An Oireachtas report on childhood obesity is calling for new planning regulations to prevent fast food outlets opening near schools.The Children's Committee also calls for home economics to be a compulsory subject for junior cycle students.Among the 20 main recommendations is the idea of making it compulsory for post-primary students to take home economics for the junior cycle. The committee wants a ban on vending machines in schools, stricter controls on junk food advertising and an audit to find out which schools need better sports facilities. It also urges the government to tighten planning laws nationwide, to prevent the opening of new fast-food outlets near schools.The report wants measures to tackle higher obesity levels among children from lower income areas suggesting a study to identify 'obesity hotspots' and areas suffering food poverty.- Digital Desk … [Read more...] about Reports calls for planning regulations to stop fast food outlets opening near schools
HOUSING campaigners last night urged Theresa May to go beyond hollow words and slash planning regulations to fix the housing crisis – after she pledged just £2 billion for new council homes. Hitting back at the Prime Minister’s speech, Shelter demanded Ministers “bring down the huge cost of land by changing current planning laws” as well. They say “this will make it cheaper to build the genuinely affordable homes we desperately need.” Shelter CEO Polly Neate said last night: “There are over a million households on social housing waiting lists, and yet last year we built the lowest number of social homes at any point since the Second World War. But she warned the speech must be “this must be the start and not the end.” She told The Sun: “What we need to see now is many more social homes actually being built, as well as a big shift in attitude towards viewing social housing as a right for hard pressed families across the … [Read more...] about Campaigners urge PM to go beyond hollow words and slash planning regulations
PUBLISHED: 18:08 23 July 2018 | UPDATED: 18:08 23 July 2018 Aaron Walawalkar Redbridge Town Hall Archant A Labour Councillor accused of flouting planning regulations has been cleared by an independent investigation conducted on behalf of Redbridge Council. The council has today (July 23) published the results of its independent monitoring officer’s investigation into a number allegations of misconduct against Labour Cllr Roy Emmett made by former Labour Councillor Aziz Chowdhury. On December 16 2015, it was alleged that Cllr Emmett used his position to improperly influence the chairman of council’s regulatory committee on a planning application concerning opening hours of Jacques Hall community centre, in New North Road, during Ramadan.In correspondence seen by the Recorder, he asked the chairman of the committee to “do your best” after highlighting that the applicant had supported Labour candidates in the past and wanted their … [Read more...] about Redbridge councillor accused of flouting planning regulations is cleared
PUBLISHED: 10:06 23 July 2018 | UPDATED: 10:37 23 July 2018 Andrew Boothby Rothamsted Manor in Harpenden is Grade I listed, meaning it is "a building of exceptional interest". Picture: John Mathews Archant Own a listed building? Be mindful of the planning challenges, says Andrew Boothby of Aitchison Raffety Andrew Boothby, Aitchison RaffetyThere are around 500,000 listed buildings in England, more than 800 of which are located in the St Albans District. Owning or living in a listed building is a big commitment and comes with a number of obligations and responsibilities. Maintaining or altering a listed property can be a challenging and complex process; however it can also be very rewarding. St Albans Clock Tower is Grade I listed. Picture: Alan DaviesA listed building is a building or structure that is considered to be of ‘special architectural or historic interest’. While many buildings are interesting architecturally or historically, in order to be listed a … [Read more...] about What is a listed building and what are the planning regulations involved in maintaining and altering such buildings?
PUBLISHED: 07:00 09 July 2018 Aaron Walawalkar Redbridge Town Hall Archant The borough’s licensing vice-chairman – who is currently under investigation for allegedly asking a planning committee for political favours – blamed a “diary mix-up” for his absence at a meeting. Labour Councillor for Hainault Roy Emmett failed to attend a licensing commitee meeting at Redbridge Town Hall, in High Road, on Friday morning (July 6). As a result the meeting was chaired by Conservative Councillor Ruth Clark and also attended by Labour Councillor Anne Sachs. Among the items on the agenda was a request to change the licence of takeway restaurant Tasty Fried Chicken, in Ilford Lane, to a late night refreshment license. Explaining his absence, Cllr Emmett said: “I wasn’t at the meeting. I missed it.” “I should have been their but I got my diary mixed up. He added: “It was a routine licensing sub committee meeting where the quorum … [Read more...] about Redbridge councillor accused of flouting planning regulations misses meeting he was meant to be in charge of