Council asked to fix ‘dangerous’ road surface in The Hermitage

first_imgNewsLocal NewsCouncil asked to fix ‘dangerous’ road surface in The HermitageBy Alan Jacques – May 19, 2016 790 Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Email TAGSCorballyFianna FáillimerickLimerick City and County CouncilMill RoadThe HermitageWillie O’Dea TD Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Twitter Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Facebook Print Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Previous article#WATCH New jobs Minister hopeful of Roche successorNext articleBurglary pair sentenced over break-ins at Limerick legal offices Alan Jacques Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Advertisement Willie O’Dea inspecting the road surface with local Fianna Fail representative Christy McInerney.Willie O’Dea inspecting the road surface with local Fianna Fail representative Christy McInerney.LIMERICK Fianna Fáil Deputy Willie O’Dea has called on Limerick City and County Council to address “major problems” with the street surface in The Hermitage on the Mill Road, before someone is seriously injured.“Following many requests from Iocal residents, I have made repeated representations to have The Hermitage estate taken in charge. At the very least, the council should carry out remedial works on the street surface which is littered with potholes and is one of the worst road surfaces I have seen in Limerick City,” he told the Limerick Post.“The council has informed me that they cannot even confirm when the estate will be taken in charge as they are awaiting a water services report on the current condition of the estate. According to the Council, this Water Services report is scheduled to be submitted to the Planning Department within three months,” he explained.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The Limerick TD wants the local authority to take a more expedient approach to dealing with the issue as he feels there is the potential for serious accidents to occur unless something is done urgently “to deal with the appalling state of the street surface in the Hermitage Estate”.“The residents of the Hermitage are paying their property tax which is supposed to go towards delivering services like adequate road surfaces. How can the Council justify taking property tax off these people and then not provide them with even the most basic of services?,” he asked.According to a spokeswoman for Limerick City and County Council, the estate is currently being assessed for taking into charge. “As it is not yet in the charge of Limerick City and County Council, funding has not been provided by the elected members in the 2016 Budget for such work. If councillors approve taking it in charge they will need to provide a budget for upgrade and ongoing maintenance works for the roads, footpaths, public lighting, surface water and open spaces,” she Alan [email protected] Linkedinlast_img read more

Purplebricks to end long years of being industry ‘hate figure’

first_imgPurplebricks says it wants to stop being the hate figure of the property industry and enter a new era of friendly but keen competition with both its traditional and hybrid rivals.Not all agents may welcome the company into the industry fold willingly after its ‘Commisery’ TV and newspaper adverts, but recently-arrived chief marketing office Ben Carter, who used to work at Just Eat, says he realises his predecessor’s Commisery ads “did not land well” with the industry when they were running during the late noughties.“Technology and the internet has allowed a company like Purplebricks to come in and change the way home buying and selling is done, but it doesn’t mean we need to be hated,” he says.Carter claims Purplebricks wants to be seen as the UK’s largest tech-led estate agency but still as part of the overall sector, and its effort to lobby government over the stamp duty deadline extension were part of that.“On the one hand we want to have more constructive discussions with the industry, but on the other hand keep in mind that we’re all competing for the same instructions,” he says.Carter says other changes are afoot at the agency, including a planned shift in its pricing and proposition.As The Negotiator reported last year, Purplebricks has been experimenting with its fees structure, and Carter says all will be revealed soon, including a shift in its proposition to a more tech-led advertising emphasis.“At the moment, although most people now know us and our brand, they still perceive as a price-led estate agent, but instead we’re going to talk more about empowering buyers and sellers with tech,” he says.Carter sites its upgrade app, which now enables vendors to accept offers and talk directly to their chain.“We want the process to be more transparent for everyone. At the moment the time after an offer has been offered is still a black hole.”It’s easy to see why the hybrid agency employed Carter – while at Just Eat the percentage of people ordering food online jumped from 15% to 50%, a transformation they’re hoping Purplebricks can emulate in the housing market.Ben carter Purplebricks March 23, 2021Nigel Lewis3 commentsmark flynn, Julian Marks Julian Marks 23rd March 2021 at 11:27 amYes i can totally see how a guy who works for a takeaway food ordering service can adapt that to property sales. As for increasing Just Eats online orders from 15% to 50% in the time he was there Dec 2019 to Nov 2020 well done!!! Hang about wasn’t there a pandemic from March onwards, didn’t restaurants, pubs etc etc close down and start doing takeaways? Were people told to stay at home? Didn’t just about every man and his hungry dog start to order takeaway? Well blow me away ‘Just Eat’ managed to increase numbers from 15% to 50%! ‘Just to’ compare, Deliveroo increased there makes by 64% in 2020 and ‘Just so’ there is fair comparison Ubereats have reported a 150% increase in 2020. Now i’m sure Ben is a great journalist and a well respected marketeer (although difficult to see much about his CV on Linkedin) but i do think it’s a bit presumptuous and almost arrogant to say you’re going to change perceptions, especially when any experienced estate agent in the country doesn’t consider PB to be an Estate Agent and certainly not a competitor.Log in to ReplyAndrew Stanton, CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist 23rd March 2021 at 11:20 amPurplebricks TV adverts are still using the tag we hate ‘estate agents’ who charge commission, I saw the Olympic one the other day as the young lady put the boot in on the punch bag, a surprising advert as it had nothing to do with selling property? Also, Just Eat – there is a company similar in range to Purplebricks, despite a 54% rise in revenue last year Just Eat still made a 92M loss, up from the 78M loss the year before – but it is valued at £14BN. 20-years into the millenium and the dotcom bubble of the early 00’s, for companies built on non-profit margins, despite huge cash through put might find themselves in the same boat. And the reason Just Eat revenue grew so much – Lockdown 1.0 2.0 and now 3.0, there was no marketing strategy, just restaurants were closed. I suppose if all agents who hold 93% of the market share closed – Purplebricks market share could increase – but I think the government are not likely to do that.Log in to ReplyCambell Evans, Evans Bros Evans Bros 23rd March 2021 at 8:57 amA new App that “now enables vendors to accept offers and talk directly to their chain”. What could possibly go wrong eh? Will most vendors even know what to ask anyway? Chain checking is a time consuming and sometimes confusing job; and one most owners would happily let an agent deal with.Log in to ReplyWhat’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 » Agencies & People » Purplebricks to end long years of being industry ‘hate figure’ previous nextAgencies & PeoplePurplebricks to end long years of being industry ‘hate figure’New marketing chief says he realises Commisery “did not land well” with other agents, but wants to move on after the ‘start-up disruptor’ years.Nigel Lewis23rd March 20213 Comments12,687 Viewslast_img read more

Denmark speeds up reopening as virus spread slows

first_imgMuseums and zoos began reopening in Denmark on Thursday, as the country decided to accelerate its exit from lockdown and health officials said the spread of the new coronavirus was slowing.The original plan for Denmark was to keep museums, zoos, theatres, cinemas and similar attractions closed until June 8. But after a deal was struck in the country’s parliament late Wednesday they were instead allowed to open immediately. Under the deal agreed in parliament, the Danish border remains temporarily closed, but starting next week the list of exceptions allowing travel to Denmark will be expanded to include permanent residents of all the Nordic countries and Germany wanting to visit relatives, loved ones, or homes they own in Denmark.High school students will also begin returning to classrooms shortly.Also on Wednesday, the Danish health agency SSI, which operates under the health ministry and is responsible for the surveillance of infectious diseases, released a report indicating the spread of the disease seems to be slowing, even as the country had started opening up.SSI said that as of May 18 the infection rate, or reproduction rate, was estimated at 0.6, compared to 0.7 on May 7.A reproduction rate of 1.0 means that one person with COVID-19 infects on average just one other, while a rate of below 1.0 indicates that the spread is declining.On April 15, the country started reopening pre-schools and resuming classes for the youngest primary school children — under strict social distancing and hygiene guidelines.Danish middle schools followed suit this week.Another report this week by SSI, however showed that only one percent of Danes carried antibodies for the virus, raising concerns that the country could be vulnerable to a new wave of the virus. “It was pure cheer. Finally, we can get started,” Peter Kjargaard, director of the Natural History Museum of Denmark, told broadcaster DR. Kjargaard added that he was excited to show off the museum’s new dinosaur exhibit, even if it wouldn’t be ready for another month.But not all museums reopened their doors on Thursday.Some said they would start receiving customers over the weekend or next week.center_img Topics :last_img read more

MTA, LADOT contemplating cutting routes

first_imgStudents without cars could soon find themselves with even fewer options for getting around Los Angeles.Passenger on · A student boards the DASH at the intersection of Jefferson Boulevard and Hoover Street. DASH prices are set to increase soon, and LADOT is also considering cutting some bus routes. – Vicki Yang | Daily Trojan Because of massive budget deficits, Los Angeles’ major public transit systems — the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the Los Angeles Department of Transportation — are considering hiking fares and cutting bus lines.Both MTA, which runs the regular bus routes, and LADOT, whose services include the DASH and the Commuter Express, are researching ridership levels around the city as they consider which lines to shut down.“It’s in the early stages,” said MTA spokesman Rick Jager. “It’s irresponsible to say which lines will be cut. [At the moment] we have no plans on how to deal with the deficit.”Jager noted that the number of riders tends to be high in the USC area, but he could not say for sure if the routes near USC would be safe.MTA has seen a significant drop in ridership recently, causing a large budget deficit that will reach $250 million by the end of the 2011 fiscal year.Last year, the MTA board approved a 25-cent fare increase, which was set to take effect in July. The increase was postponed by the passage of Measure R, which increased sales tax in Los Angeles County by a half-cent to help finance transportation projects. Fares are now expected to rise this July, jumping from $1.25 to $1.50 per ride, with daily pass fares rising from $5 to $6.LADOT is facing similar deficits and will also hike up bus fares and cut some less-popular bus lines.“The bottom line is that we haven’t raised the rates from a quarter since the line started in the ’80s,” said Bruce Gillman, LADOT spokesman. “The money that underwrites our lines have been cut — there’s been a drop in Prop C funds. No line in our transit system operates at a profit. By raising the fare, we hope to keep our system running.”LADOT bus fares will increase from 25 cents to 50 cents per ride, though it has not yet decided when this increase will happen. It plans on cutting some lines with low numbers of riders, though at the moment it is unclear which lines will go. In the meantime, six different public hearings will be held across Los Angeles in the coming months as an opportunity for riders to voice their comments and concerns about the proposed changes and reductions.Some feel, however, that these public hearings might not have a bearing on the final transit decisions.“It could or could not have an effect on their final decision,” said Barbara Lott-Holland, co-chair of the Bus Riders Union. “If the public comes out overwhelmingly and says these budget cuts are unjust and how they should redistribute their funds, then it’s possible that public opinion will outweigh [its decisions]. Or, LADOT could have already made up their minds.”MTA has not announced any public hearings, but law mandates that a hearing be held before any major changes are enacted.Despite the increases in bus fare, students say riding the bus will still be the best option for getting around.“We have Zipcars, but the bus is still cheaper,” said Yogesh Shrivastava, a graduate student studying computer science. “If you have to go somewhere near, the bus is the only option.”Shilpi Sanchetee, a graduate student studying computer science, agreed.“The frequency [of the buses] is not good,” Sanchetee said, “But sometimes you don’t have another option.”Lott-Holland encouraged everyone to go to the LADOT public hearings and voice their concerns.“We are urging the public in large to support the Bus Union Clean Air and Economic Justice Plan,” Lott-Holland said. “It can be used to expand the bus system countywide while staying within the city’s budget and without including fair increases and line cuts.”One of the public hearings will be held at the South Los Angeles Community Center in the USC area on Feb. 17.“I would definitely go,” said Shrivastava, “that will affect a lot of people. We should always contribute to things that make a difference.”last_img read more