Tuesday, February 17, 2004

BTW, that Peak Park planner I mentioned in september finally gave us a decision on the application a fortnight ago. Well, an approval of the Listed Building Consent anyway. It's supposed to (in the legal obligation way) to take eight weeks. And still they're holding out on the planning permission for a Section 106 agreement. AND they want our client to PAY their legal department for drawing it up. I'm not sure I want to take the phone about that.

I don't like 106 agreements anyway. I think they're a bit like a legal backhander. You give us this and we'll approve your development... Yes, sometimes they can be used to improve developments, provide community facilities for housing developments and that kind of thing, but I still don't think it's quite right. Either a development is acceptable or not.

I started doing an MSc by distance learning. Building Conservation Technology and Management from Heriot-Watt.

So, I joined the library at Sheffield Hallam. Now, there's a badly designed building. To get to the main library you have to go through other buildings. What's wrong with that? The entrance is off a terrace. You have to go through the building find the right floor go outside an go back in again.

In joining I managed to confuse the librarian who didn't know what to do with a UK Libraries Plus form. It's a scheme that allows part time & distance learning students to join local uni libraries incase you didn't know. It took three of them to figure it out and they tried their best to be helpful and explain how many books I could take etc but failed to manage to tell me anything useful. Well, I asked someone else and figured it out in the end.

So, now I have some books I have to start writing my essays, don't I?

I am trying. Honest.

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Heriot-Watt Uni home page

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