The incident at Broomley had a significant impact on the ecology of Smithy Burn. This case demonstrates how important it is that water companies and wider regulated industries understand and comply with the conditions by which they are permitted to operate. Northumbrian Water Ltd (NWL) has been ordered to pay over £33,600 in fines and costs for three separate pollution incidents, including pollution of a Tyne Valley burn with untreated sewage effluent, which bypassed the local sewage treatment works.The company was sentenced on Monday 23 July at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court after admitting one charge of causing a discharge of untreated sewage into Smithy Burn at Broomley on 19 August 2016.Two other similar offences were taken into consideration as part of this case following unpermitted discharges of sewage effluent on 26 June 2015 at both Summerhouse & Killerby Sewage Treatment Works (STW), both near Darlington.The pollution at Broomley originated from a storm overflow channel. These allow rainwater and sewage effluent to bypass a sewage treatment works in times of heavy rainfall, to avoid the works’ capacity being exceeded. To be lawful, storm overflows should be incorporated into the works’ environmental permit.According to the Environment Agency, this was not the case at Broomley, since Northumbrian Water’s environmental permit clearly states that discharges to Smithy Burn should consist only of treated sewage effluent.Silt build-upChris Bunting, prosecuting for the Environment Agency, told the court that investigations found a build-up of silt had prevented flow from reaching the works, and instead diverted it to the storm overflow. Northumbrian Water’s maintenance inspections hadn’t included a requirement to check a manhole chamber where the blockage would likely have been discovered.Formal samples were taken from the burn and an ecological survey revealed a thick sewage fungus affecting the watercourse for 100m downstream of the outfall, which had starved the water of oxygen and resulted in the death of freshwater shrimp and midge larvae.At Summerhouse & Killerby STW’s, the Environment Agency’s inspections found both to be in a poor state of repair with faulty equipment. Rather than discharging treated sewage effluent, at Killerby sampling showed effluent leaving the works was more polluted than where it arrived.Malcolm Galloway, appearing for NWL told the court that staff were to blame for the faults as they hadn’t followed the company’s inspection procedures, and that NWL has a good compliance record. He also maintained that the storm overflow at Broomley had been permitted because it was included in the permit application made back in 1989.In sentencing, District Judge Roger Elsey ruled that the company’s culpability was low, but that the additional offences meant the fine had to be increased.Environment Agency Area Environment Manager, Fiona Morris said:
Thank you for all the music, The Eagles. After countless farewell tours and subsequent reunions, Don Henley confirmed the inevitable. Following the death of founding member Glenn Frey, it seems that the band is hanging up “Hotel California” once and for all.In a new interview with BBC, Henley was asked about the band’s performance at the GRAMMYs and whether they would perform again. He responded, “That was the final farewell. I don’t think you’ll see us performing again. I think that was probably it. I think it was an appropriate farewell.”The farewell saw a number of long-time members of the Eagles play the song “Take It Easy” with Jackson Browne, who co-wrote the hit song with Glenn Frey back in 1972. In the interview, Henley said “we almost didn’t do it,” just because of how emotional it was.
John and Emma Stubbs renovated their home in Annerley. Photo: JACK TRANYoung Brisbane homeowners are leading the way in renovating their properties to accommodate growing families, according to a new report.Three quarters (76 per cent) of Australian homeowners are on a home renovating journey, up 12 per cent since 2015, Westpac’s Home Ownership Report shows.Of those, almost half (47 per cent) are considering renovating their home, one in five (20 per cent) are now renovating, and 70 per cent have undertaken past renovations.The nationwide study commissioned by Westpac found renovating was now the highest priority for nearly one third (32 per cent) of homeowners considering a house-related activity in the next five years.Gen Y was found to be the generation most likely to be considering renovating in the future (46 per cent), compared with Gen X (39 per cent) and then Baby Boomers (31 per cent).Annerley’s Emma Boddington-Stubbs and architect husband John Stubbs, both 39, have been renovating their home for the past 10 years.“The previous owners wanted us to buy it over others because we planned to return its architectural character rather than a new development,” Mrs Boddington-Stubbs said.“While it is our home and John’s place of business, it is also an investment for the future.”Mrs Boddington-Stubbs said they had lived in several apartments and wanted to own a home so they could have some dogs and put items on the wall where they wanted.She said renovating the house had involved “a lot of work”. We made a rookie error and started renovating before asking the bank for a loan,” she said.“They took one look at the house and said they would give us a fraction of what we wanted to finish it.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours ago“As a result, our renovations have been self-funded, which, while tough, will mean a far greater profit for us when we come to sell.”Ray White Indooroopilly agent Desley Arnold said many Gen Ys were wanting to get their foot in the door, and get off the rent cycle.“Inner suburbs are providing excellent opportunities to pick up an older property with the right address, school catchments etc, and then allowing them the time to be able to renovate when affordable,” Arnold said.“Units and apartments are also proving popular as a first home, with the option to renovate for themselves, or use as equity to purchase a house in the same area.“Suburbs in the inner west are ideal for these buyers as many owners are original, having been in the area for 40-plus years and the homes are solid and perfect for renovation.”She said if seeking the right address for schools and easy access was important, then buying a new house was not usually an option for the Gen Ys in these areas, due to the high end asking price, however purchasing an older home and renovating was.Westpac Group head of home ownership Chris Screen said the competitive housing market had inspired a surge in home renovations.“With rising property prices and intense competition for property in metro areas, many homeowners are looking to renovate their existing property rather than sell and risk losing their position in the market,” Screen said.
A tennis star has shown interest in a luxury beachfront home at 44-48 North Point Ave, Kingscliff.A LUXURY Kingscliff property has proved to be a hit with a tennis star who is in negotiations for the mansion that features a pool and tennis court.The resort-style property spans three beachfront blocks and has an eye-watering $6.995 million price tag.It has attracted plenty of interest since it was served up to the market in September.MORE NEWS: Construction king creates ultimate smart homeMORE NEWS: Second deal sealed for developer’s mansion Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:05Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenInside Kyle Sandilands $3 million country retreat01:05One of the potential buyers is said to be a high-profile female athlete who will make the most of the property’s full-sized, floodlit tennis court.The tennis player is looking to purchase the property as a home base.Not a bad spot for a hit of tennis.LJ Hooker Kingscliff agent Nick Witheriff, who is marketing the home alongside Carol Witheriff, could not reveal any further details on the prospective buyer.He expected a deal to be sealed within the next few weeks.“It’s unique because it is the only property available with a tennis court on the beachfront between Byron Bay and the Gold Coast,” Mr Witheriff said.“It’s also the only property that has just under 2000sq m of land over three separate lots.“With land prices now, the listing price is equivalent to land value so it’s a great opportunity for someone to buy well below replacement value.”More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa9 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoThe property has a $6.995 million price tag.A deal is set to be sealed within weeks.The five-bedroom house at 44-48 North Point Ave was designed by award-winning architect Paul Uhlmann and features beach access, an 18m resort-style saltwater pool and a parents’ retreat known as the ‘round house’.The interiors match the coastal surrounds with whitewashed oak floorboards, polished concrete flooring, custom stonework, large glass windows and doors and tropical gardens.Mr Witheriff likened the location to the Glitter Strip’s Millionaires’ Row.“This street is the jewel in the Tweed Coast crown — it’s the Hastings St of Noosa and the Hedges Ave of the Gold Coast,” he said.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:01Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:01 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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As of today, the Serbian football player Milos Stojcev is officially the player of the Greek FC Atromitos.Milos Stojcev, now the former player of FC Sarajevo, will continue his career in the Greek FC Atromitos. This 28-year-old football player yesterday successfully passed the first stage of the medical examinations, and did the second part today. After it was determined that there are no obstacles for cooperation, Stojcev signed a three-year contract with Atromitos.Stojcev arrived in Sarajevo in 2013 and palyed 39 matches in which he scored five goals and won the Cup of B&H and the title of the champion. Stojcev embarked on his career in Crvena Zvezda, and had previously played for Sopot, Grbalj, Bezanija, Vojvodina, Borac from Cacak, Sporting Kansas City, Akzhayik, Leotar from Trebinje, and Atyrau.Milos indebted the Atromitos jersey with the number 18.(Source: klix.ba/ photo sportsport)