Recycle Devon is encouraging everyone to make a pledge and ‘wear what you have’


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Did you know that according to the waste charity WRAP, extending a garment’s lifespan by just by nine months could reduce its carbon footprint by as much as 30 per cent?

Recycle Devon’s new ‘Wear what you have’ campaign is encouraging everyone to make a pledge to breathe new life into old clothes to reduce their carbon footprint and keep them out of the bin.

By making one of a series of pledges to reduce the number of clothes you buy, extend the life of items you already own or donate clothes you no longer wear you will also be entered into a prize draw to win one of 10 Duronic Fabric De-Bobblers.

Make a pledge on the Recycle Devon website.

Find out more information about the campaign on our news centre.

District Council’s Parking Permits Review Closes on Friday

 

Tel: 01803 861368 Email: communications@swdevon.gov.uk

Issued: 19 August

South Hams District Council is conducting a review of how its parking permits work, to see if changing the scheme could release more parking spaces for residents and visitors. The consultation runs for three weeks until Friday 11 September.Concerns have been raised that there are too many parking spaces in key car parks taken up by vehicles with parking permits. The Council have been told that this leaves no short-term parking for shoppers and visitors and the vibrancy of the towns suffers because of it.

The proposals are to amend parking permits and charges so that the costs of the current permits are increased to manage parking more effectively, and increase the availability of Pay and Display parking.  It is also proposed to remove leisure and bowling permits and to put the sale of Salcombe and Dartmouth permits on hold with the exception of renewals of existing permits.

To support the town centres and the economy, the Council needs to ensure there are enough available spaces for shoppers and visitors to continue to easily park when visiting South Hams’ towns and villages without causing frustration for motorists who cannot find an available parking space.

Cllr Keith Baldry, Executive Member for Environment at South Hams District Council, said: “We have decided to conduct a thorough review of our permits across the District so we can hear what residents and visitors want.  We want to have a fair and consistent approach to our permit parking but we need to know what you, our residents and visitors, think about it first.

“We know there are particular parking issues in Dartmouth and Salcombe so we’re suggesting that we reduce the number of permits there in the future to increase available visitor spaces.”

The 21 day consultation runs from Friday 21 August until Friday 11 September 2020.

You can find further information about how to have your say at: www.engagement.southhams.gov.uk/parking

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Eviction Ban – Are you Affected and Can We Help?

Tel: 01803 861368 / 01822 813648 Email: communications@swdevon.gov.uk

Issued: 2 September 2020

South Hams District and West Devon Borough Councils are urging landlords and tenants affected by coronavirus and the eviction ban to contact them as soon as possible.

The Councils are extremely supportive of the move to extend the ban by a further four weeks, which will help to support those who have become financially vulnerable. They know that these changes will have an impact on landlords who are not receiving their rent payments in full, as well as on tenants who are struggling to pay their rent or arrears.

To make sure that vulnerable households are protected as much as possible, the Councils are calling on landlords and tenants who are experiencing difficulties to contact their dedicated Housing Advice Team for advice and support.

Back in March, the government announced measures to protect renters and landlords affected by coronavirus. As a result, for three months, no renter in either social or private accommodation could be forced out of their home during the height of the Covid pandemic.

As the eviction ban was due to come to an end, it created further uncertainty for those severely financially affected by the virus. However, the government’s announcement on 21 August has meant there will be a further four week extension on the ban on evictions.

In addition to the extension on the ban, the government intend to require all landlords to issue a minimum of six months’ notice of eviction.  While the longer notice period offers welcome respite to vulnerable households during the colder months, we recognise the impact this may have on landlords and would encourage landlords to make contact with us in cases where rent arrears may be causing financial hardship.

While the Housing Team cannot guarantee financial support in every single case, they are very often able to support households on low incomes to meet their rent obligations in the short term. Further help can also be given with rent arrears to lessen the impact and pressure these changes may have on both landlords and tenants.

Only those cases involving anti-social behaviour and domestic abuse offenders, are exempt from the protection, until at least the end of March.

Cllr Hilary Bastone, South Hams District Council’s Executive Member for Homes, said: “This is a very welcome extension to the eviction ban but we know that while welcomed by some, it may cause difficulties for others.

“We want to help anyone who needs support if they are having difficulties meeting their financial obligations.  This is a welcome reprieve for most and we urge you to take advantage of the eviction ban extension and get support from the Housing Team.”

Cllr Debo Sellis, West Devon Borough Council’s Lead Member for Homes, said: “I’m very pleased that we continue to help and support those tenants and landlords who have suffered hardship. The team is friendly and approachable and will do everything they can to support you, so please do get in touch with them.”

Residents can contact the Housing Advice Team at: housing.advice@swdevon.gov.uk

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