NOTTINGHAM ACTION GROUP NEWS
Welcome to the NAG's 'News Desk'. Here you will find:
NATIONAL ... news on a range of topics from around the country (and sometimes from overseas) such as planning, housing and communities, most of which have bearing on HMOs and the issues affecting our neighbourhoods.
NOTTINGHAM ... news, again on a similar range of topics, most often relating to HMOs, but this time from the City of Nottingham and its neighbouring boroughs.
NEIGHBOURHOOD ... news, which is very much about what is happening locally in the streets and neighbourhoods where NAG members live.
Sam Meadows, writing in the Telegraph on 13 December 2017, reported that Barclays Bank has become the latest major lender to allow first-time buyers to borrow money to buy a property to let rather than to live in.
Brian Milligan, Personal Finance Reporter, reported on the BBC website (Friday 18 August 2017) on research by the Resolution Foundation showing that the number of multiple home owners grew by 30% between 2002 and 2004 with as many as 5.2 million UK adults owning a second home. That figure includes buy-to-let landlords who are counted as one owner even if they have multiple properties.
Freedom of Information requests asking various councils for the number of student occupied properties exempt from paying Council Tax and the monetary value of these exemptions for the past seven years have been published.
New Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs), which came into force on Friday 20 October 2017, have given Nottingham's CPOs powers to deal with street drinkers.
On Monday 16 October/Tuesday 17 October 2017 the Nottingham Post's Sarah Bryan and Jamie Barlow reported on anti-social behaviour by students in Lenton at the week-end. Complaints from residents about excessive noise resulted in CPOs being sent to 'multiple' locations. The Police are investigating a report of criminal damage.
ITV reported on 23 August 2017 that changes to the Housing and Planning Act 2016 mean that it will now be easier for Nottingham City Council and other Local Authorities to tackle poor housing conditions in the private rented sector.
When Nottingham City Council rejected an application to build student accommodation on the former Red Cross site, the developer appealed to the Planning Inspectorate. The Inspectorate has rejected the appeal.
Hannah Mitchell, writing in the Nottingham Post (Friday 3 November 2017) reported the Arboretum Residents and Tenants' Association has complained about house parties and their effect on the lives of local families.
A 19-year-old man, believed to be a Nottingham University student, was stabbed on Wednesday 1 November 2017 on Albert Grove and remains in a critical condition at the QMC. The Police are appealing for witnesses and any information.