No change yet over ‘coun­cil pro­pa­ganda’

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

HLLINGDON Coun­cil is keep­ing its pow­der dry in the row over its bi­monthly mag­a­zine.

The Gazette re­ported how the Depart­ment for Com­mu­ni­ties and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment was press­ing the au­thor­ity to get in line over Hilling­don Peo­ple and re­duce pub­li­ca­tion to four times a year.

It is part of a lon­grun­ning row it has been en­gaged in with Hilling­don and sev­eral other London bor­oughs.

The gov­ern­ment be­lieves such town hall pub­li­ca­tions have a detri­men­tal ef­fect on lo­cal me­dia and are lit­tle more than coun­cil pro­pa­ganda.

Hilling­don was given un­til Fri­day, Au­gust 29 to re­ply to the depart­ment and de­clare what it in­tended to do.

A coun­cil spokesman told the Gazette it had re­sponded to the gov­ern­ment, but de­clined to com­ment on what the coun­cil’s re­sponse was.

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