The Local Authority Building Control North and Building Excellence awards for 2011 were recently announced at a ceremony in York.

This was the second awards event for the area and an opportunity to showcase local authority building control successes.

All the finalists and award winners represented excellent examples of partnership working with local authority building control and were drawn from a large number of nominations received.

The awards scheme is open to architects, designers, builders and and all category winners received a trophy.  Winners of each category are also eligible for nomination into the National Local Authority Building Control awards to be held in London later this year.

Projects in the which received recognition at the awards event were as follows:-

Commended in the ‘Best Domestic Extension or Conversion’  category

at Towthorpe Manor, Storwood.  Architect:  R C Donkin & Partner

Extension at Westcroft House, Tibthorpe.  Architect:  Malcolm Tempest Ltd.

Commended in the ‘Best – Small Development’  category

Black Cat Homes, Road, South Cave.  Architect: Ingleby & Hobson Architects.

Commended in the ‘Best Social/Affordable Housing Development’ category

Council – various schemes in the ERYC area.

Highly Commended in the ‘Best Educational Building’ category

East Riding of Yorkshire Council -Inmans School,  Hedon.

Winner in the ‘Best Sustainable Project’ category

East Riding of Yorkshire Council – Social Housing Scheme – various schemes in the ERYC area.

Commended in the ‘Best Sustainable Project’ category

Skipsea Village Hall, Skipsea – Architect: C J Lock Design.  Builder:  Brian Fell () Ltd

Pete Ashcroft, head of planning and development management, said: “Building Control is an important part of the construction process which helps to ensure high quality, thermally efficient and safe development in the East Riding.

“I would like to congratulate all those involved in these East Riding projects which have been recognised through the prestigious LABC awards.”

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Homeowners are being reminded that they must take responsibility for waste from their house – even if they pay someone else to deal with it.

Under The Environmental Protection Act 1990, if waste is found dumped it is the person who it originally belonged to who is held legally responsible for it. They could face prosecution and a maximum fine of £5,000.

Anyone paying a carrier to dispose of their waste is advised to check that they are registered with the Environment Agency as a registered waste carrier and ask to see their registered waste carrier’s certificate. It is also a good idea to ask where the waste will be taken for disposal.

If they are unable to answer these questions or produce the correct documents another waste carrier should be used.

Rob Parkinson, streetscene environmental enforcement officer, said “People often have no idea that they are breaking the law until they are caught up in a prosecution case, please don’t let this happen to you.

“Please remember, you have a responsibility to ensure your waste cannot escape from your control and that it is going to be disposed of in a correct manner. If your waste is discovered fly-tipped, you could be held responsible and fined.”

The threat of prosecution and fine is not limited to who use unregistered waste carriers.  It also applies to those whose waste is disposed of by other tradesmen including builders, gardeners and roofing contractors.

Homeowners are also advised to make a note of the vehicle registration number of the vehicle used to remove the waste, any contact details for the individuals, and a description of them, which may be useful if they do dispose of the waste illegally.

The Environment Agency can be contacted on 08708 506 506 for a waste carrier validation check.

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