A planning application to demolish the site of the Home Bargains store in Bletchley and build 48 homes has been withdrawn. Applicants Mahli Developments, based in Southall, had received favourable pre-application advice from Milton Keynes Council on the demolition of existing buildings at 53-55 Queensway. The plan would have seen the construction of 17 one bed, and 31 two bed domestic properties on the site plus the construction of six ground floor commercial units fronting Queensway.The applicants had also proposed the retention of existing access, provision of car parking, bin and cycle storage and associated landscaping.But the application has now been withdrawn, according to information on MK Council’s planning portal.A Bletchley resident and customer of Home Bargains objected to losing his favourite shop. “I fail to see how getting rid of a much used shop like Home Bargains in Queensway is going to improve footfall in our town centre,” he wrote.“Why … [Read more...] about Plan to demolish Home Bargains site in Bletchley, Milton Keynes has been withdrawn
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Jackie Goldschneider Special to the Bergen Record Published 8:12 AM EST Jan 3, 2019 I recently took my kids to a family get-together at my new friend’s home, and when we pulled up to her enormous estate, her adorable children ran to greet us at the door. As they led us through one tremendous room after another, past the gym and spa, we arrived at the double-level play wing, equipped with an indoor basketball court, movie theater and a bouncy castle bigger than my home. “When kids come here they never want to leave,” my friend proudly announced, which made me wonder: Can kids grow up having everything they want and still turn into humble, appreciative adults? Do too many gifts create spoiled children? “The issue isn’t the amount that kids are given, but whether they expect things all the time,” said Dr. Jennifer Politis, a Ramsey-based family psychologist. “Children shouldn’t expect a gift for everything they do, and if a child … [Read more...] about Do too many gifts create spoiled children?
Here's a spooky story. Oct. 31 lures more than just ghouls, goblins and the occasional caped crusader. Crime also makes the rounds on Halloween night as 175 million Americans hit the street to trick or treat -- in masks, in various states of inebriation or just up to no good. Year-end holidays arrive with the advent of darkened evenings and are traditionally a time when crime rises. But the increase in thefts, snatch-and-grabs, and hit-and-runs usually occurs between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve, when people in a festive spirit leave their cars unlocked, wallets and credit cards on a counter and "porch pirates" go holiday shopping on your doorstep. But now it appears that the second-biggest commercial holiday of the year, Halloween, is also up for grabs. Spending on "All-Hallows-Eve," originally a day of remembrance for the dead, will total $9 billion. That makes your house, decorated with orange lights and scary inflatables, a tempting target for both vandals and thieves -- … [Read more...] about Higher Halloween crime rates make it a real fright night
opinion Donna Brazile, Yolanda Caraway, Leah Daughtry and Minyon Moore Opinion contributors Published 4:00 AM EDT Oct 1, 2018 We are women of color in America, which means that the very basis of our existence is political. We have not had the pleasure of living our lives distinctly separate from the political decisions that were made before we were born. From the days of our enslaved ancestors until today, our courses have been determined by the decisions made by others and pressed upon us, decisions that determined where we would live, the opportunities we would be afforded, the schools that would be available to us, and the career choices that would present themselves. It’s time for us — and we mean all of us, whether we’re in politics or not — to take the decision-making into our own hands. From New Orleans, Minneapolis and Charlotte to Charlottesville, Atlanta, Boston and San Francisco, black women … [Read more...] about Minority women need to get political, control decisions about our lives
IT'S the simple things she misses most of all. Lisa Colhoun hated living in that old priest's house in Clonoe. It was old and damp, but it was a means to an end.“I remember it was a really nice sunny day and we had Rocco the dog. There was a big field and Christopher and me took two chairs out, with the grass up to here [pointing to her knee] and Rocco running around in the field.“Christopher and me drank tea and coffee. It sounds stupid but it's not so stupid because that's what life is. Our lives were so simple and I wouldn't change anything. It was about being together in the house with the girls [Grace and Beth].”Ah, the honeymoon. Sure it was enough to buy a small house. New York. Philadelphia. Vegas and driving along America's west coast in a Mustang Convertible and then on to Mexico.“People were saying to me: ‘Lisa, you could have a deposit for a house.' So what!” Lisa says. “We got our house in the end.”That was living. But so was … [Read more...] about Remembering Christopher ‘Crico’ Colhoun