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This may be just one of the many cases of bad experiences concerning estate agents and vendors, but I feel it's important to bring to the attention of anyone who may be considering buying a property in St Margarets at the moment.
A few months ago my friend put an offer down on a property right next to St Margarets station, 200B Amyand Park Road to be precise. The property was handled via Chase Buchanan (office directly opposite the station). The offer was accepted and a few days later my friend and the vendor began the process of completing the sale. Both parties' solicitors began their communication and everything was going smoothly. About 3 or 4 weeks later the valuation was underway. At no point during this time did the vendor notify his solicitors or agent of any change of heart to selling the property, but a week after the survey results were in, the vendor expressed that he was having second thoughts about selling, and eventually decided to pull-out of the sale, quoting the reason that he now believes he is 'under-selling'.
My friend had obviously already at this point paid part of her solicitor's fee, mortgage booking fee and valuation fee, totalling just under a grand. And the vendor decided to take full advantage of the currently flawed English legal system that provides no protection to buyers, and declined reimbursing any of the fees occurred due to his simple greediness.
Chase Buchanan apologised profusely for the vendor's actions, stating their unawareness of the vendor's uncertainty about the agreement, and stated that they would refuse to deal with the vendor again as a result of this matter. My friend's naivety bought this spiel and she then continued viewing other properties with the same agent. And it comes as no surprise to me that a couple of days ago this property is now back on the market, advertised through the same agent.
The purpose of this note is not to put you off purchasing a property, but simply to make you aware of this particular incident and to urge anyone who may be interested in this particular property or agent to consider carefully.
And just another 'beware', the survey results for 200B Amyand Park Road cited unsatisfactory electrical installation, with estimated repairs to be around £1,000.
I would like to bring to your attention the proposed development that, if approved, would be build between the A316 and the homes on the south side of Orchard Road. It would consist of two (2) three-bedroom houses and two (2) one-bedroom flats. These houses and flats would result in more traffic, more demand for parking spaces, (to say nothing of the havoc caused during construction) and is just another attempt by a developer to over-develop our neighbourhood for their financial gain. In November of last year, when the Council asked the households which would be most immediately affected by this development to give their views on the proposal, 29 households lodged their objections - none supported it. The developer (with the guidance of the Planning Dep't.) has since submitted numerous reports in an attempt to override the many objections cited by residents. Their last report, a parking survey, was sent to Planning on 10 June. I understand from Bryan Staff (in Planning) that his office will soon consider its decision. If you haven't done so already might I urge you to look at the developer's application and let Planning know your views. (Instructions on how to do so follow.)
This development, if built, would place a further burden on already limited parking in the area, generate more traffic on our neighbourhood roads, would be unsafe as there is insufficient access for emergency vehicles, and would result in damage or loss of trees on the adjoining properties, among other objections. The construction period would cause increased traffic congestion and noise pollution.
LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD!
1) Go to: w
2) On the right-hand side of the screen under "Popular Page", click "Planning"
3) Under "Search Planning Applications", click "Search current and historical planning cases"
4) Accept the terms and conditions by clicking (ticking) the box towards the bottom of the screen, and then click "Continue"
5) Then click "View scanned planning documents"
6) In the lower left-hand corner under "Application Number", type in 08/3277/FUL and click "Search"
I recently got a parking ticket - because I had forgotten to renew my resident's parking permit. Fair enough, I had renewed my tax and MOT and breakdown cover all due at the same time and assumed I had just overlooked renewing my Residents Parking Permit - also due at the same time.
So I went searching for the reminder letter, and couldn't find it and the more I searched the more I realised I never had a reminder letter this year (I keep them all in the same place, with the Visitors permits.) Now there are some empty houses in our road at present and we have had a couple of misrouted letters recently (having a fairly common surname) so it could be the reminder is on the mat of another house. But I just thought I would ask if anyone else hasn't received their Residents permit renewal reminder either recently?
Are you sure that are you meant to get a letter?
You are meant to get a letter but when you get a permit it does say quite specifically that the onus is on you to make sure it is renewed on time.
The old surgery at 66 Crown road is currently being converted into 8 bed-sits. There is no planning application for this, no change of use has been granted and the builders are working as I type.
A previous planning application in respect of 66 Crown Road was refused last year. Richmond council have opened an enforcement case 09/0013EN.
If, like me, you have concerns regarding this development please email firstname.lastname@example.org quoting the case number above.
I'm looking to forge more friendships in the area and wondered if there are any little groups that get together in the evenings. I have already joined Curves Gym in Twickenham, but wouldn't mind trying something else. I'm 31 years old without children, so not quite ready for bridge nights quite yet (at least I don't think so anyway). A modern knitting group perhaps - saw a great little one in Edinburgh recently, book group, music & media discussions...or even a cake club!!
As to modern knitting group I think there may be one at Par Ici in Church Street Twickenham; the people who run the shop are great and if they now don't have one may be able to tell you where one exists. Book groups; there are certainly a plethora of these; Langtons book shop, again in Church Street have two; one daytime, one evening; they also have a writing group and perhaps a poetry group (as well as great coffee in the cafe at the back of the shop; the Twickenham Library has book groups but, probably no good for you as I assume they meet in the day time.
Did you find any interesting clubs?
Anyone have a good and reliable builder that they can recommend for a bathroom & kitchen refurbishment job?
If so please drop me an email at: email@example.com
Try www.dannovation he's currently based in St Margarets!
Does anyone know of a reputable/skilled odd-job person/small builder? For a number of small jobs (sashes fitted to windows, small carpentry jobs and other small building work).
If you do would you please email me. Thanks
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07970 400850
Try Dan Galton, you can find his details @ www.dannovation. He does a lot of work in the area and has a lot of happy customers!
Does anyone know what is happening with the proposed bus stop opposite Marble Hill Park? I've look on the council's website but cannot find the application to see whether it is going ahead or has been declined.
Anyone know what's happening now? The shop is boarded up in an unsightly fashion and I fear years of it in common with the woman's other properties in St. Margaret's Road.
Sorry - Kobler's was my topic but it failed to appear.
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