Housing Minister Gavin Barwell today announced that Kent is to get a new garden town in addition to similar projects already planned in Bicester, Didcot, Basingstoke, Essex and Northamptonshire.Outline plans revealed in May this year by Shepway District Council and Folkestone Racecourse, which owns the land to the west of Folkestone, are to get official backing. The new town will include seven primary schools and three secondary schools as well as several doctor’s surgeries.The site, called Otterpool Park, will create some 12,000 homes for approximately 29,000 people although local agents will be waiting a long time to get in on the act. The town is not scheduled for completion until 2046 and may face several hurdles including a well-organised and vociferous local campaign against the project, which will swallow up three villages.The new town is part of a three-pronged policy announced today to achieve the government’s aim to build an additional million homes by 2020. It includes an £18 million fund to help councils tackle planning logjams on behalf of builders, and the creation of six new Housing Zones to encourage 10,000 new properties on brownfield sites.These are to be in Sheffield in South Yorkshire, Grimsby and Cleethorpes in Lincolnshire, Barnsley in South Yorkshire, Sandwell in the West Midlands, Blackburn and Burnley in Lancashire, and the Wirral in Merseyside.Last month Chancellor Philip Hammond announced a £3 billion fund to help smaller developers and a further £2 billion to build new homes on surplus public sector land.Garden Town Otterpool Park November 11, 2016Nigel 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 2021 Home » News » Land & New Homes » New Garden Town to be built in Kent previous nextLand & New HomesNew Garden Town to be built in KentRural land and villages around former racecourse to become 12,000-home town by 2046Nigel Lewis11th November 20160617 Views
Home » News » Agencies & People » SDL launches in the North West previous nextAgencies & PeopleSDL launches in the North WestThe Negotiator22nd March 20170541 Views SDL Auctions, one of the UK’s largest auction networks, is to hold auctions at Bolton’s Macron Stadium with the first date set as Thursday 30th March.The new SDL Auctions North West date will be added to the network’s already 30-strong UK-wide auction calendar which also includes venues in Chester, Derby, Birmingham, Nottingham, Leicester, Coventry and Stoke.Rory Daly, auctioneer and CEO at SDL Auctions, said, “It’s a very exciting period of expansion for our auction network. We recently held our first auctions in Chester and Stoke and now we’re adding Bolton to our calendar as part of our strategy for the North West.“To launch our new auction we have established a strategic auction partnership with leading independent estate agency Miller Metcalfe who will be offering sales by auction in our auction room as an additional service to their customers throughout their 10 offices in the North West.”John Fletcher, MD at Miller Metcalfe, said, “We have held auctions covering Lancashire and Greater Manchester for many years and with much success, however this exciting new partnership allows us to significantly grow our auction presence. In addition, as SDL Auctions is one of the biggest commercial property auction houses in the UK we’ll now also be able to offer better quality and higher value commercial properties for sale by auction.“By combining the national reach and expertise of SDL Auctions with the regional knowledge and reputation of Miller Metcalfe in the North West we aim to create a highly successful auction proposition.”SDL Auctions is also in discussions to partner with several other estate agents across the North West in order to allow more agents to offer sales by auction alongside traditional private treaty sales.SDL Auctions North West SDL Auctions auction March 22, 2017The NegotiatorWhat’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 » England’s 1.5 million private landlords to join compulsory redress scheme previous nextRegulation & LawEngland’s 1.5 million private landlords to join compulsory redress schemeShock announcement is part of significant widening of redress scheme membership for landlords, student housing providers, new homes developers and park home operators.Nigel Lewis24th January 201905,604 Views All private landlords in the UK are to be forced to join a redress scheme, the government has revealed, scooping up over an estimated 1.5 million landlords into regulation.The announcement is part of a wide-ranging package of regulatory measures revealed by Secretary of State for Housing James Brokenshire (picture above) following last year’s consultation on the subject.Brokenshire plans to “bring forward legislation that will require all private landlords, including providers of purpose-built student housing and park home site operators, to belong to a redress scheme,” he says.“This would ensure that all tenants have access to redress services in any given situation and that all complaints can be addressed.”Freeholders tooOther measures alongside this include requiring all freeholders to join a redress scheme regardless of whether they use a managing agent or not.Also, all new homes developers will have to join a scheme too, and the minister also plans to crate a specific new homes ombudsman.Lastly, Brokenshire is to set up both a one-stop shop for housing complaints regardless of tenure to be called the Housing Complaints Resolution Service, and a single code of practice to cover all the housing sectors.“Personally, I think this is a really positive step, not only in boosting protection for millions of renters across the country but also for recognising ‘landlording’ as the professional business that it should be,” says Paul Shamplina of Landlord Action (left).“It will encourage landlords to focus on customer service and building relationships, as well as the quality of their properties, help to professionalise the industry and provide a level playing field for landlords and tenants.”Generation rentIain McKenzie, CEO of The Guild of Property Professionals (right), says: “The government has recognised that the UK is going to be generational in the respect that there will be people who are tenants for their whole life.“Therefore, bringing private landlords into the redress provision is a positive move allowing tenants access to redress in any given situation.” Ian McKenzie landlord redress Landlord Action James Brokenshire Paul Shamplina The Guild of Professional Estate Agents January 24, 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 2021
The Roots Picnic The Roots Picnic made its first-ever appearance in New York City’s Bryant Park this past weekend, and it was a great success all around. Usually taking place as a one-day event in June in Philadelphia, the Roots decided NYC needed some love, and blessing the city with a two-day version of the festival that boasted an impressive list of native musical heroes like, music icons, and a few of the Roots best friends. While the event had an emphasis on hip hop with a set by EPMD, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Black Thought and J.Period with NYC rap icons like Kool G Rap, and a performance by beat-master Swizz Beats, the lineup boasted a diverse mix of talent from across the musical spectrum, with Trombone Shorty (who brought out special guest Mystikal), X Ambassadors, Deerhoof, and comedian Neal Brennan all turning in stand out performances.However, it was The Roots who stole the show on both evenings. Starting at 7:30pm each night, the band played a 2.5 hour headlining set each night with a variety of incredible special guests. Saturday’s show featured a wild performance with John Mayer, D’Angelo, Common, Rahzel, Pino Palladino, and a brief appearance by Dave Chappelle, while Sunday’s show found the Roots backing up four iconic artists in David Byrne, Nile Rodgers (and Chic), New York’s own Alicia Keys and the Wu-Tang Clan (with a special appearance by comedian Amy Schumer to introduce the Wu). Both nights featured tons of huge hit songs that turned the Roots Picnic into something more reminiscent of Dave Chappelle’s Block Party, a true collaboration of like-minded musicians all seeming to have the time of their lives up on that stage.Year one of the NYC Roots Picnic was a wild success, and we hope it returns next year for a second edition. Thankfully, we had photographer Bahram Foroughi on site to capture these images below! Load remaining images
Through the ups and downs of the Allman Brothers Band story, one writer has stood by it all: Alan Paul. The biographer has spent years earning the trust of the Allman Brothers Band, and has been devastated after learning about the death of drummer Butch Trucks earlier this week. As music is healing, Paul will front his band, The Big In China Band, to host a special night of music at Suzy Que’s BBQ and Bar in West Orange, NJ tonight.“Butch was the Allman Brothers’ freight train heart and his sudden death is a shocking blow to the band’s entire extended community and fanbase,” says Paul in a statement. “He was a wonderful resource throughout the writing of One Way Out and after and his loss leaves a void not only in the music world but in my personal life. I am going to pay tribute in the best way I know how: with a night of music played from the bottom of my heart. I hope that others feeling the loss can join us in celebration of Butch’s music and the joy he brought so many for so long.”The band will be performing from 8:30-12:30, treating fans to classics from the Allman Brothers catalog. To get a glimpse of their style, check out this video of their “Blue Sky” performance.There’s no cover for the show tonight, but reservations are recommended. You can find more information about Suzy Que’s and the show by heading here. For those who can’t make it, Alan Paul is planning to host a live stream from his Facebook page as well. RIP, Butch.[Photo by Karl McWherter]
Aside from the other various members of the Grateful Dead, there is perhaps no musician has been more acclaimed for his work with Jerry Garcia than the late, great Merl Saunders. Saunders was one of the most soulful keyboardists/organists in the music world in the early ’70’s, commanding the Hammond B3 organ in ways that virtually nobody had before.Saunders began a partnership with Garcia in 1971 while collaborating at at San Francisco nightclub The Matrix. The two would go on to collaborate extensively over the years, with Saunders sitting in with the dead as well as serving as Garcia’s de facto solo career jump-off point when the two formed the Saunders/Garcia Band, which eventually became the Legion of Mary. The group recording a handful of albums and playing a litany of memorable shows together (including three officially released as part of the GarciaLive series) before Saunder’s exited the fold and the outfit evolved into the Jerry Garcia Band. However, Saunders and Garcia’s musical partnership would continue far past the dissolution of their early bands. Saunders continued to work with Jerry through his death in 1995, even taking lead in reintroducing him to his guitar after emerging from his diabetic coma in the summer of 1986.According to 199 Jerry biography Garcia by Blair Jackson, “Garcia said that working with Merl also taught him a great deal about musical structure: ‘He filled me in on all those years of things I didn’t do. I’d never played any standards; I’d never played in dance bands. I never had any approach to the world of regular, straight music. He knows all the standards, and he taught me how bebop works. He taught me music. Between the combination of Howard [Wales] and Merl, that’s where I really learned music. Before it was sort of, ‘OK, where do I plug in?’ I picked up the adult version of a music attitude from those guys.’As we remember Merl Saunders today on the anniversary of his death in 2008 at the age of 74, revel in the magic of Saunders/Garcia collaborations with this selection of live performances:Jerry Garcia & Merl Saunders – Keystone Korner, San Francisco, CA, 1972 w/ guest appearance from Tom Fogerty) via YouTube user Whoaduderighteous:Set 1: It’s No Use Expressway One Kind Favor Sick and Tired (with Tom Fogerty on Vocals) Down Around Biloxi That’s All Right, Mama The Night They Drove Ole’ Dixie DownSet II: It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train To Cry After Midnight “anyone here got a green triumph…” Money Honey Are You Lonely For Me ~*Wild JammingKeep the Merl/Jerry jams going, you can stream the 7/5/73 Garcia/Saunders show and the 12/14-15/74 Legion of Mary shows below via Spotify:
Prep for Bombshell with a Marilyn-thon Lest you forget, the fictional Smash musical is coming to New York for one night only. Assuming you already binge-watch the show every few months, you might want to get ready by watching all of Marilyn Monroe’s movies available on Netflix. If it’s particularly frigid in your room, that pool scene in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes will make things pretty steamy. Shirtless guys in flesh-colored short shorts? Uhm, hi. View Comments Add a Beard to Broadway Hotties Two of the most important questions we asked you in 2014: Do you prefer Aaron Tveit bearded or smoothly shaven? And what about Jeremy Jordan? Some scruff can be a valuable asset to keep guys warm as temperatures drop. Thanks to the folks at Manuary, an annual awareness campaign to support head and neck cancer research, you can now visualize all of your Broadway baes as lumbersexuals. Go to a Winter Session of Summer Camp This past summer, we celebrated all things camp on Broadway.com. Of course, one month is hardly enough time to highlight all of our favorite gems, so might we suggest a few more? Here’s a jumpsuit-clad Bernadette Peters singing The Wiz. Here’s the late Elaine Stritch singing a Disney princess ballad. Enjoy! Grab a Friend and Read Love Letters “Defying Gravity” might be a bit ambitious, but two chairs and a table aren’t. The recent Broadway revival was cut short as incoming stars had to cancel their Broadway bow. But now you can grab your roommate or loved one and put on your own encore performance. You don’t even have to memorize lines! Tip: celebrity impersonations might help. Tony Danza and Carol Channing, perhaps? Stage a DIY “Defying Gravity” As if you haven’t thought about doing this before. You know Skylar Astin has. If you can’t find a cherrypicker and a lifetime supply of dry ice, you can improvise. This kid did, and he’s our damn hero for it. It looks like you just need an office chair, lots of black fabric, a broom and…a high-powered fan? Surely you have all those objects lying around. Ah-ah-ah-ah-ahh! Make a Broadway Quilt* Knitting and quilting are all the rage on the Great White Way. Former Wicked witches Christine Dwyer and Jenni Barber know what’s up. So does Dee Roscioli, actually. Just imagine that aforementioned Marilyn Monroe marathon while snuggled in a quilt featuring knitted versions of Idina Menzel and Norm Lewis’ faces. (*We have no idea how quilting works. Guess we’ll just stick with these.) Groceries? Check. Candles? Check. Broadway necessities? We’ve got you covered. Winter Storm Juno has arrived in the northeast, and while Broadway shows have been canceled for January 26 (and maybe on the 27th—we’ll keep you posted), that doesn’t mean that the spirit of the Great White Way can’t live on in your own, hopefully heated, home. Here are some of the indoors activities we recommend to keep you busy and cozy during the blizzard. Stay warm! Learn a New Language™ Sure, you could finally perfect your Spanish or French, but isn’t it time you became fluent in Sas-isms? Broadway vet Rachelle Rak will Cha Cha Puus™ over to 54 Below on January 29 for a night of biting the apple™. Before the big night, make sure you’re up to snuff with the proper lexicon (i.e. obsassed™). If not, well, Molly, you in danger, gurl. Put Your Broadway Knowledge to the Test How well-versed are you in Sondheim lyrics? Can you identify all of the Broadway theaters on a map? Which 66 musicals have taken home the Tony? Kill some time on Sporcle to see just how much of a Broadway baby you really are. Super scientific studies have proven that the more people read Broadway.com, the better they perform on these tests. Just saying. Play Broadway Cards Against Humanity It’s a great/inappropriate game already. But if you haven’t guessed, we tend to gravitate toward things with a theatrical flair. Kudos to the geniuses over at Musicals Against Humanity for getting the ball rolling. We especially like this card. Hey, can you blame him? We love Aaron Tveit—with or without a beard! Wait, what were we talking about? Sorry. Not sorry. Play the Broadway.com Vlog Drinking Game Time to put on a liquid coat. The rules are simple: Drink every time Frankie J. Grande speaks with a fake accent! Drink every time Kara Lindsay’s book farts! Drink every time James Snyder has snack time! It’s what the cast of Rock of Ages would have wanted you to do. If you’re not of legal age, it’s equally fun with sparkling cider. Promise.
Volume XXXIINumber 1Page 1 By Kristen PlankUniversity of GeorgiaUpgrading your garden to organic is not only healthy but easy to do, says Bob Westerfield, a Cooperative Extension horticulturist on the University of Georgia Griffin campus. “When I teach my organic gardening class, I use a balanced and modified approach,” said Westerfield, a consumer horticulture specialist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.To start, Westerfield recommends raised beds to set the garden apart and to allow for good drainage.The next main step is “building” the organic soil. “This is key,” he said. “Fill the beds with a combination of compost, horse or animal manure and bags of pine bark.”When you’re building the soil, it often takes a lot of animal manure to get the correct nitrate amount. Westerfield suggests supplementing the soil with a bagged fertilizer as well as organic. This will keep the plants healthy.”Some people think nitrogen from horse manure is better then Wal-Mart fertilizer,” he said. “In fact, the plant can’t tell where the nitrogen came from.”Reduce, don’t eliminateReduce the number of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers you use, he said. But you don’t have to eliminate them. “There are tons of ways to keep your plants as healthy as possible without using harsh pesticides,” he said.Organic pesticides, such as Neem and Safer Soap, are on the market to help prevent bug intrusions. Westerfield recommends nonspraying tactics such as “scouting” (counting numbers of insect pests and beneficial insects to determine control needs) and handpicking insects off plants before they become infested.Buy resistant plant varieties, too. And rotate your crops, never planting the same family of vegetables in the same place two years in a row.Best plantsWhen choosing which plants to begin a garden, Westerfield suggests picking up hybrid varieties from the store or transplants from a nursery. These are more disease-resistant and will be easier to grow.His suggestions for easy “beginner” plants: “It’s hard to fail on snap or green beans. Also, radishes, peppers and squash are good to start off.”Knowing exactly what was applied to the garden is one of the many benefits. “Growing your own crops and knowing you used nature to help it along is very satisfying,” he said.Still, pesticides aren’t bad, he insists, if you correctly follow the directions.Some commercially grown vegetables, though, enter the country without any information on the types or amounts of chemicals used, he said. This could lead to harmful effects, so be sure to wash grocery vegetables carefully.(Kristen Plank is a student writer with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)
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Comment The Norwegian has impressed everyone at Old Trafford since taking charge (Picture: Getty)Manchester United bosses have surprisingly decided they will not oversee a thorough managerial hunt and are instead ready to hand the job to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on a permanent basis.The club had initially said they would take their time in appointing a full-time successor to Jose Mourinho, with Solskjaer taking over on a caretaker basis while the board ‘conducted a thorough recruitment process for a new, full-time manager’.But ESPN report that the club’s stunning form under the Norwegian, and the return of the feel-good factor, has prompted a dramatic change in approach. Metro Sport ReporterThursday 28 Feb 2019 10:10 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.1kShares Advertisement Solskjaer picked up three points at Selhurst Park on Wednesday, his eighth win on the road in a row (Getty)The 48-year-old has racked up eight consecutive away wins – something even Sir Alex Ferguson did not manage – including victories at Arsenal and Chelsea to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals.Sir Alex is believed to have given his backing to Solskjaer, while Ed Woodward is conscious of the fact that he is a significantly cheaper option than Pochettino, with Spurs chief Daniel Levy likely to ask for as much as £50million.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Advertisement Manchester United board ready to ditch managerial search and appoint Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Ed Woodward & Co. have been blown away by Solskjaer’s impact (Picture: Getty)Rather than drawing up a shortlist and interviewing potential candidates, such as Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino and Juve boss Max Allegri, United believe they have already found the right man for the job.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTSuch has been Solskjaer’s success, he is now considered the ‘sole candidate’ to take over on a permanent basis, though it will not be announced until the end of the season.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityUnited had been expected to explore the possibility of luring Pochettino away from north London or Allegri from Turin, but they have not held talks with either man or even Zinedine Zidane, who is still without a club after leaving Real Madrid.When Solskjaer took over at Old Trafford, United were 11 points adrift of the top four places – now they are just one point off a Champions League spot.