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  1. 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.
  2. https://www.acandco.com/news/article/aspc-update-2021-Q2 A lively second quarter apparently...
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/jul/13/shopping-retail-parks-covid-british-land Appears some shopping centres are recovering.
  7. I do wonder how much damage the AWPR has done to retail in the city centre. We live to the north of the city and now with the AWPR it's easier to head to Westhill for shopping (Costco et al) rather than the city, with any major hands-on shopping excursion needs met by heading down the AWPR to Edinburgh or Glasgow. The latter option would have been a lot more time-consuming had we needed to go through the city. Plus with WFH, online shopping is easier as there is always someone in the house now for deliveries.
  8. Keeping a close eye on the dog market on Pets4Home and in the last couple of weeks there does seem to be a shift in mood with some massive variations in prices for the same breed - the savvy breeders going for lower prices to offload the pups before the crash really kicks in. Still, looking at over £1k for most pure breeds. Local rescue centre is still quiet but they are dreading the autumn onwards.
  9. Still hunting for a house and the supply side is still atrocious. Speaking to our solicitor (who also act as estate agents), their view is that the strong demand for country housing is not coming from local residents, which is not surprising considering the state of O&G. Instead the buyers are apparently coming up from England, the buyers they've seen being a mix of WFH and early retirement. Still bewildered as to why you would pick Aberdeenshire for retirement, each to their own...
  10. https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/aberdeen/3299377/housing-in-aberdeen-worth-nearly-500-million-lies-empty-for-years/ https://www.admiral.com/multicover-insurance/home-alone-2021#overall Dramatic writing, then you look at the report itself and this table is perhaps a bit more interesting - every month you seem to read stories about critical housing shortages in the islands then you see data like this. Top 10 Councils ranked by number of longer-term vacant houses per 1,000 properties 1 => Shetland Islands = 56.7 2 => Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles) = 49.0 3 => Aberdeen = 41.9 4 => Argyll & Bute = 31.8 5 => City of Edinburgh = 30.0 6 => Scottish Borders = 29.5 7 => Aberdeenshire = 28.2 8 => Angus = 27.7 9 => Dumfries and Galloway = 27.4 10 => Perth & Kinross = 24.0
  11. https://www.eveningexpress.co.uk/fp/news/local/john-lewis-no-plans-for-housing-on-site-of-closed-department-store/ Well, at least someone in JL has their head screwed on right in not converting the site to housing. Mind you, what can they do with the site instead as its massive but located in a decaying part of the city.
  12. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/rishi-sunak-uk-offices-wfh-b1880964.html Rishi Sunak says young people ‘over the moon’ to get back to workplaces The push to get the plebs back into the office begins. Will be interesting to see how companies handle HSE for this going forward see as the government has basically left it up to them to interpret the requirements.
  13. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/jul/05/cryptocurrencies-financial-system-digital-future
  14. https://www.rightmove.co.uk/properties/108201719#/ Well, the decoration definitely makes this property stand out from the rest!
  15. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-57712618 Looks like more flats for George Street then!
  16. https://www.walesonline.co.uk/whats-on/shopping/ghost-shopping-centre-only-one-20953855 Instead of continuing to pursue a purchase the council should be glad they didn't get lumbered with this mess!
  17. Interesting to see that the Inland Revenue are now taking an interest in the puppy boom. https://www.dunfermlinepress.com/news/19404438.sspca-record-high-figures-puppy-welfare-calls-fife/ The puppy boom continues unabated round here with prices still over £1k in the vast majority of cases.
  18. Was in Costco this evening and pleasantly surprised to see the price of Hovis bread has dropped 5p per loaf compared to what its been the last few months. Not a special offer either, regular price.
  19. At best I think it will be a mini-correction around here (NE Scotland). The ending of the stamp duty holiday has made no difference to sales that I can see, in fact anecdotally the market here is the most buoyant its been for the last few years as good country houses are selling in 2 to 3 weeks whereas up until the spring they would take months. O&G is likely to get a bounce in activity in the next few months as well which I suspect will help support the market.
  20. https://www.mirror.co.uk/money/breaking-issa-brothers-buy-asda-24411660 So the asset stripping begins.
  21. https://www.theguardian.com/business/2021/jun/28/remote-working-v-the-office-four-company-bosses-have-their-say
  22. Our neighbour works in international O&G and their company has decided to go for a hybrid solution going forward when the restrictions are lifted (3 days office, 2 days home). However, they closed the main office last year at the start of the epidemic, and thinking that oil was not going to revive much in the UK, literally demolished the building to save on tax (demolition companies are having a good time in Aberdeen/Aberdeenshire at the moment). Result now is that there is not enough capacity in the remaining buildings for all the employees (they never laid off as many as originally planned). However, there is (just) enough capacity using the hybrid solution - as long as people do not all book Mon/Fri at home. End result, bar managers (who have to go back full time) most of the employees have to hot desk and have to book a space the night before using an online system , and go to whatever office has capacity the next day. Who on earth in HR there thinks that this system is going to work?! For one thing, how can you plan childcare when you don't even know which office you are going to be at in a few days time, as the remaining offices are scattered all over the city. How do you manage people all wanting to book Mon/Fri? I suspect commercial renting of office space in Aberdeen will get a brief revival by the end of the year.
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