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Phoenix Property Magazine July 2012 Free

Inside this issue…

Sales advice: Why can’t I sell? Mortgages: Renewed demand for advice Insurance: The summer holidays are here Local area spotlight: Sutton Bridge Curlew Centre Legal Advice: Private Drainage Legal Advice: Mediation PLUS: Full property listings Cover photo: River between Sutton Bridge & Walpole St Andrew

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Why can’t I sell my property? By Tonia Humberstone, Phoenix Estate Agents

So many people with a property advertised for sale want one easy answer to that very question, but the truth of the matter is that there is just not one easy answer to give… It could be simply that the market is very tough at the moment, especially with mortgage lending difficulties having an impact on market activity. But on the other hand it could well be a number of things holding back the property getting better activity & achieving a sale. In tough market conditions sometimes there is only so much a good agent can do and it becomes even more important that you work together with them for your benefit. Here are a few suggestions to consider. First things first, the most basic & common problem – price. Going on with the agent that suggested the highest valuation, you yourself dictating the price above where the agent suggested or even being higher priced than similar comparable advertised properties are good indicators that price could well be an issue to consider. Especially if you haven’t tried a price reduction recently or at all, a price reduction in line or competing with similar properties will help minimise the chance of your property marketing becoming stagnant and help improve your chances of increasing the activity levels and refreshing the marketing. Take a step back and take a good look at the presentation. Are you doing your property justice? You need to look at the property as a prospective buyer not as it being your home. Now be brutal with yourself what does a buyer see when they look at your home? Are you showing it at its best? Is it cluttered, dated, have you got lots of colour/pattern everywhere, have you let the maintenance slip a bit, can a buyer see the space and potential of the property? Buyers do not always see the bigger picture and can not see around what is already there. De-cluttering is a brilliant way of helping to show off your property’s potential. Put away the ornaments and the photos, de-personalise your home, have your surfaces clear and sparkling. Clear kitchen worktops to show the space available and don’t leave your dirty pots in the sink! 1st impressions count! You may love your bright red wall but buyers may not, buying a basic tin of magnolia and creating a blank neutral canvas may make all the difference. Now we all clean our homes but did you really get all the limescale off the taps & shower screen, is the grout discoloured, did you get all the cobwebs from the corners? Buyers are picky and notice these things. They like to know that the house they are buying has been cared for, don’t let yourself down just on basic maintenance & housekeeping. If you don’t keep on top of the basics a buyer is likely to jump to the conclusion that the condition of the property could well end up worse when they scratch below the surface & will associate it with potential hidden costs. Going back to 1st impressions count, what about the front of your house & kerb appeal? Have you thought about putting a couple of planters out to make it seem brighter and more welcoming, getting rid of any rubbish and weeding your drive. What colour is your garage door? If your windows are white painting the garage door white will help it look more modern, neater and more uniform. You don’t always need to spend money to make your house more saleable, a clean fresh neutral canvas, showing spacious rooms can make a big impact. Consider clearing out all the things you don’t plan to take with you when you do move - you are not only decluttering your home to help make a better visual impression, but you are also getting ahead on being more ready to move when you do get a buyer. Car boot items you don’t want and make yourself a few pennies in the process - you never know what gems you might find that you forgot you had. Is your agent doing your property justice? Have they photographed your rooms from the best angles or maybe they have cut off half the room making them seem smaller than they are. Are your photos bright and clear? A blue sky can make a property seem much more appealing to a buyer as apposed to a grey sky or snow on the ground. The number of photos we see where the agent took the property on in winter and in summer are still using the same dull front photos. Take a look at your photos and see what you think, speak to your agent if you would like them updating - remember your agent works for you. Finally & possibly most importantly work with your agent and not against them. Sometimes it’s very easy to feel that the advice your agent is giving you is part of a sales pitch or just because they want a fee. But let’s be serious here, why employ them to be your advisor & then not listen. Surely you want them to tell you the truth and not censor their feedback & advice just because you take it the wrong way? Your relationship with them is more important to them than you’d perhaps think. When you have a viewing ask your agent for the buyers honest feedback, even the negative points and don’t take offence by it, think about turning the negative to a positive. If more than one viewer says the same negative comment could you do something about it? Ask your agent how your property is performing with customers - do a lot of people ask for the details but not view, if so why, is there something in the details that’s putting them off? Forming a good relationship with your agent will help make things easier. If need be, consider changing agents (please look at the small print of your current agreement before signing up elsewhere), maybe another agent in your area is more pro active and is having more success selling, look online to see what property stock agents in your area have on the books and how much of those are advertised as sold, always do your homework, not all agents work the same. Find one you are comfortable with and one you feel a good working relationship can be could formed with. Check out their feedback on the Property Ombudsman website to see what past customers have said about them. Remember - make sure you choose an agent that will work & communicate with you and that you work with them. If you would like any further advice please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.


TAVERNERS MEWS, LONG SUTTON OIEO £56,000

LONDON ROAD, LONG SUTTON £75,000

QUEEN STREET, SUTTON BRIDGE £75,000

Modern (2006) 2 Bedroom terraced house available on a 50% shared ownership scheme, situated convenient for town centre amenities benefiting from kitchen/diner, downstairs cloakroom, upvc double glazing, gas central heating, allocated parking space, enclosed rear garden & no upward chain.

Victorian 2 bedroom end terraced house situated convenient for bus stops & Spar convenience store benefiting from lounge/diner, downstairs bathroom, enclosed courtyard garden, gas central heating & no upward chain – view now!

Victorian terraced house requiring some further cosmetic updating, 2 double bedrooms, lounge/diner, rear lobby/utility, refitted white bathroom suite, gas central heating, part UPVC double glazing, off road parking, enclosed south facing patio garden with 2 outbuildings & no upward chain.

MAIN ROAD, FRIDAY BRIDGE £60,000 Building Plot on the outskirts of the popular village of Friday Bridge. Full planning permission for a 3 bed detached house, Plot measures approx. 37ft/11.2m frontage x 59ft/17.9m depth (sts). Field views front & rear. No upward chain.

GARNERS WHARF, SUTTON BRIDGE £72,750 Ground floor leasehold flat in a converted Victorian granary convenient for local amenities & nearby River Nene. 2 bedrooms, open plan kitchen/diner & lounge, bathroom, allocated parking space, electric heating & double glazing. Internal viewing essential!

WITHINGTON STREET, SUTTON BRIDGE £74,995 Recently updated 2-3 bedroom terraced house benefiting from refitted kitchen & downstairs bathroom, utility room, gas central heating with refitted boiler, upvc double glazing, & enclosed low maintenance rear garden. Viewing advised!

WITHINGTON STREET, SUTTON BRIDGE FIXED PRICE £75,000 Recently updated 2-3 bedroom terraced house benefiting from refitted kitchen & downstairs bathroom, utility room, gas central heating with refitted boiler, upvc double glazing, & enclosed low maintenance rear garden. Viewing advised!

WITHINGTON STREET, SUTTON BRIDGE £79,995 ATTENTION BUY TO LET INVESTORS PROPERTY WITH TENANT IN PLACE! Recently refurbished 2 bedroom terraced house, UPVC conservatory, refitted kitchen & bathroom, lounge/ diner, UPVC double glazing, gas central heating & enclosed rear garden.

NEW ROAD, SUTTON BRIDGE £80,000 Building plot. Approx 0.5 acre site, outline planning permission for a single storey dwelling. Popular residential location, field view to one side, mature trees on site. Golf course nearby.


Individual conversion development of 12 properties with allocated off road parking situated in convenient walking distance of local amenities and bus stops. PLOT 1: £69,950 1 bedroom end terraced coach house (approx 54.1 sqm) Open plan lounge/diner and kitchen, downstairs cloakroom, upstairs en-suite bathroom to the bedroom & 2 allocated parking spaces. PLOT 2: £72,500 1 bedroom terraced coach house (approx 59.3 sqm) Open plan lounge/diner and kitchen, downstairs cloakroom, upstairs en-suite bathroom to the bedroom & 2 allocated parking spaces. PLOT 3: £77,500 2 bedroom terraced coach house (approx 78.8 sqm) Open plan lounge and kitchen plus downstairs bathroom & 2 allocated parking spaces. PLOT 4: £79,950 2 bedroom ground floor apartment (approx 45.7 sqm) Double aspect open plan lounge & kitchen, private garden & 2 allocated parking spaces. PLOT 5: £67,500 2 bedroom ground floor apartment Open plan lounge & kitchen plus 2 allocated parking spaces.

(approx 40.8 sqm)

PLOT 6: £75,000 2 bedroom ground floor apartment (approx 56.0 sqm) Double aspect lounge and separate kitchen plus 2 allocated parking spaces. PLOT 7: £59,995 1 bedroom ground floor bedsit apartment (approx 34.4 sqm) Open plan lounge and kitchen plus en-suite shower room to the bedroom & 1 allocated parking space. PLOT 8: £ 86,950 2 bedroom ground floor apartment (approx 65.8 sqm) Double aspect open plan lounge and kitchen plus 2 allocated parking spaces. PLOT 9: £86,950 2 bedroom ground floor apartment (approx 64.3 sqm) Open plan lounge and kitchen, en-suite shower room to master bedroom plus further bathroom. 2 allocated parking spaces. PLOT 10: £67,500 2 bedroom first floor apartment Open plan lounge and kitchen. 2 allocated parking spaces.

(approx 42.0 sqm)

PLOT 11: £69,950 2 bedroom first floor apartment (approx 43.1 sqm) Double aspect open plan lounge and kitchen. 2 allocated parking spaces. PLOT 12: £69,950 2 bedroom first floor apartment Open plan lounge and kitchen. 2 allocated parking spaces.

(approx 49.3 sqm)

SPECIFICATION: - Kitchens: Fitted units plus oven, hob with extractor, space for fridge/freezer, space/plumbing for washing machine. - Bathroom/Cloakroom/En-Suite: Fitted with white suite. - Double glazing & Gas central heating - Carpets/floor coverings included. *All information subject change.

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CUSTOM HOUSE ST, SUTTON BRIDGE £85,000 Victorian 2-3 Bedroom mid terraced house benefiting from 2 reception rooms, ground floor refitted shower room, upvc double glazing, gas central heating with refitted boiler, enclosed rear garden & off road parking. View now!

GAULTREE SQUARE, EMNETH £89,995 2 Bedroom semi detached house situated in a popular village requiring further updating and benefiting from 2 reception rooms, conservatory, upvc double glazing, enclosed rear garden with part field view & no upward chain. View now!

CHESTNUT TERRACE, SUTTON BRIDGE £92,950 Edwardian terraced house benefiting from 2 double bedrooms, 2 reception rooms, modern refitted kitchen & bathroom, gas central heating, upvc double glazing & approx 100ft long enclosed rear garden. Internal viewing essential.

LIME STREET, SUTTON BRIDGE £96,000 FIXED PRICE ATTENTION BUY TO LET INVESTORS PROPERTY WITH TENANT IN PLACE! Refurbished 2 bedroom period end terraced house, 2 reception rooms, modern fitted kitchen & bathroom, enclosed rear garden, allocated parking space, upvc double glazing, gas central heating & no upward chain.

WEST PARADE, WISBECH £102,500 3 Bedroom end-terraced house situated close to the town centre, 2 reception rooms, downstairs shower room, majority double glazing & gas central heating, off road parking, rear garden & no upward chain.

BRUCE CLOSE, WISBECH £105,000 New build 2 bedroom terraced house situated in a small development of 9 houses benefiting from lounge/diner, downstairs cloakroom, upvc double glazing, gas central heating, low maintenance enclosed rear garden, allocated off road parking space & no upward chain. View now!

ST MARKS ROAD, HOLBEACH ST MARKS OFFERS OVER £90,000 Modern 3 bedroom semi detached house in a rural village location benefiting from kitchen/diner, oversized integral single garage, off road parking, enclosed rear garden, upvc double glazed windows, solid fuel central heating & no upward chain. Viewing advised!

THE HOLIIES, HOLBEACH £99,950 Modern 2 Bedroom end terraced house offering lounge/diner, refitted kitchen & bathroom, upvc double glazing, gas central heating, off road parking spaces, enclosed rear garden & no upward chain.

PEBBLE CLOSE, SUTTON BRIDGE £106,950 New build 2 bedroom terraced house situated in a small development of 9 houses benefiting from lounge/diner, downstairs cloakroom, upvc double glazing, gas central heating, low maintenance enclosed rear garden, allocated off road parking space & no upward chain. View now!


Renewed demand for mortgage advice as lenders continue to increase rates. By Jane Sutton, Director Top House Mortgages

Searches for remortgage advice increased to 35% of all whole of market mortgage enquiries in May 2012 Buy-to-let advice has increased from 19% in April to 21% in May, and the number of searches are 1% above average compared to monthly numbers of enquiries over the last 12 months. The recent rate rises by lenders have driven a renewed interest in searches for remortgage advice as consumers contemplate switching to a better deal in an attempt to save money. We have already seen a number of lenders including Halifax, Bank of Ireland, Yorkshire and Clydesdale Banks, RBS and Co-operative Bank increase their standard variable rates, leaving over a million borrowers with higher mortgage payments. Although current mortgage rates are still significantly lower than they were five years ago, a small percentage tweak here or there can make a big difference to your overall expenditure. The prospect of more mortgage rate price hikes on the horizon is also a concern, particularly as the window of opportunity to switch to a cheaper deal may be closing fast. If you are looking to remortgage, you should seek help from a professional mortgage adviser, but don't leave it too late as you cannot be sure whether good deals will still be available in a few months' time. Give Top House Mortgage Solutions Ltd a call!. We are independent mortgage advisers who do not charge fees. We will recommend the best deals for you by scanning the whole of the market and only suggest a mortgage that suits your individual circumstances.


BRUCE CLOSE, WISBECH £109,950

BRIDGE ROAD, SUTTON BRIDGE £112,000

New build 2 bedroom terraced house situated in a small development of 9 houses benefiting from lounge/diner, downstairs cloakroom, upvc double glazing, gas central heating, low maintenance enclosed rear garden, allocated off road parking space & no upward chain. View now!

Modern 3 Bedroom semi detached house conveniently located for local amenities. UPVC double glazing, Electric night storage heating, Off road parking, Kitchen/Diner & Enclosed south facing low maintenance patio garden. No Upward Chain.

LONDON ROAD, LONG SUTTON £109,950

BRUCE CLOSE, WISBECH £112,500

BRIDGE ROAD, SUTTON BRIDGE £119,995 Modernised 3 storey terraced house benefiting from 4 bedrooms, 2 reception rooms, modern kitchen/breakfast room, utility, ground floor cloakroom, first floor bathroom, low maintenance rear garden offering off road parking, upvc double glazing, gas central heating & no upward chain.

KINDERLEY CLOSE, SUTTON BRIDGE £121,950

2 Bedroom semi detached house conveniently situated for local amenities, kitchen/diner, utility, cloakroom, refitted bathroom, off road parking potential, enclosed rear garden with workshop, UPVC double glazing & gas central heating. Viewing advised!

New build 2 bedroom end terraced house situated in a small development of 9 houses benefiting from lounge/diner, downstairs cloakroom, upvc double glazing, gas central heating, low maintenance enclosed rear garden, allocated off road parking space & no upward chain. View now!

Recently redecorated modern (2005) terraced house benefiting from kitchen/diner, downstairs cloakroom, en-suite to master bedroom, enclosed garden, garage & parking, upvc double glazing & gas central heating. No upward chain. Viewing advised.

PRINCES STREET, SUTTON BRIDGE £109,995

RAILWAY LANE SOUTH, SUTTON BRIDGE £119,950

NENE MEADOWS, SUTTON BRIDGE £124,950

1920’s 3 Bedroom semi detached house, lounge/diner, downstairs bathroom, generous enclosed rear garden with off road parking & outbuildings include utility, store & coal store, UPVC double glazing, gas central heating with refitted boiler.

3 Bedroom end terraced house benefiting from refitted kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, downstairs bathroom with separate cloakroom, double glazing, gas central heating, off road parking, enclosed courtyard garden & further 92ft/28m (sts) long lawned garden area with decking feature. Viewing essential!

Modern 3 Bedroom semi detached house in a cul de sac location, 2 reception rooms, kitchen/diner, downstairs cloakroom, upstairs bathroom, upvc double glazing, gas central heating with refitted boiler 2011, garage with attached workshop, off road parking, enclosed rear garden & no upward chain.


Insurance advice: Summer holidays are here! By Liz Spriggs, Coversure Insurance Wisbech Not that you can tell with the weather we’ve been having of late. Don’t know about you but I’m getting sick of this weather, which has got me thinking about a nice sunny destination abroad which I’m sure you’re thinking the same thing but have you thought about insurance. Don’t worry if you haven’t help is at hand we can provide holiday insurance for backpackers, groups, single trips, long stay and annual policies with varying levels of cover to suit you with many sport activities covered as standard (subject to policy wording). Lots of people don’t think about arranging insurance whilst booking there holiday and wait until just before there trip but if you take it out when you book then if the worst happens, and you needed to cancel then you would be covered. An emergency abroad can be extremely expensive. If you needed to be returned to the UK it can cost thousands of pounds unless you are adequately insured. Did you know that NHS assistance doesn’t apply to the Channel Islands so you would need insurance if you are planning a trip there. Word of warning if you’re a skier or planning a skiing holiday – avoid a lunchtime tipple if you have an accident and there is alcohol in your bloodstream your policy will be invalid. Whilst your away let me share some tips about the do’s and don’t when leaving your home. Apart from the obvious, locking doors, windows, cancelling milk and newspapers. There are other factors to be aware of:Social networking can be a danger without you even realising it. You should be careful who you are telling that you are on holiday when using these sites; it’s easy especially for your children, to get excited about an approaching holiday. Updating your status and being open about your plans could give an opportunist burglar viewing your profile all the information they need If your taking your sat nav with you program home to your street not your actual house number as if your sat nav is stolen whilst your away not only has the thief got an expensive and easily saleable item, they have your home address and a handy little device to help them there. If the thief is lucky enough you may have left your house keys in the car as well. Leaving a radio or lights on a timer device can give the illusion your home. You could ask a neighbour to pop in each day to check the property and if they wouldn’t mind to open and shut the curtains. So to make sure you have the right cover at the best possible price give Coversure a call and speak to Jane, Kat or Liz. Coversure the cover you want, the service you expect, the advice you need.

Please keep Coversure in mind for any insurance you have coming up as we cover all aspects of insurance and will scan the market to get you a competitive premium and hopefully better cover. If you would like us to assist or advise you please contact Jane, Kat or Liz.

Tel: 0800 308 1140


BRIDGE ROAD, LONG SUTTON £124,950

WRIGHTS LANE, SUTTON BRIDGE £126,000

CHURCH DROVE, OUTWELL £134,995

Edwardian 3 bedroom semi detached house convenient for bus stop benefiting from lounge/diner, refitted downstairs bathroom, gas central heating, UPVC double glazing, approx 180ft long enclosed rear garden (sts) & no upward chain. Internal viewing essential to appreciate fully.

Residential development opportunity. Popular residential location with field view. Approx 0.5 acre site with full planning permission to demolish existing buildings & erect 4 dwellings & integral garages. View Now!

3 Bedroom detached house situated convenient for local primary school and village amenities, 2 reception rooms, conservatory, downstairs cloakroom lpg central heating, part upvc double glazing, attached garage, extensive off road parking, enclosed gardens & no upward chain.

MARSHLAND DRIVE, HOLBEACH £125,000 Modern semi detached bungalow offering 2 double bedrooms, lounge/diner, conservatory, modern fitted kitchen & bathroom, garage & extensive driveway, enclosed walled front courtyard garden & generous rear garden, majority upvc double glazing & recently installed gas central heating. Viewing essential!

LONDON ROAD, LONG SUTTON £129,500 Detached 19th century character cottage benefiting from lounge/diner, sun room, modern kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, 2 double bedrooms, refitted shower room, majority upvc double glazing, gas central heating, enclosed garden & off road parking. View now!

HIGH ROAD, WISBECH ST MARY £135,000 3 Bedroom semi detached house in a popular village, 2 reception rooms, modern kitchen & downstairs bath/shower room, en-suite cloakroom to master bedroom, extensive off road parking, approx. 150ft long enclosed rear garden, gas central heating, upvc double glazing & no upward chain.

STATION ROAD, TYDD GOTE £129,995 STANLEY DRIVE, SUTTON BRIDGE OIEO £125,000 Modern 3 bedroom semi detached house in a sought after residential area offering kitchen/diner, conservatory, refitted upstairs bath/shower room & downstairs cloakroom, upvc double glazing, gas central heating, garage, driveway & enclosed rear garden. View now!

3 Bedroom detached bungalow with field views to the rear, re-fitted kitchen & shower room, conservatory, UPVC double glazing, oil central heating, garage & off road parking, enclosed rear garden. No upward chain. Viewing strongly advised.

BRIDGE ROAD, SUTTON BRIDGE £135,000 3 Bedroom detached bungalow convenient for local bus stop and amenities requiring further updating and benefiting from kitchen/breakfast room, upvc double glazing, gas central heating, garage and off road parking, lawned rear garden & no upward chain.


WEST STREET, LONG SUTTON OIRO £135,000 Detached circa Edwardian cottage in a town centre location with permitted use as chiropody clinic on the ground floor with reception room, treatment room, kitchen, utility & cloakroom. Plus self contained residential 1 bedroom apartment on the first floor. UPVC double glazing, gas central heating, off road parking, gardens & no upward chain.

CHURCHGATE, GEDNEY SOUTH) £149,950 Detached bungalow in a popular village location requiring some cosmetic updating & garden re-landscaping benefiting from 2 double bedrooms, kitchen/breakfast room, utility, conservatory, modern fitted bathroom, upvc double glazing, gas central heating, garage & driveway.

OLD MAIN ROAD, FLEET HARGATE £145,000

VILLA CLOSE, LUTTON (LONG SUTTON) £149,995

Recently refurbished Period semi detached cottage offering 3 double bedrooms, 2 reception rooms, modern kitchen/diner with integrated appliances, feature fireplaces, bath/shower room, upvc double glazing, gas central heating, enclosed rear garden, off road parking & no upward chain.

Modernised detached bungalow in a popular cul de sac with field views to one side, 2 double bedrooms, individual open plan layout, modern refitted kitchen/breakfast room, dining room/study, refitted bathroom, enclosed rear garden, off road parking, upvc double glazing & gas central heating.

WRIGHTS LANE, SUTTON BRIDGE OIEO £145,000 Refurbished 3 Bedroom detached house, en-suite to master bedroom, downstairs cloakroom, utility, 2 reception rooms, UPVC double glazing, gas central heating, garage & driveway, rear garden with field view. Planning permission for 1st floor extension. Internal viewing essential to appreciate fully!

STURTON WAY,LONG SUTTON £149,995 Detached bungalow situated in a popular location requiring further updating benefiting from 3 double bedrooms, kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, upvc double glazing, gas central heating, garage, driveway, enclosed low maintenance gardens & no upward chain.

WRIGHTS LANE, SUTTON BRIDGE £149,995 Detached bungalow situated in a popular location, 2 double bedrooms, conservatory/utility, majority UPVC double glazing, gas central heating, bathroom with corner bath & separate shower, garage & off road parking, good size rear garden.

FAIRFIELDS, HOLBEACH £157,995 2-3 Bedroom detached bungalow situated in a popular cul-de-sac close to the town centre benefiting from conservatory, utility room/bedroom 3, shower room, UPVC double glazing, gas central heating with refitted combi boiler, south facing low maintenance rear garden & off road parking. View Now!

LONDON ROAD, LONG SUTTON £159,950 3 Bedroom detached house benefiting from rear field view,2 reception rooms plus conservatory, downstairs cloakroom, modern upstairs bathroom, detached single garage with utility room, driveway, parking area, upvc double glazing, gas central heating & rear garden. Internal viewing essential!


Legal Advice: Private Drainage By Anna Hall, Ward Gethin Archer Solicitors In rural areas it is common to find that the house you wish to buy has a private drainage system. It is worth noting however that where there is a suitable public sewer within 30m of a property the owner can be required to connect into it at their own cost. The owner of a property with a private drainage system is legally obliged to ensure that the system does not cause pollution, a health hazard or a nuisance. There are 3 main types of private drainage systems: Cesspool/cesspit: This is a single covered tank into which waste will flow from the house. There is no outlet or discharge to the environment, the tank is completely sealed. The tank will need to be emptied periodically and should not be allowed to overflow. On the sale of Property which uses this method of drainage it is likely that the buyer will want to know the following: When the tank was last emptied How frequently it needs to be emptied The cost of emptying/maintenance A plan showing the location of the tank If you are selling a property it would be a good idea to supply your conveyancer with this information in advance. Septic Tanks: This is a system of 2 or 3 chambers allowing the waste to break down naturally and be filtered between the chambers. The liquid waste is allowed to soak away harmlessly into a reed bed or land filtration system. The tank will still need to be desludged and this should be done at least once a year. A buyer is likely to want the same information highlighted above. If the effluent discharges into a watercourse then Consent to Discharge should be obtained from the Environment Agency, a buyer will want to see evidence of this. Treatment Plant: This works in a similar way to a septic tank but treats waste to a much higher standard allowing it to be discharged to watercourses. These tend to rely on an electrical supply to function and may need regular maintenance. Again where the effluent discharges directly into a watercourse Consent to Discharge will be required from the Environment Agency. Registration and other requirements: A newly installed private drainage system will need to comply with Planning and Building Regulation requirements which will deal with matters such as: The capacity of the system The location – proximity to the property, access for any works/emptying of the tank Details of how effluent is to be discharged and limits on how much can be discharged. The system may also need to be registered with the Environment Agency. The Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010 required the Environment Agency to create a registered of small sewage discharges. This required the registration of all private drainage systems that discharged into the environment however the requirement to register is currently under review and the obligation has currently been suspended although it is still possible to register voluntarily which may be advisable given that if the requirement is re-imposed there may be a rush to be registered which may create a backlog and cause difficulties with the sale of a property. This has not suspended the need for Consent to Discharge where effluent flows directly into a water course. The use of a private drainage system is not a cause for concern although buyers not from a rural area might be more cautious. Your buyer will require additional information and it is always helpful if you provide this to your conveyancer at the outset of the transaction to pre-empt any additional enquiries. Ward Gethin Archer are happy to speak to you at the beginning of your transaction to give you an outline of the kind of documents your buyer will be looking for. We can also offer advice to clients buying a property with a private drainage system for the first time. If you would like further advice please contact Anna Hall at Ward Gethin Archer on 01553 660033.


LUTTON GOWTS, LONG SUTTON £159,995 3 Bedroom detached bungalow situated on the outskirts of Long Sutton, 2 reception rooms & conservatory, bathroom, shower room, UPVC double glazing, gas central heating, off road parking , feature enclosed garden. No upward chain.

CHURCH ROAD, TILNEY ST LAWRENCE £169,950 Extended & renovated 4 bedroom end terraced cottage offering en-suite & dressing room to master bedroom, 3 reception rooms, kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, upstairs bath & shower room, downstairs cloakroom, upvc double glazing, oil central heating, off road parking & low maintenance rear garden.

DELPH ROAD, LONG SUTTON £169,950

Modern extended 4 bedroom detached house on a corner plot, convenient for local amenities, 38ft long lounge/diner, majority UPVC double glazing, gas central heating, enclosed rear garden, garage & driveway.

3 bedroom detached chalet style cottage on the outskirts of Long Sutton. Downstairs 2 bedrooms, bathroom, lounge, kitchen/diner, utility and conservatory. Upstairs bedroom, shower room & reception room. Garage, off road parking & established gardens. Field views to the front. Viewing a must!

Modern (2002) detached bungalow in a rural village location with field views benefiting from 3 double bedrooms, ensuite, refitted kitchen/diner, utility room, conservatory, redecorated throughout, refitted carpets, single garage, driveway & enclosed gardens. No upward chain. Viewing advised.

4 Bedroom semi detached cottage, edge of village rural location, overall plot of 3/4 acre (sts), feature views, 3 reception rooms, downstairs wetroom, upstairs bathroom, kitchen/breakfast room, utility, wash room, double glazing, double garage, workshop & gardens.

GEDNEY ROAD, LONG SUTTON £177,950

LIME WALK, LONG SUTTON £165,000

MAIN ROAD, GEDNEY DROVE END £169,950

EAU DYKE BANK, TYDD ST GILES OIEO £175,000

DELPH ROAD, LONG SUTTON £174,950 Modernised detached bungalow, 2 double bedrooms, 2 reception rooms, conservatory, modern fitted kitchen & bath/shower room, oversized single garage with office, extensive off road parking, enclosed rear garden, majority upvc double glazing, gas central heating & no upward chain. Viewing essential!

3 Bedroom 1930s detached house on an overall plot of 0.15 acre (sts), 2 reception rooms, conservatory, refitted kitchen with integral appliances, utility, refitted upstairs bathroom & downstairs shower room, gas central heating with refitted boiler, upvc double glazing, garage, extensive parking & enclosed rear garden with part field views.

MAIN ROAD, TYDD GOTE £184,995 Period detached cottage with layout giving potential to separate into 2 parts. 5 bedrooms, 4 reception rooms, 2 bathrooms, downstairs cloakroom, central heating, separate workshop/garage building & enclosed garden.


Legal Advice: Mediation By Jo Wheatley-Johnson, Fosters Law This month Jo Wheatley Johnson looks at the impact an increasingly popular form of dispute resolution. Those who have been involved in any sort of dispute know the value of the ‘it’s good to talk’ adage. One of the simplest ways to resolve disputes is through face-to-face discussion. However with emotions running high this is more easily said than done. Mediation facilitates this, actively helping the parties reach settlement in a controlled yet relaxed manner. Essentially mediation involves a neutral third person working with those in dispute to help them to reach an agreement; it is a confidential and voluntary process. The majority of civil and commercial disputes that use mediation reach resolution, and it more often than not proves to be much cheaper than going to court. It is a swift and economical process which not only takes account of legal arguments but also of commercial needs. In mediation a trained neutral mediator has no power to impose a settlement and so the resolution of the dispute will be one that the parties will have agreed to. Mediation can be used in a wide range of disputes including commercial disagreements, workplace or employment claims; marital or relationship break-up matters and neighbourhood disputes. If a settlement is not reached in mediation, the parties are free to go to court. If a case is already in the process of litigation, most courts will encourage mediation and will allow a stay (a break) to allow mediation to take place. Disputes in the workplace Disagreements in the workplace can be fairly commonplace, fortunately they rarely escalate to the level where they need be considered a serious dispute that will affect the organisation’s operations. However when they do, they can prove to be extremely costly; not only the direct financial costs, there are often hidden higher costs too. Such disputes can distract the workforce, damage internal morale and there is all too often a general draining effect if these problems are not resolved speedily. The use of a neutral mediator can often defuse a situation long before the matter becomes a more serious problem, e.g. an Employment Tribunal, saving both time and money. Personal & Family Mediation Many personal or family disputes can generate long lasting emotional and financial implications for all parties. The method and manner in which matters are dealt with will have an immediate and longstanding impact on you and your loved ones. Unfortunately, the close emotional ties that bind personal relationships ensure that resolving problems within families can prove to be complex and challenging. This is where an independent and impartial third party can help the family, or those in dispute within it, settle these conflicts before they cause further or lasting problems. The mediator will ensure that needs of all parties, and in particular the needs of any children, are met in a way that is fair and equitable. Civil and Commercial Mediation Commercial disputes are likely to generate legal costs and distract the management from undertaking the normal business activities. They can also damage the businesses reputation and have a negative on internal morale – again all factors which can damage the core objectives. Mediation is an effective and relatively inexpensive way of resolving disputes quickly and efficiently before they escalate. Business and personal relationships can be preserved using mediation because, unlike litigation which only looks backwards and apportions blame, mediation can also be used to look forward.

If you need advice on a business, work or personal dispute, contact Jo Wheatley Johnson at our Long Sutton office: 14 Market Street, Long Sutton, Lincolnshire. Email jwj@fosters-law.co.uk or call 01406 455014.


WOAD LANE, LONG SUTTON £189,950

CHURCH STREET, GEDNEY DAWSMERE £195,000

Modern4 bedroom detached chalet house with front field views, lounge/diner, family room, kitchen, utility, downstairs cloakroom, upstairs bath/shower room, en-suite & walk in wardrobe to master bedroom, en-suite shower/sink to ground floor bedroom, double glazing, oil central heating , off road parking and enclosed rear garden. Internal viewing essential!

3 Bedroom detached former school masters house in a rural village location with field views, overall plot approaching 0.3 acre (stms), character features, 2 reception rooms, majority UPVC double glazed windows, oil central heating, extensive parking, detached barn: workshop & garage.

LONGDON CLOSE, SUTTON BRIDGE £189,995 Modern (1997) detached bungalow situated in a popular cul de sac benefiting from 3-4 double bedrooms, en-suite, conservatory, refitted kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, garage & driveway, south facing enclosed rear garden, wood effect upvc double glazing & gas central heating.

STANLEY DRIVE, SUTTON BRIDGE £189,950 Modern detached bungalow in a popular location benefiting from 4 double bedrooms, en-suite, conservatory, kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, garage & driveway, low maintenance enclosed rear garden, wood effect upvc double glazing, gas central heating & no upward chain. Viewing a must!

GEDNEY ROAD, LONG SUTTON £199,950

FIRDALE CLOSE, PEAKIRK £220,000 Detached chalet bungalow in a cul-de-sac location with rear field views, 2-3 bedrooms, 2 reception rooms, garden room, UPVC double glazing, oil central heating, garage & driveway, en-suite cloakroom, downstairs cloakroom.

CHALK ROAD, WALPOLE ST PETER OIEO £230,000

Edwardian 5 bedroom semi detached house offering 3 reception rooms, conservatory/utility, downstairs cloakroom, upstairs bathroom & en-suite shower room, 150ft (sts) long rear garden, outbuildings, gas central heating, upvc double glazing, feature fireplaces, garage, driveway & no upward chain.

Modern detached house in a popular village location, 4 double bedrooms, ensuite to master, family bathroom, downstairs cloakroom, lounge, kitchen/diner, utility, upvc double glazing, oil central heating, integral garage, off road parking & enclosed rear garden with feature covered wooden terrace. Viewing a must!

WRIGHTS LANE & NEW ROAD, SUTTON BRIDGE £205,000

STATION ROAD, LONG SUTTON OIRO £239,950

Residential development opportunity, 2 sites together. Total of 5 plots. Popular residential location with field view. Approx 0.5 acre site with full planning permission to demolish existing buildings & erect 4 dwellings & integral garages. Plus further approx 0.5 acre site with outline planning permission for a single storey dwelling and separate access

Detached house, original part dating back to mid 1800s, part field views, 4 double bedrooms, 4 reception rooms, upstairs bath/shower room, downstairs cloakroom, majority UPVC double glazing, gas central heating, off road parking, side gardens, no upward chain.


NIGHTINGALE WAY, SUTTON BRIDGE £249,950

STONEGATE, GEDNEY (SOUTH) £280,000

BACK ROAD, MURROW £299,995

Detached Allison 'Mayfield' design house built 2005 and situated in a sought after location benefiting from 4 double bedrooms, en-suite, 3 reception rooms, kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, cloakroom, double garage, upvc double glazing, gas central heating & low maintenance gardens

Executive detached bungalow, 4 bedrooms, en-suite cloakroom, 2 conservatories, kitchen/diner, utility, bath/shower room, double garage with office & cloakroom, extensive block paved driveway, landscaped low maintenance gardens, non-estate village location with rear field view.

Modern 6 bedroom house situated in a rural village location benefiting from 3 reception rooms, 3 en-suites, family bath/shower room & downstairs cloakroom, utility room, detached garage, off road parking, enclosed garden, upvc double glazing & oil central heating. Viewing essential!

NIGHTINGALE WAY, SUTTON BRIDGE £259,950

ROMAN BANK, LONG SUTTON £290,000

Detached Allison 'Canterbury' design house built 2005, sought after location, 5 double bedrooms, 2 en-suites, 3 reception rooms, kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, cloakroom, integral double garage, upvc double glazing, gas central heating & enclosed rear gardens.

4+ bedroom detached house, 4 attic rooms, 2-3 bedroom annex with wet room en-suite, kitchen with integral appliances, utility, 3+ reception rooms, cloakroom, UPVC double glazing, gas central heating, workshop, extensive parking & overall plot of 0.5 acre (sts).

CHALK ROAD, WALPOLE ST PETER £279,995 Modern detached house, 4 double bedrooms, dressing room & en-suite to master bedroom, 2nd bedroom with ensuite, downstairs cloakroom, 3 reception rooms & conservatory, kitchen, utility room & breakfast room, integral double garage, established enclosed rear garden, UPVC double glazing & no upward chain.

SALTS ROAD, WEST WALTON OIEO £294,995 Modern 5 bedroom detached house, overall plot 0.19 acre (sts), 2 en-suites, kitchen/diner, conservatory, study, utility, downstairs cloakroom, workshop, double garage & extensive parking, oil central heating, UPVC double glazing & secluded rear garden with decking area.


The Curlew Centre Sutton Bridge A Vintage Family Fun Day was held in the Memorial Park beside The Curlew Centre on Saturday 26th May. It was organised by Sutton Bridge Community Centre Fund (SBCCF), the charity who runs the centre. The park was bathed in glorious sunshine throughout the day and the number of visitors exceeded all expectations. In addition to a car boot, there were a number of stalls and stands run by local groups. There were also lots of family activities including a bouncy castle, sumo wrestling and gladiator suits and a teacup ride. Despite the heat, staff from Silverwood Tea Rooms kept a BBQ going, whilst crowds thronged the park. Everyone could view a number of vintage vehicles including tractors and motorbikes and beside The Curlew Centre itself, visitors could climb on board an armoured personnel carrier which had been kindly loaned for the day by the Anglia Motel at Fleet. During the afternoon, all eyes turned skyward, as everyone prepared for the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. The last remaining WWII Lancaster arrived on cue and flew over the Memorial Park three times giving everyone a great view before heading back to its base. Members of SBCCF were delighted with the success of the event which made ÂŁ400 which will go towards the upkeep of The Curlew Centre. The centre is home to an increasing number of activities and clubs, full details of which can been seen via www.thecurlewcentre.co.uk You can also book the centre for parties and private events - just call 01406 351122 or email bookings@thecurlewcentre.co.uk A number of weddings have also been booked for the coming year and the centre will be hosting its second Wedding Fair on Sunday 14th October between 10am and 5pm. So if you are planning your big day, why not come along for some inspiration? If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at the library or joining the committee who run the centre, don't hesitate to get in touch. You can also follow The Curlew Centre on Facebook and Twitter - see the links on the website. We look forward to seeing you at Sutton Bridge's premier venue.

www.thecurlewcentre.co.uk Email: admin@thecurlewcentre.co.uk Bookings hotline: 01406 351122

Phoenix Property Magazine July 2012  

Phoenix Estate Agents (East) Ltd Property Magazine July 2012

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