Birmingham Surveyors – Torrents of rain and gale force winds have left destruction in their wake all across the West Midlands. None were so affected as a Birmingham Shopping centre which lost part of its felt roof in the storms.
Phone lines were cut and lanes flooded, tragically costing the lives of one man and his dog. A tree was felled in Solihull, blocking motorists for hours.
A clean up operation has begun. If you are in Birmingham and need to conduct repairs on your property, contact an independent surveyor on propertysurveying here.
London Surveyors – Two tenants from Hanshaw Drive, Edgeware in the London Borough of Barnet have claimed that their local authority is in breach of its tenancy agreements by introducing plans to introduce a floating warden for sheltered accomodation.
The campaigners believe that the new service would put the lives of tenants and pensioners at risk and a judge in Barnet County Court has order a delay whilst court proceedings continue.
Manchester Building Surveyors – Manchester is set to become the first city to be handed the freedom to reinvest its own national tax revenues under the Government’s latest proposed ‘City Deal’.
The deal will include the creation of a ‘revolving Infrastructure Fund’. This will allow Greater Manchester to ‘earn back’ a portion of the tax it generates by investing £1.2bn in infrastructure, on a payment-by-results basis. The Government estimates that up to £30m could be earned back in this way.
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Bristol Building Surveyors – Bristol City Council has recently released a map which you can use to check your property’s suitability for solar panels. A user can simply type in their address and see a graphic of their property and the surrounding area, revealing an estimated potential for solar generation between ‘limited’ and ‘very good’.
Further details are listed, including estimated system size, electricity generation and CO2 savings.
bristolbuildingsurveyors.co.uk -The landlord of a pub, the Black Swan in Easton, Bristol, has been fined £11,000 for ‘flyposting’.
The punishment is for putting up posters on lamposts, street hoardings and other items of street furniture without permission. The council reputedly removes thousands of posters every year, and had highlighted the areas the landlord, Mr Melford, had illegally installed the posters, giving him an opportunity to take them down. Having been ignored, court proceedings were brought. Mr Melford did not attend the hearing.
bristolbuildingsurveyors.co.uk -One of the www.propertysurveying.co.uk network’s newest members is in Bristol, providing building surveys, Homebuyers surveys, valuations and schedules, as well as various other forms of survey work.
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Hidden away within a block of flats in Hinckley, Leicestershire, is the product of ten years’ hard work, over £4000 and the estimated equivalent of hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of labour costs. Mr Tony Alleyne has spent a large part of his life lovingly recreating the bridge of the Star Ship Enterprise in his one bedroom flat and he looks set to lose it all in a messy divorce.
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Spa towns like Ilkley in West Yorkshire, which boasted the highest premium of all, Boston Spa in Lincolnshire and Bath in North Somerset, have been shown to have signficantly higher house prices.
The report by Lloyds TSB indicated the spa town house prices were around 27% or £48,123 higher than neighbouring towns, averaging at £275,397 last year. Spa town homes now cost typically 8.3 times gross annual earnings.
Following the closure of MJN Colston just a week ago, Bristol based firm All Mass Cladding Systems has been placed into administration.
Both firms were working on Leadbitter’s £28m Blaenau Gwent Colege project in Ebbw Vale and up to 25 people are now thought to have lost their jobs. The company reputedly turnedover around £10m per year.
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Following our article on the subject in February’s newsletter (which can be found here), Liverpool has now decided to elect a Mayor for the city.
The move follows the striking of a so called ‘City Deal’ which will grant Liverpool considerably greater power over its own future. This deal is the first of its kind and includes such measures as the provision of a single investment pot of funds and a new enterprise zone for North Liverpool.
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