Community groups benefit from council furniture

Posted on: 22 May 2015

More than 30 local community groups have so far benefited from various bits of office furniture, which has been donated by North Devon Council.

Almost 300 items, such as desks, chairs, cupboards and filing cabinets, have already been allocated to local groups. These include village halls, parish councils, charities, clubs and social enterprises.

It follows an invitation from the council on Facebook and through its community e-newsletter, where local not-for-profit groups were asked to get in contact if they needed any office equipment.

The council’s Head of Property and Technical Services, Diana Hill, says: “With our relocation from the civic centre to smaller council-owned premises and a reduction in staff numbers over the last few years, we identified a large amount of surplus furniture that we could no longer use. We are delighted that this will be put to good use in our community.”

Aside from the allocated items, there is still a further 300 pieces of furniture yet to find new homes. The council is now continuing to work through its list of requests to try to match up as many items as possible. If other community groups are in need of any items and have yet to lodge their interest, they can email with details of what they require.

Meanwhile, the council’s exit from the civic centre is nearly complete. It is expected that remaining NDC staff will leave the building before the end of June.

If residents want to visit the council in Barnstaple, they can now go to the one-stop-shop at Lynton House, which is located a short walking distance from the civic centre, on Commercial Road.

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