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Local Authorities & Waterboard Update

14 Apr 2021   |   Joanna Fowke   |   0 Comments

Welcome to the latest edition of our update on Personal Searches across England and Wales, the market has taken yet another step up the ladder in terms of busyness and so we would anticipate some additions to the naughty list below as the weeks creep on. 

We will endeavour to continue sending this report out weekly and perhaps more regularly if the situation worsens, but for now the full list of those taking longer than most is below.

We hope you find this useful, please let us know if there is something you feel we should be including.

Arun - Essential maintenance being carried out on the Council database during the week commencing 12th April 2021, this could potentially have an impact on turnaround times. (Only available for an extra fee of £15)
Barnet (30-35 Working days)
Blaby (25-30 Working days)
Blaenau Gwent (25-30 Working days)
Boston (40-45 Working days)
Buckinghamshire (Aylesbury Vale) (20-25 Working days)
Caerphilly (25-30 Working Days)
Cambridge (Council advising to allow up to 40 working days)
Camden (25-30 Working days)
Central Bedfordshire (20-25 Working days)
Ceredigion (40-45 Working days)
Colchester (20-25 Working days)
Coventry (20-25 Working days)
Craven (20-25 Working days)
Dorset (North Dorset) (35-40 Working days)
Dorset (West Dorset) (60-65 Working days)
Dorset (Weymouth & Portland) (40-45 Working days)
Durham (25-30 Working days)
East Staffordshire (20-25 Working days)
Eden (20-25 Working days)
Enfield (25-30 Working days)
Flintshire (25-30 Working days)
Gateshead - Delays expected from 7th April for 4 weeks due to the Land Charges department being short-staffed during this time (for both Personal & Official Searches) 
Gravesham - Currently only accepting Personal Searches at an additional cost of  £26.40
Great Yarmouth (20-25 Working days)
Gwynedd (25-30 Working days)
Hackney - Due to a Cyber attack there is a suspension on ALL services. Searches currently not available
Haringey (20-25 Working days)
Harlow (20-25 Working days)
Herefordshire - delays expected due to system upgrades
Hinckley & Bosworth (25-30 Working days)
Huntingdon (20-25 Working days) 
King's Lynn & West Norfolk (20-25 Working days)
Lewes (30-35 Working days)
Lichfield (20-25 Working days) 
Neath Port Talbot (20-25 Working days) 
Newcastle upon Tyne (30-35 Working days)
Newport (25-30 Working days)
North Warwickshire (30-35 Working days)
Northumberland South East area (Wansbeck/Blyth) (40-45 Working days)
Oadby & Wigston (25-30 Working days)
Plymouth (35-40 Working days)
Rossendale (30-35 Working days)
Rother (20-25 Working days)
Ryedale (20-25 Working days)
South Cambridgeshire (Council advising to allow up to 40 working days)
South Staffordshire (40-45 Working days)
Stock on Trent (20-25 Working days)
Tamworth (30-35 Working days)
Tandridge - Now only proving Personal searches for an additional fee of £28.00
Tewkesbury (25-30 Working days)
Torbay (20-25 Working days)
Waverley (30-35 Working days)
West Lancashire (25-30 Working days)
West Lindsey (25-30 Working days)
Wiltshire (40-45 Working days)
Wycombe - Allow up to 30 working days due to council shortages

Councils now only processing Personal Search for an additional fee:

Arun - Fee decrease £15.00 (1-2 Working Days)
Canterbury - £30.00
City of York - £21.00
Gravesham - £26.40
Selby - £22.70
Tandridge - Fee increase £28.00 (from 24th-31st March)

Following Water Companies are Business as Usual:

Please note there are slight delays but the overall turnaround time for all water companies is 3 working days (excluding Southern Water which is 6 working days and Welsh at 10 working days).

Anglian Water - Business as usual. (Please note that turnaround time for Official Water & Drainage is now 5 working days, however should a query be raised this is increased to 10 working days)
Northumbrian Water - Business as usual.
Southern Water - Business as usual.
South West Water - Business as usual. (Please note that turnaround time for Official Water & Drainage is 5 working days, but if a query is raised, please allow 14 working days)
Seven Trent Water - Business as usual.
Thames Water - Business as usual (Please note that turnaround time for Official Water & Drainage is now 5 working days, however should a query be raised this is increased to 10 working days)
Welsh Water - Officials searches, please allow 27 working days for commercial searches
Wessex Water - Business as usual.
United Utilities - Business as usual.
Yorkshire Water - Business as usual.

Your CDS Team 

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