Topic: Culture, sport and tourism

An essential ingredient for place making. How can communities and local government work together to make local life fun and enriching and attract visitors for economic development?


Cottonmill Cycling Centre in St Albans: How a collaborative project revolutionised local facilities

This article provides the granular details surrounding a successful resident-driven initiative to develop a new community centre in St Alban’s greenbelt site. This project not only revitalises a green space but unites a diverse community, offering something for everyone – from sports facilities to cultural spaces. Dive into a story of resilience, innovation, and inclusivity.

England & Wales Blog-article With case study

Modern libraries: Case studies and resources for local government

Every week, we highlight inspiration and innovation from local government worldwide. In this article, we’re focusing some of our favourite innovative libraries from around the world. You’ll find best practice examples from Belgium, Japan, China, Canada and the US, along with plenty of practical policy and resources.

Global Blog-article

Collection: Libraries, leisure and parks

This collection showcases LGIU’s resources exploring libraries, leisure and parks. In this collection you will find open content, member briefings and Global Local newsletters exploring best practice in delivering and maintaining community spaces and services, alongside an array of global case studies.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Publication

Innovation in action: Wallyford Learning Campus

This article explores East Lothian Council’s Wallyford Learning Campus – a modern multi-purpose community space balancing state-of-the-art facilities with inspiration from the area’s natural environment. This case study unpacks the design, funding, features and community reception of the project, providing guidance for future developments by other councils.

Scotland Blog-article With case study

England policy round-up: February and March 2024

The England policy round-up overviews key policy announcements and publications for local government. February and March saw some mixed economic news, and the chancellor’s spring budget. This edition features publications on elections and defending democracy, ideas for economic renewal, and the financial constraints and trade-offs facing the next government.

England & Wales Briefing

Brimbank Aquatic and Wellness Centre – good for the environment and good for you

This article, from Brimbank City Council, explores the Brimbank Aquatic and Wellness Centre – Australia’s first 100% renewable energy powered, zero greenhouse gas emissions aquatic centre. Examining the environmental, financial and health outcomes of the centre, and sharing lessons learned.

Australia Blog-article With case study
Members & Global Local

Global Local: Local cinema, TV and film

This week's Global Local explores the role of local cinemas in providing community hubs and space for shared connections, along with the benefits and drawbacks of having your hometown up on the screens.