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Train4TradeSkills Radio: Simon Keyte talks about plumbing training with T4TS

Simon Keyte is training to become a plumber with Train4TradeSkills. Train4TradeSkills Radio interviewed Simon to find out how his plumbing course is going.

You can listen to the full interview with Simon via AudioBoo at: www.audioboo.fm/train4tradeskills

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Building Plans for Oxford Shopping Centre gets Approved

Oxford City Council has given the green light to construction work at Westgate Shopping Centre which will create as many as 2,500 new jobs, many of them in the building construction sector. 

The investment of £330 million for redevelopment of the 750,000 sq. ft. shopping area will create 90 new shops, bars, restaurants and cafes. Building work towards fulfilling the project is expected to boost the economy and create more jobs in Oxford.

Councillor Deputy Leader, Ed Turner, described the decision for the project as “fantastic news for Oxford” in regards to the positive contribution the redevelopment plans would have on the City of Oxford.

Nigel Wild, president of Oxfordshire’s Chamber of Commerce, welcomed the improvements saying that such investment would benefit Oxford with raising more business revenue and higher income.

Mr Wild said: “Shopping in Oxford has been traditionally poor and we need that kind of development in order to attract people to make it a destination city.”

Although, there has been some opposition to the project from environmental groups and some non-government organisations, building work is likely to begin in 2014; this will also include construction work of an underground car park and extension of existing shopping establishments.

Do you welcome the decision of Oxford City Council to approve the £330 million redevelopment of Westgate Shopping Centre? How is the investment going to benefit you or your business? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment below:

Rogue Builders Pair Jailed for “Bad Work”

Two builders have been jailed today for engaging in unfair commercial practices and carrying out overpriced or unnecessary building work in Oxfordshire.

More than ten people have become victims of Trevor Bateman, 54, from Swindon and David Merriman, 49, from Nottingham who were convicted for various fraud-related charges at Oxford Crown Court.

The pair ran a business called AS Contractors; It has conned elderly homeowners out of thousands of pounds over period of two years.

David Marriman has been sent to prison for three-and-a-half years after being found guilty of 18 charges of fraud, misleading homeowners and performing poorly and simply unnecessary building work. Trevor Bateman was sentenced to four years for similar charges and transferring criminal property.

Judge Anthony King told the pair they had “proved themselves wholly unworthy to trade in any way in the building industry and run an extremely obnoxious scam.”

One of their clients, Mrs Thomas, was charged more than £6,000 for an unfinished bathroom. She told the Oxford Mail that she hoped this verdict will stop the two men from doing such things to other people in future. However, Mrs Thomas admitted she was not entirely convinced about this.

“I cannot tell you what a plausible sort of villain Mr Bateman is. He sounds so pleasant and would really do his best to assure you that you are going to be all right. I’m not surprised people were taken in.” Mrs Thomas said.

Many of victims were old women who lived alone, including Jean Price, who paid £47,000 for work valued at less than £10,000.

How do you feel about people who have become victims of building fraud? Is there any advice you would like to give to people to avoid such disappointments?  Share your thoughts by commenting here:

 

 

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