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  1. But not as time consuming as spending days, talking to the Ebay call centre in India when things go wrong. One can be appropriately prepared if one knows something in advance.
  2. Never had a problem collecting from Argos or Sainsburys. The ones that give trouble tends to be in garages or corner shop. Had a new 240v kettle sent to the BP garage in March for eby click and collect alpmg with three other packages at the start of November. Up to now I have used the local CoOp on the other side of Town where I have had no trouble. Only changing to the BP garage as it was in the centre of town, when it appeared in the list for collect plus. Two packages arrived (tracking and photo confirmed) the other two were refused and returned to sender. The owner claimed that no packages had arrived, Yet looking through the door to the staff room I could see a kettle just like the one that ordered on the table (What are the odds of that). Took the matter up with ebay after speaking to what seem to be half the call centre it was pushed upstairs to management who looked into the problem. They had the same thing from the owner who still claims that the packages had not been delivered or signed for, Even when shown proof they had. In the end Ebay just refunded in full, Last I heard Ebay is to contact PayPoint Ltd (Owners of Collect Plus) about the owner of the garage.
  3. As I have not yet posted them. simple posted posted a idea. BP March, 10 Dartford Road March, Cambridgeshire PE15 8AN Premier, 17 Irthlingborough Road Wellingborough, NN8 1NW Texaco Sneyd Green, Hanley Road Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire ST1 6BE Shell Huntingdon Street, Huntingdon Street Nottingham NG1 3LH
  4. Many of us do have to rely on this Ebay service when away from home, for me a 400 mile round trip to collect post since the marina stopped the mailbox hire. When the eBay C&C system works, it works well but they are collection points which give it a bad name from poor service to Buyers. Plus the trouble you have to go through when dealing with the Ebay Call Centre. If admin agree, this list should be pinned so other members can check before use. Some of the things that the bad ones do. Refusing to sign for packages Not typing in the ecp code into the system which then releases the FM collection code which allows you to collect Claiming that a package was refused when it had been signed for and a picture taken of the package on the counter. Packages going missing. Packages being open and resealed. Handing over a label claiming thats what was signed for. (This did happen to me, I went to a collection point in Uxbridge and the store staff tried to plam off a label on me after scaning the FM Code, Tracking had a photo of the package with the label attached to it)
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  6. This appeared on my facebook feed while facetiming with my girls. Like most boaters, I thought that CRT had aready sold everything not nailed down years ago. Even sets of lock gates are up for auction. 159 pages in the catlog ONLINE AUCTION- On Instructions of the Canal & River Trust- Sale of Surplus Work Craft, Contractors Plant and Grounds Equipment- -See auction catalogue at www.iaservices.co.uk includes ‘Virago’ Patrol Boat,‘Chubb’ & ‘Tame’ Workboats (No engines),Ramped Hopper 15.8m Length, Hopper Pontoon, Range of Wide & Narrow Hoppers Marina Walkway,Lister, Perkins & Deutz Engines Composite Lock Gates Contractors, Grounds and Woodworking Equipment including: Grove Coles ‘AP415’ Mobile Crane (Similar to Iron Fairy) Atlas ‘AK3006B’ Hydraulic Arm, Range of Hydraulic Grabs, Kubota ‘KLS180’ Backactor Attachments, Godwin ‘CD100’ 4” Pump Balmoral Welfare Units with Whispa Generators, Wadkin Bursgreen ‘DM’ Chisel Morticer, Wadking Bursgreen ‘24BSW; Saw Bench Wilson Planer Thicknesser 18” x 8” Capacity, Large Quantity of Oak Beams(various sizes), Extensive Range of Chains, Slings, Hoists, Tirfor Winches and Shackles
  7. As to claiming the Navigation Licence and mooring fees. I can confilm that this is covered by Universal Credit as a combined sum up to a value equal to the maximum yearly Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rate. This is for a boat ownered by the person claiming Universal Credit. I have arranged this for a couple of boaters moored here. You will need to upload a copy of your mooring agreement and your navigation licence as proof. If you don't have access to a scanner, it can be done at the job centre. Any award of fees will be paid a month in arreas.
  8. Business Minister, Graham Stuart MP in reply to a question on the subject from Patricia Gibson SNP on the 24th October, stated: “The Government is working urgently with a range of organisations such as local authorities, as well as Devolved Administrations and across UK Government, to finalise the details and have the process up and running for applications this winter.” https://questions-statements.parliament.uk/written-questions/detail/2022-10-18/65845
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  12. A fact that I pointed out to my MP, who has emailed back and is looking into (As votes may be at risk). Even a single house with bedsits is charged the business tariff. One area which does need inforcement is the unit price markup by some landlords. Some people aready do that, plugging their shoreline into your socket after unplugging yours. Some people aready do that, plugging their shoreline into your socket after unplugging yours.
  13. I emailed my local MP the following message with copies to the Chancellor and Mr Smelly's pal BoJo. With regards to the Chancellor announcement in the House of Commons on 26th May 2022. That each household will get the £400 energy discount, this is not the true as many will miss out due to having to pay their metered electricity through a middle man and not direct to the electricity supply company. We are deal with a matter that effects upwards of a million voting households. The person living in a bedsit with a meter in their room, People living on Boats in a Marina plugged in to electricity grid through a shoreline socket with a meter. People living in retirement on static residential caravan sites. Also for some people who live in blocks of flats or sheltered housing either renting or owning, the only source of electricity is through the building management company who act as a middle man between the flat resident and the electricity supply company. Boat mooring fees rarely include electricity, this is a extra item which is billed quarterly in arrears per unit plus vat at 20%. There is also no energy cap either. The same with static residential caravan sites and some blocks of flats or sheltered housing. The middleman also will add on their own standing charge and in some cases increase the price per unit above the rate that they are paying the electricity company. As to the Vat rate ETA - I have looked further into this and a site owner or building management should charge VAT at 5% if utility is sub-metered and consumption levels fall below deminimis. Rarely does this happen, Some dishonest owners or companies may charge vat at 20%, but only pass on 5% to the VAT man. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/vat-on-land-and-property-notice-742 11.7.6 Electricity, lighting and heating If you make a separate charge for un-metered supplies of gas and electricity used by tenants, it should be treated as further payment for the main supply of accommodation. But where you operate a secondary meter, the charges to the tenants for the gas and electricity they use are consideration for separate supplies of fuel and power. These supplies will be standard-rated unless the fuel supplied is of a de-minimis quantity, in which case the supply will be subject to the reduced rate. See Fuel and power (VAT Notice 701/19) for more information.
  14. Online petition addressed to the Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Aready signed by 568 people so far today. https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/include-off-grid-households-in-government-ps400-energy-bills-support-scheme?fbclid=IwAR2iXRiO0eLLkE8PdFFp7YSxSYRyx1yac2r9lW4wuedGR3q7fA4lxIEDXUY
  15. Number of Household Waste and Recycling Sites are located on the banks of canals. Droitwich on the B&W near Hanbury Wharf, Langley on the Slough Arm GU next to the B470 bridge are two that I have used before. Use google maps of the area and see if any are next to the waterway your on.
  16. Could be their replacement cooking oil supply has not arrived, There is a world shortage at the moment
  17. The Anglia Revenues Partnership has done a complete U turn on the their position of the £150 rebate not applying to boats on moorings which pay council tax, in that as a boat is not a dwelling or household, but is a chattel, So not meet the their criteria required for the £150 rebate. My counter to this was that if this was the case, therefore the mooring is not libal for council tax and look forward to a refund of 22 years council tax for unlawful tax on a non-residential mooring. Which they known full way from the start as the bill had been sent to my home in Dorset each year. Anyway this morning the £150 rebate appeared in my account this morning. I would have prefered 22 years council tax repaid.
  18. Not the case with the 'The Anglia Revenues Partnership' who collect council tax for a number of councils in the East of England. To them it does not matter whether or not moorings that have planning permission as non-residential, even if you are not living on them or your mooring agreement clearly states non-residential. They have a very simple rule, produce a council tax bill that has your name on it from a council within the uk. Fail to do so, they will chase you for council tax. This does cause problems for some moorers in that their name may not be on the council tax bill of their home. In some cases it is in the landlords name or their other half name. 'The Anglia Revenues Partnership' has double standards when it comes to paying out, with you having to jump through many hoops to get a refund for over payment. The £150 rebate has not been paid out to moorers who pay full council tax, the email that was sent to me signed with what has to be a fake name (Mrs J T Kirk) stated that as a boat is not a dwelling or household, but is a chattel and therefore does not meet the criteria required for the £150 rebate.
  19. There was a talk given some years ago in March library on local place names, Friday Bridge is Fridayesbrugg in old english, Frydaybrigge .fridai is the name of a fishery of the monks of Ely in 1086. There was also a Fryday lake in Elm. In Haddenham also was Frydaye weyr, Frydayeware, and near Whittlesey you have Fridaylake. These probably associated with fishing by the monks for Friday fare as the The Catholic law of abstinence forbids the eating of meat (of mammals and birds). However, fish, shell fish, and all other cold blooded animals may be eaten.
  20. It have gone shoplifting instead from Tescos. https://youtu.be/tacMrfuNFaQ
  21. No bag included, You walk up to the locker and input the code you are given to unlock. The one in Peterborough is located by the Railway Station next to the X1 Bus Stop. The locker are a standard design so are easy to find and as the bike is fully enclosed, no risk from damage by the local Ne'er-do-well's.
  22. It is true fact, it was back in the late 1990's, the late owner come down the Nene from the GU through the locks that had been ‘reversed’ while heading for the Middle Level. Back then all the guillotine gates were manual, he just wound the gate up and went through. At the time he did think it was a bit odd that the upper gates had been chained backed on some locks. The only damage other than paintwork was one window. The boat was moored on the coal yard moorings next to the railway bridge in March until a few years ago.
  23. This cropped up on my facebook feed from the canal market place. If your looking for something thats different, it may suit you. https://www.facebook.com/12VCopper-108438001808835/shop/
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