Here's a little reminder of various campaigns from the Sidmouth Drill Hall Rescue website - reblogged with permission:
Dear Friends, Three quick reminders and an
1) Don't forget to sign the petition at 38 Degrees if you haven't already done so.
2) Don't forget
to come to the free meeting on Wed 23rd August at All Saints Church Hall, All Saints Road,
Sidmouth. 7 o'clock start and a chance to both listen and talk.
3) Join the
Ham Picnic ( rather than picnic ham) on the afternoon of the 27th August. Taking
place on The Ham, weather permitting. You need to bring your own everything
which makes for a picnic, nothing to eat, drink, or sit on, will be provided but
information will be available. The Ham was left to the inhabitants of and
visitors to Sidmouth.for the purposes of recreation so come along and recreate
the vibes of yesteryear when it was a place where people met and enjoyed the
fresh air together. If you want to dress up in period dress that is entirely up
to you. Take inspiration from the old photographs of The Ham which will be on
show at the public meeting.
Lastly, the pdf of the Consultants four
Consultation Boards from the public consultation in June are no longer available
on EDDC's website, or perhaps they have been moved to somewhere I can't spot
them. So I have put them up here so they can still be seen.
to see you at the meeting. Kind regards, Mary
In this first episode, Prof Richard Clay explores how utopian visions begin as blueprints for fairer worlds and asks whether they can inspire real change.
Charting five hundred years of utopian visions and making bold connections between exploration and science fiction - from radical 18th-century politics to online communities like Wikipedia - Richard delves into colourful stories of some of the world's greatest utopian dreamers, including Thomas More, who coined the term 'utopia', Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver's Travels, and Gene Roddenberry, creator of Star Trek.
Richard builds a compelling argument that utopian visions have been a powerful way of criticising the present and he identifies key values he believes the imagined better futures tend to idealise. He shows how the concept of shared ownership, a 'commons' of both land and digital space online, has fired utopian thinking and he explores the dream of equality through the campaign for civil rights in the 1960s and through a feminist theatrical production in today's America.
Immersing himself in a terrifying '1984' survival drama in Vilnius, Lithuania, Richard also looks at the flip side, asking why dystopias are so popular today in film, TV and comic book culture. He explores whether dystopian visions have been a way to remind ourselves that hard-won gains can be lost and that we must beware humanity's darker side if we are ever to reach a better place.
Across Britain, Germany, Lithuania and America, Richard talks about the meaning of utopia with a rich range of interviewees, including Katherine Maher, executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation, Star Trek actress Nichelle Nichols, explorer Belinda Kirk, football commentator John Motson and Hollywood screenwriter Frank Spotnitz.
Utopia has been imagined in a thousand different ways. Yet when people try to build utopia, they struggle and very often fail. Art historian professor Richard Clay asks whether utopian visions for living can ever reconcile the tension between the group and the individual, the rules and the desire to break free.
Travelling to America, he encounters experimental communities, searching for greater meaning in life. Richard visits a former Shaker village in New Hampshire and immerses himself for a day at the Twin Oaks eco-commune in Virginia, where residents share everything, even clothes. He looks back at the grand urban plans for the masses of the 20th century utopian ideologies, from the New Deal housing projects of downtown Chicago to the concrete sprawl of a Soviet-era housing estate in Vilnius, Lithuania. He also meets utopian architects with a continuing faith that humanity's lot can be improved by better design. Interviewees include architect Norman Foster and designer Shoji Sadao.
Utopia: In Search of the Dream,Series 1 Episode 3 of 3 Art historian Richard Clay asks whether utopia is, ultimately, a state of mind. Can we find utopia within? He explores the many ways we have created to immerse ourselves in a perfect moment, of epiphany ortranscendence, pushing the boundaries of artistic expression and pleasure.
Seeking answers in a broad range of arts, Richard meets digital games pioneer Sid Meier, Rada improvisation teacher Chris Heimann and opera impresario Martin Graham. He tries to compose a haiku and uncovers traces of the hedonistic medieval Carnival tradition in the churches and pubs of his native Lancashire.
> Some 5.2million Britons own at least two properties – up 30 per cent since 2002 > Half of these homes are owned by wealthy baby boomers (born from 1946 to 1965) with another quarter owned by those born from 1966 to 1980 > But research by the Resolution Foundation think-tank will add to concerns about declining home ownership, particularly among younger people born after 1980
One in ten British adults now owns a second property, research has found.
The figures published by the Resolution Foundation show that the number of people with multiple properties rose from 1.6m to 5.2m between 2000 and 2014 - a 30 per cent increase in the proportion of adults who owned more than one home.
The analysis also suggested that most of these owners are not landlords, with just 3.4 per cent of adults letting property out. This would mean that 6.6 per cent of adults, or 3.4m people, have extra properties that they leave empty as an investment or use as holiday homes.
The think-tank examined data from the British Household Panel Survey and the Office for National Statistics to find that while overall home-ownership has plummeted, second home-ownership has risen dramatically. The proportion of adults owning any property rose to a high of almost 66 per cent in 2002 but has since fallen to just over 60 per cent.
Laura Gardiner, senior policy analyst at the Resolution Foundation, said: “Multiple property ownership is still a minority sport, but a growing one that represents a significant boost to the wealth pots of those lucky enough to own second homes. People with second homes not only have an investment that they can turn to in times of need, for instance in later life when care is required, but if the property is rented out they also see a boost to their incomes here and now."
She added that properties not being used for rental could include "holiday homes, flats that adult kids live in for free, empty properties they’re speculating on, MP’s with London flats and constituency houses, people who’ve inherited their recently deceased parent’s home and haven’t worked out what to do with it yet".
Paula Higgins, of pressure group the Homeowners Alliance, called the figures "shocking".
"It's really the haves and have nots - there's a generation of people being locked out of owning their own home and all the benefits that go along with it, and there's another generation who's got the leverage to benefit from rising house prices. We need to get homes that are for living in and not for investment. It's telling that there's little incentive to sell - even with an empty house you're sitting on a rising investment."
The majority of those owning second or third homes were based in the wealthiest areas of the UK, the report added. Almost six in ten landlords are based in the South East or South West, the East of England and London.
"This is where the young people are struggling to get on to the property ladder which is why towns are banning holiday homes," added Ms Higgins. "These people have had years and years of benefit from a rising housing market - but you shouldn't be making more money off your house than you do from going to work."
Holiday homes are attracting investors with returns of up to 12% a year, but will it make life more difficult for local people?
Patrick Collinson Saturday 1 July 2017 07.00 BST Since April buy-to-let investors have faced new taxes on their rental revenue, while at the same time the Bank of England has enforced stricter lending requirements on the banks issuing the loans – with the result that buy-to-let lending is down by half this year.
Now investors are turning to furnished holiday lets, which enjoy an abundance of tax benefits that no longer apply to traditional buy-to-let. The companies promoting holiday lets as an investment say that while Cornwall and Devon remain firm favourites, the best value is to be found in the Yorkshire Dales.
The tax treatment of furnished holiday lets is startlingly generous. If you buy a property and let it out for holiday use, you can still set your full mortgage interest repayments against tax, unlike under the rules that have hit buy-to-let. You can also kit out the cottage to a luxury standard and deduct the entire cost from your pre-tax profits. A major tax loophole means you also don’t have to pay council tax on the property, and can almost certainly avoid local business rates. You can even run the income into your pension and obtain tax relief. And when you come to sell it you can qualify for a whole range of reliefs that mean any capital gains tax is minimised. About the only tax barrier for investors is the 3% additional stamp duty that applies to any second home purchase. Trouble in the Dales as holiday homes become the new buy-to-let | Money | The Guardian . . .