Leader Gary Porter has spoken of his hopes that South Holland District Council (SHDC) will be able to build “at least 100 homes a year”.Mr Porter voiced his hope following the announcement by Prime Minister Theresa May about the scrapping of existing limits on councils’ ability to borrow money.Mr Porter is a long- standing advocate of councils being able to build the social housing that Britain needs to address a national shortage which has reached crisis level.SHDC formed its own housing company, Welland Homes, which has built small developments in the district.Among the latest Welland Homes projects is 10 two-bed semi-detached privately rented homes on Parkside Crescent, Spalding.Mr Porter, who chairs the Local Government Association (LGA), says - while speaking in his capacity as council leader - that Welland Homes will continue to build homes for private rent or sale.The Prime Minister made her announcement in her Conservative Party conference speech on … [Read more...] about South Holland council to build 100 new homes a year?
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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has urged Pope Francis to listen to victims of clerical abuse as he called for zero-tolerance for those who target children.In a speech in front of the pontiff inside Dublin Castle, the Taoiseach also said the past treatment of many women and young people by church and state had left a history of “sorrow and shame”.Following a private meeting with the pontiff, Mr Varadkar said: “In place of Christian charity, forgiveness and compassion, far too often there was judgement, severity and cruelty, in particular towards women and children and those on the margins.“Magdalene Laundries, Mother and Baby Homes, industrial schools, illegal adoptions and clerical child abuse are stains on our state, our society and also the Catholic Church.“Wounds are still open and there is much to be done to bring about justice and truth and healing for victims and survivors.“Holy Father, I ask that you use your office and influence to ensure this is … [Read more...] about Taoiseach: Time to build a new relationship between Church and State in Ireland
It's probably the biggest ever shake-up in health care Wales has ever seen. Three major hospitals are tied up in it, along with three regions of Wales. And the disagreements have already started in earnest. Hywel Dda University Health Board has unveiled three options for the future provision of healthcare in Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion. In all three options, which aim to integrate health and social care services, Carmarthen’s Glangwili Hospital would lose its A&E facility. Under two of the options Glangwili would become a community hospital. In the third option it would also provide planned care such as surgery and scans. In Llanelli , Prince Philip Hospital would remain a general hospital in two of the three options and become a community hospital in the other. Withybush Hospital in Haverfordwest would no longer be a general hospital whichever option is chosen. It would instead become a community hospital for minor injuries. The changes would also … [Read more...] about The rows, petitions and the spectre of failure over a new NHS for west Wales
The founder of an animal sanctuary and rescue centre in Hadleigh has launched an appeal for help in finding a new site with only weeks to relocate. French’s Care Haven was set up by Jann Turner as a safe environment for sick and abandoned animals.The centre, which has been based at French’s Farm in Pond Hall Road for 11 years, must find a new home after the land, which it leases, was sold to new owners, who plan to convert it into a caravan and holiday park.Ms Turner faces a race against time to secure a new site for the charity’s four donkeys, 15 horses and ponies – in just six weeks.“I have been running around like a headless chicken,” she said. “Time is ticking by and the push is on – it’s just so stressful.“People are asking if the animals will have to be put down and it just makes me so tearful.”Ms Turner has contacted farmers who could provide land for grazing, a barn and outbuildings; with the hope of securing a … [Read more...] about Hadleigh animal sanctuary in desperate search for new home
When the royal family arrived in Kew Gardens in the 1720s, King George II and his wife Queen Caroline were attracted by a rural idyll which gave them privacy away from central London. That bucolic isolation, which has endured for another 300 years, could now be under threat from housing developments which the Gardens say will disrupt the unspoilt views from the estate. Historic England said proposals to build 193 new homes across the river would mean future visitors would struggle to understand why the Royal Family loved the place when they first moved in. And now the Government has been asked to intervene in a planning row over buildings which conservationists say are so harmful to the gardens that they would attract worldwide attention. Opposing the plans, which were approved by Hounslow council last month, the group said the new building would be "harmful to the setting of Kew Palace, Kew Gardens, and the Arcadian Thames" and "picks apart at the fabric of … [Read more...] about Kew planning row as new homes could stop visitors understanding why Royals loved the gardens