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MartinC

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  1. A very valid point. It worked with foot & mouth and is just as relevant now, because most footpath are also not wide enough for the 2m rule. This requires Government action to deal with the limp excuse of CaRT. The F&M regulations were very wide ranging. The local council suspended our rubbish collection because the unmade up, unadopted ,road serving various properties was also a public footpath!
  2. No doubt this will bring out the trolls, but, assuming that the two are of the same family (not subject to the 2m rule), and have no symptoms are they not just carrying out their permitted once a day exercise?
  3. Condemned by their own web site! They seem to have spelling difficulties.
  4. At the start all canals were shut. Movement was only for notified emergencies and you had to contact BW for permission. We were moored out in the country and only discovered the situation when we arrived at Calcutt locks. As our mooring was just below the locks and my wife was due on back on duty (NHS) we were allowed to work down. Later on it became less ad hoc , i.e. your request was logged and then all requests were considered at one time every day to ensure consistency. I seem to remember that reopening was in stages when the disinfectant appeared.
  5. This illustrates why you need to consider things other than price. Traditionally marine insurance policies for craft were written on an Agreed Value basis to avoid this sort of problem. In the last few years some, but not all, marine insurers have moved away from this and amended their policy wording to pay market value. There are still marine insurers providing Agreed Value policies.
  6. Last time I was there (about two years ago) a local CaRT man said that a local resident was complaining about sewer leakage and was trying to get the facility closed down. I assume the present shut down is to establish what is happening but I am surprised if the usual dye testing has not been conclusive.
  7. Very happy to have been moored at Ventnor for the past twenty years. Wait for the trolls to come out from their dark areas and suggest that "moored" means the boat never moved!!
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    Hatton Locks

    Sometimes CaRT do fail but not on this occasion. Notice issued 22nd Feb @12.10
  9. Premium is not everything. It is interesting to note that the Zurich policy (which appears under various names, including Craftinsure) is no longer on Agreed Value basis which has always applied to marine policies. I say this because I notice that GJW are advertising that they still offer Agreed Value so at least one underwriter is aware of how important this is in facilitating prompt settlement in the event of total loss.
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    BBC news

    It is quite interesting to watch BBC news then Al Jazeera, RT and Sky news. Each have their bias and, allowing for that, you get a better view of what is happening in the world, even if Al Jazeera insist on giving you the weather forecast for Australia and SE Asia on their UK broadcast!
  11. Memory of carrying the cassette alongside all the coffee drinkers to the Elsan at the end of the cafe (don't know how to get the accent on my keyboard!)
  12. Not "every householder" pays the water company to remove surface water. You only pay if you drain your surface water into a foul water sewer. For new build since the Water Act 2014 there is emphasis on attenuation, restricting foul sewer use to a last resort. Not "every householder" pays the water company to remove surface water. You only pay if you drain your surface water into a foul water sewer. For new build since the Water Act 2014 there is emphasis on attenuation, restricting foul sewer use to a last resort.
  13. I use these, as a sacrificial link, leaving the screw part not fully tightened
  14. "with the intention to reside" If the act is drafted in this way I can see lots of income for our legal friends. Also, off topic, but some are talking about the question of open access land. The National Coastal Path legislation creates all land between high tide and the Path as OA land but excludes houses, gardens, parks and commercial buildings.
  15. Harecastle tunnelkeepers now require you to show that your horn is working before entry. Follows various problems as you need to sound it as emergency signal in tunnel.
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  18. Talking Pictures is also, free, on Freeview 81
  19. Staffordshire Council Local Plan has some very stiff policies about loss of employment sites and this location is not on their Brownfield Land Register. It also reflects Stone as a "canal town", so loss of facilities would be against council policy. Can I suggest that we need to keep a watch on planning applications, particularly as there are already sufficient Part 2 sites allocated for local housing in Stone so any prospective housing developer could not use this loophole. Staffordshire Council Local Plan has some very stiff policies about loss of employment sites and this location is not on their Brownfield Land Register. It also reflects Stone as a "canal town", so loss of facilities would be against council policy. Can I suggest that we need to keep a watch on planning applications, particularly as there are already sufficient Part 2 sites allocated for local housing in Stone so any prospective housing developer could not use this loophole.
  20. Any survey result to have basic credibility needs to indicate the number of potential participants and the percentage of replies. Without that "69% of respondents" means absolutely nothing.
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  22. After the last lot of flooding the Water Act 2014 included provision for Unitary and County Councils to become Sustainable Drainage Approval Boards for all new developments of 10 houses or more. Lobbying by the big developers persuaded the Secretary of State that these were just "red tape" and they were never established, except in devoluted Wales where they work very well. Result: the maintenance of surface water drainage on new estates, including the roads, is solely in the hands of the developers as, with no Approval Board and the local water companies "declining" the responsibility there is nobody else to carry the can. Remember maintenance is for the life of the estate, a bit longer than the life of some developers! A local estate of 40 odd affordable houses has stood empty for over two years with surface water drainage problems because there was no Approval Board.
  23. Regretfully this could be a shot in the foot. CaRT relies on government grant to balance the books. Governments like KPIs.
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