Village Green legislation subject to change pending newly announced consultation

The 25th July saw Defra release a new consultation over proposals to change the legislation concerning the registration system for village and town greens. With reports of many legitimate development proposals being blocked by the complex green registration system, the Government is inviting the public to have their say on how this problem might be rectified.

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Terms of Lease Not Followed – No surveyor’s Certificate Appropriately Served Rendering renders 6 years of service charge demands invalid

It is extremely important not to assume that a freeholder has the legal right to demand a particular service charge; you must check the lease first. In the case of a flat at Marina Heights, St Leonard’s on sea, 6 years of service charge demands were held invalid as the charges were not certified by a surveyor as required by the lease.

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The Corporate Manslaughter Act – Construction Death Conviction

Construction company convicted for the death of a geologist, killed in a collapsed trench, and fined £385,000 under new legislation.

On the 15th February 2011 the first conviction under the Corporate Manslaughter Act of 2007 reached its completion. The case saw Gloucestershire-based firm Cotswold Geotechnical Holdings convicted for the death of Alex Wright, a 27 year-old geologist killed in a collapsed trench site near Stroud. The company was deemed to have allowed the geologist to work in a dangerously unsecured deep trench and was fined, three days later, the sum of £385,000.

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Your Home is not your Castle

Did you realise that almost 20,000 council workers now have the right to enter your home without a warrant or police escort? 

Research has disclosed that the average local authority now has 47 employees who are authorised to enter your private home without a warrant and in some councils there are hundreds of these inspectors. 

Believe it or not, in some instances it is possible to enter your home to clarify the the energy rating on your fridge and to measure your garden hedges.  To read the full article, click here.