An End To Private Landlord Selective Licensing

We have just become part of local council selective licensing in our area. We think that this is a money making scheme for the local council and surprisingly our tenants agree. We are a small business that has 3 properties and we are grateful to the council for pointing out some work that needs to be done. Most of them are Health and Safety issues and the problem that we and our tenants have is that the council seem to have forgotten that these are peoples homes and not places of work. I do not have handrails all over my house in case I fall. The cost of this to us as a small business is huge due to the fees that we also have to pay to the council for nothing.

 It is not in our best interest to let our properties go to rack and ruin as it affects the resale value which is already bad enough.

As one of our tenants pointed out "the council should take care of their own proprties before lording it over others", as many council properties in our area are in a terrible state.

Why is this idea important?

We have just become part of local council selective licensing in our area. We think that this is a money making scheme for the local council and surprisingly our tenants agree. We are a small business that has 3 properties and we are grateful to the council for pointing out some work that needs to be done. Most of them are Health and Safety issues and the problem that we and our tenants have is that the council seem to have forgotten that these are peoples homes and not places of work. I do not have handrails all over my house in case I fall. The cost of this to us as a small business is huge due to the fees that we also have to pay to the council for nothing.

 It is not in our best interest to let our properties go to rack and ruin as it affects the resale value which is already bad enough.

As one of our tenants pointed out "the council should take care of their own proprties before lording it over others", as many council properties in our area are in a terrible state.

Licensing live music

I’m not sure what was hoped to be achieved by these more recent music licensing laws but I do know the effect it has had on the small amateur musical band I play in. We no longer are able to sing and play at our local old folk’s homes and similar venues. Everyone got lots of enjoyment from our visits and it was for the love of music not money. Surely that’s what making music should be about. We no longer have anywhere to play without breaking the law and I feel it is an infringement on our freedom of expression.
The final nail went in the coffin, when I found out that the children from the local school won’t be making their annual visit to sing carols at the library Christmas coffee morning due to the music licensing laws. The young are unfortunately not exempt.
Youngsters love music and being free to play and sing in bands etc. It’s what made the 60’s come alive and be remembered as good times. Not so now, hey! It’s probably more a kin to Cromwell’s puritan times.
Change the music licensing laws so that everyone can enjoy playing and listening to live music!

Why is this idea important?

I’m not sure what was hoped to be achieved by these more recent music licensing laws but I do know the effect it has had on the small amateur musical band I play in. We no longer are able to sing and play at our local old folk’s homes and similar venues. Everyone got lots of enjoyment from our visits and it was for the love of music not money. Surely that’s what making music should be about. We no longer have anywhere to play without breaking the law and I feel it is an infringement on our freedom of expression.
The final nail went in the coffin, when I found out that the children from the local school won’t be making their annual visit to sing carols at the library Christmas coffee morning due to the music licensing laws. The young are unfortunately not exempt.
Youngsters love music and being free to play and sing in bands etc. It’s what made the 60’s come alive and be remembered as good times. Not so now, hey! It’s probably more a kin to Cromwell’s puritan times.
Change the music licensing laws so that everyone can enjoy playing and listening to live music!

Regulate the housing market by creating more social housing and the mass construction of rent controlled, high quality housing at cost

The UK economy is heavily unbalanced and society is under severe strain because of the unhealthy proccupation with property values . The private sector should be controlled and the govt should intervene to create more social housing with a new  agile and diverse  philosophy that would allow tenants to rent, buy, exchange but with clearly defined rules on standards of upkeep and presentation .

Southern Europe has some interesting models with public corporations that develop public and private land under cost controlled ,socially  diverse  responsible and means tested models that allow , different age groups, economic classes etc to establish a foothold in areas otherwise closed to them .

Rent controlled projects should be encouraged to draw demand away from the private sector and prevent overheating in the housing market .

Why is this idea important?

The UK economy is heavily unbalanced and society is under severe strain because of the unhealthy proccupation with property values . The private sector should be controlled and the govt should intervene to create more social housing with a new  agile and diverse  philosophy that would allow tenants to rent, buy, exchange but with clearly defined rules on standards of upkeep and presentation .

Southern Europe has some interesting models with public corporations that develop public and private land under cost controlled ,socially  diverse  responsible and means tested models that allow , different age groups, economic classes etc to establish a foothold in areas otherwise closed to them .

Rent controlled projects should be encouraged to draw demand away from the private sector and prevent overheating in the housing market .

restore pedestrians rights

pedestrians rights have been eroded following government and local government policies to encourage cycling.  the current laws in place that cyclists are expected to follow should be enforced, and pedestrians should be given rights and the ability to be able to identify cyclists and ensure they are swiftly proesecuted.

Why is this idea important?

pedestrians rights have been eroded following government and local government policies to encourage cycling.  the current laws in place that cyclists are expected to follow should be enforced, and pedestrians should be given rights and the ability to be able to identify cyclists and ensure they are swiftly proesecuted.

Abandon CRB Checking as a routine

CRB checks are of limited use, they take time to process and mean that you cannot do any work with children even on a stand in basis without the check.

I cannot help out in any community activity even on a temporary one-off basis without the check and this means there is no relief available for people in charge. 

Why is this idea important?

CRB checks are of limited use, they take time to process and mean that you cannot do any work with children even on a stand in basis without the check.

I cannot help out in any community activity even on a temporary one-off basis without the check and this means there is no relief available for people in charge. 

Abandon the South East Plan and local Core Strategies

 

The South East plan was the previous labour governments plan to dump 654160 houses in South-east England by 2026, with each council or unitary authority being set various targets.

 

Councils are obliged to continue moving forward with their local plans until the new coalition government modifies or abandons this legal enforceable strategy.

 

The plan promotes massive over building in the south-east, with no allowances for availability of land, provision of infrastructure, loss of countryside and local opposition.

Why is this idea important?

 

The South East plan was the previous labour governments plan to dump 654160 houses in South-east England by 2026, with each council or unitary authority being set various targets.

 

Councils are obliged to continue moving forward with their local plans until the new coalition government modifies or abandons this legal enforceable strategy.

 

The plan promotes massive over building in the south-east, with no allowances for availability of land, provision of infrastructure, loss of countryside and local opposition.

Land Registry

Make it compulsory to register all land with the land registry within 5 years, with any land unregistered by that date to be regarded as common (state owned) land. 

The land registry should also be placed on-line for anyone to access free of charge. 

Why is this idea important?

Make it compulsory to register all land with the land registry within 5 years, with any land unregistered by that date to be regarded as common (state owned) land. 

The land registry should also be placed on-line for anyone to access free of charge. 

Option for dentists to opt out of NHS

Please repeal whatever law allowed dentists to opt out of the NHS. In Aylesbury there is just ONE NHS dentist and every other practice has given up NHS work in favour of more lucrative private dentistry. I suspect that this is true across the whole of Buckinghamshire. 

Why is this idea important?

Please repeal whatever law allowed dentists to opt out of the NHS. In Aylesbury there is just ONE NHS dentist and every other practice has given up NHS work in favour of more lucrative private dentistry. I suspect that this is true across the whole of Buckinghamshire. 

Anti terrorism laws used by snooping councils

The use of anti terrorism laws by local councils to snoop on citizens with regard to such trivial matters as supposed contraventions of waste regulations should be prevented immediately. This law was never intended for this purpose and has been totally abused by money- grabbing councils trying to control trivial misdemeanours ( in their eyes ) often resulting in financial penalties far beyond their importance and considerably greater than penalties imposed for more serios, and real crimes. Councils have gone far beyond their areas of influence and should be ashamed of their actions.

Why is this idea important?

The use of anti terrorism laws by local councils to snoop on citizens with regard to such trivial matters as supposed contraventions of waste regulations should be prevented immediately. This law was never intended for this purpose and has been totally abused by money- grabbing councils trying to control trivial misdemeanours ( in their eyes ) often resulting in financial penalties far beyond their importance and considerably greater than penalties imposed for more serios, and real crimes. Councils have gone far beyond their areas of influence and should be ashamed of their actions.

Family courts and adoptions

The current situation where families can be destroyed by overzealous social workers, using the flimsiest evidence to remove children from loving and caring parents is a total abomination. This is made worse by the fact that there is no requirement for publicity and thus no opportumity for normal appeal processes. The current system cannot be tolerated by a caring and humane society, and would not even be tolerated in many countries considered to be less advanced than ours

Why is this idea important?

The current situation where families can be destroyed by overzealous social workers, using the flimsiest evidence to remove children from loving and caring parents is a total abomination. This is made worse by the fact that there is no requirement for publicity and thus no opportumity for normal appeal processes. The current system cannot be tolerated by a caring and humane society, and would not even be tolerated in many countries considered to be less advanced than ours

Anti Social behaviour – food for thought

I welcome the decision to re-think ASBOs and find better ways to tackle anti social behaviour.

Research has shown conclusively that mal-nutrition leads to aggressive behaviour and lack of self control, yet, although the statistics are amazing, apparently no-one in authority has taken this research on board.

An article in The Guardian in 2006 goes into this in depth.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2006/oct/17/prisonsandprobation.ukcrime

Since the results of this research were so startling and so significant, a good starting point in tackling bad behaviour would be to make sure children eat proper food.  The cold water poured on Jamie Oliver's efforts by the new government was disappointing and frankly surprising.  Common sense tells us children need nourishment, and many are living on complete junk.  As a result their brains are starved and dysfunctional.  Go into any problem school and ask a child what they eat and you will be shocked. Maybe instead of an ASBO they should be ordered to report for supplements daily!  ASBOs have become almost fashionable – something to boast about.  How about if they were boasting that they were having to take fish oil capsules and multi vitamins. 

With some help, local communities could start their own schemes to get parents together to learn how and what to feed their children,  talk to the young people about their aggression and try to get them on board a great nutritional experiment.  Something along the lines of what Jamie Oliver started to do. The fact that adults would begin communicating with young people would bring positive side effects.  If a community managed to clear up its anti social behaviour problem it would be worth any effort and expense they have to put in.  And the authorities should be willing to contribute at least to the cost of supplements since they will save the cost of dealing with so much crime.  Companies who sell these supplements might even sponsor such a project in return for the publicity it would generate, especially if project is a big success and well reported.

 

 

Why is this idea important?

I welcome the decision to re-think ASBOs and find better ways to tackle anti social behaviour.

Research has shown conclusively that mal-nutrition leads to aggressive behaviour and lack of self control, yet, although the statistics are amazing, apparently no-one in authority has taken this research on board.

An article in The Guardian in 2006 goes into this in depth.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2006/oct/17/prisonsandprobation.ukcrime

Since the results of this research were so startling and so significant, a good starting point in tackling bad behaviour would be to make sure children eat proper food.  The cold water poured on Jamie Oliver's efforts by the new government was disappointing and frankly surprising.  Common sense tells us children need nourishment, and many are living on complete junk.  As a result their brains are starved and dysfunctional.  Go into any problem school and ask a child what they eat and you will be shocked. Maybe instead of an ASBO they should be ordered to report for supplements daily!  ASBOs have become almost fashionable – something to boast about.  How about if they were boasting that they were having to take fish oil capsules and multi vitamins. 

With some help, local communities could start their own schemes to get parents together to learn how and what to feed their children,  talk to the young people about their aggression and try to get them on board a great nutritional experiment.  Something along the lines of what Jamie Oliver started to do. The fact that adults would begin communicating with young people would bring positive side effects.  If a community managed to clear up its anti social behaviour problem it would be worth any effort and expense they have to put in.  And the authorities should be willing to contribute at least to the cost of supplements since they will save the cost of dealing with so much crime.  Companies who sell these supplements might even sponsor such a project in return for the publicity it would generate, especially if project is a big success and well reported.

 

 

House the homeless in unused commercial buildings

Instead of allowing millions of square footage of commercial space go to waste, introduce a compulsory law to allow the homeless sleep in temporary shelters to stay out of the cold. Also give these people the chance to
gain skills which can be used to find jobs!

Why is this idea important?

Instead of allowing millions of square footage of commercial space go to waste, introduce a compulsory law to allow the homeless sleep in temporary shelters to stay out of the cold. Also give these people the chance to
gain skills which can be used to find jobs!

Are we living in a police state?

 






I was on the bus from Walton (Liverpool) when it stopped at a designated stop.  Two ticket inspectors got on the bus to check passenger tickets.  Okay, nothing unusual in that.  Except in front of the bus was a police van with its doors open to receive anyone who did not have a ticket.  Anyone wanting to lave the bus had his or her way blocked by a fully kitted out police officer.

 

Again, on the train a few days later two community police persons were patrolling the length of the train reinforcing the train company’s regulations.

 

Whilst passengers can accept the occasional ticket inspector, who is an employee of the company who operate the services, it is a bit much that the police should back them up and that they (the operator’s employees) have their job done by community police.

 

There can be no excuse for this other than to intimidate people by accusing all people of fare dodging until it has been proved otherwise.  The police have no presence in the local communities and when they do come into the areas it is in heavy armour and always with lights flashing and sirens screeching.  Local attitudes toward police are not favourable and are hardly going to be changed by having police acting like uniformed bouncers on public transport. 

Why is this idea important?

 






I was on the bus from Walton (Liverpool) when it stopped at a designated stop.  Two ticket inspectors got on the bus to check passenger tickets.  Okay, nothing unusual in that.  Except in front of the bus was a police van with its doors open to receive anyone who did not have a ticket.  Anyone wanting to lave the bus had his or her way blocked by a fully kitted out police officer.

 

Again, on the train a few days later two community police persons were patrolling the length of the train reinforcing the train company’s regulations.

 

Whilst passengers can accept the occasional ticket inspector, who is an employee of the company who operate the services, it is a bit much that the police should back them up and that they (the operator’s employees) have their job done by community police.

 

There can be no excuse for this other than to intimidate people by accusing all people of fare dodging until it has been proved otherwise.  The police have no presence in the local communities and when they do come into the areas it is in heavy armour and always with lights flashing and sirens screeching.  Local attitudes toward police are not favourable and are hardly going to be changed by having police acting like uniformed bouncers on public transport. 

Parking

My local council sold the land to the rear of my property a few years ago.  I need to cross the land to park in my garage.  I pay the "privilege" of this — as its now considered private land – £7.95 a week.  Can this not be changed?  This equates to nearly £1,000 a year for a household with two cars – which is quite the norm in most households.  I will lose my job in four weeks time.  I pay council tax and indeed road tax.  Can we not look at this again?

Why is this idea important?

My local council sold the land to the rear of my property a few years ago.  I need to cross the land to park in my garage.  I pay the "privilege" of this — as its now considered private land – £7.95 a week.  Can this not be changed?  This equates to nearly £1,000 a year for a household with two cars – which is quite the norm in most households.  I will lose my job in four weeks time.  I pay council tax and indeed road tax.  Can we not look at this again?

A Law to replace Stop and Search

Now that the Stop and Search Law has been abandoned (Jul 2010) there is nothing to tackle the suspicion of terrorists walking the streets.   In times of heightened security the police are powerless to act until after the event when possibly tens of people have been killed or maimed.

Therefore a less intrusive act is necessary.   No innocent likes to be frisked especially because of your colour that you are being targetted.

The idea would be to change that law to 'Stop and Question'.     If the answers do not satisfy the policeman the person could be taken to the station to be further questioned.

Why is this idea important?

Now that the Stop and Search Law has been abandoned (Jul 2010) there is nothing to tackle the suspicion of terrorists walking the streets.   In times of heightened security the police are powerless to act until after the event when possibly tens of people have been killed or maimed.

Therefore a less intrusive act is necessary.   No innocent likes to be frisked especially because of your colour that you are being targetted.

The idea would be to change that law to 'Stop and Question'.     If the answers do not satisfy the policeman the person could be taken to the station to be further questioned.

Pulse-modulated microwave emissions from masts and mobile phones

Since residents and their pets – 2 got cancer – in my village suffered many symptoms immediately on activation of a phone mast near their homes, I have been studying the reason for the symptoms! Finally, after getting help from  Barrie Trower an expert on microwaves and Andrew Goldsworthy- expert on human biology, I know what is causing damage to human health and our whole environment!

It is the Pulse-modulated non-heating aspect of microwaves emitted from masts and phones which make us ill – causing damage to individual cells wherever they enter our bodies!

Individual Cells form impermeable skins when they sense emissions and cannot communicate with other cells – still living, they continue to develop into benign tumours or carcimonas. The microwaves pierce the skins and take calcium from the cell – in the brain -this is what causes Alzheimers in the old and Autism in the developing foetus in the womb!

In the heart and circulatory system the results are heart attacks; arrhythmia; nose-bleeds; raised blood pressure and strokes.

The worst aspects of microwave emissions are Tetra; Wi-Fi and Wi-Max. Wi-Fi in schools should never have been allowed without preceding stringent tests as children are particularly vulnerable – and there is evidence of damage to Chromosomes and the Human genome.

When have parents or teachers been given the informed opportunity to protect their helpless children against damage to their health? I consider Wi-Fi in schools to be an illegal experiment

 – See Barrie Trower's 'Open Letter to the Chair of the Police Federation' on Tetra being forced on policemen-quote:-

'I believe that this is breaking the law.** If your Officers are not informed of all aspects of this experiment; it contravenes the “Regulations and Ethical Guidelines” – Directives for Human Experimentation – Nuremberg Code (enclosed).  This is to say that the risks of all radiation experiments must be understood before it is started and it cannot be against their will.  At your Airwave Conference 23rd October 2002, your Dr Levey told your Officers: “Use it or resign”. 

 When I told the HPA of my discovery that epidemiological testa in Switzerland had proved that emissions inhibit melatonin – without which we cannot sleep, and insomnia being the main symptom in Kensworth – they refused to investigate on the grounds there is NO PROOF. The SYMPTOMS are the proof! See:Dr Neil Cherry;' EMR reduces melatonin in animals and people'. I hear rumours that the HPA is being abolished! That will save millions of pounds on useless tests which since the late 1990s have proved absolutely nothing -especially not that emissions are safe – because that is impossible!

glyden

Why is this idea important?

Since residents and their pets – 2 got cancer – in my village suffered many symptoms immediately on activation of a phone mast near their homes, I have been studying the reason for the symptoms! Finally, after getting help from  Barrie Trower an expert on microwaves and Andrew Goldsworthy- expert on human biology, I know what is causing damage to human health and our whole environment!

It is the Pulse-modulated non-heating aspect of microwaves emitted from masts and phones which make us ill – causing damage to individual cells wherever they enter our bodies!

Individual Cells form impermeable skins when they sense emissions and cannot communicate with other cells – still living, they continue to develop into benign tumours or carcimonas. The microwaves pierce the skins and take calcium from the cell – in the brain -this is what causes Alzheimers in the old and Autism in the developing foetus in the womb!

In the heart and circulatory system the results are heart attacks; arrhythmia; nose-bleeds; raised blood pressure and strokes.

The worst aspects of microwave emissions are Tetra; Wi-Fi and Wi-Max. Wi-Fi in schools should never have been allowed without preceding stringent tests as children are particularly vulnerable – and there is evidence of damage to Chromosomes and the Human genome.

When have parents or teachers been given the informed opportunity to protect their helpless children against damage to their health? I consider Wi-Fi in schools to be an illegal experiment

 – See Barrie Trower's 'Open Letter to the Chair of the Police Federation' on Tetra being forced on policemen-quote:-

'I believe that this is breaking the law.** If your Officers are not informed of all aspects of this experiment; it contravenes the “Regulations and Ethical Guidelines” – Directives for Human Experimentation – Nuremberg Code (enclosed).  This is to say that the risks of all radiation experiments must be understood before it is started and it cannot be against their will.  At your Airwave Conference 23rd October 2002, your Dr Levey told your Officers: “Use it or resign”. 

 When I told the HPA of my discovery that epidemiological testa in Switzerland had proved that emissions inhibit melatonin – without which we cannot sleep, and insomnia being the main symptom in Kensworth – they refused to investigate on the grounds there is NO PROOF. The SYMPTOMS are the proof! See:Dr Neil Cherry;' EMR reduces melatonin in animals and people'. I hear rumours that the HPA is being abolished! That will save millions of pounds on useless tests which since the late 1990s have proved absolutely nothing -especially not that emissions are safe – because that is impossible!

glyden

water meters

give me a choice. at present i have moved into a house with a water meter i do not want and have been told by law i have no choice.on rated water i can use water sensably but without fear of the cost as i paid my rates.now i am afraid to use water as i worry about the bill.i can't change suppliers as you are stuck with the one you are with.there is now in this country water poverty.the people with money do not have to worry.when water was privetized i remember the then pm saying no person would be forced to have a meter.they lied.a tory nationalised the water saying no man should have the power of water over another.if it is going to stay private give me a choice and keep the word of a wise tory.

Why is this idea important?

give me a choice. at present i have moved into a house with a water meter i do not want and have been told by law i have no choice.on rated water i can use water sensably but without fear of the cost as i paid my rates.now i am afraid to use water as i worry about the bill.i can't change suppliers as you are stuck with the one you are with.there is now in this country water poverty.the people with money do not have to worry.when water was privetized i remember the then pm saying no person would be forced to have a meter.they lied.a tory nationalised the water saying no man should have the power of water over another.if it is going to stay private give me a choice and keep the word of a wise tory.

Remove the ability of private parking contractors to levy fines

Remove the ability of private parking contractors to obtain private data from government bodies such as the DVLA so as to enable them to levy fines.

Also – on a similar theme – remove from these people the ability to remove motor vehicles from places which they deem to be an inappropriate parking place.

Why is this idea important?

Remove the ability of private parking contractors to obtain private data from government bodies such as the DVLA so as to enable them to levy fines.

Also – on a similar theme – remove from these people the ability to remove motor vehicles from places which they deem to be an inappropriate parking place.

Equal access to high quality education

There is nothing which infringes our liberty more than disadvantaged status.  Poverty, unemployment and poor quality education are difficult to separate out.  Until we ensure that all our children have equal access to the same quality of education – and to the same level, should they wish, without taking on a lifetime of debt – large tranches of our society will never have the liberty to lead fulfilling lives.  This is not a magic bullet, of course:  but it would remove an early hurdle for millions.

Why is this idea important?

There is nothing which infringes our liberty more than disadvantaged status.  Poverty, unemployment and poor quality education are difficult to separate out.  Until we ensure that all our children have equal access to the same quality of education – and to the same level, should they wish, without taking on a lifetime of debt – large tranches of our society will never have the liberty to lead fulfilling lives.  This is not a magic bullet, of course:  but it would remove an early hurdle for millions.