If you are looking to live in a West Lancashire Borough Council property then take a look on Facebook.
The Council’s HomeFinder service has set up a new page on Facebook where people can see some of the homes that are available and express an interest in them.
Using Facebook will allow the Council to show multiple pictures and give more information about available properties. Staff hope this will help to get new tenants for empty homes more quickly.
This is one of a range of online improvements being considered for WLBC residents in keeping with our digital inclusion strategy.
The page will run for a six-month trial period and if it proves successful other services may be offered to tenants on Facebook to give people another way of accessing them. The page can be found at facebook.com/west.lancs.homefinder.
New homes will also be shown on the Community-i website, which is run by West Lancashire Council for Voluntary Service.
Councillor Jennifer Patterson, portfolio holder for Housing, said: “Our new Facebook page will make it even easier for people to get in contact with The Council about housing moves as it is a popular channel that many people are comfortable and familiar with. This will help us reach a wider audience including people who may not have considered social housing as an option, as well as making it even easier for existing tenants who want to move to see what properties are available.”
The Council moved its housing applications process online last year, and people can still apply for homes using this system by visiting www.westlancshomefinder.co.uk.
For more information on West Lancashire Borough Council housing and housing services please visit www.westlancs.gov.uk/housing.
Where to use a computer
You can use a computer free of charge at Lancashire County Council-run libraries, provided you are a member, but it’s easy to join at your local library or online.
Anyone who lives in the in the UK can join a Lancashire library, it’s free and there are no age restrictions. For more information on facilities at local libraries please contact Lancashire County Council on 0300 123 6703.
You can find locations and opening times for all Lancashire libraries at www.lancashire.gov.uk/libraries
You can also use a computer free of charge at community centres. Contact details and opening times of the community centres with internet facilities are as follows:
Quarry Bank Community House, 364 Ormskirk Rd, Skelmersdale WN8 9AL Open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. Telephone number 01695 50446.
Evermoor Enterprises, Birleywood, Digmoor, Skelmersdale, WN8 9HR Open Monday to Thursday 9am to 5pm and Friday 9am to 4pm. Telephone number 01695 726269.
Greenhill Community Hub, Beech Close, Skelmersdale, Lancashire,WN8 8DL Open Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm. The centre can be available outside of these times by arrangement: call 01695 558869.
Tanhouse Enterprise Group, Ennerdale, Tanhouse, Skelmersdale, WN8 6AN Open Monday to Friday 9am to 9pm. Call 01695 720128 or 07815744 002 Email email@example.com.