Update to Stamp Duty Thresholds

Reduced ‘stamp duty’ rates on residential properties from the 1st July will be an added bonus to so many prospective home buyers says Benwell Daykin. It means that if you buy a residential property between July 1st 2021 and September 30th 2021, you start to pay Stamp Duty Land Tax on the amount you pay above the threshold of £250,000. From October 1st 2021 the zero rate band will return to the standard amount of £125,000. The rates from the October 1st 2021 are: Up to £125,000 – Nil The next…

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Would You Like to Sell Your Own House?

Well now you CAN – in partnership with Ruddington’s own Benwell Daykin Estate Agents. The vast majority of home buyers these days place their enquiries via one of the major property portals such as Rightmove, Zoopla and On the Market. As a private individual you are unable to list your property for sale directly with one of the property portals and, as such, until now you’ve had to appoint an estate agent to do so. But no longer! Senior valuer, Nick Aston explains: “With our new property marketing service, we will…

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Thefts From Cars and Burglaries Increase Village Crime Rate

After a post-lockdown ‘spike’ in April, then a ‘quieter’ month in May, June again saw an increase in Ruddington crimes reported to Rushcliffe Police. Statistics just released show there were fifteen incidents logged by officers for our village during last month – which is 50% more than in the month before. As detailed below – in the latest figures supplied to us by our PCSO, Sherrylee Sampson – four of these offences were thefts from motor vehicles whilst three were burglaries – types of incident which had not been reported during May.…

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May The Force Be With You

Following an initial rise in reported crime in Ruddington when the strictest ‘lockdown’ measures were eased on April 12th, the month of May saw a welcome drop again, according to Rushcliffe Police. Statistics just released show there were only ten incidents recorded by officers for Ruddington during the whole of last month – none of which was serious. This is despite a spate of thefts of Ford Transits using a skeleton key in other parts of the force’s area – prompting a warning to owners to consider buying additional security to…

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Big Boom in Bungalows

It seems the demand for bungalows in and around the Ruddington area continues to surge, and, despite a number of new homes’ sites, very few of them accommodate for this. According to the latest figures released by retirement housebuilder, McCarthy Stone, 70% of over 65s would consider moving into a bungalow. However, the build rate of this house type is actually plummeting! It’s thought the increase in demand could be due to a number of factors, but the COVID-19 Pandemic certainly has played its part. As we spent more and…

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Go Wild in June!

Now that ‘flaming June’ is here, can you do one wild thing a day throughout the whole of the month? Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust believes you can! Whilst its monthly ‘Rushcliffe Country Park Wildlife Watch Group’ was put on hold last year, due to COVID-19 concerns, it is planning an autumn programme at Rushcliffe Country Park this year – which is set to commence from the second Saturday in September. Meantime, the already reduced level of Coronavirus restrictions means it’s again possible to run this June challenge safely whilst still observing ‘social distancing’ rules, etc. ’30 Days…

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Frustration Over Rushcliffe School Appeals Failure

Angry Ruddington parents have written a joint letter to our MP and to our newly elected Nottinghamshire County Councillors after their children were declined a place at Rushcliffe School in September 2021 – despite living in the catchment area and attending a feeder school. Eight village families with a son or daughter currently in their final year at St Peter’s Junior School, who unsuccessfully appealed the decision to send their kids to South Wolds Academy in Keyworth instead, have now written to Rushcliffe MP Ruth Edwards, Cllr Reg Adair and Cllr Matt Barney…

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Reported Village Crime Increases Post-Lockdown

Crime statistics for Ruddington, just released by Rushcliffe Police for April 2021, show a significant rise in reported offences when compared with the first three months of this year. The end of the strictest ‘lockdown’ measures here is thought to be a contributory factor – with more people now out and about and more village premises now open for business. Car crimes also increased during last month. Sadly, further graffiti vandalism was reported at Great Central Railway Nottingham – after a similar incident in January – whilst drive-offs without paying for…

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Should You Sell Your Home Before Looking for Another?

A number of Benwell Daykin clients have expressed their exasperation at being ‘gazumped’, or seeing offers rejected on their dream home, due to not being in a position to proceed. As such this has raised the question: “Should I sell my home before I start looking for another?” Mora Sheard, from the Ruddington-based estate agency, advises that deciding whether to sell your home – or whether to buy a new home first – should be based on your finances, the market availability for properties that interest you, the house that…

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132 Per Cent Rise in Antisocial Behaviour in Ruddington?

New statistics just published by Nottinghamshire Police indicate the number of reported incidents of ‘antisocial behaviour’ in our village shot up by 132 per cent during the Coronavirus pandemic. Figures from the past twelve months of COVID-19 restrictions and ‘lockdowns’ show Ruddington’s increase was second only to the Ashfield District of Nottinghamshire – leading to alarmist stories in some local news media. However, thankfully for us, it seems this does not give an accurate picture. In fact, for the whole year, the number of reported cases rose from just 83…

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