Luxury property development to be bulldozed after it failed ‘because of Brexit’

first_imgHome » News » Land & New Homes » Luxury property development to be bulldozed after it failed ‘because of Brexit’ previous nextLand & New HomesLuxury property development to be bulldozed after it failed ‘because of Brexit’Five luxury houses in Dorset are given the green light to be knocked down and replaced with an apartment block after failing to sell.Sheila Manchester13th November 201901,693 Views Neighbours rarely enjoy property developments next door to their homes but on this occasion their fury is justified.Alex Collier, a Dorset property developer, has won permission to bulldoze five new luxury houses (pictured, above) in Branksome Park, Poole worth £1.3million each and replace them with 30 flats with an asking price of £450,000 each, claiming that Brexit ‘put off potential buyers’.Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council approved his plan despite 100 residents’ objections slamming the ‘wasteful, obnoxious and ludicrous decision’.“Laughable!” Adrian Wardlow, Chairman, Branksome Park Residents Association, said: “We’ve received so many complaints about this application.“Only the developer and the planning committee seem to think it’s appropriate. It’s an incredible decision. The Brexit excuse is laughable and treating us with absolute contempt.“The original homes were obnoxious and overpriced. It is obvious that they would never sell at the asking prices. The planning committee seems to have decided to help the developer get himself out of a hole by knocking them down.“Given the oft-trumpeted ‘green’ aims and intentions of the Council, we are absolutely astounded by the decision to approve the property development.”The plot of land contained two old bungalows when Mr Collier bought it for around £1.6m in 2012. Building costs were estimated at £3m for the property development to build five modern properties.Under the newly approved plans, a large block containing 8 two-bedroom and 22 three-bedroom flats will be built in their place, with underground parking for 41 cars.It is thought it will cost about £5m to build the five-storey block. Still, at a likely average of £500,000 per flat that’s quite a return on investment. Estate agents: What’s your view? Adrian Wardlow Branksome Park Residents Association Christchurch and Poole Council property development Bournemouth Dorset November 13, 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 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 2021last_img read more

New Hydroponic System and Greenhouse to Help Many in Need

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare On May 17, a Ribbon Cutting was held at Seton Harvest in honor of a new greenhouse and hydroponic system which was constructed through funding from a $125,024 Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) grant from Welborn Baptist Foundation, Inc.This grant was awarded to St. Vincent Evansville Foundation last year to support the work of the Healthy Harvest program – a collaborative initiative between Seton Harvest, St. Vincent Evansville and St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry. The program aims at providing free, fresh produce to those with limited or no access throughout Evansville and surrounding communities.This greenhouse and hydroponics system are expected to produce six to seven thousand pounds of fresh produce each year and will allow the farm to exceed their previous year’s harvest totals by an estimated 50 percent in 2018 – the excess of which will go to those in need in our community. This is above and beyond what will be produced for the grant.St. Vincent Evansville Foundation would like to again thank our partners who made the Healthy Harvest program and the ribbon cutting possible. We, along with our partners, are looking forward to continuing distribution throughout the summer.last_img read more

Frozen Pipe Alert – Arctic Cold on Tap for Ocean City

first_imgFor the most part, we’ve escaped the brutal cold so far this winter but our luck has run out. Get ready to bundle up! Dangerously cold air is arriving for your holiday weekend. Temperatures will remain below freezing for at least 4 days with possible record lows for your Valentine’s Day morning. Therefore, expect any pipes, not winterized, to freeze. In addition, the strong Northwest winds will pick up this weekend (NW 20-30mph with gusts to 40 mph). Temperatures will drop to the single digits Saturday night and Sunday morning and wind chills will could range as low as 10-15 below zero. Afternoon highs only in the 20s into the weekend with highs on Valentine’s Day holding in the teens. I have to say this weather pattern is very cold-hearted!last_img

Shops reopen after fire tragedy at Andrew Jones Pies

first_imgAndrew Jones Pies’ two shops have reopened and a new factory has been sourced following a tragic explosion at its factory on Good Friday, which left one man dead. The explosion happened at Andrew Jones Pies bakehouse in Old Leeds Road, Huddersfield, only minutes after the 5am shift had started, causing part of the roof to fall and start a fire.Thirty-seven-year-old baker David Cole died at the scene and his colleague, 23-year-old Marcus Cartwright, was taken to hospital. The firm’s two shops in Marsh and Brighouse, which were closed following the incident, are both open again.“We have resumed limited production in the bakehouse behind our Brighouse shop, which accounts for about 12% of our normal turnover, and we’ve sourced a new factory in Lockwood, Huddersfield,” said commercial manager, Graham Easby. “We have equipment going in today – ovens, mincers and depositors – and we intend to have up to 75% of our previous production back on line within the next two to three weeks.”Easby said that most of the staff have come back to work and are helping clear the excess machinery from the new factory so it can be cleaned and got up to food hygiene standards.The Old Leeds Road site currently has a prohibition order on it and is listed as an unsafe building. The investigation into the cause of the accident is continuing.last_img read more

Where horseplay is the point

first_imgThe Harvard Polo Club has enjoyed a revival over the past six years, following a 12-year hiatus. Since the husband-and-wife coaching team of Crocker and Cissie Snow took the reins in 2006, the program, which dates to early in the 20th century, has blossomed to include both men’s and women’s varsity and junior varsity squads.The club is a blend of the competitive and the collegial. It faces off against some of the top college teams in the country and welcomes all skill levels. Beginners start by swinging a mallet while standing on the ground, then graduate to a wooden polo pony, and eventually to the real thing.“What’s most gratifying for me is working with so many interesting, sharp, and committed undergraduates,” said Crocker Snow ’61, who, like his wife, is an accomplished player. “Unlike many college teams, most of our players have no polo experience at all, and some have no riding at the outset. Those who get hooked put in a lot of hard work riding and practicing to the point that the varsity teams now have winning records.”At a practice in Hamilton, Mass., last fall, the more experienced riders and players helped the newcomers to ready the horses, and rode in tandem with them in an enclosed outdoor arena.“I have a longer way to go than most people on the team,” said freshman Ethan Samet, who had only ridden a handful of times before signing up. “But I feel like I have been getting better and better each time.”Recently the ponies hobnobbed on campus with polo enthusiast Tommy Lee Jones ’69, the recipient of this year’s Harvard Arts Medal. An avid polo player, Jones regularly hosts members of the polo club at his Texas ranch and at his home in Florida, and has donated numerous ponies to the Harvard program. The actor took part in the “Adopt a Horse Auction” held at the Murr Center to support the club’s efforts to purchase a permanent base, a small farm with a barn and riding ring adjacent to the Myopia Hunt Club in Hamilton, where the club has its home competitions.This summer, members of the club will head to Europe for a series of matches in Italy, Switzerland, France, and in England, where they will compete at the famed Guards Polo Club against a team from Yale University. Goal setting In the match, Amanullah reaches for the ball, eventually working her way toward her first goal. Minor adjustments Snow leans over to adjust a player’s saddle strap before heading to the arena. Out in the country Cissie Snow (on right, wearing vest) coaches her junior varsity women before their match against the University of Pennsylvania at their home arena in Hamilton, Mass. Snow and her husband, Crocker Snow Jr. ’61, lead the polo club. Horsing around The Harvard University Polo Club dates back to the early 20th century. Three of today’s players Jane Amero (from left), Mike Kapps, and Katie Gamble roll their ponies’ bandages before riding. Mallets Polo mallets stand at attention. Jockeying Roden (left) and Samet cast late-day shadows on the boards of the arena. Rose Lincoln/Staff Photographer Watchdog Poppy, one of the Snows’ two Labrador retrievers, keeps watch while ponies and riders circle inside the arena. Fanfare Players and parents watch on the offensive end of the arena as the women’s junior varsity team goes on to beat UPenn. The art of the mallet Isabella Roden ’13 (left), a varsity player, teaches newcomer Ethan Samet ’15 how to hold his mallet in the arena. Horse whisperers Heavy duty New rider Ethan Samet struggles with his saddle and saddle pad. Hoisted Helping Harvard’s Sarah Amanullah (right) get a leg up is opposing player Spencer Marston of the University of Pennsylvania. They competed at Harvard’s home arena in Hamilton, Mass. Idyllic The sun sets behind ponies and riders at the Harvard University Polo Club.last_img read more

Native Azaleas

first_imgGeorgians are accustomed to evergreen azaleas, but native azaleas are currently growing in popularity. Unlike evergreen azaleas, native azaleas lose their leaves in the fall, grow tall and airy rather than low and dense, and bloom in the spring and summer.University of Georgia plant breeder Carol Robacker has studied azaleas for the past 25 years. She and her research technicians, Allen Byous and Sherrod Baden, have learned a lot about one of the South’s most popular flowers.A scientist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES), Robacker breeds new landscape plants that are genetically adapted to survive and thrive in the heat and drought stress of Georgia’s urban conditions. Robacker works with CAES entomologist Kris Braman to breed native azalea plants that can tolerate azalea lace bugs, a major pest of azaleas.Evergreen azalea flowers come in a wide variety of forms, and the most common is single-petal. Native azaleas typically have tubular flowers with long stamens that extend beyond their petals.“There are more than 17 species of native azaleas. We collected a number of these that grow in the Piedmont (region) and are now evaluating which ones are adapted to Georgia,” said Robacker.The Research and Education Garden on the UGA Griffin campus is filled with row after row of her research plots. In Robacker’s laboratory and greenhouse at UGA-Griffin, Byous and Baden tend the plants and record any insects and diseases that affect them.To help Georgia gardeners successfully grow azaleas, they offer the following tips.“First, when you buy an azalea, turn the pot upside down. Gently remove the plant from the pot and examine the roots. If the roots are light brown and the pot is fairly full of healthy-looking roots, you’re good. If they are black, don’t buy it,” Byous said.When it comes to site selection, pick a spot that gets both sun and shade, Byous said. Azaleas need sunlight to develop flower buds and flowers, but most azalea varieties perform better in the shade, which protects them from extreme heat in summer.“A 50-50 mix of sun and shade makes for a good compromise for most varieties,” he said.Look closely at the soil. Azaleas don’t like wet, boggy areas, and native azaleas especially like well-drained soil, Byous said. Azaleas also like an acidic soil with a pH in the 4.5 to 6.0 range.When you are ready to plant, dig a hole 4 inches larger than the pot. “Break up the root ball, scar the inside of the hole so the roots can spread and place the plant 2 inches higher than soil level so it drains well,” he said.Add pine bark or shredded leaves as mulch to insulate the plant and keep the weeds down.Water the new azalea plant heavily for the first two years and fertilize in the spring with a slow-release fertilizer similar to a 19-5-8 fertilizer blend.Native azaleas typically aren’t pruned, but if you choose to prune, do so after they bloom and before the new buds set the following spring.“You don’t have to prune them, but you may want to if they grow outside the area where you planted them,” said Robacker. “But please don’t try to create a meatball shape. Natives aren’t meant to be shaped like that.”Over her 37-year career at UGA-Griffin, Baden has developed a dark green thumb. Her advice to azalea lovers is simple: Don’t move them once they are established.“If you want an azalea in another area of your yard, take cuttings from your azaleas and root new plants,” she said.To do this, select shoots that are about 6 inches long. Snap the branch to remove a cutting. Place the cutting in a plastic bag with a damp paper towel and label the bag.“Keep the bag out of the sun. Put the bag of cuttings in the refrigerator overnight,” she said.The next day, trim the cuttings from the bottom to create a 4- to 6-inch cutting. Remove all the leaves except the top pair, and trim these by about half to reduce plant stress.“Wound about a half-inch of the lower stem of the cutting by scraping the surface with a sharp knife. Dip the cuttings in a rooting hormone of your choice, liquid or powder,” Baden said. “Stick cuttings in a mix of milled sphagnum moss and coarse perlite mixed 1-1.”Place the cuttings in light shade under an automatic misting system to keep them moist for several weeks.“If you don’t have an automatic system, create a humidity dome out of a plastic shoe box or corsage box. Gradually open the box over a few weeks to decrease the humidity and allow the cuttings to adapt to the drier air,” she said.After several weeks, the cuttings should have roots. Allow the newly rooted cuttings to grow undisturbed their first season. Cuttings must overwinter in a protected, cold environment and go dormant. Newly rooted azalea cuttings should bloom two years after being established.For more in-depth information on selecting and growing azaleas, search UGA Extension publications at extension.uga.edu/publications.last_img read more

Marlboro and Woodbury colleges awarded over $28,000 in grants for joint program

first_imgMARLBORO AND WOODBURY AWARDED OVER $28,000 IN GRANTS TO CONTINUE JOINT PROGRAMOnce again, two Vermont colleges are collaborating to help those who help others by offering a nonprofit management certification course. Starting this month, approximately 48 students will assemble at either Woodbury College in Montpelier or at the Marlboro College Graduate Center in Brattleboro for ten Friday workshops held over the next five months.Each workshop will focus on an aspect of nonprofit operation, including successful fundraising and grant writing, financial and personnel management, conflict resolution, marketing, and strategic planning. The workshops are designed for incumbent workers in the nonprofit field who have either recently moved into a management position or plan to seek a management position in the near future.This fall’s offering will be the second time Woodbury and Marlboro have worked together to strengthen Vermont’s nonprofit sector. According to program coordinator Jessie Lynn, “last spring’s course was a great success and we are thrilled to offer this certificate course again. Our core instructors, all of who are experts in their respective fields, really understand what is important for Vermont’s nonprofit community, so these workshops are truly relevant and practical.”Over $28,000 in grants has been awarded to Woodbury College and Marlboro College to recruit faculty, continue to develop curriculum, and obtain the necessary materials for the program. Granting organizations include the Workforce Education and Training Fund (WETF), which is a division of the Vermont Department of Labor, an anonymous donor and the TD Banknorth Charitable Foundation, which recently launched a new program to provide funds for nonprofit employee education and professional development. The grants have allowed the schools to cap tuition costs for in-state students at just $750.There are still spaces available. Interested applicants can call Jessie Lynn at (802) 229-0516 ext. 245 or email her at [email protected](link sends e-mail). A complete schedule of workshops, course descriptions and faculty information can be found online at www.woodbury-college.edu(link is external).###last_img read more

Go digital or go home: The rise of digital banking at Wildfire Credit Union

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Robert McGarvey A blogger and speaker, Robert McGarvey is a longtime journalist who has covered credit unions extensively, notably for Credit Union Times as well as the New York Times and TheStreet, … Web: www.mcgarvey.net Details “What could we do to make our members’ lives better?” That question, said Mark Shuiling, vice president of technology at $900 million Wildfire Credit Union in Saginaw, MI, is what set the institution on a quest to bring its members a unified, omnichannel banking experience. The quest began maybe five years ago.It is now coming to fruition, with help from digital platform developer Backbase.Here is the story of an institution that decided that digital was its future – if only because it is what the Millennials and Gen Z members of any credit union crave.  These are people who grew up with personal computers at their sides and the younger ones cannot remember a time when they did not have an iPhone or Android phone in their hands.When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the wisdom of Wildfire’s decision became all the sharper, said Schuiling – it was suddenly obvious that digital is the future for all of us, simple as that. Understand, Wildfire is just now beginning to roll out its new unified banking platform and it will do it deliberately, carefully, said Schuiling.Know too that Wildfire is way ahead of most credit unions in its digital journey. Sure, just about every credit union executive pays lipservice to the idea of digital banking, but the stark reality is that few have climbed aboard this movement. That’s why Vince Bezemer, head of strategy for Backbase, which also has worked with Navy Federal, Schools First, and State Employees’ Credit Union of North Carolina, estimates that maybe 10% of financial institutions really get what it means to be digital.And 90% don’t.Which side are you on?Being digital does not mean having mobile and online banking, said Bezemer.  Of course they are essential building blocks. But being digital is about the institution’s soul and most today remain resolutely analog.Those with an eye on tomorrow are the ones that are embracing a truly digital tomorrow.A key goal for Wildfire: it wanted to provide members online and mobile experiences that are unique, that are specifically created to serve Wildfire members, and that are not just off the shelf cookie-cutter apps in use at literally hundreds of institutions.Wildfire wanted uniqueness but it also wanted the ability to customize to specifically serve its members – and just about every credit union has a gripe about not being able to modify an off the shelf app with a feature it wanted.  Go with a unified digital banking solution designed to fit your institution’s needs and personalization is yours.Two big worries stop many credit unions from even attempting to go the custom route.Worry 1: we are not big enough.Maybe that was true five or ten years ago – then truly custom solutions were available only to the biggest institutions.  No more however. Backbase, for instance, says it works with a range of smaller institutions through third-party vendors.  Other developers say similar. Huge size no longer is a prerequisite for offering a custom digital solution.Worry 2:  you fear your institution lacks the inhouse technical chops to deliver on an omnichannel promise? Schuiling, with three inhouse programmers, shared that fear so Wildfire hunted for a technology partner that could fill in the gaps. It went through lots of candidates before making a choice. Backbase is an example of a vendor that can do it all for clients that want that. But it also works with credit unions that want their own programmers to do significant work on the digital transformation project.  Other vendors say similar.  Nowadays, you can have omnichannel banking your way.Know that even with a good digital partner, this journey remains lengthy for the credit unions that undertake it.  Why?  Executives, board members, line staff, members have to be brought along, carefully.  That is what Wildfire did and it proceeded with a patience that is remarkable.But about now it is all paying off. Feature by feature, Wildfire is beginning a rollout of its new digital self to its members.  Doing it all at once would overwhelm many. Bring them along step by step and they will get excited by their new customer journey.That’s Wildfire’s bet. It’s a smart bet. And it’s one just about every credit union should be making.Want to hear what Schuiling and Bezemer say in their own words? You want to hear the dual CU2.0 Podcasts on the Omnichannel Journey. Bezemer is #110, Schuiling #111. Click the links for the audio.  Each runs around a half-hour.  What they say is thoughtful, realistic, and you will get a roadmap for the digital journey ahead.last_img read more

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Two Australian schools close as coronavirus cases jump

first_img“This is likely to be the new norm,” said Brad Hazzard the minister of health for New South Wales state.The school closures come days after another high school in Sydney shut down when a 16-year-old there tested positive.Epping Boys High School reopened on Monday though nearly 70 students and staff who had close contact with the infected student remained in self-isolation.The coronavirus has infected 107,000 people around the world in an ever-growing list of countries and caused hefty economic damage, prompting central banks to ease monetary policies. Two schools in the Australian city of Sydney closed on Monday after three students tested positive for the coronavirus, taking Australia’s tally of cases to more than 80 as the government prepares a fiscal stimulus to ward off recession.Australia has seen a worrying increase in coronavirus cases in the past couple of days, though Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy said the majority were travellers who caught the virus abroad, with only one instance of community transmission.Two year-10 students at Sydney’s St Patrick’s Marist College Dundas had tested positive for the virus while a year-7 pupil tested positive at the Willoughby Girls High School. Three people have died in Australia.”This is a public health emergency of an unprecedented nature that our nation and that the entire global community is facing,” the health minister of Victoria state, Jenny Mikakos, told a televised briefing.Her state also recorded a jump in the number of cases after two people who recently arrived from the United States and one who returned from Iran were diagnosed as infected with the virus.”We do anticipate that this likely pandemic will have significant impacts on our health system. This has been my absolute focus, making sure that our system is prepared to respond,” Mikakos said.Worries about the hit to the economy saw nearly A$108 billion ($70.5 billion) wiped off Australian shares in yet another day of panic selling in global financial markets.Fiscal re-think? The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) last week became the first in the developed world to ease monetary policy to fight the economic fallout.The government is finalising a fiscal stimulus package though the size of the measure is not known.An announcement on the likely A$10 billion package is expected this week, media reported.Economists are less optimistic about the scale of the stimulus.Citi economist Josh Williamson expects an initial package of A$3 billion to A$5 billion, or about 0.1% of Australia’s gross domestic product.”Such a package would be designed to offset the expected loss of output, rather than deliver a material boost to activity that closes the negative output gap that existed prior to COVID-19,” he added, referring to the illness caused by the virus.”If the broader economy is impacted more severely than currently assumed, then the government could be forced to rethink its fiscal strategy in May, that is, abandon hopes of a near-term budget surplus and bring forward other stimulatory measures.”Topics :last_img read more