DeKALB – An ordinance implementing the third phase of the Safe Streets Initiative will have a first reading vote during Monday's City Council meeting. This phase is geared to establish no-parking zones from 2 to 6 a.m. in a section west of North Annie Glidden Road along West Hillcrest Drive. The area is adjacent to a subdivision on Loren Drive, which had been included in the second phase of the crime reduction initiative but was removed by council after a number of residents opposed its inclusion during a first reading vote. The first phase, which set restrictions along Crane Drive and Russell Road, was approved late last year as a beta site and was phased in without incident, according to DeKalb Police Chief Gene Lowery. Phase 2 of the initiative prohibits on-street parking except for permitted residents in the College/John neighborhood in DeKalb’s 5th Ward and a narrow strip of property in the Annie Glidden North area from Hyacinth Lane to Newman Lane. A layout of … [Read more...] about DeKalb council to take first reading vote on next phase of Safe Streets Initiative
Council bosses are looking at carrying out a major review which could see every Nottingham taxi operator only using city council licensed drivers. Richard Antcliff, head of licensing at Nottingham City Council, said private hire companies are recruiting drivers with licences from as far away as Wolverhampton. Mr Antcliff said some of the drivers not licensed in the city will be "plying for hire" - when they drive around the streets of the city looking for people to pick up. He said having every driver licensed by Nottingham City Council means the local authority has more power over those drivers who flout the law. Plying for hire has become a major issue in the city centre, especially at the weekend when Nottingham attracts thousands of revellers. The city council's licensing team have been targeting drivers who obtain private hire licences from other councils such as Gedling, Rushcliffe and Wolverhampton and then 'tout' for business - also known as 'plying for hire' - on the streets … [Read more...] about Council plans to get tougher on taxi firms hiring drivers with non-city licences
A plan by Network Rail to fell potentially millions of trees close to tracks is being challenged by local councillors. London Borough of Bromley Council has imposed two preservation orders on trees identified as part of the railway operator’s national scheme. It follows an outcry earlier this week after details of Network Rail’s “enhanced clearance” strategy emerged, which has identified 13 million trees within falling distance of tracks. Rail minister Jo Johnson called on the operator to suspend all current tree felling due to the current nesting season and commissioned a review into options other than felling. Now the action by Bromley Council means Network Rail will be forced to seek the council’s permission before carrying out any work, although it cannot stop engineers felling or pruning where it is in line with their statutory duties to keep the railways safe. The orders cover 5,000 square metres of land which comprises a range of Turkey and … [Read more...] about Council takes on Network Rail’s ‘enhanced’ tree felling scheme
PUBLISHED: 19:24 11 May 2018 | UPDATED: 19:24 11 May 2018 Mike Brooke Checking every ballot paper carefully in Tower Hamlets election for mayor. Picture: Kios/LBTH LBTH Complaints of Tower Hamlets “badly trained” council staff making up election procedures are being sent to the Electoral Commission for investigation. Peter Golds who is challenging Tower Hamlerts council election procedures that almost cost him his Isle of Dogs seat. Picture: Mike Brooke A formal complaint is being lodged by the Tory Opposition group leader Peter Golds who almost lost his Isle of Dogs seat through confusion in the tally for the Island Gardens ward which had to be recounted. Other parties defeated in last Thursday’s Labour landslide which has left only three Opposition councillors out of 45 are also complaining of procedure misunderstandings. Cllr Golds was visibly alarmed watching the tally, claiming later that council staff were not sufficiently trained and were making up … [Read more...] about Fury over Tory group leader almost losing his Tower Hamlets council seat in voting mix-up
Liverpool council has explained the reason behind a bizarre tarmac fail that left residents from a “beautiful cobbled street” in the city centre fuming. Yesterday Dave Maddox of Chatham Street, hit out at the council on Twitter after discovering monstrous patches of tarmac on his “lovely cobbled” road. He posted a picture of the road surface fail on Twitter and said: “ Liverpool City Council’ s solution to a subsidence to the lovely cobbled street. Unevenly tarmac over it instead of digging them up and building cobbles from beneath.” He said the tarmac was a “totally out of order” solution to the damage, whilst other angry twitter users slammed it as “lazy”. “cheap” and a form of “vandalism.” After the photo surfaced, the council issued a statement saying tarmac was a temporary repair. Read More Potholes However, long term residents of Chatham Street- which is just off Liverpool’s … [Read more...] about How did Liverpool Council attempt to explain its epic tarmac fail?