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Survey to discover the housing and health needs of Shepton residents

10 February 2017

Mendip District Council is working in partnership with Weston College and the University of the West of England (UWE) to carry out a Housing and Health survey in Shepton Mallet.

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Students studying environment health will be working with the council to obtain information on households in one area of Shepton Mallet. The information gathered from these housing and health surveys will assist Mendip in discovering the housing situations of local residents and allow us to target our services to benefit the needs identified.

The Weston College and UWE students, with supervision from Mendip officers, will be knocking on doors in the High Street, Town Street and Hillmead areas of Shepton Mallet on 22 and 23 February. All students and officers will be carrying ID so we would encourage residents to check before giving out any personal information.

Nigel Taylor, Portfolio holder for Community Services said; "The results of the survey will not only allow Mendip to get an overview of housing needs in Shepton Mallet but will also assist the students in achieving their qualification in the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) Portfolio of Professional Practice (PPP). Through carrying out a survey of this type we can gather valuable information on the relationship between health and housing in Shepton Mallet. It allows us to identify areas where targeted improvements in housing and advice to tenants and home owners can improve their quality of life and health"

The survey is entirely optional and while will would encourage residents to take part, as a larger sample size will give the best feedback, there is no obligation if you do not wish to disclose information.

For more information on the survey please contact Abigail Oakley on abigail.oakley@mendip.gov.uk or if you're an owner-occupier and want to find out more about low cost loans for certain improvements to your property or disabled facilities grants contact our Private Sector Housing team on privatesectorhousing@mendip.gov.uk or call 0300 303 8588.

 

Last modified: 27 February 2017