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Feb252015

Spooky old nurses' home in Surbiton to be brought back to life?



Spooky old nurses' home in Surbiton to be brought back to life?

Newlands Nurses Home has lain empty for years. Picture: Jon Sharman

Spooky old nurses' home in Surbiton to be brought back to life? Picture: Jon Sharman

The disused Oakhill Medical Centre. Picture: Jon Sharman

Newlands House. Picture: Jon Sharman

First published in News

Last updated Surrey Comet: Photograph of the Author by Jon Sharman, Senior reporter - Surbiton - 020 8722 6313

Have you ever glanced at its creeping ivy and barred gates, and wondered what is to become of that grand, white-walled building in Surbiton's Oakhill neighbourhood?

The Newlands Nurses Home, near Lime Tree Primary School in Oak Hill, has lain eerily empty for years as part of the NHS's property portfolio.

But it has now been sold and a Teddington-based planning consultant hopes to develop it into apartments - as well as to build further blocks next door.

Harper Planning said it would create three new blocks in a similar style after demolishing the neighbouring Oakhill medical centre.

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Consultant Robin Harper said: "The idea is to go for a traditional approach and for new buildings that look similar to that.

"We haven't gone for the more contemporary approach because we just don't think it's appropriate."

Surrey Comet:

The empty Newlands Nurses Home in Oak Hill has become something of a local landmark over the years. Picture: Jon Sharman  

Mr Harper said 41 apartments could be created across the four buildings.

To head off neighbours' concerns about parking, he said, an underground car park is proposed.

A public exhibition will be held at the medical centre this Thursday, February 26, from 4pm to 8pm, where residents can ask questions about the plans.

Mr Harper said he expected to submit a planning application to Kingston Council in about a month's time.

What do you think? Leave your comments below or email letters@surreycomet.co.uk

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Feb242015

Facebook's privacy policy breaches European law, report finds



Belgian report finds Facebook is acting in violation of European data protection and privacy law. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

A report commissioned by the Belgian privacy commission has found that Facebook is acting in violation of European law, despite updating its privacy policy.

Related: Seven things we learned from Facebook's latest financial results

Conducted by the Centre of Interdisciplinary Law and ICT at the University of Leuven in Belgium, the report claimed that Facebook's privacy policy update in January had only expanded older policy and practices, and found that it still violates European consumer protection law.

"Facebook's Statement of Rights and Responsibilities (SRR) contains a number of provisions which do not comply with the Unfair Contract Terms Directive. These violations were already present in 2013, and they are set to persist in 2015," wrote the authors.

According to the report, Facebook's policies around profiling for third-party advertising do not "meet the requirements for legally valid consent", while the social network "fails to offer adequate control mechanisms" with regard to the use of user-generated content for commercial purposes.

Related: Mark Zuckerberg 'not sure' about Internet.org advertising

"Facebook places too much burden on its users. Users are expected to navigate Facebook's complex web of settings in search of possible opt-outs," wrote the authors. "Facebook's default settings related to behavioural profiling or Social Ads, for example, are particularly problematic."

The report also points out that there is no way to stop Facebook from collecting location information on users via its smartphone app other than to stop location access on the smartphone at the level of the mobile operating system.

"Users are offered no choice whatsoever with regard to their appearance in "sponsored stories" or the sharing of location data," wrote the authors, stating that "users do not receive adequate information" to help them make informed choices where choices are available.

The authors continue: "We argue that the collection or use of device information envisaged by the 2015 data use policy does not comply with the requirements of article 5(3) of the EU e-Privacy Directive, which requires free and informed prior consent before storing or accessing information on an individual's device."

Related: Native American activist to sue Facebook over site's 'real name' policy

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Facebook is already being investigated by the Dutch data protection authority, which asked Facebook to delay rollout of its new privacy policy, and is being probed by the Article 29 working party formed of data regulators from individual countries across Europe, including the UK's Information Commissioner's Office.

"We recently updated our terms and policies to make them more clear and

concise, to reflect new product features and to highlight how we're

expanding people's control over advertising," said a Facebook spokesperson. "We're confident the updates comply with applicable laws. As a company with international headquarters in Dublin, we routinely review product and policy updates including this one­ with our regulator, the Irish Data Protection Commissioner, who oversees our compliance with the EU Data Protection Directive as implemented under Irish law." ­

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/feb/23/facebooks-privacy-policy-breaches-european-law-report-finds

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Feb222015

Police worker found guilty of fraud





20 February 2015

Last updated at 20:10



A Surrey Police worker has been found guilty of two counts of fraud by abuse of her position.

Helen Tye, 46, of Owen Road, Godalming, was convicted at Guildford Crown Court.

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A police spokesman previously said the offences related to a voluntary role she held with an organisation based in the Godalming area.

Tye, who was suspended from her role on the force's secretarial team, will be sentenced on 27 March.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-surrey-31558036#sa-ns_mchannel=rss&ns_source=PublicRSS20-sa


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Feb212015

Greek police detain suspected ringleader of Belgian terror cell, says source



Two men were killed during a firefight with Belgium's special forces on Thursday night.


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A third man was shot in the abdomen and seriously injured.

Belgian media also reported that investigators were still hunting one man - a Belgian with Moroccan roots who had gone to fight with the Islamic State group in Syria, and was said to be in Greece.

A Belgian named Abdelhamid Abaaoud became well-known on social media last year when pictures of his 13-year-old brother, Younes Abaaoud, were circulated, claiming him to be the youngest of the foreign fighters to have joined up with the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.

After the raid, police found four AK47 rifles, four handguns, ammunition and explosives. The cell was also equipped with police uniforms, radio, false documentation and an import sum of cash.

Prosecutors said they were planning to kill police officers in public and in police stations.

The Belgian government has estimated up to 200 of its citizens have left the country to fight in Syria.

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Feb202015

Ageas Bowl hotel close to completion



The Ageas Bowl hotel is finally set to be completed in April - nearly four years after the original deadline.

Work on the hotel at the home of Hampshire Cricket Club was halted in October 2013 after



developer Denizen went into administration.

Powells Group took over construction just under a year ago and "practical completion" is set for 13 April.

The £38.5m build also includes a golf course, hospitality facilities and a new media centre.

"This previous winter was storms, bad weather and howling gales, so it was in a bit of a state when we took it over," Gordon Wells, chairman of Powells Group told



BBC Radio Solent.

"There have been such a lot of unknown factors that have come up, a lot of it to do with the state of the building."

The hotel itself will come in slightly under the original £32m budget and the first paying guests are due at the end of May.

The golf course is further behind, though, and will open nine holes for summer 2016, with the full course ready the following year.

And Wells said it has been a challenge to keep the project on track because of the state they found the building in when they took over.

"It was big, wet empty shell with a lot of deteriorating panels, surfaces and a roof and structure that had been left open to the elements for the best part of six months," said Wells.

"The building was totally saturated, mouldy walls, soggy wet floors, peeling paint. Wind had ripped up roofing sheets and the insulation was wet."

The venue has seen constant re-development in recent years with the club attempting to attract regular Test cricket and the hotel is seen as an important aspect of the expansion.

There is tough competition for high-profile fixtures with the traditional grounds dominating, but the Ageas Bowl is seen as a genuine rival.

Former England captain



Michael Vaughan has praised the ground

, saying in 2013: "As a venue for delivering one-day cricket the Ageas Bowl is the best in the country."

The ground first hosted Test cricket in 2011 and featured in the 2014 Test series against India, but missed out on inclusion in the 2019 Ashes series.

Ageas Bowl HotelThe front of the Ageas Bowl hotel, looking across the golf course

Function Room - Ageas Bowl hotelThe current state of the function room within the hotel

Golf course - Ageas Bowl hotelA view of the golf course from the first floor cafe

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