SARASOTA, FL — AskPatty.com, Inc., announced today that Mary Aichlmayr, managing editor of Tire Review magazine, will join the automotive advisory panel of industry-expert women for their new woman’s portal, Ask Patty. The Ask Patty website, http://www.askpatty.com, which launched June 8, 2006, provides a safe place for women to get advice on car purchases, maintenance and other automotive related topics online. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Mary Aichlmayr is managing editor of Tire Review magazine, a business publication read by more than 30,000 independent tire dealers in North America. Tire Review is dedicated to the success of tire dealers serving the passenger, commercial, agricultural, specialty and off-the-road tire markets. Aichlmayr writes several feature articles for the monthly magazine as well as a regular column that focuses on business operations and management strategy. She also manages the Tire Review website. During her eight-year career as a trade journalist, Aichlmayr has written for several publications in the manufacturing, supply chain, trucking, warehousing, distribution and real estate arenas. She graduated summa cum laude from Baldwin-Wallace College with a degree in English. In her automotive advisory role, Aichlmayr will respond to questions from female consumers on automotive related topics via the website. The Ask Patty interactive advice blog launched May 22, 2006. “Knowing how to serve women customers is absolutely essential to the success of today’s tire dealer,” said Mary Aichlmayr. “Women represent a powerful force in the automotive industry, and their influence will only get stronger. Fully 65 percent of a typical tire dealer’s customer base is made up of women, yet most still report negative experiences when shopping for tires. That has to change for tire dealers to be successful in the long run.” Advertisement “Mary Aichlmayr has an understanding of the needs of women when it comes to a great buying experience in the automotive industry,” says Jody DeVere, president of Ask Patty. “Her experience with Tire Review will be invaluable to women consumers who come to Ask Patty for answers about their vehicles and dealership interactions.” According to DeVere, Ask Patty provides the safe environment for women to get advice and information needed to feel empowered and confident when they go to their local dealership for car service, repairs, maintenance and when they negotiate and purchase a new or used vehicle. Peter Martin, CEO of AskPatty.com adds, “Adding Mary to our Automotive Expert Panel is a great step for Ask Patty. It will allow us to expand our knowledge base to cover even more information about tires and the aftermarket world of the automotive industry.”
But what is not accounted for is the Planning Inspectorate’s capacity to deal with such appeals expeditiously. Present delays in determinations and shortages of inspectors make for a similarly depressing read. The NPPF is duly silent on how this increased workload will be handled centrally.Where the revised NPPF lacks ambition and foresight is on the structural changes occurring to our town centres, commerce and industry. For a document aimed at predicting the next 10 years, including Brexit, the NPPF doesn’t address the future-proofing or flexibility required by predicted structural changes in how we shop and work.While there is cursory mention of strategies to enable future town centre growth and support for residential as part of the town centre mix, there is little recognition of the radical restructuring of town centres that is required. This includes the need for successful towns to move towards either ‘convenience’- or ‘experience’-driven roles; for enhanced investment; and to ensure that time spent in shops, restaurants and other facilities is as high quality as possible. There is also no sign that our 30-year-old classification of use classes will change much or be more flexible.There is greater alignment with the government’s Industrial Strategy, notably referencing a need to provide for new tech and distribution warehouses, but the revised NPPF lacks clarity and guidance on modern uses such as co-working, flexible mixed uses and ‘meanwhile’ development. The document reads, with few exceptions, as though our town centres and workplaces haven’t evolved – with policies whose DNA is still rooted in the 1990s.It is a missed opportunity that this forward-looking document lacks the dynamism needed for our high streets and industry. ‘Meanwhile’ plots and co-working provide start-ups and SMEs with low-risk access to prime town centre real estate, often temporarily, enabling a continually evolving experience for consumers. Importantly, they also boost local shopping provision and vitality.Will the NPPF last 10 years? The key question is whether it will last five.Ian Anderson is a partner in Cushman & Wakefield’s planning and development team James Brokenshire’s launch statement to the Commons may have implied that the government’s priority was achieving quality design. In reality, the primary focus of the NPPF is to implement the housing white paper and making good its commitment to increase the delivery of new homes. This is understandable given our housing crisis and last year’s Budget pledge to deliver 300,000 new homes every year until the mid-2020s.It is a real masterstroke by the government to design the NPPF in a way that gives councils greater powers to promote housing but at the same time will punish those who don’t deliver through the presumption in favour of sustainable development.The difficulty is that most authorities, cash-strapped by cuts, have severely downsized planning teams. Few have the resources to consider complex proposals and many will be unable to process the number of applications needed to deliver the new homes needed.The new housing delivery test means that if councils don’t meet their housing targets, they are likely to be shut out of the decision-making process entirely. This will put even greater pressure on councils to approve developments of increasing density or risk without hesitation, leaving the door open to even more resource-hungry appeals.
Related TopicsClippersDanny SalazarIndians Danny Salazar’s road back to the big league roster took another step forward Sunday, as he threw well pitching for the Columbus Clippers against the Buffalo Bisons.The former Tribe starter went 3.1 innings, allowing three hits with a walk and six strikeouts. He threw 64 pitches, 46 of which were strikes.It was the fifth rehab start for Salazar, who threw on Tuesday night for AA Akron, throwing three innings. He threw 58 pitches while allowing one run on three hits with four strikeouts.The Indians have a decision to make with Salazar, who can stay on his rehab assignment for 30 days.A lot of that could depend on what the future holds for Trevor Bauer, as well as Corey Kluber and his progress back to the big league roster. Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE. Matt Loede