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kentonline.co.uk 4 days ago
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Homeowners say they are having to cover the cost of £20,000 repair bills at a new housing estate continually blighted by vandalism.

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kentonline.co.uk 4 days ago
02:33 Residents near Canterbury say they're forced to pay for the constant damage caused by vandals

02:33 Residents near Canterbury say they're forced to pay for the constant damage caused by vandals

Residents on a new housing estate near Canterbury say they're being targeted by vandals - and having to pay for the repairs. CCTV footage shows bollard lights [...]

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thesun.co.uk 20 days ago
Last residents of eerie ‘ghost town’ estate to leave 18 YEARS after council earmarked homes for demolition

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thesun.co.uk 41 days ago
Save hundreds of pounds a year on petrol and car repair bills with these tips

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dailymail.co.uk 68 days ago
£450k new-build home residents claim estate is like the 'third world'

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Sepa investigating alleged burial of waste at the same Moray estate where residents were told not to drink their tap water

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birminghammail.co.uk 144 days ago
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dailyrecord.co.uk 158 days ago
Devastated residents left with huge repair bills as flooding wrecks homes

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Water park forced to closed after vandals trash equipment

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scotsman.com 196 days ago
'Mindless': Bird hide on National Trust estate smashed and set on fire by vandals

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mirror.co.uk 214 days ago
'Slum' estate CEO earns £343k-a-year while residents' live with rats and mould

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kentonline.co.uk 228 days ago

02:31 Opposition councillors say residents in Medway should no longer be footing the bill for repair works to the Tunnel

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dailyrecord.co.uk 244 days ago
Yobs trash Prestwick Cricket Club covers to leave hefty repair bill

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dailyrecord.co.uk 257 days ago
Vandals trash memorial bench at Scots veterans centre

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'I think people have to be very mindful': Highland taxpayers left to foot the bill as The Gathering Place is targeted by vandals

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expressandstar.com 63 days ago
A Stafford councillor has urged social media users to “stop with the negativity” when commenting on the town centre in a bid to encourage more people to support local businesses.

The state of Stafford town centre and its future have proved a talking point for residents and visitors online as well as community leaders in the council chamber.

And one councillor has suggested residents should take a more positive approach to what is on offer in Stafford town centre to help traders.

Stafford Borough Council’s indoor market income is currently £20,000 lower than budgeted for, a report presented to a meeting on Tuesday revealed.

The market is located in the Guildhall Shopping Centre, which was bought by Mercia Real Estate in May. Since then a number of stores in the centre have closed, including The Works, Claire’s and Poundland, but at the September meeting of the Economic Development and Planning Scrutiny Committee members were told the indoor market’s future was “perfectly safe”.

Speaking at Tuesday’s committee meeting Councillor Dee McNaughton said: “I have had a number of enquiries from members of my ward who want to know what is going on at the Guildhall and the market. People are not going in because they think it’s closed.”

Michelle Smith, the council’s economic growth and strategic partnership manager, responded: “In terms of the Guildhall Centre somebody in the private sector has bought it and they have lost units within there because they have plans for the site of their own. In time it will come into the public domain what they want to do with that site.

“What we do know is that any retailers that are still within the Guildhall that are looking to relocate within the town centre will be helped to relocate to something that suits them. I think we just need to wait a little bit longer to see what the owners of that site’s plans are.”

Robert Simpson, the council’s head of operations, said: “We’re working with market traders as much as possible and looking for new traders to come into the market. Yes, there has been issues with footfall into there but the market manager and assistant are doing everything possible to keep the market as vibrant as possible.

“We’re not increasing market rents in the fees and charges in the new year.”

But Councillor Chris Baron said: “People haven’t been using the market for years and years, so it isn’t a new thing.

“The footfall has looked good because they go through and straight out the other end. Because the Guildhall Centre now hasn’t got many shops you’re not getting that footfall so much.”

Councillor Marnie Phillips said: “We have lost some of the more reasonably-priced shops in the Guildhall and the area – I would like to hope that people are going to support the market more because it seems to me with some of these shops moving in its reduced the trade within the market.

“It would be nice to see a bit more positivity around our market with the work that’s done around there and the independent stores. Some of these particularly stepped up during Covid and helped with delivering food to some of our residents.

“I support the hard work our officers and market traders have done over the last couple of years to help everybody.

“But there seems to be this negativity. When people are talking about Stafford town centre there’s got to be a negative spin on social media, people voicing their concerns. I think there needs to be a positive perspective now.

“Stop with the negativity – people are not going to shop in these places if everybody’s telling them there’s no reason to go there. The reality is there is every reason to go there, just as there was every reason to go there before.

“I think we need to be encouraging more positives, to come and shop in the market and support these local businesses who are working really hard to earn a living and support themselves and their families. Stop listening to so much negativity around it all.”

A Stafford councillor has urged social media users to “stop with the negativity” when commenting on the town centre in a bid to encourage more people to support local businesses. The state of Stafford town centre and its future have proved a talking point for residents and visitors online as well as community leaders in the council chamber. And one councillor has suggested residents should take a more positive approach to what is on offer in Stafford town centre to help traders. Stafford Borough Council’s indoor market income is currently £20,000 lower than budgeted for, a report presented to a meeting on Tuesday revealed. The market is located in the Guildhall Shopping Centre, which was bought by Mercia Real Estate in May. Since then a number of stores in the centre have closed, including The Works, Claire’s and Poundland, but at the September meeting of the Economic Development and Planning Scrutiny Committee members were told the indoor market’s future was “perfectly safe”. Speaking at Tuesday’s committee meeting Councillor Dee McNaughton said: “I have had a number of enquiries from members of my ward who want to know what is going on at the Guildhall and the market. People are not going in because they think it’s closed.” Michelle Smith, the council’s economic growth and strategic partnership manager, responded: “In terms of the Guildhall Centre somebody in the private sector has bought it and they have lost units within there because they have plans for the site of their own. In time it will come into the public domain what they want to do with that site. “What we do know is that any retailers that are still within the Guildhall that are looking to relocate within the town centre will be helped to relocate to something that suits them. I think we just need to wait a little bit longer to see what the owners of that site’s plans are.” Robert Simpson, the council’s head of operations, said: “We’re working with market traders as much as possible and looking for new traders to come into the market. Yes, there has been issues with footfall into there but the market manager and assistant are doing everything possible to keep the market as vibrant as possible. “We’re not increasing market rents in the fees and charges in the new year.” But Councillor Chris Baron said: “People haven’t been using the market for years and years, so it isn’t a new thing. “The footfall has looked good because they go through and straight out the other end. Because the Guildhall Centre now hasn’t got many shops you’re not getting that footfall so much.” Councillor Marnie Phillips said: “We have lost some of the more reasonably-priced shops in the Guildhall and the area – I would like to hope that people are going to support the market more because it seems to me with some of these shops moving in its reduced the trade within the market. “It would be nice to see a bit more positivity around our market with the work that’s done around there and the independent stores. Some of these particularly stepped up during Covid and helped with delivering food to some of our residents. “I support the hard work our officers and market traders have done over the last couple of years to help everybody. “But there seems to be this negativity. When people are talking about Stafford town centre there’s got to be a negative spin on social media, people voicing their concerns. I think there needs to be a positive perspective now. “Stop with the negativity – people are not going to shop in these places if everybody’s telling them there’s no reason to go there. The reality is there is every reason to go there, just as there was every reason to go there before. “I think we need to be encouraging more positives, to come and shop in the market and support these local businesses who are working really hard to earn a living and support themselves and their families. Stop listening to so much negativity around it all.”

A councillor has urged social media users to “stop with the negativity” when commenting on a town centre in a bid to attract more shoppers.

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thesun.co.uk 68 days ago
Ten foot mountain of rubbish with 'cat-sized' rats leaves residents terrified

Ten foot mountain of rubbish with 'cat-sized' rats leaves residents terrified

A TEN foot mountain of rubbish infested with “cat-sized” rats has piled up outside of a fire exit for a block of flats, leaving residents terrified. Locals in [...]

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Officers appeal for residents' help in tracking down bike vandals

Officers appeal for residents' help in tracking down bike vandals

POLICE are looking into reports of graffiti in Christchurch after vandals have tagged several Beryl bikes in the area.

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Moray Council tells estate residents not to drink their water after a sample of it fails routine test

Moray Council tells estate residents not to drink their water after a sample of it fails routine test

People living on a Moray estate have been told to stop drinking their tap water unless they boil it first. Moray Council issued a notice to people living

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kentonline.co.uk 147 days ago

03:13 Estate agent says Kent's residents are being outbid by wealthy buyers from London

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Residents and councillors celebrate 5G mast refusal at the heart of estate

Residents and councillors celebrate 5G mast refusal at the heart of estate

RESIDENTS and Councillors in Broadstone are “delighted” that plans to build an “eyesore” 5G mast at the heart of an estate have been refused.

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birminghammail.co.uk 179 days ago
Residents 'plagued' on estate

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Locals living on Saxon Gate in Chelmsley Wood claim life is a misery

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telegraph.co.uk 182 days ago
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kentonline.co.uk 198 days ago
Some 86% of residents in favour of estate revamp

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A consultation into a multi-million pound redevelopment of a former council estate found most residents supported the idea of upgrades.

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Residents cover estate in England flags ahead of Euros kick-off

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People on the Kirby Estate in Bermondsey, south-east London, have spent the past few days putting up bunting and laying flags over their balconies.

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dailymail.co.uk 228 days ago
Residents left red-faced as designs for new estate look like genitals

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Locals couldn't believe their eyes when plans were given the go-ahead for the phallic-shaped housing development in Loughborough, Leicestershire.

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'Everything is gone': Vandals trash children’s fairy wood in Aberdeenshire

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kentonline.co.uk 8 days ago
Cladding crisis residents 'cautiously optimistic' as developers told to foot bill

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Leaseholders hit by the cladding crisis facing unaffordable bills to fix fire-risk buildings have reacted to the government's announcement.

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thesun.co.uk 41 days ago
The UK's WORST estate? Residents in fear & streets littered with bottles of PEE

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RESIDENTS living on one of the UK's most notorious council estates say hellish druggy neighbours have been pooing in the front garden of a squat.Visit

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thesun.co.uk 66 days ago
Inside estate plagued by rats & flies so bad residents thought someone DIED

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dailymail.co.uk 84 days ago
Flat owner sending repair bills to developer after floor collapses

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Leaseholder Liam Spender lifted the carpet at his London flat to reveal the full extent of the damage - a hole that is around 40cm by 30cm.

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thesun.co.uk 99 days ago
‘Britain’s worst neighbour’ run out of posh estate by angry residents

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A MUM-of-five branded a neighbour from hell has been run out of town after angry locals set up an online petition to have her evicted from their upmarket housi [...]

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expressandstar.com 141 days ago
Two phone boxes in Kings Heath have been wrapped in plastic and plastered with “biohazard” stickers in response to alleged drug-taking inside them.

Cllr Mike Leddy (Lab, Brandwood and Kings Heath) has taken the step of coating the BT cubicles in sheeting to warn members of the public about paraphernalia such as syringe fragments left inside.

Following campaigning by residents, he has been pushing BT to either establish a more frequent cleaning regime for the boxes or even to remove them completely.

The two boxes are located at Institute Road near Kings Heath High Street, outside Costa Coffee.

Writing to BT, Cllr Leddy said: “I would like to report the two telecom booths outside the above address, where I have removed a number of syringe needles in to a sharps box, however there are still drug related paraphernalia and in particular a number of needles, where the plastic shoulders have been broken off and are lying in the cracks of paving slabs all around the boxes.

“In addition the one booth without a door has a smashed hand receiver.

“To protect members of the public further, I’ve wrapped the two boxes in cling film and fixed biohazard stickers, informing those who pass by to take great care.

“[…] I will once again ask that you arrange a regular clean up on telephone booths and in particular these two telephone booths in my ward.”

Workers in nearby businesses have also expressed their frustration with the situation.

An employee in one shop who did not want to be named said: “We do see it happening and needles are just left there.

“It’s a concern. They could remove them or keep on top of cleaning them.”

Another worker in a different shop said: “[People] will make phone calls for someone to come in a car.”

They also believed it is a “concern” but said perpetrators are moved on by Kings Heath’s security guards.

They added: “I think the boxes should be taken out completely.”

In response to a query about the boxes from the Local Democracy Reporting Service, A BT spokesperson said: “This has been reported and we are arranging for one of our engineers to be sent to repair the phone boxes to restore them to good working order on August 26.

“These phone boxes are being used on a regular basis by members of the public and are providing a vital community service, so it wouldn’t be right for us to remove them at this stage.

“We would encourage anyone who witnesses antisocial behaviour to report it to the police. We are committed to working closely with the police and the local community to resolve any problems and assist their investigations.”

ENDS

Two phone boxes in Kings Heath have been wrapped in plastic and plastered with “biohazard” stickers in response to alleged drug-taking inside them. Cllr Mike Leddy (Lab, Brandwood and Kings Heath) has taken the step of coating the BT cubicles in sheeting to warn members of the public about paraphernalia such as syringe fragments left inside. Following campaigning by residents, he has been pushing BT to either establish a more frequent cleaning regime for the boxes or even to remove them completely. The two boxes are located at Institute Road near Kings Heath High Street, outside Costa Coffee. Writing to BT, Cllr Leddy said: “I would like to report the two telecom booths outside the above address, where I have removed a number of syringe needles in to a sharps box, however there are still drug related paraphernalia and in particular a number of needles, where the plastic shoulders have been broken off and are lying in the cracks of paving slabs all around the boxes. “In addition the one booth without a door has a smashed hand receiver. “To protect members of the public further, I’ve wrapped the two boxes in cling film and fixed biohazard stickers, informing those who pass by to take great care. “[…] I will once again ask that you arrange a regular clean up on telephone booths and in particular these two telephone booths in my ward.” Workers in nearby businesses have also expressed their frustration with the situation. An employee in one shop who did not want to be named said: “We do see it happening and needles are just left there. “It’s a concern. They could remove them or keep on top of cleaning them.” Another worker in a different shop said: “[People] will make phone calls for someone to come in a car.” They also believed it is a “concern” but said perpetrators are moved on by Kings Heath’s security guards. They added: “I think the boxes should be taken out completely.” In response to a query about the boxes from the Local Democracy Reporting Service, A BT spokesperson said: “This has been reported and we are arranging for one of our engineers to be sent to repair the phone boxes to restore them to good working order on August 26. “These phone boxes are being used on a regular basis by members of the public and are providing a vital community service, so it wouldn’t be right for us to remove them at this stage. “We would encourage anyone who witnesses antisocial behaviour to report it to the police. We are committed to working closely with the police and the local community to resolve any problems and assist their investigations.” ENDS

Two phone boxes in Kings Heath have been wrapped in plastic and plastered with “biohazard” stickers in response to alleged drug-taking inside them.

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independent.co.uk 167 days ago
Watch: Major fire in northern Athens forces residents to flee on foot

Watch: Major fire in northern Athens forces residents to flee on foot

Firefighting planes resumed operation at first light in Greece on Wednesday (4 August) to tackle a major fire that had broken out on the northern outskirts of [...]

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I was shocked: Vandals trash nursery school equipment

"I was shocked": Vandals trash nursery school equipment

VANDALS targeted a nursery school in Wimborne leaving benches smashed, play equipment destroyed and an outside tap broken and leaking water.

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dailymail.co.uk 204 days ago
Housing estate residents erect steel fence to keep out antisocial yobs

Housing estate residents erect steel fence to keep out antisocial yobs

People living on the Scottish estate have said they are at 'breaking point' as youths making their way to and from the vicinity of Airbles Train Station have t [...]

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thesun.co.uk 223 days ago
Patriotic residents cover  ENTIRE estate with 400 England flags for the Euros

Patriotic residents cover ENTIRE estate with 400 England flags for the Euros

AN entire housing estate is festooned with over 400 England flags as its patriotic residents gear up to cheer on England during the Euros. The St. George’s cro [...]

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thesun.co.uk 229 days ago
Residents red-faced after spotting VERY smutty detail on new estate plans

Residents red-faced after spotting VERY smutty detail on new estate plans

Red-faced residents are fuming over plans to erect a new housing estate – featuring cul-de-sacs that look like giant PENISES. Locals couldn’t believe their eye [...]

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thetimes.co.uk 255 days ago
Arsenal football club hits residents with bigger bills

Arsenal football club hits residents with bigger bills

Arsenal football club has more than doubled the cost of buildings insurance for teachers, nurses and other key workers who are leaseholders in a block of flats [...]

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