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OXTON CAMERA CLUB

The next meeting of the Oxton Camera Club is on Tuesday 6 January at 7.30pm in the Green Dragon pub, Oxton

Thanks to those who took on the previous challenge of 'street photography', something which is not for everyone but perhaps tests your skills/abilities in different situations. We had some really great submissions from Goths in Whitby to photobombing in Lille to early morning Morocco and peak shopping in Nottingham!

The theme for this month is 'still life' so let your imaginations run wild - It doesn't have to be classic scenes of fruit as painted by traditional artists, you may wish to take everyday objects which mean something to you, unless you can put a modern twist on those classics?!

Here's one example of a modern twist: www.amusingplanet.com/2013/10/photos-of-neatly-arranged-objects-by.html   

Happy snapping and hope Santa brought you lots of lovely camera stuff! See you in the New Year!  -  Simon Bernacki.

Gedling Borough Council - Planning Policy Consultations

Community Infrastructure Levy Statement of Modifications to the Revised Draft Charging Schedule (December 2014)

Submission of Community Infrastructure Levy Revised Draft Charging Schedule for Examination - Consultation on Statement of Modifications

I am writing to inform you that the Borough Council will be submitting the Community Infrastructure Levy Revised Draft Charging Schedule to the Secretary of State on 22nd December 2014, and this is the start of the examination process. On the 19th December 2014 the Borough Council published a Statement of Modifications to the Community Infrastructure Levy Revised Draft Charging Schedule which has a requirement for a four week period of consultation in order to allow interested parties and residents to make comments. This has been extended to 23rd January 2015 to allow for Christmas and New Year. I attach a link to the Notice of Submission of the Community Infrastructure Levy Revised Draft Charging Schedule and consultation on the Statement of Modifications for your information HERE.

Part of this process will involve Public Hearings chaired by an Independent Inspector to discuss specific issues. It is the Inspector who will decide the issues to be discussed but the regulations allow anyone who makes representations about a draft charging schedule to be heard by the examiner and will invite further supporting evidence from the Borough Council and respondents as necessary.

The Examination will be administered by a Programme Officer who is independent of the Planning team and works directly to the Inspector. The Programme Officer will be writing to those who have made comments on the Revised Draft Charging Schedule to give details of the Examination programme and explain how they will be able to participate in the round table hearing sessions.

The Community Infrastructure Levy is a new levy that local authorities can choose to charge on new developments in their area. The Draft Charging Schedule was originally issued for consultation in October 2013. Since then there have been significant changes in circumstances with the Community Infrastructure Levy (Amendment) Regulations 2014 coming into force and a review of the housing supply in the Aligned Core Strategy. It was therefore considered appropriate to reissue a Revised Draft Charging Schedule for a further round of consultation in the summer 2014.

The Statement of Modifications issued alongside the submission documents HERE confirms the correct version of the Residential Charging Map and changes to the Regulation 123 list. Any responses on this document need to be submitted by 5pm on 23rd January 2015.

The Community Infrastructure Levy Revised Charging Schedule and all supporting evidence and relevant documents can be found on the Borough Council's website HERE together with details on how comments can be made. Copies of the relevant documents can also be viewed at the Civic Centre, at local libraries within the Borough and also at Hucknall library, St George's Centre Netherfield, Bestwood Village Social Club in Bestwood Village and Papplewick and Linby Village Hall in Papplewick.

If you have any queries or would like any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact the Planning Policy team using the contact details given at the top of this letter.

Alison Gibson - Planning Policy Manager

GETTING TOUGH ON ANTI SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR

New legislation to deal with anti-social behaviour came into force in October this year and replaces the 19 powers of the previous Act with just six. The new Act is “The Anti-social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014: Reform of anti-social behaviour powers”. It aims to improve both attention to victims and the speed with which incidents and perpetrators are dealt with. In particular, two new measures have been designed to give victims and communities a say in the way anti-social behaviour is treated:

1. The Community trigger which gives victims the ability to demand action, with a review of their case, where the locally defined threshold is met.

2. The Community remedy which gives victims a say in the out-of-court punishment of perpetrators for low-level crime and anti-social behaviour.

In relation to putting victims first, the Community Trigger should help to reassure victims that agencies take their reports of anti-social behaviour seriously, but it cannot in itself increase reporting from vulnerable victims. This is thus a concern for agencies which must consider how to maximise awareness of the Community Trigger, in particular among vulnerable people and professionals who work with vulnerable people.

In relation to Community Remedy the idea is that victims should have a say in the punishment. For example, some victims are less concerned with punishment as such and more concerned that remedial action be taken, such as a the repair of damage. The new powers allow for this.

The guidance also contains details of more effective powers and orders:-

· Early and informal interventions

· Civil injunctions

· Criminal behaviour orders

· Dispersal powers

· Community protection notices

· Public spaces protection orders

· Closure powers

· New absolute ground for possession

A document regarding ASB can be found on our web site at www.nottswatch.co.uk . You can also download our full news,letter HERE .