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Councillors and staff at West Devon Borough Council are celebrating after another successful OurDay campaign.
OurDay is a yearly tweet-a-thon and social media campaign which showcases the work of councils across the UK. Developed by the Local Government Association, OurDay brings the often confusing work of local authorities to life for everyone.
This year, more than 14,000 people posted over 45,000 tweets, reaching 31 million people. The hashtag #OurDay was trending worldwide on Twitter for much of the day.
West Devon Borough Council posted a total of 49 tweets and 48 Facebook posts, reaching a whopping 681,103 people.
Individual posts were retweeted or shared more than 100 times, and collectively received 353 likes.
Cllr Lois Samuel, Deputy Leader at West Devon Borough Council said: “Social media campaigns like OurDay are a really useful way of reaching out to our customers, especially as we are seeing increasing numbers of residents of all ages and backgrounds using Twitter and Facebook. At the same time, it’s a great platform for us to share our experiences on, and give everyone a chance to see what goes on at WDBC on a daily basis. A lot of our work is naturally behind the scenes, so it’s wonderful to be able to showcase the work we do for our communities.”
Throughout the day the council shared some key facts about the services they provide for local residents, such as:
WDBC receives only 12% of the council tax paid by a property. A band D property on average pays just £213 per year for all the services provided by SHDC, from planning and playparks to environmental health and grounds maintenance.
By the end of this year, SHDC and West Devon Borough Council will have given out more than 1.2million in disabled facilities grants.
Our Customer Contact Centre takes more than half a million calls a year, yet the average wait on switchboard in October was just 19 seconds.
Last year, West Devon residents recycled 2,000 tonnes of paper, saving 34,000 trees.
Officials Celebrate Completion of New Affordable Homes at Batheway Fields, North Tawton
Nineteen families will soon receive keys to their brand new affordable homes at Batheway Fields, in North Tawton.
The affordable housing units were unveiled on 1 November, at a launch event by Tamar Housing, to celebrate its joint partnership scheme with Rentplus. The 19 housing units are made up of 11 Rentplus homes, as well as 8 Affordable Rent Homes.
All of the homes have been allocated to local people, in line with the local connection criteria in the planning agreement for the scheme agreed with West Devon Borough Council. Priority was given to those with a local connection to the town of North Tawton, before those with a local connection to the county of West Devon.
The properties will be managed by Tamar Housing, and are made up of 2, 3 and 4 bedroom homes, as well as 1 bedroom apartments.
Cllr Jeffrey Moody, Mayor of West Devon said: “It is a well-designed scheme with lots of space. The quality of the finish is outstanding. I am very impressed, when can I move in?”
Rentplus properties are managed by local housing associations, such as Tamar Housing, through 20-year full repairing leases. The properties are allocated to local working people and families in housing need who aspire to buy their own home but are unable to do so, usually because they don’t have a deposit. This can include households on council housing lists, those registered with choice based lettings and Help to Buy agents, or people in private rented accommodation.
Tenants pay an affordable rent, have security with five year tenancies and the option to buy their home in either 5, 10, 15 or 20 years. The housing association provides all the repair and maintenance services whilst the tenants are renting their home.
Richard Connolly, CEO of Rentplus said: ‘’It was fantastic to attend the Tamar Housing launch of our new Rentplus homes at Batheway Fields in North Tawton. This is our latest Rentplus and Tamar Housing joint partnership scheme and our first in West Devon, forming part of the larger Wainhomes mixed tenure development.
“It was great to join Mayor Jeffrey Moody and Leader of West Devon Borough Council and Tamar Housing Board member Philip Sanders, along with members of the Town and District Councils and their Officers.’’
Tenants of Rentplus homes have a five-year renewable Assured Shorthold Tenancy agreement, at an affordable rent that includes service charges and no maintenance responsibilities. This will give them the opportunity to save for a deposit and build a creditworthy record, which will help them to secure a mortgage in the future.
The occupiers have the opportunity to buy their property at either 5, 10, 15 or 20 years. If they choose to buy, they will receive a gifted deposit of 10% of the property’s market value.
Julie Barnett, CEO of Tamar Housing said: “I am so pleased that we have been able to provide so many households with more affordable housing options in their local area. Tamar Housing are proud to be able to support people taking the first step towards home ownership as well as providing traditional Affordable Rented homes.
“We look forward to helping more households across the South West through the development of a range of housing tenancies.”
Batheway Fields is a development of 61 new homes built by Wainhomes on previously agricultural farming land. Four of the Rentplus homes are already occupied, following their completion in September 2017.