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  1. Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as: - Knowing when to come in out of the rain; - Why the early bird gets the worm; - Life isn't always fair; - And maybe it was my fault. Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge). His he
  2. Hi, I took out a mortgage with Abbey National in June 2003 and I was advised by the in branch adviser that it would be wise to take the paymentcare policy with the remortgage and additional loan which was added to the mortgage. I have been paying this every month at a cost of £52.55 - which by my calculations means I have paid £9511.55 to date. My issue is that I didn't actually require this insurance at the time of remortgage but the adviser stressed that it would be "very helpful" to my application. Wishing to get the loan agreed I took the paymentcare insurance ou
  3. Hi all, I'm doing this for my brother, who is registered disabled, so assumes that because he had a blue disabled badge on display, he didn't need to pay for a ticket to park here. The following details are the information so far: 1 Date of the infringement 18th Oct, 2017 2 Date on the NTK [this must have been received within 14 days from the 'offence' date] 24th Oct, 2017 3 Date received 26th Oct, 2017 4 Does the NTK mention schedule 4 of The Protections of Freedoms Act 2012? [y/n?] Yes 5 Is there any photographic evidence of the event? Two
  4. Hi there, I’m having sleepless nights with worry About 2 weeks ago, I went through a self check out and bought 2 things, one of the things was under my arm as I was on the phone at the time. I forgot to pay for it (no sarcasm please) I left the store, showing how innocent I am, I was stood looking in the window of the holiday shop next door browsing at the offers, the security guard approched me and said you hadn’t paid for an item I went back in store, paid for the item, apologised about 8 times. I paid for the item then he said can you come with me,
  5. People trapped in huge west London tower block inferno – reports A 24-story tower block on Latimer Road in west London has been engulfed in a horrifying blaze, with reports saying people have been trapped in flats in the upper stories. The massive fire has engulfed the Grenfell Tower in North Kensington from the 2nd story to the top floor, the London Fire Brigade has tweeted. It added that at least 40 fire engines and 200 firefighters have been battling the blaze. Live.RT. https://www.rt.com/uk/392135-west-london-tower-inferno/ BBC. http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/live/bbcnews
  6. The following news article featured on SCOOP today: http://www.publicsectorexecutive.com/Public-Sector-News/london-council-to-launch-ethical-debt-collection-for-residents?dorewrite=false/Page-1749 https://www.scoop.it/t/lacef-news
  7. Good Afternoon, I have seen a few posts about this here and would like to ask for some advice on my case. I joined the London fight factory gym in February 2017 and signed for a 6 month contract (£95) per month. Three months into the contract (May) I was transferred in work and to wales and could no longer frequent that gym. At the time I did tell my coach (and owner of the gym) that I was no longer going to be attending. Nevertheless, I carried on paying my monthly installments until the 6th month which was July, before cancelling my direct debit. What I didn't rea
  8. Hi Guys. My Girlfriend received a Parking Eye Ticket today (07/10/2017). The details of the ticket are as follows: Ref #: ######/###### Vehicle Reg: LN## ### Vehicle Make: Ford Vehile Model: C-MAX TITANIUM Date of event: 22/07/2017 Date Issued: 05/10/2017 Payment Tel: 0330 555 4444 Date: 05/10/2017 HAMPTON BY HILTON LONDON DOCKSIDE Time in car park: 8 Hours 10 Min Arrival Time: 22/07/2017 13:59:11 Depoarture time: 22/07/2017 22:09:50 Parking charge amount £100 Paid before cost: £60 Paid before: 19/10/2017 At the time my partner was v
  9. London attack: Fatalities after vehicle and stabbing incidents READ MORE HERE: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-40146916
  10. Hi Everyone, I had parked on a single yellow line on a Sunday afternoon in a street in Greenwich in Jan 2017. I was given a ticket for this. I had appealed / challenged the fine on 23.1.2017. I had no response from the Parking Fines office till 14.7.2017 rejecting my challenge and asking me to pay. I have two questions. 1. What is the time limit within which a Parking fine Challenge/ Appeal should be responded? In my case it was 5 months and 2 weeks. 2. What is the rule for displaying parking restriction sign posts in any restricted area? Within how many metres should a sign be put an
  11. Hi, Travel agent Agoda owe me circa GBP500 and repeated attempts to have them remove their heads from their butts have failed. I've learned that they have a registered office in London, would anyone be able to provide me with the address of that office so that I may do a 'Money Claim Online' on them? Thanks
  12. https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/jun/20/leak-shows-devastating-impact-of-planned-nhs-cuts-in-london This is very scary - can the NHS really take more cuts !
  13. I have received a parking ticket from Parking Eye. My wife was driving the car at the time. There is a 1 hour limit on the parking and she over stayed by 17 minutes. They are demanding £85 or £50 if you pay up quick. This is the shortest time limit in Grantham Is there any obligation on my part to inform them that it was my wife driving? How can I check if they have planning permission? Can I ask they directly?
  14. Finsbury Park: 'Several hurt' as vehicle hits pedestrians READ MORE HERE: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-40322960
  15. https://www.theguardian.com/politics/blog/live/2017/mar/22/peers-say-brexit-with-no-trade-deal-would-cause-signicicant-damage-to-service-sector-politics-live
  16. READ MORE HERE: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/iraq-and-afghanistan-memorial-unveiled-in-london
  17. This is so very wrong - back in 2001 the Labour Government encouraged the purchase of Diesel vehicles, reducing diesel and pumping money into the industry. Now those vehicle owners are being heavily penalised with increased fuel, taxes and now parking charges ! http://www.telegraph.co.uk/motoring/news/11007326/Diesel-car-drivers-betrayed-as-EU-cracks-down-on-Britain-over-air-pollution.html https://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/oct/01/uk-government-wrong-to-subsidise-diesel-says-former-minister http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/01/27/new-londo
  18. Hi all Looking for some advise with regards to PNC This is on behalf of a friend. He parked in the Auldi car park to do a shop. What he did not do was punch in his reg number. He was there a total of 29 mins (according to PE) He has now received a Notice to Owner, an invoice for £70.00 reduced if paid quickly. He said he is going to appeal. any advise would be gratefully appreciated. Leakie
  19. Many of you who drive in London will know that Speed cameras are calibrated a bit higher than the actual limit to a greater extent than they are out side of London. Indeed you can often get flashed in the outside lane if only doing 30 in a 30 mph area. I got a NIP for doing 35 near Hanger Lane. Now I know I cannot whinge about that since I may have been over the limit but it does seem unfair if you can [along with loads of other motorists] go through most cameras at that speed and not get done and then get done for one "rogue" camera. It is surely one speed for
  20. I went through the barriers at Oxford Circus with Grandad's freedom pass (which I used by mistake thinking it was my own ticket - we'd gone out to lunch for my 18th and he gave me his stuff to look after) and got stopped rather aggressively by a Revenue Inspector. I got the impression that he was the police 'cos he read me my rights. I was sh .... ing myself cos I'm not from London but had heard stories of brutality from the police. This guy was definitely trying to provoke a physical response from me but I kept my cool 'cos I was in a suit. He questioned me about the freedom ti
  21. Hy. It is a big story but i will try to be as acurate i can. i signed with this agentie Escape to London (EtL) in 10/01/2016 in madrid and i arrived here in London at 2/02/2016. i camed the next they at there offices and nobody knew who i am why i camed there and bla bla bla.... after 40 min a lady camed registred me. After that they sand me for the first interview after 7 days. The interview was so strange. I get there we sit on a tabel he ask me 3 4 questions and after 5 min they told me the big word,you don t have experience .i was se
  22. Hi, I hope you can help. I received a PCN through the post on Friday 8th April from London Parking Solutions (dated 01/04/2016). I parked in the gated parking area of my partners apartment block (I have a key fob to gain entry) on 29/2/16 they ticketed me on 29/02/2016 but there was no ticket on the windscreen when I went down to my car the following morning. I have emailed them appealing based on having no idea they'd ticketed me. I have an email from the management company telling me that where I parked was an acceptable place for guests to park, ho
  23. Open House London is the capital's largest annual festival of architecture and design, taking place on 17 & 18 September 2016. Open House London is a truly citywide celebration of the buildings, places and spaces where we live and work. It provides a unique opportunity to see, explore and learn about Londonʼs amazing architecture and design over one weekend. With more than 750 buildings opening their doors this year, Open House Londonʼs selection will include beautifully designed residences, innovative infrastructure projects and prestigious civic buildings, alongside a prog
  24. There's new plans afoot regarding the environment, which could see older cars and vehicles that cause more pollution to be charged a lot more to drive in London. The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has spoken about plans to charge vehicles that cause the most pollution £10 per day if they want to drive in the centre of London, in a bid to extend an "ultra low emissions zone". The new plans are looking at a charge', which would apply to vehicles - petrol or diesel - which have pre-Euro 4 emission standards. In short, that effectively means cars that are registered before 2005.
  25. Hi, I received a PCN the other day for failing to pay the London Congestion Charge in time (within 24 hours). I decided to look into the legality of the whole scheme and have come to the conclusion (1) that the PCN issued to me is void (of no legal effect) and (2) that elements of the scheme are unlawful and, in fact, void. This means that many, if not all, congestion charge fines will have to be refunded. My logic is as follows, but I will be grateful for comments (I might have got it wrong): 1. With regard to the PCN itself, the Road User Charging (
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