Council hits back after being revealed as slowest for conveyancing searches in the UK

first_imgA local council has hit back after research by TV presenter Phil Spencer’s property data company MoveIQ identified it as the slowest in the UK to complete conveyancing searches.Using Freedom of Information requests, MoveIQ found that Stratford District Council can take 95 days to carry out searches and that 15% of councils are failing to meet a government target to complete searches within 10 days.A spokesman for the council has released a statement to say that although concern had been raised about the performance of its  service, he said 95 days was the “oldest outstanding search” at that time.“This has given the erroneous impression that Stratford District Council is unaware of or does not care about providing a good service,” says Councillor Daren Pemberton (left).“Nothing could be further from the truth and this is not where we want to be as an authority.“Earlier this year I announced an investment of £315,000 in a new IT system for the service, which has also had an additional staff member recruited.“The current antiquated paper-based system is unable to meet the demands now placed upon it. That project has been under way for some months and the new system goes live later this year.”Conveyancing searchesOther councils identified by MoveIQ for not meeting the 10-day standard for conveyancing searches include Wyre Forest, Rochford, Herefordshire and Epping Forest. The most expensive councils are Hammersmith & Fulham at £333.50; Brent (£320); Croydon (£305); Kingston upon Thames (£303.50p) and Kensington & Chelsea (£303.50).“The Prime Minister has pledged to fix what she herself describes as Britain’s ‘broken’ housing market, yet our research reveals that councils across the country are adding needless delays and expense to the home buying process,” says Phil Spencer (right).Phil Spencer Herefordshire MoveIQ Rochford Stratford District Council Stratford-upon-Avon Daren Pemberton Epping Forest Wyre Forest November 8, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Council hits back after being revealed as slowest for conveyancing searches in the UK previous nextRegulation & LawCouncil hits back after being revealed as slowest for conveyancing searches in the UKFirm launched recently by TV presenter Phil Spencer says Stratford District Council has taken up to 95 days to complete searches and that 15% of councils exceed government’s 10-day guideline.Nigel Lewis8th November 20180642 Viewslast_img read more

Honduras and Puerto Rico Exchange Expertise to Improve Emergency Response

first_imgThe COPECO delegation also visited the Fire Department of Puerto Rico, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Enhanced Response Force Package, which is a U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) unit. The visit occurred a week after SOUTHCOM Commander U.S. Navy Admiral Kurt W. Tidd went to Honduras to meet President Juan Orlando Hernández and Military officials from the Central American country. State Partnership Program The delegation’s visit was made under the framework of the U.S. National Guard State Partnership Program. The program was established in 1993 to link the National Guards of the United States and its territories to other countries’ Armed Forces, expand cooperation in the defense of the United States, and strengthen Military partnerships. A number of U.S. states and territories have active partnerships with nations in South and Central America and the Caribbean. Training to prevent and fight fires was a key component of the delegation’s visit. Honduras is taking steps to decrease its vulnerability to forest fires due to the effects of climate change. Fires damaged 39,585 hectares of Honduran forest in 2015, according to figures from the National Human Rights Commissioner. Retired Brigadier General Carlos Cordero, the National Commissioner of the Permanent Contingency Commission (COPECO for its Spanish acronym), commanded the 40-member Honduran interagency delegation. The group included members of the COPECO Rapid Response Unit, the Humanitarian Response Unit of the Armed Forces, the National Police, the Fire Department, the Department of Health, and the Central American Corporation for Air Navigation Services. COPECO is the coordinator of the National Risk System, which is divided into seven regions covering the country’s 18 departments and includes the cooperation of other institutions that have improved emergency management response times. The January visit was not the first joint training session for Honduran firefighters. This past August, they participated in the Fire Guardians course, which focused on improving interoperability among fire departments from the United States, the Fire Department of Honduras (CBH), and the COPECO. The week-long training, which was led by the CBH and sponsored by the Office of Security Cooperation, was conducted according to the standards of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), adhering to international standards on the use and maintenance of personal protective equipment during the rescue of victims in collapsed structures. Belize and El Salvador are planning to join the program. The delegation visited Puerto Rico’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (PREMA) to study its response to threats involving hazardous materials and to analyze the Central American country’s preparation for critical situations. “The support of the PRNG is very important for prevention and response activities, which help promote the training of citizens in risk management, creating a positive effect on the country’s prevention projects,” explained Commissioner Cordero, whose delegation also participated in a search and rescue workshop. Honduras and Puerto Rico exchanged emergency management experiences when a group of Military representatives and civilians from the Central American country visited the facilities of the Puerto Rico National Guard (PRNG) in late January. center_img The NFPA’s international prestige ensures that developed and developing countries will maintain the same firefighting standards, which is why many countries have adopted these regulations. Within the framework of the 2016 Fire Guardians Program, Honduras is emphasizing training for new techniques to battle forest fires. “Honduras is preparing to become a logistics center for disaster relief and emergency management not only at the local and national levels but at the regional level,” Commissioner Cordero said. “The meeting was based on the exchange of information about how to assist the government institutions that make up the program during emergencies,” Commissioner Cordero told Dialógo. The meeting was also attended by the coordinator of personnel recovery from the Security Cooperation Office of Honduras and members of the Soto Cano Air Base Joint Task Force Bravo’s Personnel Recovery Control Center. “The mobilization time in response to disasters has diminished,” Commissioner Cordero explained. “When Hurricane Mitch occurred in 1998, the response time was 48 hours. It was an important lesson. Now the preparation and organization has been improved nationwide, 20 years after that disaster, with plans for prevention, education, and training. Emergency operations centers are not the same. All departments along the Atlantic coast have their response plans and mitigation plans that will allow them to respond in emergencies.” Good morning, great article but I believe that Mr. Cordero is not a Brigadier General (military) Retired.The trials are necessary between countries like ours which are faced with these kinds of natural phenomena. Response times Advanced training has helped Central American fire departments and security forces respond more quickly to emergency situations. Response times are better than they were in 1998, when Hurricane Mitch caused heavy flooding that collectively killed about 11,000 people in Honduras, Guatemala, and Nicaragua. In Honduras, the regions most vulnerable to hurricanes and heavy rains are along the Atlantic coast, according to COPECO. 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TWMA scores double with Maersk Oil

first_imgWaste management firm TWMA has been awarded two new projects with Maersk Oil UK in the central North Sea. TWMA said on Wednesday that both projects were already underway. The first project is onboard the Ocean Valiant semi-sub rig and will run until March 2018, while the second project on the Maersk Gallant jack-up rig will be completed in July 2017.Namely, TWMA is providing its EfficientC skip and ship solution for both projects which includes its newly developed Air Transfer System.The Air Transfer System is a primary method for safely transporting drill cuttings from the shakers to various discharge points on board. A vacuum hopper then discharges the drill cuttings into skips, which are later transferred onshore for treatment, reuse, or disposal.Marlene Mitchell, sales director at TWMA, said: “As a company immersed in innovation, we’re proud to continually invest in research and development which is marked by the introduction of our Air Transfer System. This new technology supports our EfficientC solutions, allowing us to offer the most effective and efficient drill cuttings management, and we are pleased to be able to utilize this solution on the Ocean Valiant.”It is worth adding that TWMA secured a strategic partnership and substantial investment from Buckthorn Partners earlier this month. TWMA said at the time that the undisclosed funding package from Buckthorn would allow the company to accelerate global growth and further investments in research and development.last_img read more