By Dana Burke Updated 11:52 pm, Friday, May 4, 2018 Photo: Joseph Albritton Joseph Albritton's work van is parked in his driveway at his home in Atascocita's Summerwood subdivision. Albritton is questioning his HOA's rule that he must park the van outside the community. Joseph Albritton's work van is parked in his driveway at his home... A homeowner in the Summerwood subdivision in the Atascocita area is questioning his homeowner's association's enforcement of the deed restrictions, after he was ordered to park his work van outside the neighborhood. Joseph Albritton works as a plumber, and parks the van in his driveway overnight. "Their argument was work vans lower property values," Albritton said of the Summerwood Community Association board of directors. He believes there is no data showing this impact. HOA RUINING YOUR LIFE? Here are eight things it can't do - and how to fight back "Why don't you make everyone … [Read more...] about Atascocita-area homeowner questions HOA rule banning work vans from driveways
BESTIVAL and Boomtown are among more than 60 British festivals to ban glitter amid a growing crackdown on plastic waste. The colourful particles are ubiquitous on the festival scene - and until quite recently were considered harmless. But the fun sparkles may have had their hey-day, as campaigners remind consumers of their predominantly plastic content. The sparkles don't biodegrade either, meaning they can sink into soil and potentially pollute plants and harm animals. Now festivals - keen to burnish their green credentials further - are leading the way on banning the glittery stuff along with all other single-use plastic. Joining several event organisers banning glitter in 2016 are around 60 further festivals who make up the Association of Independent Festivals, or AIF. The association confirmed this week that all of its members have signed a pledge to ban glitter from their events. The #DrasticOnPlastic pledge signed by over festivals requires festival to become totally free of … [Read more...] about Bestival and Boomtown among more than 60 British festivals to ban GLITTER
CAMPAIGNERS have called for a ban on the sale of collars used to deliver electric shocks to dogs to correct their behaviour. But what are the collars and do they make dogs more well behaved? What is an electric shock dog collar? The collars can deliver painful jolts continuously for 11 seconds. The devices cause dogs to yelp, squeal, crouch and exhibit physiological signs of distress. Despite being sold to improve the way dogs behave, they can worsen the animal's behaviour, the charity said. Will electric shock dog collars be banned? The charity's poll of 2,067 adults found most knew they caused pain and would not use them. Wales has already banned them. And almost a third of people (31%) wrongly thought that the collars, which can continuously shock a dog for 11 seconds, were already banned. The charity called the collars “unnecessary and cruel” and wants an immediate ban. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who has compared the shock collars to caning a child, is among the … [Read more...] about What is an electric shock dog collar, why are they being banned and what’s a prong collar?
A MAN has died after being swept to sea, beach huts were smashed to pieces and the Thames burst its banks after the UK was battered by strong winds and rain today. The man was among three people pulled from the water after a massive wave swept them off the pier in Ramsgate, Kent, this morning. All three were rescued by the coastguard but sadly one didn't make it, with the other two currently in hospital. A Kent Police spokesman said: "Officers are attended to assist the coastguard and the lifeboat teams. "Three men were recovered from the water, but one was later pronounced dead at the scene. The other two were taken to hospital for treatment. "The death is not being treated as suspicious. "Enquiries are ongoing to identify next of kin." A Maritime & Coastguard Agency spokesperson said they had been called to Ramsgate, adding: "Just before 10.30am today HM Coastguard received a report that three people were in distress in the water off Ramsgate pier. "It is believed that … [Read more...] about UK weather worsens as man dies in Ramsgate after getting swept into the sea and Thames river banks burst
PUBLISHED: 10:09 30 April 2018 | UPDATED: 11:05 30 April 2018 Mike Brooke Babu Bhattacherjee taking petition from Chrisp St traders. Picture: Mike Brooke Mike Brooke Angry market traders have slammed their landlords in Poplar with a petition to save their livelihoods over redevelopment they fear will wipe out their trade or price them out of business. In all weathers... stallholers at Poplar's 1951 Chrisp Street Market which is soon being redeveloped. Picture: Mike Brooke The petition followed an open air election hustings that turned into a spat against Poplar’s Housing and Regeneration organisation when protesters turned out in the rain to hear two of the seven candidates for mayor promise action to protect Chrisp Street Market if they were elected. A new neighbourhood shopping centre plan was stalled by Tower Hamlets Council in February over lack of “meaningful” consultation. “It’s been 13 weeks since their application was stopped,” … [Read more...] about Poplar traders fear being ‘pushed out’ of Chrisp Street Market by high rents and cars banned