Get Away From Your Computer

I know it’s been a while since I’ve been sat at mine writing blogs for you all.  It’s because you’ve all been keeping me astonishingly busy with a phenomenal volume of work (for which I am very grateful – thank you all very much!).  But a side effect is that I just can’t get back to blogging as much as I would like.

Hang on – you lot aren’t keeping me occupied just so I don’t put up posts on here, are you?

So it’s an odd thing for me to get back to blogging and the first thing I say is ‘get away from your computer’.  Why would I say that?

Well there are some great seminars going on that I think you should know about.  And if you’re very unlucky you’ll bump into me at them too.

On a non-planning theme, the Winchester Conference on Trust, Risk, Information and the Law.  This isn’t happening until 29th April 2014 (which gives you plenty of time to book) and is about exploring the way that information is used and shared in today’s society, the challenges of the assessment of risk, the impact on privacy, the law’s response and the way that a multi-disciplinary approach can facilitate solutions.

In a planning vein a veritable selection box (well, it is nearly Christmas.  I can tell.  There are easter eggs in the supermarkets):

  • 4th November 2013 – the Network for Planning Enforcement (NAPE) conference (Gateshead).  Come and join my planning enforcement prosecutions workshop – we’ll be covering everything prosecution-related including evidence gathering, taking witness statements, PACE interviews, continuity, rules on hearsay in criminal proceedings and giving evidence effectively.  I might even throw in a bit on confiscation and the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.
  • 9th December 2013 – added date due to the overwhelming demand for What’s New This Week? (Southampton).  This is now nearly sold out too – within 24 hours of being advertised!  You lot are insatiable.

So in the immortal words from a favourite television programme of my youth – why don’t you switch off your TV set and do something less boring instead?  Come and say hello!

(I can’t guarantee prizes will be available for knowing the name of the TV show that the above line comes from, but knowing the answer is obviously an indicator that you have great taste in children’s television of a certain era).


About Scott Stemp
Planning, regulatory and environment barrister

3 Responses to Get Away From Your Computer

  1. Martine says:

    You’re too young to remember Why Don’t You?, surely…

    Any chance of doing a ‘What’s New This Week’ show somewhere a little more central? Surrey would be fantastic. Only, us cash-strapped Council’s can’t afford the train fares to Southampton.
    We’ve spent all our money on asking you for advice about paintballing and clay-pigeon shooting for corporations!

    • Scott Stemp says:

      Absolutely I’ll come, email me with dates that would work for you and we’ll work something out – any other takers for the Permitted Development Roadshow? Get in touch and let me know.

      And have a gold star for being the first to guess the TV show!

  2. Martine says:

    I’ll get a gold star AND employee of the month if I can twist your arm into coming and talking to us for nowt! But as that’s not going to happen, I guess you’d better give me an idea of cost. PM me if you prefer and then I can go and do some arm-twisting here. Thanks.

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