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  1. Says it all about how useless our opposition politicians are when it requires an Insurance Company to challenge and highlight to the public another dubious government housing policy. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-58029653
  2. No, what you are seeing there is a SUDS pond that is usually dry (well, every time we've visited). The nearest permanent waterway is a small stream about 200m to the NE (and about 10m lower down in terms of altitude); they're actually applying to build on the floodplain of that stream in another part of that village just now, but that is a different story. That second house actually has more privacy than the other one as there is a farm road at the back of it and protected farmland after that so no chance of there ever being a building looking into your back garden. Is that worth an extra £20k though, nah...
  3. Not sure about Aberdeen city but according to my solicitor, houses in Aberdeenshire are generally going above asking price by around 1%, thanks to a lot of outside buyers coming into the area. That is a big change compared to the last few years. Whether that is true will become apparent soon enough via data from the Scottish Land Register - https://www.ros.gov.uk/services/search-property-information It's a strange market, this house for example went on sale last Tuesday - https://www.aspc.co.uk/search/property/400649/27-Green-Meadows/Inverurie/, and was sold less than a week later (the advert says under offer but we know the neighbour and its definitely sold). In contrast, this is the same house design but in a different part of the estate and has been up for sale since last year. https://www.aspc.co.uk/search/property/391286/13-Bennachie-Gardens/Inverurie/ The difference? The first was selling £10k under home report valuation, the other at home report valuation so market is as ever price sensitive. What is more interesting is that at the end of last year, the surveyor valued the second house at £310k. However, the same surveying company valued the first house at £300k. So a £10k drop for the same house design in less than a year.
  4. What a utterly bizarre story in the P&J this morning regarding the marriage of the Scottish Finance Secretary (Kate Forbes)... https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/highlands/3350830/scottish-finance-secretary-kate-forbes-ties-the-knot-in-dingwall/ It all starts as you would expect celebrating the marriage. Then halfway through the article is it shifts completely into basically a rant about how she decided not to extend the stamp duty holiday in Scotland, and how dare she not try and rush through her house purchase to avoid the extra tax (an ethical politician, what a change). Someone in the P&J management has been lent on to push propaganda out for house tax changes! In contrast, other papers like the Daily Record just concentrate on the story of the marriage itself - https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/politics/snp-minister-kate-forbes-celebrates-24646123
  5. A point I forgot to mention yesterday in favour of Aberdeen is that in terms of healthcare it punches above its weight. Not only do the hospitals support Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, they also support the northern isles (Shetland etc). Thus they have more resources than what you would expect for the population size in the immediate geographical area.
  6. Was surprised to hear today that Baker Hughes are closing one of their main manufacturing/support bases in Aberdeen. Symbolically this is significant being one of the main oil field support companies and it shows just how few projects are ongoing or are planned in the next few years. Now to wait and see if the other major oilfield support companies (Schlumberger etc) react in a similar way.
  7. The studentification of the city centre continues... https://www.eveningexpress.co.uk/fp/news/local/another-abandoned-aberdeen-hotel-to-be-turned-into-student-flats/ The uplift in oil price not good enough for Baker Hughes, closing one of their main Aberdeen bases... https://www.eveningexpress.co.uk/fp/news/local/100-facing-redundancy-with-baker-hughes-poised-to-close-aberdeen-base/ This is in addition to the layoffs at the Montrose base announced earlier in the month... https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/business/business-news/2358916/exclusive-more-than-80-jobs-to-be-axed-at-baker-hughes-in-montrose/ Where Baker goes, the other multinationals tend to follow so will be interesting to see how the likes of Schlumberger and Halliburton respond.
  8. You'll know the ASPC thread on here, so no point in repeating the details in there. Plus, having lived here already you know about the vagaries of the weather and the long days of winter darkness (new neighbour moved up from Dover in May, was shocked when I told them that it's dark at 3pm in December. They are in for a shock this winter...). If I were thinking of moving back up, I would personally avoid living in the Aberdeen City Council area. The council there is really bad led and has been borrowing and spaffing money in the last few years at an amazing rate with little to show for it - in the last report the debt is now £1.189 billion pounds. At the same time Aberdeen is definitely a lot poorer than it was even just 5 years ago, the closing of John Lewis is just another reflection of the poor state of the Aberdeen economy. The oil boom years are gone for ever and alas the council never made any attempt to diversify the city economy when the times were good. So how are they going to finance that debt? Already there are plans for massive cutbacks in services and that can only get worse with time, especially if interest rates go up. That leaves the council tax as the main revenue earner as the Scottish Govt is not going to rush to help out a Tory/Labour administration council. Conversely Aberdeenshire council tends to be a better run organisation and being a mainly rural council, has a much more diversified income stream (agriculture etc). Got to say though, if you are being allowed to WFH, you potentially have the whole of Scotland as an option and that opens up much better options (to me at least). My personal preference is Perth and Kinross. Housing is comparable if not cheaper in price to Aberdeen, climate is better and you are close to all the main motorways/rail lines so timewise are also close to all the amenities of Edinburgh and Glasgow. Given a WFH choice from my company I would be moving there in a instant. Inverness is also a gorgeous area to live if you are outdoor focused, massive boom in population there the last few years.
  9. https://www.heraldscotland.com/business_hq/19450726.neil-mackays-big-read-inside-story-organised-crime-gangs-took-scotlands-illegal-trade-puppies/ Grim read but not surprising considering the vast profits in puppies just now. The puppy mania continues, reflected in this article.. https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/perth-kinross/2396632/sspca-pet-prices/ It's behind a paywall but apparently the SSPCA are still getting dozens/three digit applications for strays. The ultimate reflection of discretionary expenditure continues to boom.
  10. Well, that's him a marked man now with most Con party donors. Those trees take space, space that could be used to make more houses. Boris will be given a word and he'll be out soon before the sedition takes hold. New estate near us illustrates this wonderfully, 99 house cul-de-sac with the main access road being single track and pavements only on one side of the road (and even then not provided everywhere). Being a conservative council, not a problem getting this monstrosity through planning.
  11. https://www.acandco.com/news/article/aspc-update-2021-Q2 A lively second quarter apparently...
  12. Literally crumbling going by this post on Fubar News this morning Meanwhile looks like one part of the grand plan for the city centre is to make it one big student campus, amazing to think the hotel is only 11 years old. https://www.scottishhousingnews.com/article/plans-submitted-to-convert-aberdeen-city-centre-hotel-into-student-accommodation
  13. Couldn't put it better. More intrigued as to why you need to drive a Ford Ranger pickup in Grimsby. Suspect that may have been what the workers were laughing at.
  14. Rishi's doppelgänger doing his bit to help out... https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=188368379966259&set=pcb.188368649966232 https://www.facebook.com/FubarNews/videos/251304329764260
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