At last, compulsory registration of HMOs

Licensing is to be compulsory for HMOs with 5 or more residents by a new statutory instrument.  This amends the Housing Act of 2004, though not until October 2018.

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2018/221/made

Registration of HMOs is something The Leamington Society has fought long and hard to achieve.

NORA’s Chairman, (National Organisation of Residents Associations)Chairman, speaking at last year’s AGM said

“Perhaps the most important events in 2016 for NORA have been the Government’s proposal to extend licensing to all HMOs and a programme of banning and fining rogue landlords, both measures that NORA. has pressed on the Department of Communities and Local Government planners as essential moves to control rogue landlords.”

WDC backs off using Christchurch Gardens tennis courts for car parking

Cllr Moira-Ann Grainger, Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhood Services says,

“In view of the concerns raised by residents and local ward Councillors, I have as Portfolio Holder, instructed the officers to amend the report and remove Christchurch Gardens from the proposals. There will be no changes to the Gardens.  A revised paper will be considered by the Council’s Executive next Wednesday.”

Well done everyone who expressed their views to WDC, officers or councillors

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2017 Heart of England in Bloom Gold award

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Leamington was awarded Gold in the Heart of England in Bloom competition; the result was announced at a ceremony on September 14th.  There was special praise for Jephson Gardens and Leamington Station gardens, saying these gardens “were a blaze of colour and all maintained to a very high standard” – see Leamington Courier. We think these displays look very pretty as well!

A huge thank you to all the station gardeners, some of them ready for action here, and to those who showed the judges around in July, and Janine for looking after the floral train.

A wonderful result.  Well done everyone.