EHN news

Andrew Stunell presents Grafton Empty Homes Practitioner of the Year Awards

The 2012 Empty Homes Practitioner of the Year Award, sponsored by Grafton (UK) Ltd. was won this year by Keith Shields, Empty Property Officer at South Tyneside Council. Unfortunately Keith was not able to accept the award in person but it was accepted by Alan Armstrong on his behalf.

As in previous years, it was hard to choose between the short-listed submissions. Dominic Gordon of Grafton, who announced the awards, commented:

Council Tax - your questions answered

Our May 29th Conference features a much-requested session on council tax, presented by Glyn Berrisford of Stoke City Council.

We're pleased to confirm that Glyn is happy to answer questions that have been submitted in advance and we are therefore inviting Members to contribute these by posting comments against this forum post.

This is a great opportunity to get clarification on one of the more complex areas that we have to deal with - we hope you will make the most of it.

Thelma and Nick win January Post-of-the-Month awards

it'st aken a long time to filter out, but we are finally announcing the winners of our "Post-of-the-month" award for January 2012. Our two deserving winners will each be receiving a £15 Amazon voucher for their contributions.

The awards, the first of their kind in the history of the Network, were approved by the Member Services Sub-committee, chaired by Lynne Campbell of South Lakeland, and were as follows:

Latest EHN website features

The Empty Homes Network website has been revamped yet again, with some important new features.

New bookmark feature

There's lots of content on the site and it's growing all the time. The bookmarks feature lets you, er... bookmark particular pieces of content. You'lll see a checkbox on most pages. Simply click the Bookmarks button to see the bookmarks you've stored....

EHN National Conference, Birmingham, May 2012

We're preparing for our Conference, due to take place in Birmingham during the last two weeks in May.

As in previous years, the process started at the December Executive where we discussed possible topics. We've now sent out a questionnaire by email, inviting feedback from our Members on what they would like to see on the programme.

Email notifications get revamp

For a long time, we've been promising improvements to our email notifications system. The promised improvements have finally arrived.

We had a problem initially with the number of meails being sent out - the frequency control wasn't working. Sorry about that. The issue has been fixed now .