Secretary of State green lights another To Let board ban

first_imgHome » News » Secretary of State green lights another To Let board ban previous nextRegulation & LawSecretary of State green lights another To Let board banLetting agents in five mainly students areas of Lincoln will in April onwards not be able to use signboards outside homes.Nigel Lewis22nd January 201901,055 Views Lincoln is the latest city to be given permission by the government to implement a total ban on To Let boards.A year ago City of Lincoln Council applied to the Secretary of State to prevent agents putting up boards in five key student areas after local officials found some roads featured boards on a quarter of all properties.A consultation was launched and of those who responded, 85 out of 135 called for a complete ban.The council has called the boards an ‘eyesore’ and a ‘blight’ in its public statements about the ban and has rejected the arguments of local letting agents who said people relied on the boards to find out which properties are available.Lincoln council says potential tenants can both visit and phone branches or ‘look online’ to find properties.“Any letting sign should be a temporary feature but, when signs are left up too long in areas containing high numbers of rental properties, they can begin to dominate the street scene,” says the council’s planning manager Kieron Manning (left).“We became aware that some signs were staying almost all-year-round and this was beginning to have a negative effect on the look and feel of our streets.“We are very pleased that government has listened and agreed to allow us to implement the ban. We don’t expect this to have a negative impact on the city’s rental market as searches are now mostly done online.”Following the decision to give Lincoln the go-ahead, the ban is due to begin on April 8th this year. Lincoln City of Lincoln council to let boards January 22, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

Top news, December 25 – 31, 2017

first_imgTidal Energy Today has compiled the top news from tidal and wave energy industry from December 25 – 31, 2017.Wello nets 10MW wave energy order for BaliGapura Energi Utama (GEU), an Indonesian infrastructure construction company, has placed an order to Wello to supply it with a 10MW wave energy park equipped with Penguin devices. The park will be located next to Nusa Penida Island in Bali and it will be the largest wave energy park globally, according to the Finnish wave energy developer Wello.GE job cuts in UK linked to Swansea lagoon decision lagMore than a thousand jobs set to be lost over GE Power business restructuring in the UK have been linked to the continued delay of the UK government to make a decision on the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon scheme. The company said the job losses will primarily affect GE’s workers in Stafford and Rugby in the English Midlands – the sites where GE planned to manufacture and assemble key components for the power generation system of the proposed Swansea Bay tidal lagoon.Spanish wave firm bags Horizon 2020 fundingBilbao-based developer Arrecife Energy Systems has received €50,000 of cash boost through EU’s Horizon 2020 funding program to further advance its wave energy technology. Arrecife Energy Systems is developing a device that simulates the natural behavior of coral reefs and their efficiency in absorbing wave energy.Finnish wave sets eyes on €1M crowdfunding prizeFinland-based developer Wello has launched an equity crowdfunding campaign to support its growing wave energy ambitions.Namely, Wello is looking to raise a minimum of €1 million through Invesdor crowdfunding platform to support its two-fold growth strategy. The campaign, which started on December 21, 2017, has already attracted over €550,000 of investments or 55% of the targeted amount.Catapult guides energy innovators through progress hurdlesThe Energy Systems Catapult (ESC) has launched a new Innovator Toolkit for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to guide them through the energy sector transformation. The toolkit, developed with the Energy Innovation Centre, includes guidelines aimed at helping innovative start-ups and SMEs in accessing funding, and test and demonstration facilities across the UK.Tidal Energy Todaylast_img read more

Lerner turns focus away from sale

first_imgAston Villa owner Randy Lerner has promised not to let his intended sale of the club affect manager Paul Lambert’s pre-season preparations. Lerner announced in May that he was looking for a buyer for the club after eight years in control at Villa Park. However, with a sale not yet agreed and players starting to return to training, the American has issued a statement saying that his priority will now switch to footballing matters. Lerner feels it is important that speculation over the future ownership of the club does not overshadow the build-up to the new campaign. Lerner said: “This statement is intended to provide clarity regarding the status of the sale announcement I made in early May. “Over the last eight weeks we conducted a targeted process during which we explored the sale of the club. “In advance of this process however, I committed to our manager to become completely focused on the upcoming season should there be no agreement to sell by the time players and coaches return to training. “Given that no agreement has, as of yet, been reached, I feel that it is time now to turn my full attention back to Villa matters at hand. “While the sale process has been productive and remains ongoing, my priority at this point in the summer, heading into the upcoming season, is that the Villa organisation’s sole focus be football – undistracted by any sales process. “Reverting to common practice, I do not intend to comment further on a potential sale or related rumours unless and until I have reached a definitive agreement to sell, at which time I will be prompt and clear.” Villa became caught up in a battle to avoid relegation from the Barclays Premier League last season and Lambert voiced his frustration at a lack of recent investment in the squad. Since securing their top-flight status, Villa have signed former England international Joe Cole and Switzerland international Philippe Senderos, as well as appointing Roy Keane as assistant manager. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

A’s observations from final day at MLB Winter Meetings

first_imgLAS VEGAS — The flashy lights and sounds of the slot machines striking a jackpot can cause visitors to feel a bit lucky, but the A’s approach to winter meetings at the Mandalay Bay has been a more conservative one.After the signing of catcher Chris Herrmann to a one-year deal Tuesday afternoon, the A’s remained silent on Wednesday, and it appears that might be the case until A’s GM David Forst and co. return to Oakland Thursday night. It’s not like the A’s are the only team that’s been …last_img read more

Raiders’ GM Mike Mayock a personality match for Jon Gruden

first_imgALAMEDA — Jon Gruden has a new sounding board, and this one just might be able to keep up with him.Whether Mike Mayock has the goods to be an NFL general manager based on 15 years as a television analyst remains to be seen. But it does appear Gruden has someone to work with who may be as manic and obsessive as he is. Click HERE if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device. When Gruden was initially paired with G.M. Reggie McKenzie, the hope was it could be a …last_img

Airbus A380 cabin package adds 80 seats.

first_imgEuropean plane-maker Airbus is giving airlines the option to cram 80 more seats into its passenger-friendly A380 superjumbo with a new package of “cabin enablers’’ that includes its derided 11-abreast seating.Some of the changes provide more room for the seats by modifying the cabin layout while others squeeze more people into each row.The average seat count on an A380 in operation today is 497 — below the suggested count of 550 — and the extra space has made it a popular choice with passengers.But the pressures that have delivered passengers low fares also mean carriers are seeking new ways to generate revenue and this includes boosting the seat count on aircraft.With sales of the A380 stalled and the rise of a new generation of fuel-efficient twin-engine aircraft, Airbus is looking at ways of making the giant plane more attractive.The new package, released at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg,  would allow airlines to carry 575 passengers in a four-class configuration.It includes new forward stairs that would provide for 20 more passengers in business, premium economy and economy class.The stairs would be relocated from door one to door two and the entrance to the staircase would be combined with that of the lower-deck crew rest.A combined crew rest compartment would provide space for three more premium economy passengers by moving the existing pilot crew rest, located behind the cockpit in the mezzanine area of door one, with the facility on the lower deck.An aft galley stair module which would see the current spiral stairs changed to a square design provides space for 14 more passengers plus two additional food trolleys.An option to remove sidewall stowage would increase the wall-to-wall cabin width at foot-rest height and make space for 10 more business class seats in a herringbone layout.More contentious options include nine-abreast premium economy on the main deck, allowing for 11 more passengers, and the previous released 11-abreast economy layout on the main deck, which adds 23 seats.Premium economy varies between airlines. Qantas, for example,  currently offers a comfortable upper-deck seven-abreast layout on a two-three-two basis while Lufthansa offers eight abreast on the same deck in a two-four-two configuration.A nine-abreast configuration would presumably see a three-three-three layout, eliminating the popular double seats.Airbus said the main deck cross-section was allowing seat manufacturers to optimise their premium economy offerings to create “the industry’s most efficient and comfortable PE layout possible’’.More problematic is Airbus’ “innovative” 11-across concept involving a 3-5-3 configuration. Notwithstanding issues identified with the seats next to the cabin wall, this would put one passenger in the horror predicament of being in a middle seat with two people on either side.The A380’s biggest customer, Emirates, has already rejected the concept, which has the potential to do to the A380’s reputation what 10-abreast seating has done to Boeing’s 777.Airbus Commercial Aircraft executive vice president strategy and marketing Kiran Rao said the new package for A380 customers was a smart way to meet airlines needs “while improving the A380 economics with additional revenues and innovating in passenger comfort”.“Only the A380 has the economies of scale and development potential to efficiently solve the problem of increasing congestion at large airports while providing the best comfort for passengers,’’ he said. “The aircraft can also serve fast-growing markets and airlines regional airports, so we are adapting the aircraft to meet evolving market needs.”last_img read more

Foundation Stages Banquet to Sponsor Health Mission to Montego Bay

first_img Over the past 19 years the Mission has served more than 47,000 patients in St. James and neighbouring parishes Story Highlights Contact: Derrick Scott The event will raise funds for the 20th Annual Health Mission to Montego Baycenter_img The Atlanta-Montego Bay Sister City Foundation will stage its 13th annual fund-raising Banquet and Dance, at the Atlanta Marriott Century Hotel on Saturday, September 21, commencing at 7:30 p.m.The event will raise funds for the 20th Annual Health Mission to Montego Bay, to be undertaken from October 7 to 10 this year.According to Chairman of the Atlanta-Montego Bay Sister City Health Mission, Vin Martin, over the past 19 years the Mission has served more than 47,000 patients in St. James and neighbouring parishes. It is estimated that during that period, approximately US$11 million worth of medical supplies and services have been donated.Mr. Martin said that members of the medical team comprise some of the finest physicians, nurses and volunteers.Meanwhile, Atlanta’s Mayor, Kassim Reed, has commended the Atlanta-Montego Bay Sister Foundation for the great work it has done to strengthen the ties between both cities.“Each year, members of the Health Mission team come together and give selflessly to address the health care needs of the residents of Montego Bay and as Mayor of Atlanta, I want to applaud them for helping the less fortunate in Montego Bay,” the Mayor said.The Foundation, the oldest Caribbean organisation in Atlanta, was established in 1972 by reciprocal agreements between the mayors of Atlanta and Montego Bay.The yearly health mission is undertaken in association with the St. James Parish Council, and is facilitated by the St. James Health Department. It is one of the major events staged to coincide with annual commemoration of Montego Bay achieving city status in October 1980. Members of the medical team comprise some of the finest physicians, nurses and volunteerslast_img read more

Fire crews remain at one of several buildings affected by fire in

first_imgBRANDON, Man. – As a massive fire in downtown Brandon on Saturday began threatening other buildings, the chief of the Souris-Glenwood volunteer fire department was loading fertilizer into a truck at a farm 45 kilometres away.Brian Parham received a text from his son, who is also a volunteer firefighter, letting him know the Christie’s Office Plus building was on fire, and when Parham looked up he could see the smoke filling the prairie sky.Parham called the regional command centre to see if the city fire department in Brandon needed help, but he said they turned down his offer to drive in with their pumper truck.But within five minutes they’d changed their minds, and Parham and a crew of rural firefighters were heading to Brandon to fight one of the biggest fires they’d ever seen.“It was kind of an adrenaline rush for us to go in,” Parham said Sunday, back at work on the farm.“We’ve chased our share of grass fires…. We’ll have a house fire, but it won’t jump house-to-house, or in this case building-to-building.”There have been no reports of injuries in the Brandon blaze, which destroyed three buildings and significantly damaged Massey Manor, a 58-unit heritage apartment building where many of the suites are managed by community groups.During much of Saturday afternoon, city officials were warning people to stay out of the area as drifting embers sparked new fires. Firefighters from the nearby communities of Wawanesa and Carberry, as well as Canadian Forces Base Shilo, also helped in the fight.Scott McDonald, Brandon’s deputy fire chief, said crews that arrived at the scene of the Christie’s fire immediately realized Massey Manor across the street needed to be evacuated. Police then went door-to-door to get the residents out.The building was renovated in the last 10 years and had sprinklers on every floor, but McDonald said the roof was badly damaged by flames and some of the upper floors also sustained fire damage. Two other buildings in the vicinity also burned.“When you’ve got that many structures involved, your concern is getting control … so that you don’t have more structures that become involved,” McDonald said.Parham, who has been a volunteer firefighter for 36 years, said his crew, which included his 27-year-old son as well as another father-and-son team, were placed on the corner of a building that housed a beer store and a vacant bar.It was already a “huge fireball,” he said, and most of what they were doing was knocking down the flames and keeping them from spreading to neighbouring buildings, including the Greyhound bus terminal.Usually, Parham said his department responds to highway crashes. They’re also trained for farm and river rescues.“For a volunteer rural department, to be involved in something like yesterday is probably an experience of a lifetime,” Parham said.McDonald said firefighters were still at the scene dousing hot spots on Sunday.The city said that as of Sunday morning, 93 adults and 57 children had registered at an evacuation centre, and residents have been placed by the Red Cross at a local hotel.The Bear Clan Patrol, a volunteer group that patrols inner-city streets, has collected clothing and personal necessities for the displaced residents, but posted on social media that it now has enough.Manitoba’s minister of municipal affairs, Jeff Wharton, tweeted late Saturday night that he had spoken with Brandon Mayor Rick Chrest about the devastating fire to offer provincial support.—By Rob Drinkwater in Edmontonlast_img read more