Floodgates open

first_imgFacebook Linkedin Advertisement NewsLocal NewsFloodgates openBy admin – November 26, 2009 1025 Twitter Previous articleIBEC to formally withdraw from pay agreementNext articleNews briefs admincenter_img LIMERICK and Clare was put on full alert this week after the river Shannon burst its banks.With confirmation from the ESB that heightened water levels in Lough Derg are likely to cause increased flood levels downstream of Parteen, the mayor and city manager, have given an assurance that an emergency plan is in place for any eventuality.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Meantime families who were evacuated from Corbally to the Jury’s Inn are still uncertain when they will be able to return to their homes.“We’re trying to keep things as normal as possible for the children by sending them off to school,” said one resident. The father of three, one of 20 families evacuated from their homes on Monday, when the rising waters of the Shannon threatened their safety,  has no idea when they will be able to return.The families have a clear view from the hotel windows of the swollen river.“We hear there are fears of very high tides next week, so nobody knows how soon we will be able to go back, but meantime the hotel staff are terrific, even making school lunches for the children to take with them”.Another resident said that while she is “dying to get home,” feels fortunate compared to people in other parts of the country. “No water got into our homes but it was decided to evacuate as our houses in Riverbrook and those in Hampstead,  were deemed vulnerable. The seriousness of the situation hit home when the the Civil Defence arrived at 9pm and the families were taken out of Shannon Banks by police escort”.The consensus among the evacuated Corbally residents is that local councillor, Pascal Fitzgerald, should be nominated for a Person of the Year Award.“He did Trojan work – was working with the services day and night – he never went home”. Meanwhile Cllr Denis McCarthy is confident that although the water is rising in the Mill Road and the Red Path areas of Corbally, “the situation is holding and the area is well fortified by sandbags”.While the city’s other vulnerable locations of Clancy Strand, Sir Harry’s Mall and King’s Island have benefited from fortified walls and the installation of tide flex pipes, there is concern that high tides expected next week, combined with south-westerly winds and heavy rainfall, could pose the most serious challenge to-date.“We will be able to handle anything coming our way this week but next week poses a problem. If Parteen leaves water down the old channel from UL into the Shannon Banks, then we’d have a serious situation- Clare County Council will have to build a wall along the side of the river at Shannon Banks, as with global warming, the water levels will continue to rise,” commented Cllr John Gilligan.Deputy Jan O’Sullivan is calling for the construction of a protective barrier for the river side of Shannon Banks.Mayor Kevin Kiely said he has been given the strongest assurance from the city manager, Tom Mackey that he and his staff, have “everything in place, in terms of a plan to deal with any emergency that may arise”.The ESB has now confirmed  that with water levels in Lough Derg now at an all time high, the discharge of water from Parteen Weir is being increased, “The total rate of water discharge from Parteen is not expected to exceed the rate set on Monday, but it is expected to cause increased flood levels downstream of Parteen Weir by an estimated three inches, as it is discharging into an already flooded area.”The pedestrian walkways along the Canal are closed and members of the public are advised not to use them until further notice. Email Print WhatsApplast_img read more

Rent should be added to a tenant’s credit history, say landlords

first_imgNearly two thirds of landlords support tenants being allowed to add rental payments to their credit history, according to the Residential Landlords Association (RLA).It canvassed 3,000 of its member landlords of whom 61% said they supported such a move.Following the survey’s result, the RLA says it is writing to the Government calling on it to work with the industry to include rent payment history as a standard feature when calculating credit scores.“With many tenants wanting to buy a house of their own, it is absurd rent payment is not routinely included when undertaking credit checks for mortgage applications,” says RLA Chairman Alan Ward (pictured, left).“Moving to such a scheme would help not just tenants, but also landlords by giving them a clearer sense of whether a prospective tenant has historically paid their rent in full and on time.”The RLA is not the first out of the trap with a campaign. In March this year Jamie Pogson (pictured, below), a young self-employed builder and dad from Plymouth started a parliamentary petition after struggling to get a mortgage after realising he had a poor credit history.His petition took off and amassed 145,000 signatures – enough to prompt a debate in parliament about the issue – only for it be annulled when Theresa May called an early General Election.Jamie’s petition asked that anyone paying rent reliably should be “recognised as evidence that mortgage re-payments can be met”.Credit historyBut the RLA campaign has an uphill struggle on its hands. At the time of Pogson’s petition, it repeated the mortgage industry’s line that “a record of meeting rental payments is not sufficient in itself to demonstrate the affordability of a mortgage over the lifetime of the loan. This is because the affordability assessment must take account of a much wider range of factors”.Several websites have also started up recently which offer to pass on a tenant’s rental payment history to credit reference agencies, whether good or bad.This includes Creditladder, which is headed up by former PrimeLocation and FindaProperty Group Marketing Director Sheraz Dar.    August 17, 2017Nigel 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 2021 Home » News » Housing Market » Rent should be added to a tenant’s credit history, say landlords previous nextProptechRent should be added to a tenant’s credit history, say landlordsResearch by RLA reveals landlords think tenants should get a financial leg up on to the property ladder.Nigel Lewis17th August 201701,015 Viewslast_img read more

Three Berkshire estate agencies fined a total of £600,000 over illegal price fixing cartel

first_imgThree estate agencies in Berkshire have been fined more than £600,000 after being investigated by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) for price fixing activity that began in 2008.Estate agents Michael Hardy, Prospect, Richard Worth and Romans broke competition law by taking part in a price fixing cartel that was operated for seven years in the towns of Wokingham, Winnersh, Crowthorne, Bracknell and Warfield.At the time the agents were the leading estate agencies in these property markets.Each company was found to have exchanged confidential information on pricing and held meetings to make sure all members enforced and maintained the agreed minimum rates.Although Romans was found guilty along with the other estate agences in June, it was the company that brought the cartel to the attention of the CMA and, therefore, it will not have to pay a fine, leaving the remaining three agencies to foot the bill.The individual fines for this trio have not been revealed, but Michael Hardy and Prospect are to pay a discounted fine to reflect the fact that they admitted to illegal behaviour and agreed to cooperate with the CMA.“It is disappointing that we’ve found yet another case of estate agents breaking competition law,” says Michael Grenfell, the CMA’s Executive Director of Enforcement (left).“We trust that the fines issued today will reinforce our message that we expect the sector to clean up its act and make sure customers are not being ripped off in this way.“The industry needs to take note: this kind of behaviour will not be tolerated. If you break the law, you risk similar consequences.”Read more about the CMA’s Stop Cartels campaign. prospect Michael Hardy richard worth average renting period Berkshire Romans cartels CMA December 18, 2019Nigel LewisOne commentAndrew Stanton, CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist 18th December 2019 at 10:33 pmSo many regulators, but a confusion of who should be regulating what? Michael Grenfell EDE has rightly fined certain parties – though not all?And why do other regulatory bodies within the industry not take action? The CMA have done their bit, but, is that the extent of it? Shouldn’t others spring into action?Because for sure there is a strong sentiment to clamp down on this sort of behaviour. Having recently been in a room with Baron Best and other members of RoPA, who feel that only qualified, honest, property professionals should be allowed to trade. And that only new and thorough regulation of the sector will get rid of (and this is their quote) the ‘white sock brigade.’For me if people are honest then they will go about their work in an honest way, if they are not, then no amount of regulation will get rid of it. But, setting standards and guidelines is certainly not going to hinder the industry.The other thing that confuses me, is that when large brands get things wrong, as was recently the case with one of the largest corporate agents, who were fined by RICS, why were their branches are not closed down? and why was the CEO not personally held to account. Instead the ship sales happily along.This to me seems at odds with the senior guardians of the industry wanting to make the general public respect and admire estate agents. I wish Baron Best and his acolytes all the luck in the world to get the necessary consent through government in the next two years so more regulation comes in.But, will there also be a proper code of conduct for all agencies, whatever their size, and there will be no favouritism for people in the c-suite who should fall on their sword, when they fail to keep their company compliant.Log in to ReplyWhat’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 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Three Berkshire estate agencies fined a total of £600,000 over illegal price fixing cartel previous nextRegulation & LawThree Berkshire estate agencies fined a total of £600,000 over illegal price fixing cartelAgencies Michael Hardy, Prospect and Richard Worth will jointly pay the fine but a fourth guilty company, Romans, escapes a fine after reporting the cartel to the CMA.Nigel Lewis18th December 20191 Comment1,578 Viewslast_img read more

News story: Network Rail vegetation management: Chair appointment and terms of reference

first_imgThe review will not cover Network Rail’s activities in Scotland, which are a devolved matter for the Scottish Government. Switchboard 0300 330 3000 Out of hours media enquiries 020 7944 4292 The rationale, evidence base and effectiveness of Network Rail’s existing policy for managing vegetation — in particular, how environmental considerations are taken into account in the context of government’s ambition for the natural environment and its statutory duties for health and safety and its wider responsibilities for maintaining and enhancing network performance, delivering improved services to passengers (eg through improved mobile connectivity), and for ensuring value for money The effectiveness of Network Rail’s implementation of their existing vegetation management policy, and an options appraisal of alternative policies/models Identification of where best practice already exists, and whether best practice can be implemented more effectively on other parts of the network, taking into account route devolution Network Rail’s capacity and capability and that of its supply chain, and whether this is adequate to control vegetation in a way that strategically identifies and optimises opportunities to enhance wildlife and the natural environment both within the existing Network Rail footprint, and supports broader landscape scale initiatives of third parties Staff training, including of third parties and whether more skills are needed to identify alternative approaches to current felling practises; and where possible, scope for technological innovation eg improvements in adhesion management Network Rail’s ability to monitor and account for the number of trees felled and replaced, in the context of wider national biodiversity objectives, and how this can be aligned with best practice for environmental reporting Network Rail’s handling of communications to and from the public The extent of any recent or proposed changes in the scale or scope of the programme and underlying drivers Rail media enquiries Rail Minister Jo Johnson has today (12 July 2018) announced the appointment of John Varley OBE TD to chair the review of Network Rail’s approach to vegetation management in England and Wales.John Varley, who is currently the director of Clinton Devon Estates, will take up the post with immediate effect.The review was launched by the Rail Minister on 10 May to consider how Network Rail can best ensure the safety of our railways, while also protecting wildlife and preserving trees. The full terms of reference have also been published today.In his role at Clinton Devon Estates, John oversees the management of 10,000 hectares of land across East and North Devon, covering a range of operations, including farming, forestry and the maintenance of residential and commercial assets.He previously served as an independent member advising the government during the Lawton Review, Making space for nature, in 2010. He was subsequently appointed to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ Independent Forestry Panel in 2011, and appointed as a judge on the government’s Nature Improvement Area Competition Panel. He is also a non-executive board member to the Environment Agency, and previously held positions as a board member for Natural England and as Chair to the Estates Business Group.Network Rail Vegetation Management Review – terms of referenceThe review will consider all aspects of Network Rail’s approach to vegetation management, including: Media enquiries 020 7944 3021last_img read more