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NORWICH
Norwich city council has become the latest local authority to lose face – and millions of pounds – while trying to play “property developer”.

GLOUCESTER
The city’s ruling Tory group has found a way to let one of its councillors leave without risking a pesky by-election that might hurt its wafer-thin majority.

BRISTOL
The “green” city council has stood by while a developer cut down mature trees standing in the way of his housing project, despite preservation orders.

WEST SUSSEX
Since Eye 1521 reported how former chief exec Nathan Elvery was bigging himself up on LinkedIn, all references to new roles have gone from his profile.

THURROCK
Total debt across UK local authorities has risen to £121bn, with Thurrock alone taking on loans of more than £1bn and investing £600m-plus in solar energy.

WAKEFIELD
The stench of deals between the council and waste firm FCC gets worse, with FCC asking for permission to bring to its tip “potentially hazardous” soil.


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