26 Nov GY TODAY – MONDAY 26TH NOVEMBER 2018
Landlords invited to find out more about new scheme
The new five year scheme for the Nelson ward of Great Yarmouth has been introduced to root out unethical and rogue landlords.
Great Yarmouth Borough Council agreed to introduce the scheme, which requires landlords of most private rented housing to be licensed and meet conditions around health and safety and standards, two months ago. Private sector landlords with properties located within the Nelson ward in Great Yarmouth will be able to apply for their required licence from Monday, December 3rd, ahead of the selective licensing scheme beginning on January 7, 2019.
The borough council is holding two drop-in information sessions, on December 5 and 6, to give landlords another chance to find out more about the scheme, which was agreed after a 10-week consultation. This was despite 94pc of landlords and letting agencies opposing the selective licensing scheme during the consultation.
The scheme aims to help improve living conditions and quality of life for private sector tenants, while creating a level playing field for ethical landlords – by making it harder for unethical landlords to prosper.
Norfolk police lead national fight against heating oil thieves
Norfolk Police are set to lead a national campaign warning homeowners and businesses to be vigilant against thieves stealing heating oil. The start of winter sees a spike in thefts of valuable oil as tanks are at their fullest as people prepare for the start of the cold weather months.
Norfolk has already seen 85 thefts so far this year, the majority in the cold months at the start of the year. In March Reedham Primary School was forced to close after heating oil was stolen from its storage tank.
However there have been 17 thefts reported more recently and police are urging people with heating oil tanks to be vigilant and take precautions.
Mental health and wellbeing information available at drop-in event
Great Yarmouth and Waveney Mind have arranged for a mental health and wellbeing information drop-in session to be held at Oulton Broad Library on Tuesday, November 27.
The mental health charity, which provides a range of information and services, will be offering information, advice and guidance on mental health and wellbeing issues as well as detailing adult service, carers service and young person’s service between 10am and noon at Oulton Broad Library on Bridge Road.
Shopkeepers concerned by mobility scooter ‘problem’
Concerned shopkeepers in Great Yarmouth have warned it will only be a matter of time before somebody is injured by a speeding driver on a motor scooter. One owner on the historic Rows has admitted he has resorted to placing a sign in the alleyway to slow riders who ‘zoom’ down the narrow strip. Shop owners in the Rows have raised concerns over the size and speed at which motor scooters are travelling at. The Highway Code states mobility scooter riders must stick to a 4mph limit when driving on the pavement.
Sales of ‘cheeky’ calendar to boost independent lifeboat
The Caister Lifeboat Cheeky Scenes 2019 calendar which features “a few risqué shots”is now on sale at various outlets in the village and across Great Yarmouth.
It features some of the crew members and the independent lifeboat as part of a fundraising effort to boost the Caister Volunteer Lifeboat Service.
Costing £7, and with all profits going to Caister Lifeboat visit www.facebook.com/CaisterBeach/ for details.