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  1. Telegraph just reporting now that Golden Dawn, the Greek ultra right wing party are rallying outside the German Embassy in Athens in an opportunistic show of force. Not a good sign...
  2. Laiki (Popular) Bank just annouced restrictions on amounts that can be withdrawn from ATM's down to 260 Euro, so rumours they will be bust overnight look true.
  3. This from one of my Irish Cousins and this... A Little Irish humour, originally posted by Jay Donnan:- So this is for the benifit of all my friends who are confused or alarmed by the recent images being broadcast around the world, given that we are now 15 years into the peace process.. The capital of Ireland is Dublin . It has a population of a million people, all of whom will be shopping in Newry this afternoon. They travel to Newry becaus...e it is in the North, which is not part of Ireland, but still pay in Euros. Under the Irish constitution, the North used to be in Ireland , but a successful 30-year campaign of violence for Irish unity ensured that it is now definitely in the UK. Had the campaign lasted any longer the North might now be in France. Belfast is the capital of Northern Ireland . It has a population of half a million, half of whom own houses in Donegal. Donegal is in the north but not in the North. It is in the South. No, not the south, the South. There are two parliaments in Ireland . The Dublin parliament is called the Dáil, (pronounced "Doyle"), an Irish word meaning a place where banks receive taxpayers' money. The one in Belfast is called Stormont, an Anglo-Saxon word meaning 'placebo', or deliberately ineffective drug. Their respective jurisdictions are defined by the border, an imaginary line on the map to show fuel launderers where to dump their chemical waste and bi-products. Protestants are in favour of the border, which generates millions of pounds in smuggling for Catholics, who are totally opposed to it. Travel between the two states is complicated because Ireland is the only country in the world with two M1 motorways. The one in the North goes west to avoid the south and the one in the South goes north to avoid the price of drink! We have two types of democracy in Ireland . Dublin democracy works by holding a referendum and then allowing the government to judge the result. If the government thinks the result is wrong, the referendum is held again. Twice in recent years the government decided the people's choice was wrong and ordered a new referendum. Belfast democracy works differently. It has a parliament with no opposition, so the government is always right. This system generates envy in many world capitals, especially Dublin . Ireland has three economies - northern, southern and black. Only the black economy is in the black. The other two are in the red. All versions of the IRA claim to be the real IRA but only one of them is the Real IRA. The North's biggest industry is the production of IRAs. Consequently, we now have the Provisional, Continuity and Real IRA. The Real IRA is by far the most popular among young graffiti writers simply because it is the easiest to spell. I trust this clarifies things and has answered many previously unanswered questions for you
  4. Bathstore and Sony Centres are mostly franchises so the odd one goes bump all the time as the franchisee can't keep up with rent, rates, salaries and handing over 10/20% of turnover to a central leech. Some McDonalds are franchises as well. As mentioned earlier, French Connection looking ropey and all the publicity from the "****" advertising seems to have petered out now. http://www.managementtoday.co.uk/news/1167123/dark-days-french-connection-big-loss-expected/ Article again blames online sales competitors rather than high rents and poor management (despite clearly stating in the article that the management decision to start discounting late caused much of the disappointing sales figures). Shares down 11%, second year of losses, not trendy anymore.
  5. TMT has it, Leeds was rammed yesterday but nobody had any shopping bags. This year so far we have done 100% of our Xmas shopping online.
  6. Leeds/Bradford Airport also charges for drop off with no alternative. Sounds similar to Bournemouth. Costs £2 for 30mins and a £5 for up to 2 hours. Manchester Airport was still free last year...
  7. The local paper reported last night that bus passenger numbers have dropped 20% in the last ten years (45 million trips!). WorstBus have a virtual monopoly in Leeds. All this despite the local Council spending gazzillions on making life a misery for car drivers with miles of empty bus lanes to speed up journeys. http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/latest-news/top-stories/leeds-and-west-yorkshire-inquiry-launched-as-bus-user-numbers-plummet-1-5167592
  8. Apologies if this has already been discussed, I had a quick look but couldn't see it. "Fresh warnings have been sounded that ‘many’ Scottish letting agents will go bust as a result of the new tenancy deposit law, with a collective black hole in their accounts that could be as high as £50m." Article continues http://www.lettingagenttoday.co.uk/news_features/Fresh-warnings-of-crisis-for-many-letting-agents If you are renting in Scotland and don't have your deposit in a secure scheme might be time to ask questions of your agent
  9. Most Northern European houses are prefab i.e.made in sections in a factory, as are a few Scottish ones with firms like Scotframe building whole sections off site and then craning them into position. Much better than brick slopped on top of each other in a wet and muddy field here in luddite England. We are prisoners to a mindset caused by Nationwide (the tv programme after the news) back in the seventies that did an expose of a truly shoddy attempt by Barratt homes to make a timber framed house. More info on the latest prefabs here http://www.fabprefab.com/
  10. the London pad has a large flat roof suitable for missile placement to protect the western approaches to Buck Pal and Westminster
  11. What gives with the bars on image 10? Must have some brave cat burglers...
  12. https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/page/s/olympic-tax-dodging-petition#petition I signed the McDonalds petition and it seems they have backed down, the target now is Coke. Not often signing something online actually works but it did this time.
  13. There is a limit on the life of fixtures and fittings. I can't find it but have always thought it was about 5 years. This from another forum is pretty fair (it is actually part of a letter to send at the start of legal proceedings). ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The deposit must not be regarded as extra rent, to be used to improve the condition of the property. Any amount deducted from it must be equivalent to the amount needed to replace “like with like”. For example, if the carpet was worn at the start of the tenancy, you cannot retain the amount that would pay for a brand new carpet. You cannot deduct the replacement value of any item, even if it was brand new at the start of the tenancy, as this would be "betterment". You can only deduct from the deposit a percentage of the item's value, based on (a) its on condition at the start of the tenancy (which you must prove using the inventory from the start of the tenancy), and ( the expected life of the item. Nor can you make deductions from the deposit for general “wear and tear”. The tenant is only liable for damage that creates extra cost; the deposit is not there to provide a redecoration fund. You must redecorate at your own expense. HTH
  14. Isn't First Direct meant to be good as well or is it tarred by HSBC ownership for the purposes of this thread?
  15. Agree with the OP plenty around here with all to do and no allowance for the likely substantial costs involved. Blank Canvas (i.e. repo completely stripped out, likely cut pipes, etc) http://www.rightmove...y-22105731.html Everything done, not far off market ceiling for this area (mixed LA and ex LA housing, estate been bad getting better) http://www.rightmove...y-16565784.html
  16. 40 4 bed houses on my street all with just the one space (and a garage too small to use) so the on street car parking is a total nightmare. Loads of new build flats near my work in Leeds with no car parking so all the available on street car parking is taken all the time. I get a call from the Police about twice a week to look at our CCTV as another car has been broken into, in fact did one today
  17. I posted this seperately before reading this post, but, it would seem apt to repeat it here. Ring Leeds City Council and dob you landlord in. A ‘house of horrors’ has left a property firm facing a bill of more than £21,000. When Leeds City Council officers made a routine visit to 61 Gathorne Terrace, Chapeltown, Leeds, in August they discovered a defective fire alarm system, seriously damaged fire doors, broken windows, exposed electrical wiring, staircases without handrails, broken glazing and damaged kitchen units. Vital safety certificates were also absent, and tenants were left without heating when Southwind Developments Limited – which owns more than a dozen rental properties in the Leeds area – failed to pay a gas bill. On Thursday at Leeds Magistrates Court, Southwind directors Saleem Aslam and Zulfiqar Ahmed pleaded guilty to nine breaches of the Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (England) Regulations 2006 regarding the conditions of the house – they were fined a total of £21,491.73 including £4,476.73 in costs awarded to the council. The council’s HMO Licensing Team had made the routine visit to establish how many tenants were living in the property. The owner of a HMO has a duty to manage and maintain such properties in a way that is not prejudicial to the health and wellbeing of their tenants. Not having a working fire alarm system meant that tenants would not receive early warning in the event of a fire. Damaged fire doors would then mean an undetected fire could spread unchecked onto escape routes potentially trapping people inside the building. After notifying Southwind Developments about the dangerous conditions at the property and requesting they provide current gas safety and electrical certificates, council officers returned only to find the property was found to be in the same perilous condition. Tenants reported that they had been left without heating and hot water after Southwind had failed to pay their gas bill. In court, Southwind Developments legal representative blamed the condition of the property on the tenants but magistrates said that it was the responsibility of the owners to maintain it. Councillor Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council’s executive board member for housing, said: “We have a very large rental sector in Leeds and vast majority of landlords ensure that their properties are well maintained and their tenants safe. But when we find a landlord that has failed to do so we must take action. “Blaming tenants is not an answer – it is a landlord’s responsibility to look after their property. “I hope the size of this fine sends out a very clear message that conditions such as these are simply unacceptable.” The specific offences and fines were as follows: Failed to ensure that fire alarms were maintained in good working order – £3,000 Failed to ensure that all means of escape in the HMO were maintained in good order and repair – £3,000 Failed to provide local authority with latest Gas Safety Record – £3,000 Failed to provide local authority with latest Electrical Installation Test Certificate – £3,000 Did cause the tenants gas supply to be interrupted – £1,000 Failed to maintain living accommodation (broken glazing in bedroom skylight) – £1,000 Failed to maintain common parts of the HMO (damaged kitchen unit & worktops in shared kitchen) - £1,000 Failed to maintain common parts (exposed wiring from a light pendant on landing) – £1,000 Failed to maintain common parts (handrail missing on staircase) – £1,000.
  18. A ‘house of horrors’ has left a property firm facing a bill of more than £21,000. When Leeds City Council officers made a routine visit to 61 Gathorne Terrace, Chapeltown, Leeds, in August they discovered a defective fire alarm system, seriously damaged fire doors, broken windows, exposed electrical wiring, staircases without handrails, broken glazing and damaged kitchen units. Vital safety certificates were also absent, and tenants were left without heating when Southwind Developments Limited – which owns more than a dozen rental properties in the Leeds area – failed to pay a gas bill. On Thursday at Leeds Magistrates Court, Southwind directors Saleem Aslam and Zulfiqar Ahmed pleaded guilty to nine breaches of the Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation (England) Regulations 2006 regarding the conditions of the house – they were fined a total of £21,491.73 including £4,476.73 in costs awarded to the council. The council’s HMO Licensing Team had made the routine visit to establish how many tenants were living in the property. The owner of a HMO has a duty to manage and maintain such properties in a way that is not prejudicial to the health and wellbeing of their tenants. Not having a working fire alarm system meant that tenants would not receive early warning in the event of a fire. Damaged fire doors would then mean an undetected fire could spread unchecked onto escape routes potentially trapping people inside the building. After notifying Southwind Developments about the dangerous conditions at the property and requesting they provide current gas safety and electrical certificates, council officers returned only to find the property was found to be in the same perilous condition. Tenants reported that they had been left without heating and hot water after Southwind had failed to pay their gas bill. In court, Southwind Developments legal representative blamed the condition of the property on the tenants but magistrates said that it was the responsibility of the owners to maintain it. Councillor Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council’s executive board member for housing, said: “We have a very large rental sector in Leeds and vast majority of landlords ensure that their properties are well maintained and their tenants safe. But when we find a landlord that has failed to do so we must take action. “Blaming tenants is not an answer – it is a landlord’s responsibility to look after their property. “I hope the size of this fine sends out a very clear message that conditions such as these are simply unacceptable.” The specific offences and fines were as follows: Failed to ensure that fire alarms were maintained in good working order – £3,000 Failed to ensure that all means of escape in the HMO were maintained in good order and repair – £3,000 Failed to provide local authority with latest Gas Safety Record – £3,000 Failed to provide local authority with latest Electrical Installation Test Certificate – £3,000 Did cause the tenants gas supply to be interrupted – £1,000 Failed to maintain living accommodation (broken glazing in bedroom skylight) – £1,000 Failed to maintain common parts of the HMO (damaged kitchen unit & worktops in shared kitchen) - £1,000 Failed to maintain common parts (exposed wiring from a light pendant on landing) – £1,000 Failed to maintain common parts (handrail missing on staircase) – £1,000.
  19. I thought it would be interesting to post what my local council lists in its directory so you get some scale of what we are often by law required to do. Abandoned vehicles Abnormal loads (road transport) Access for disabled people Accident and emergency Accident prevention Accidents at work Accounts Adapting homes Addiction Adoption Adult and community education Adventure playgrounds Advertising Advertising hoardings Advice agencies After school care Air pollution Airports Alarms for elderly and disabled Alcohol use and abuse Allotments Ancient monuments Angling Animal fouling Animal health Animal licences Animal nuisance Animal rights and welfare Ant control Anti-social behaviour Approved suppliers (procurement) Archaeology Archives Area committees Arts and entertainment venues Arts development Asbestos Asylum seekers Attendance and truancy Bed bugs and mites Bees Behaviour support services Benefits Benefits advice services Benefits fraud Bereavement Bin collection Birth Blind people Blocked drains and sewers Blue badge applications Blue badge scheme Boats and moorings Bodyline Bonfires Bowls (game) Bridges Bridleways Building alterations Building and construction licences Building materials licences Building regulations Building standards (building control) Bulky items Bullying at school Burials Bus fares Bus lanes and corridors Bus passes Bus routes Bus stops and shelters Bus timetables Buses Business advice services Business and industry Business awards and grants Business development Business opportunities Business planning Business premises Business rates Business sectors Business sites Business start-ups Bylaws Calibration services Car parking permits Car parks Caravan and camp site licences Care assessment Careers advice Carelines Carers Castles Cemeteries Central government Cess pools Chambers of trade and commerce Charities Charity collections Chemicals Chief Executive Child care Child protection Childminding Children at risk Children's activities Children's services Cinemas Citizens Advice Bureaux Civic amenity sites Civic newspaper Civil weddings Clean air monitoring Clinical waste disposal Clubs and societies Coaching and management (sports) Cockroaches Commercial properties Commercial waste Commercial waste disposal Committees Community care Community centres Community grants Community safety Community transport Complaints procedure Compliments and complaints (council) Composting Compulsory purchase Concessionary fares Conference facilities Conservation areas Constituencies Consumer advice services Consumer protection Contaminated land Controlled parking zones Coroners Corporate communications team Council constitution Council contacts and feedback Council departments Council estates parking Council garages Council land and property Council meetings Council performance Council procedures Council publications Council tax Council tax benefit Council tenancies Council vacancies Councillors Councils Counterfeiting County courts Credit unions Cremation Crematoria Crime Crime and disorder Crime and law enforcement Crime prevention Crossing patrols Crown courts Curriculum and qualifications (pre-16) Cycling Cycling proficiency Dangerous and poisonous waste Dangerous animals Dangerous structures Dangerous substances Death Debt advice services Decision making (council) Definitive maps (rights of way) Demolition (buildings) Demonstrations or marches Dentists Description of goods Design guide Development control DigiTV Leeds Diocesan records Direct payment Disability Disabled badges (parking) Disabled facilities grants Disabled parking Discrimination or harassment Display advertisements and hoardings Disposal of dead animals Doctors Dog litter bins Dog warden schemes Drainage and sewerage Dropped kerbs Drug and alcohol action teams Drugs use and abuse Dumped rubbish Dustbin collection EASEL Economic development Education Leeds Education welfare services Educational awards and benefits Elderly mentally infirm people Electoral boundaries Electoral registration Electoral services Emergency alarms Emergency phone numbers Employment, jobs and careers Energy and fuel Energy conservation Energy efficiency Enquiry Express Entertainment and events Entertainment licences Environment Environmental health Equal opportunities and diversity Equipment for disabled people Ethnic support groups Events Eviction Examinations Executive Board Exhaust fumes Extensions to buildings Fairgrounds Fairs Fake goods Family support Fares Fares, passes and permits Farmers markets Faulty goods Fire and rescue services Fire regulations Fishing licences Flea control Fly posting Flytipping Food hygiene Food standards Foot bridges Footpaths (rights of way) Forward plan Fostering Fouling Fraud Free school dinners Fridge recycling Fumigation Further education colleges Galleries Gambling and lottery licences Garden refuse collection Garden refuse disposal Gardens Genealogy Golf Government departments Government offices for the regions GP surgeries Graffiti removal Grass cutting Grass verges Gritting (roads and paths) Gully cleansing Gypsies Halls for hire Hazardous substances Hazardous waste disposal Health Health and safety at work Health and safety training Health care Health centres Health promotion Hearing impairment Hedges Help to live at home HGV management and signage Highways Historic buildings Historic monuments Historic sites HIV services and advice Hockey Holiday breaks Home care Home education Home insurance Homelessness Horse riding Hospital discharge Hospitals House numbering House to house collections Household waste collection Houses in multiple occupation Housing advice services Housing allocation Housing associations Housing benefit Housing grants Hygiene Icy roads Identity cards Immigration and nationality Individual budgets Industrial properties Infectious diseases Insect control Inspections (trading standards) International relations Internet Interpreting Job vacancies Jobcentres Jobseekers Kennels Kirkstall Abbey Land and premises Land pollution Land searches Landfill sites Landscaping Learning and teaching methods Learning disabilities Leeds photo archive LeedsCard Legal services Leisure passes Libraries Library catalogue Lice infestation Life events Listed buildings Literature Litter Litter bins Local businesses and markets Local development plans Local history Local transport links Lotherton Hall Magistrates courts Manhole covers Maps Markets Marriage Massage and special treatment licences Media and the press Meetings, Council Mental health MEPs Mice Mineral extraction, mining, quarrying Misleading advertising Mobile libraries Mobile snack bars Modernisation Moorings Mortuaries Motorcycle proficiency MPs Multiple occupancy homes Museums - Abbey House Museums - Armley Mills Museums - Thwaite Mills Museums and galleries Music Music - Leeds International Concert Season Music resources Nature conservation Nature reserves Needles News announcements Newspaper Noise Nursery education Nursery schools Older people Online services Out of hours health services Out of hours services (council) Out of school activities Parent and toddler groups Parish councils Park and ride Parking Parking bays Parking meters Parking penalties Parking permits Parks and gardens Parks and grounds maintenance Parliament Pavements Pedestrian crossings Personal budgets Personal treatment licences Pests and pest control Pharmacies Photography Physical disability Planning (town and country) Planning applications Planning applications and decisions list Playgrounds Police Pollution Population and migration Postal voting Pot holes Premises to let Pre-school learning Press releases Primary health care Primary schools Prisons Privacy and data protection Private rented accommodation Procurement Proxy voting Public consultation Public conveniences Public footpaths Public health Public libraries Public rights of way Public transport Race relations Radioactive materials Rail fares Rail transport Railway timetables Ranger services Rats Reading Reading groups Records offices Recycling bins Recycling centres Reference libraries Refugees and asylum seekers Refuse collection Refuse tips Register of electors Registration of births Registration of deaths Registration of marriages Repatriation of remains Residential homes Respite care Right to buy your home Rights of way River moorings Riverboats Road adoption Road and pathway maintenance Road cleaning Road markings Road safety Road safety education Road signs Road works Roads and highways Rodent control Roundabout advertising Rubbish and waste Rubbish collection Rural development Salting and gritting Satellite dishes School admissions School governors School meals School performance and standards School term dates School transport School welfare services Schools Scrutiny Secondary schools Self directed support Self employment Sensory impairment Severe disability Sewerage Sewers Sheltered housing Shopmobility Shops Skateboarding Smoking Snow clearance Social and support groups Social benefits Social clubs Social services Special educational needs and additional support Special schools Special waste collections Speed limits Sponsorship Sports clubs Sports courses and pitches Sports grants and development funds Starting a business Statement of accounts Strategic Health Authorities Street care and cleaning Street cleaning Street furniture Street lighting Street litter bins Street name plates Street numbering and naming Street repairs Street trading licences Structure plans Student grants Studies and qualifications (post-16) Substance use Sulphur dioxide Support for the deaf Supported housing Swimming Swimming pools Taxi and minicab licences Taxi ranks Teaching Temporary accommodation Tennis Theatres - City Varieties Theatres - Grand Theatre Theatres - The Carriageworks Theatres - West Yorkshire Playhouse Tips (waste) Tourism Trade associations Trade unions Trading standards Traffic calming Traffic lights Traffic management Trains Transport planning Traveller sites Tree preservation Trees Tropical World Truancy Twin cities UK Parliament Unitary Development Plans Universities Vacancies Vaccination Verge maintenance Victim support Visual impairment Voluntary organisations Voluntary services Volunteering Voting War memorials Warden call services Wasp control Waste collection Waste disposal Waste strategy Water meters Water pollution Webcams Weighbridges Weights and measures Welfare rights Winter road maintenance Young people's activities Young people's organisations Youth enterprise development Youth offending teams Youth services zebra crossings
  20. My city has the lowest Council Tax rate for any metropolitan area (not the lowest in the country) and think it is pretty well run (never in Private Eye's Rotten Boroughs for instance, and we culled several big departments and their top heavy management a few years ago) just going into overdrive panic now. Almost complete spending freeze, absolute essentials only and everything has to be justified before we can raise orders and its going to get worse. We have just been told me must use internal services if available so a lot of the small little local businesses that rely on us for their daily bread are going to be hit hard.
  21. We have managed several people out over the years due to poor performance, it is possible. I have only once known of someone removed from their desk immediately though. A few years ago a young lad in our ICT section multi messaged everyone on email about the opening of a Spearmint Rhino club. We had an email about an hour later saying sorry and telling us he had been sacked.
  22. Absolutely. I have spent the last five years in and out of hospital, have been close to death twice and simply wouldn't be here without a series of competant, professional Surgeons, Doctors and Nurses. Not everyone I met was wonderful and the cleanliness of the hospitals left a lot to be desired, but, it was all free at source. I calculate once that I have cost the NHS well in excess of £100k over the years, thank goodness I live in the UK not America as I couldn't have afforded the medical insurnace with a known condition. It amuses me when you lot get worked up by the likes of the Daiily Wail when the people who own it are huge tax dodgers who benefit from all this country has to offer but don't contribute their fair share. Jonathan Harmsworth, 4th Viscount Rothermere is ranked 51st in the Sunday Times Rich List 2006 with an estimated wealth of £1,020 million. Rothermere is a supporter of the Conservative Party leader David Cameron.The Viscount is registered as "non-domiciled" in the UK. This status was inherited from his father, the 3rd Viscount, who spent most of his life as a resident of France. This status allows Harmsworth to pay tax in France.
  23. No, big Government grant meant this work went to Sheffield, not as a result of your illusory private sector competance .
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