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
The air is rich with the scent of wild flowers. Butterflies and bees fly around and the sound of birdsong rings out. This bucolic scene is not deep in the countryside, but is instead on a rather ordinary housing development. Some housebuilders have started to build homes for the small creatures who live nearby too, to help struggling communities of critters flourish. Almost two thirds of species in the UK have declined over the past 50 years, according to the People’s Trust For Endangered Species, and there is growing pressure to stop this. Among developers, there is an increasing appreciation for natural life, with an acknowledgement of the benefits it brings to residents. It’s quite a change, as many housebuilders’ efforts to get on site have been stymied by the existence of rare animals, such as great-crested newts and dormice, which must be protected in the planning process. Steve Morgan, the founder of Redrow, once said … [Read more...] about Hedgehog hotels and bird-friendly bricks: the new homes that are helping creatures to flourish
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest Amazon's Alexa will be built into all new homes from Lennar Lennar announced Wednesday that standard features in its new homes will include smart locks, doorbells, thermostats and lights controlled by Amazon Alexa. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. 1 Join the Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY Published 11:00 p.m. ChT May 9, 2018 | Updated 1:54 a.m. ChT May 10, 2018 CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN 1 COMMENT EMAIL MORE VALLEJO, Calif. — The nation’s largest home builder is betting voice-activated digital assistants and smart devices will become as expected in a new home as garages now are. Lennar announced … [Read more...] about Amazon’s Alexa will be built into all new homes from Lennar
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