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8 December 2023

Latest News from West Devon Borough Council

What is important to you?

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We know there is a lot to do - improving housing, creating more jobs, supporting community wellbeing and protecting our natural environment. 

If these things are important to you, please have your say on our Vision and Strategy for West Devon. 

Be part of the conversation and let's talk online

Save up to £400 a year on energy bills

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With the cold weather creeping in and utility bills expected to rise in the new year, now is the time to think about the energy efficiency of your home. 

If you own your house, have a household income of less than £31k and have heating that isn't mains gas with an EPC rating of D,E,F or G, you could be eligible for some home improvements. This could include better insulation and a carbon heating system. 

We are working with partners, Tamar Energy Community to help lower income households in the most need of upgrading.

Don't know your EPC rating? You can look it up

Check whether you are eligible and apply online

Have yourself a merry local Christmas



There are so many Christmas events happening in and around West Devon this December!

From Christmas markets and carol singing to craft fairs and late night-shopping, there's something for everyone.

Find out what's happening near you.

If you know of an event we can help publicise, please post it to our Facebook page, Events in West Devon.

Free festive parking

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We're offering free parking after 3 p.m. in some of our towns this December, so you can visit your local high streets for some Christmas shopping and that festive feeling.

  • In Hatherleigh and Chagford, parking is free after 3 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays.
  • In Tavistock, parking is free after 3 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays (except at the Guildhall).
  • In Okehampton's Mill Road Car Park, parking is free after 3 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays.

Find out more

Go green this Christmas



Have you started your Christmas shopping yet or are you almost there?

Did you know that almost all "normal" Christmas wrapping paper can’t be recycled? If you want to be more sustainable this year, use brown or plain paper instead.

Normal Christmas wrapping paper and sticky tape should be put in your rubbish bin, because our recycling team can't take it and will leave it in your container. 

Greetings cards without glitter, shiny bits or things stuck to them can generally be recycled - while those with these decorations can't.

Find out more about what you can and can't recycle this Christmas

SeaMoor Lotto - the gift that keeps on giving

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With Christmas being the season of giving, now is the perfect time to support the local good causes you care about. 

SeaMoor Lotto raises thousands of pounds for West Devon small charities. By taking part, you can make a real difference to the lives of local people, as well as the chance of a getting a little treat for yourself - win-win! 

Sign up and support a good cause today and not only will you be in with the chance of winning weekly cash prizes of up to £25,000, but if you enter before Saturday 23rd December, you could win a £3,000 Christmas Cash Bonus, all for just £1 a week!

The magic of Christmas is about making dreams come true. Even if you don’t win a cash prize you can be happy knowing that you are making a real difference to a good cause in the Borough.

Last chance to nominate your green hero

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Do you know a young person, group or youth club (aged 4 to 11) who are doing great things to support the environment? Nominate them now for a Mayor's Young Person Green Award. 

Last month's award was won by Okehampton Girl Guides. Could your young person or group be this month's winner?

Please nominate them by emailing
You need to include:

  • A short summary about the work they are doing.
  • Photographs, if available.
  • Permissions to use photographs from parent/guardians.

Nominations close today Friday 8 December 2023.

Join our Planning Team

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Our Planning Service is growing!

We are looking for ambitious planners to join our team to deliver our exciting, innovative and forward looking delivery model.

Roles include Principal Planning Officer, Senior Planning Officer and Planning Officer. 

Find out more and apply online