Judging the Empty Property Practitioner of the Year Award 2010, sponsored by Ad Hoc Property Management Ltd proved to be a difficult business, with some high quality submissions. The panel consisted of Keith Gunner of Southampton City Council, Britain's longest-serving Empty Homes Officer and himself a winner of an Empty Homes Agency Liftetime Achievement award, Nick Hilton of Ad Hoc Property Management, and David Gibbens (NAEPP Secretary).
109 people attended the NAEPP Empty Homes conference in Birmingham. Our venue had a nominal capacity of 120, but 109 seemed to be pushing the limits of capacity somewhat. Still we had some extremely good speakers and presentations and there was plenty to learn and enjoy.
We've received four nominations for the Empty Property Practitioner of the Year Award 2010, sponsored by Ad Hoc Property Management Ltd. . The four are:
Graham Everett (Watford Borough Council)
Extract: "A thorough and extremely knowledgeable approach to his work, exploring every option available and persevering through thick and thin."
Steve Habgood, (LB of Bromley):
This 3rd Edition has been substantially updated in the light of the party manifestos that have now been published.
Below is the text of NAEPP's letter to the Guardian following their two-page spread on Monday 5th April
"Dear Sir or Madam
The Empty Homes Network Guidelines for local authorities on nonitoring empty homes interventions documents are now in their final and approved versions, having been approved at the EHN(NAEPP) Executive Meeting of the 24th Febuary 2010. (Earlier versions are also available in the Information Library).
A slightly updated version was released in December 2010 to reflect the change of name from NAEPP to EHN.
We will be lobbying for the relevant information to be included in the annual HSSA return to give due recognition to local authority empty homes work.
Here is a link to the latest (updated end of October 2009) version of our proposals for a National Empty Homes Initiative, now including an introductory word from the Empty Homes Agency. This will be circulated to the press and relevant agencies.
This is now in our Information Library here.
Here is the first draft of our proposed National Action Plan for Empty Homes. It's time for NAEPP to move the agenda on empty homes forward in a step change that requires government at all levels to take the issue more seriously, building structures and allocating resources in a way that is commensurate with the task we all face.
This has arisen out of the Executive meeting in Derby on February 23rd 2009.
Improvements to the NAEPP website continue, including:
- a new Search menu item (see Menu options above)
- improvements to the Search by Keyword option
- a Site Index (see Information menu option above)
- a Library Item index more informative than the old one
- more of the site content being visible before you log in
There is more scope for users to add content. You can: