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.
On Sunday 21 August 2017, Dan Macadam, BBC Business Reporter, wrote about research by the consumer group Which? which found that the number of newly built micro-homes, smaller than the size of a Tube carriage, rose by 40% last year.
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.
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.
An article in the Nottingham Post (Saturday 19 August 2017) with the headline 'One in 12 Homes Classed As Student Accommodation in Nottingham' highlights a 33% increase in student properties in the city between 2010 and 2016, and reports views about the benefits (and otherwise) to the city.
Liam Barnes (BBC News On-line, Monday 16 October 2017) reported on a week-end when residents were subjected to disruptive behaviour by students attending house parties in Lenton which went on until 5.00 am, and Community Protection Officers' attempts to deal with the unacceptable behaviour were ignored.
A Nottingham agent has been fined £400 and must pay £438 in costs for displaying an unauthorised letting board in Lenton where controls on letting boards are in force.
The City Council's Anti-Social Behaviour team is looking at whether there is evidence for an Alcohol Saturation Zone in neighbourhoods in areas of Dunkirk & Lenton and Radford & Park wards.