It was a risky business using the site toilet

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A contractor has been fined after workers on faced being hit by falling debris every time they wanted to use the toilet. HSE inspectors made an unannounced visit to the site following an anonymous tip-off. When the inspectors opened a door at the rear of the building, they found debris was being dropped through the internal structure from the third … Read More

ARE WIND TURBINES SAFE?

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After a 111 ft wind turbine collapsed in Devon, the manufacturer have issued a warnings that the structural grout holding the tower to its foundations had failed. They also issued a warning that other turbines could have similar failings. However, as there were bolts missing at the base of the collapsed tower, sabotage is also suspected because there is a lot … Read More

Hannon vs. Hillingdon Homes

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A tenant removed the banisters to the staircase because he wanted a more open plan feel. The landlord knew that he’d done so and despite regular inspections, no one had informed the tenant that this posed a serious health risk or attempted to replace the banister. The matter came to a head when Mr. Hannon, a central heating engineer visited … Read More

New NES ECO Reporting Services

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OFGEM’s ECO scheme is the route through which energy companies have to meet statutory obligations to meet overall carbon reduction and affordable warmth targets.  The energy company needs to report to OFGEM an ECO score for each individual qualifying measure installed in a property in each month.  In the vast majority of cases, this will be produced using RDSAP. NES … Read More

The Green Deal

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A new way of improving your home with no up-front costs? The Green Deal is not just a fantastic opportunity to reduce your energy costs and help the environment; it is also a superb way to improve your property. The great thing about Green Deal is there are no up front costs. The clever part is the repayments for improvements is collected … Read More

Green Deal Adviser

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Andrew Williams is pleased to announce that he has been obtained his Green Deal Advise award. This award was granted following an intensive training course via Energy Solutions Ltd. If anyone is interested in a Green Deal, please contact Andrew on 07940 8785076

GUIDE TO PLANNING USE CLASSES

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USE CLASS DESCRIPTION Class A1 – Shops Shops and Factory Outlets, Post Offices, Travel and Ticket Agents, Sandwich Bars and Pasties Shops, Hairdressers, Funeral Directors and Undertakers, Dry Cleaners, Pet Shops, Coffee Shops, Internet Cafes, Kitchen and Bathroom Showroom, Video Rental, Pharmacies and Off Licences Class A2 – Financial and Professional Services Bookmakers and Betting Offices, Banks and Building Societies, … Read More

Squatting is now a crime in England.

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English law has finally caught up with Scottish Law, where it has been illegal to squat since 1865. As of 1st September 2012, residential squatting is punishable by the Crown through the criminal justice system. The new rule has been introduced via the statutory instrument formally enacting section 144 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012. … Read More

Government wants clampdown on illegal encampments

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One of the problems that council face is that people are setting up unauthorised encampments at weekends, or bank holiday periods illegally while council offices are closed. Because it is often not possible to take enforcement act at weekends or bank holidays. This then means that no enforcement action is taken to prevent the cutting down of protected trees or … Read More

The Company Profile

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Andrew R Williams & Associates Ltd are Independent Chartered Surveyors and have been established since 1979 providing a full range of surveying services to the Commercial and Residential Sectors. Operating in Manchester, Liverpool, Warrington, Widnes, Runcorn and Northwest and Cheshire at affordable rates. Our aim is to save the client money with both residential and commercial property issues. In particular … Read More