Local housing co-op – loan stock invitation

A local housing co-op has had an offer accepted on a property in Scraptoft/Humberstone-ish area. They are now looking to raise loan stock (from people like you!) as well as securing a mortgage from Triodos for the remaining amount. Investment starts from as little as £50.

Download the full blurb here: Scraptoft Housing Loan Stock Invitation

Well worth a look if you are interested in the general concept or are looking for a local investment. Contact doug.golding@ntlworld.com for more info.

The Lyons Review

“The 180-page review, probably the most extensive single piece of policy produced by Labour in opposition, sets out a plan for building 200,000 new homes by 2020.” (The Guardian)

They want to double the amount of custom/self build

Headline figure: They want to double the amount of custom/self build

Politics aside, the Lyons Review is a real whopper and took around a year to produce. I’m obviously not going to dissect the entire thing, but let’s see what lies within…

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Two complete houses built in an afternoon! (for insects, sorry)

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Yes, two multi-storey deluxe houses built by one person in one shed in one day! (sort of)

Have an old fence post lying around? Don’t buy a bug house when you can build one yourself. The one on the left has some bamboo running through it. I used a size 7 drill bit which seems about right for a ladybird as well as a size 20 flat wood drill bit for the larger holes. They do need a roof of some sort and the holes should ideally slant upwards to also help stay dry. The main wood itself should be left unpainted/treated.

A rainy day project if ever there was one. Get it done now in time for the cold weather when bugs will really need it.

Salvo web

The Salvo Directory lists dealers in architectural salvage, showing yards shops and showrooms where you can buy antique, reclaimed, salvaged and green material.

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The site covers salvage yards, wanted listings, new and refurbished. They also have a Salvo code for reassurance against the resale of stolen items – if you have items stolen from your house or garden, you can alert the network. Favourite items at the time of writing: several complete cast iron roof trusses, quite a number of antique brass bells, several thousand tons of natural stone… If you can’t think of anything fun to do with that stuff, well, you may be beyond help.

You could also browse our previous post on demolition. Just a quick post here, so see you next time.