspaper

Pickles issues notice over council newspaper image

Communities secretary Eric Pickles has warned the Royal Borough of Greenwich to limit the publication of its weekly council newspaper.

Mr Pickles has issued the council with a statutory notice after it failed to comply with the publicity code, which states councils should only produce magazines or newspapers on a quarterly basis.

The council had argued that the weekly newspaper, Greenwich Times, helped save £2m a year in advertising statutory notices and job adverts. It also said it did not adversely impact on local newspapers and allowed the council to communicate with all residents across the borough.

However, the notice to the council states: ‘The secretary of state recognises that ‘Greenwich Time’ is welcomed by the community but his provisional view is that this does not outweigh the importance of allowing an environment for independent and politically free local media, by limiting the frequency of local authority newssheets, and so protecting local democracy.

‘Furthermore, the information in ‘Greenwich Time’ could be delivered through a quarterly publication, supported as appropriate with other communication channels.’

The council has two weeks to respond to the notice.

Meeting new planning requirements for trees image

Meeting new planning requirements for trees

Concrete block permeable paving offers an important opportunity to help satisfy the requirement for extensive tree planting and retention of existing trees in developments. Chris Hodson reports.
SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Director of Children's Safeguarding and Care 

Gloucestershire County Council
Up to £116,391, plus relocation support
We are looking to fill this vital role at a very important time for us.  Our children’s services team is on an important journey of... Gloucestershire
Recuriter: Gloucestershire County Council

Corporate Director

Ceredigion County Council
£97,294 - £104,086
We are looking to recruit an ambitious and truly transformational leader to support the delivery of modernised and sustainable services to... Penmorfa, Porthmadog
Recuriter: Ceredigion County Council

Street Works Co-ordinator

Lincolnshire County Council
£21,153 - £23,791
Do you want to make a difference to how Street Works are managed within Lincolnshire? Lincolnshire
Recuriter: Lincolnshire County Council

Community Co-ordinator (Health inequalities)

Brent Council
£32,418 - £34,209 p.a. inc.
The successful candidate will have evidenced experience of working in a community environment. Brent, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Brent Council

Homelessness Prevention and Relief Officer

Brent Council
£32,418 - £34,209 p.a. inc. (pro-rata)
You must have an understanding of homelessness legislation, and an ability to learn legislation quickly with training, coupled with... Brent, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Brent Council

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how how flexible workspaces can lead the way in regeneration for local authorities, Why local authority intervention is key to successful urban regeneration schemes and if the Government’s challenge of embracing beauty is an opportunity for communities.

The March issue also takes a closer look at Blackburn with Darwen Council's first digital health hub to help people gain control over health and care services.

Register for your free digital issue