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Parracombe Drop in Event.

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Local residents had a chance to have their say on the future of Parracombe’s community facilities at a drop in event held recently in the village’s RAOB Hall.

The event, organised and attended by the Parish Council and Exmoor National Park Authority’s Policy and Community team, with representatives from Devon Communities Together and Devon Homechoice, was planned to tie in with questionnaires circulated to residents on the local need for affordable housing and community facilities.

Members of the community came along to find out more and give their views on current initiatives including a replacement for the shop/post office, which closed its doors in November, the purchase of the RAOB village hall, local need affordable housing, recreational facilities and parking.  

Jeremy Holtom Chairman of Parracombe Parish Council said: “We thank all those who came along and gave us their views to help with the important decisions affecting our village. A new village shop and post office will need people to invest in community shares as well as with setting it up and its day to day running. We are also looking into a potential community land trust for locally needed affordable housing”.

Ruth McArthur, Policy and Community Manager at ENPA said: “We are very supportive of Parracombe’s efforts to plan for the future of their community and are keen to continue to work together including on the need for local affordable housing. The consultation responses will contribute to a Parish Plan for Parracombe.”

Jeremy Holton continued:  “All Parracombe, Martinhoe and Trentishoe households have received a questionnaire on community facilities. Although the closing date was 20th January, we are happy to receive completed questionnaires from residents over the next 10 days to help us plan for the future.”

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Notes to the Editor

People in Parracombe, Trentishoe, Martinhoe or Kentisbury who may be in need of affordable housing themselves or know someone who is can contact the Rural Housing Team at Devon Communities Together on 01392 248919 for advice or to receive a housing need survey form.  

They are also encouraged to register with Devon Homechoice: Applicants can register an application online at:  www.devonhomechoice.com

For any queries regarding Devon Home Choice please contact North Devon Council Customer Service Centre on 01271 388370 or Devon Home Choice Team on 01271 388364

Available properties are advertised on a weekly basis from Wednesday through to Monday.  Details and bidding process are done via the Devon Home Choice website

Published: 31 January 2018

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