South West is best for good neighbours
A survey has revealed that the South West is Britain's most neighbourly region.
The research, carried out by insurance company Swinton, found only 6% of those surveyed in the Westcountry had a long-running feud with a neighbour. This was the lowest figure in the whole country, with the national average being a far less friendly 21%.
However, the survey found that 13.7% in the region have a neighbour they are not speaking to, but this was also below the national average of 16.4%.
Even so, 37.9% of people in the region admitted that they sometimes think it is "easier" to avoid their neighbours rather than make conversation with them. But overall, four out of five South West residents quizzed by insurance company Swinton said they like their neighbours.
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Researchers found that feuds over noisy children, overflowing wheelie bins, parking spaces and out of control trees and shrubs are the predominant reasons for fall-outs. So what is the top cause of problems? That classic faux pas, blocking a neighbour's drive.
A new specialist insurance provider has launched to offer insurance designed for owners of beach huts.
British seaside resorts have around 20,000 beach huts, such as these pictured in Exmouth, East Devon. Insurance costs are a particular concern due to the potential for storm damage and vandalism.
Love Your Hut insurance is led by managing director Jonathan Kitchen. "Often, owners do not fully understand the risks facing their huts," he says.
"Some people are paying over the odds for insurance using a pre-recession valuation of their hut's market price. Many others are under-insured."
Linden Homes is hosting a part exchange event at its Ogwell Brook development near Newton Abbot in Devon this weekend.
Brian Deacon of Linden Homes says: "Part exchange takes a lot of the worry out of selling your existing home. We will provide a part-exchange offer within seven days.
"The event, from 10am-5pm, enables homebuyers to find out more about the scheme and view our show home."
The Copse is the last phase of Linden Homes' Ogwell Brook development. Priced from £219,950, there is a selection of three and four-bedroom homes available. Visit www.lindenhomes.co.uk for details.
A five acre plot of land near a popular Cornish beach has just been sold at auction for more than twice its guide price.
The plot, which is just 140 metres from the beach at Seaton, South East Cornwall, had a guide price of £25,000 but sold for £65,000.
Parts of the land have marsh and reed beds and the meadow in the southern section has been used for car parking purposes.
The land has frontage to the Seaton River with 244 yards of single bank fishing.
The auction itself, conducted by Stags of Plymouth, was packed with interested parties. The land was bought by a family with local business interests.