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People in Easingwold Asked for Views on Housing


6:20am 23rd January 2014

People in Easingwold are being asked to give their views on the health impacts of renting or buying a house.

Hambleton District Council is reviewing its services in relation to private sector housing so that it can protect and improve the health of its residents.

A draft Housing and Health Scheme has been produced which identifies some of the various impacts on the health of residents and how the Environmental Health Services can work to improve the situation where it is needed most

“We would like residents to let us know their views on the priorities and possible schemes that the council should adopt in relation to the health of residents over which the Environmental Health Service may have some influence,” said Environmental Health Manager, Philip Mepham.

“In particular, we would like to know of any issues affecting private tenants or owner occupiers.  The provision of housing is vital for sustaining life and the quality and sufficiency of that accommodation plays a large part in determining the quality of life of residents.

“The impact of poor housing is not a recent discovery. Vulnerable groups, including the elderly, the very young and those suffering from long-term ill health, are at particular risk.

Issues covered by the draft scheme include working with landlords, standards in multi-occupied housing, standards on caravan sites especially permanent residential sites, home safety and accident prevention, excessive cold, condensation and mould growth and the structural condition of dwellings.

The draft Housing and Health Scheme is available on the District Council’s website  Hambleton.gov.uk   under the ‘Have Your Say’ area or  from the council office at Civic Centre, Stone Cross, Northallerton.

Comments and suggestions should be sent to Philip Mepham at the above address or email;  Philip.mepham@hambleton.gov.uk

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