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Demand for SW homes increasing as buy-to-let investors look to beat stamp duty rise

Authored by Mary

The South West’s housing market has seen a rise in demand following the Government’s recent announcement that stamp duty is set to increase for buy-to-let investors, the latest survey by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has revealed.

The RICS UK Residential Market Survey, December 2015, has shown that demand for new properties in the South West rose at the fastest...

Help to keep your home warm this winter

Authored by Mary

Older home owners in Plymouth are being offered help to keep their homes warm this winter – but hurry, as it’s for a limited time only.

Every winter across the UK, one older person dies every seven minutes from the cold weather and in many cases this is avoidable. Plymouth City Council is offering assistance to home owners aged 60 and above to ensure their boilers are working...

Housebuilder marks National Tree Week

Authored by News Desk

Barratt Homes in Plymouth has celebrated National Tree Week with the planting of an oak tree to mark 7,300 trees planted by the division in the last 12 months.

“We have planted or retained more than 7,300 trees or shrubs at our developments throughout the south west and wanted to mark our ongoing commitment to the environment,’’ said managing director Paul Moran.

“National Tree...

Professor Mary Watkins to become Peer in the House of Lords

Authored by Mary

Professor Mary Watkins, formerly Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Plymouth University and currently a Governor on the Board, has been made a member of the House of Lords.

Professor Watkins will become a Baroness and sit on the crossbenches after the Independent House of Lords Appointments Commission made the announcement today (Tuesday).

The peerage is recognition of the work that...

Thousands risk death from electrical fires at home

Authored by Mary

Older people in the UK are disproportionately at risk from electrical hazards, according to research by leading charity, Electrical Safety First.

The Charity has found that a person over 60 is ten times more likely to die in a fire than somebody aged 17 to 24i. And more than half of the accidental fire-related deaths last year in Great Britain were people aged 65 and olderii.

“...

Are you the Owner of Britain's Ugliest Carpet?

Authored by MFoster

PoshFlooring.co.uk is on the hunt for “Britain's Ugliest Carpet” and is offering a prize of a £150 Red Letter Day to the winner. Posh Flooring are inviting Plymouth to summit what you believe is Britain's Ugliest Carpet to @poshflooring

We Brits are known for our love of carpets around the world, and although carpets are a common feature in most homes here in the UK - some...

Does your oil tank leak?

Authored by Mary

It is also the time of year when the Environment Agency urges people to check their oil tanks to protect the environment and reduce the risk of potentially large financial losses.

Leaked oil can end up in drains, many of which lead directly to rivers, streams, lakes and even garden ponds, having the same effect as pouring it directly into the watercourse.

Oil is poisonous to...

Zero tolerance on social housing fraud

Authored by Mary

An Exeter man has been sentenced at Plymouth magistrates after illegally subletting his Local authority council flat when he was living somewhere else.

David Mukanirwa, 31, of Darwin Court was prosecuted under S1(2) of the prevention of Social Housing Fraud Act 2013 for subletting his Exeter flat on two occasions whilst he lived in Swindon after advertising it for rent on Gumtree....

Body found at St Budeaux property

Authored by News Desk

Detectives investigating the unexplained death of a 38-year-old man in Plymouth are appealing for information.

Police were called at 9.15am on Friday 29 May 2015 by a member of the public who was concerned for the welfare of a man at a property in Normandy Way, St Budeaux.

Officers attended the address where they located the man’s body. He has been identified as Robert...

Be extra careful if your home is thatched

Authored by Mary

As the days start to get warmer, but the nights can still be cold, Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service remind you to make sure your chimneys are safe and secure as possible, especially when lighting up fires that haven't been used for a while.

Be extra careful if your home is a thatched property as 80% of thatched properties in the UK are within Devon & Somerset....

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