Homes & Gardens

Household vans able to use recycling centres this week

Restrictions at Devon’s Recycling Centres are to be eased further this week, with personal vans allowed to bring household waste from Wednesday 24 June. Vans will need to pre-book their visit at three of the county's busiest sites.

To ensure the recycling centres have...




Make an electric check part of your routine this winter

Authored by News Desk

The NICEIC & ELECSA are reissuing a crucial message as we approach the Christmas season; think safety first when decorating your home this Christmas.

The UK’s leading regulatory body for electricians NICEIC and ELECSA surveyed 2,000 UK tenants and homeowners. With 9 in 10 of us using lights to decorate this Christmas, some disturbing facts have been revealed about our attitude to...

Have a joyful and fire safe Christmas

Authored by News Desk

The Christmas tree sparkles with fairy lights, the presents are all wrapped, candles lights flicker and a cosy fire is lit – Christmas has arrived! Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service want you to have a joyful and fire safe Christmas this year.

Fire safety is important at any time of the year, but with the extra distractions of Christmas it’s especially important to be vigilant...

Vertical radiators - why they are consistent top sellers

Authored by Mike Page

Vertical Radiators are probably the most widely used heating units all over Europe and the UK. In addition to traditional horizontal, rectangular units, vertical radiators help address spatial issues when there is no more room left for traditional radiator units and can also add super sleek design elements to any room depending on their placement and style. Warm Rooms offers a wide variety of...

Plymouth to fly the flag for World Aids Day

Authored by George Dawson

For the first time ever, Plymouth City Council will be flying a flag to mark World Aids Day on Thursday 1 December, along with a number of other councils in the South West.

Working in partnership with the Eddystone Trust, the Council aims to raise awareness of Aids and show solidarity for people living with Aids and HIV, as well as promoting safe sex.

In 2015 there were an...

Electrical checks for the elderly this winter

Authored by News Desk

The UK’s leading registration body for electricians is urging people to think electrics when they carry out their checks on the elderly this winter.

Research commissioned by the NICEC found that 24 million of us have elderly relatives living on their own.

Despite half (50%) of us believing the elderly are more at risk of electrical fires, 75% of us haven’t had their homes...

Aster Group to bring new homes to Plymstock

Authored by News Desk

Plymstock is set to get 28 new homes after ethical housing developer, Aster Group secured planning approval for its Horn Lane development from Plymouth City Council.

Located at the former Downham School site, the two-storey scheme will include 14 properties for sale as well as two affordable rented flats for wheelchair users. In addition, 12 shared ownership homes will be built, to...

Expecting Guests for Christmas? Three Ways to Make Your Guest Room Extra Welcoming!

Authored by Mike Page

Plymouth is a great city to visit, so many of us will be expecting to open up our homes to family or friends from other places over the Christmas holidays, ready to celebrate together on Christmas Day. If you are having overnight guests over the Christmas period, making your guest room as comfortable and festive as you can, can make their stay far more enjoyable, so here are some ideas to help...

Devon website is supporting Armed Forces

Authored by News Desk

Nearly 3,000 visits have been made to a new website for Devon's military service leavers, veterans, reservists and their families in the first four months since its launch.

The most visited web pages have been for information about housing, support for military families, about employment, and health matters.

The Devon Forces Family website, , was...

New phase launched at Plymouth development

Authored by News Desk

A second phase of construction is underway at a popular development in Plymouth.

Building work is in full swing at Persimmon Homes Cornwall’s development in Derriford, known as Palmerston Heights (postcode PL6 5WR).

When complete, the scheme will consist of 132 properties. Already 48 homes have been completed and all of those properties are occupied.

Due to the strong...

Households at risk of surge in burglaries after clocks go back

Authored by Sarah Parker

As the clocks go back and the evenings become darker earlier, homeowners all across the UK are being warned to heighten the security of their houses.

A spokesperson from the a leading locksmith Newcastle company – QuickPick locksmiths says “homeowners should not be deterred by costs as there are a wide range of affordable basic digital locks on the market to secure your possessions and...