Archive for Month: November 2013

  • Prime Minister’s comments on East European beggars and rough sleepers

    Ahead of the opening of borders to Rumanians and Bulgarians without restrictions from January, the Prime Minister has made a number of promises in a Financial Times article. Among other changes, he says that EU beggars and rough sleepers will be deported and refused readmission for a year unless they have a genuine reason to…

  • Communities at their best

    What a fantastic HPEA Annual General Meeting at the Lancaster Hotel yesterday! Thanks to Sally for hosting us and to Nick for chairing and presenting so effectively on the Government’s Localism Act and its implications. Sheila, Simon, Bill, Sue and Sandra and the rest of the commitee did a terrific job and it was a…

  • Thanks to Linda and Ken on parks and police

    Parks’ chief executive Linda Lennon told SEBRA’s very well attended AGM yesterday that close working with local residents meant fewer complaints about concert noise over the summer. I was pleased to have played a role in ensuring licence conditions were met. Thanks also to Sgt Ken Taylor for his words on policing. It was Ken…

  • More enforcement successes

    Eight more flats in Quadrangle Tower and 20 Porchester Place have been ordered to stop illegal short-letting. Heather and I are delighted that the Planning Inspectorate upheld the council’s enforcement actions. As the Inspector pointed in the case of seven of the flats, “noise and disturbance within and outside a block because of people coming…

  • Remembrance Sunday observed

    It seems more people than ever were attending the Cenotaph ceremony today. It is so important to remember the fallen in the World Wars and the conflicts since – simply our duty. It was a privilege to take part in the commemoration service at Westminster Abbey, and to see so many from the armed forces…

  • Good news on dirty phone boxes

    BT is ready to remove more boxes – which is good news for everyone who finds the filthy, unused state of many of them offensive. I’m consulting fellow councillors and residents on which ones should go. Those owned by other operators are not on the list at present but we have not forgotten them!  

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