Trending This Week – 17th December 2016

2016-12-14-2Very interesting planning application submitted F/YR16/1143
Erection of a first floor and second floor rear extension and erection of a front boundary wall and railings with 2.3m high (max height) piers (involving the demolition of existing wall) to enable the change of use of from a 3-bed dwelling, offices and music studio to C1 use (hotel with 6 x self-contained hotel suites) and A1 retail  7A – 9 Market Street Whittlesey Cambridgeshire.
2016-12-14-1This historic building has previously had planning permission, for a different configuration. In 2007 FDC refused the application but the applicant won on appeal at the Planning Inspectorate in 2008 – that application has time expired.
Whilst the plans ‘look’ very impressive and a promise of tidying up a Graded listed building – unfortunately ‘we’ ar back to the usual issue of ‘Parking’  – 6 self contained hotel rooms and NO Parking – my understanding is that ‘Town Centre’ applications do not need to provide parking spaces….So where will the clients park? – I see a ‘small’ entrance from Market Street. I see no provision for getting rid of ‘6’ lots of rubbish – where will the bins go – on the path I suspect. So although very impressive – I hope FDC is able to reach a compromise on this application.
Note : On the plans it states ‘The Monastery’ / someone else called it ‘The Nunnery’ I wonder if anyone knows if this building was indeed used for this purpose in the past.

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Lloyds customers should be on the lookout for a new sophisticated fraud that involves fraudsters sending fake bank letters.
The convincing letters being sent are a replica template from Lloyds and include their logo, address and signature from a customer service representative.   The letter tells recipients that there have been some “unusual transactions” on their personal account and asks them to call a number highlighted in bold to confirm they are genuine.  When victims call the number, an automated welcome message is played and the caller is asked to enter their card number, account number and sort code followed by their date of birth.Victims are then instructed to enter the first and last digit of their security number. The fraud was spotted by the Daily Telegraph who was alerted to it by a reader who had three identical letters sent to an office address. On separate occasions the Daily Telegraph ran some tests using fake details and were passed to fraudsters who claimed to be from a Lloyds contact centre. The bank has confirmed that the phone number and letters are fake.  The letters are essentially a sophisticated phishing attempt and serves as a warning to consumers to question written correspondence from their banks.  If you are ever suspicious about correspondence from your bank you should call the customer serviced number on the back of their card.  To report a fraud and cyber crime, call us on 0300 123 2040 or visit
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I am extremely pleased to be informed that Cambs CC have decided to re-instate full street lighting once more…. I wonder what has brought this about – certainly not the ‘spin’ of the publics concerns….more likely this very unpopular decision would have caused issues at the next elections…


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