Life in the Lakes - Nov - December 2019

I am finally emerging from the major transformation our council has been going (and is still going) through. I feel like a butterfly coming out of its chrysalis! Although our new roles don’t begin till January 2020, I understand that I will be continuing empty homes work but under the job title of Case Management instead of Empty Homes Officer. Phew!

Personally I feel fortunate to be continuing what I have been doing since 2008, especially as I have learned so much over the years and feel I am much better at my job as a result. I love being able to help owners and our communities, from the wide experience I’ve gained over time. It’s a very rewarding job, as many of you will agree. I’m aware that many other councils have also been going through restructures, so you will understand the uncertainty I’ve been dealing with.

I’ll finish with a story which made me chuckle. Chris Bailey from Action on Empty Homes emailed me a short while ago to ask for two or three key points on rural empty homes. He was asking because he was expecting visitors from South Korea and they had particularly asked about rural empty homes.  As you do, I emailed him back my three key observations.  I expected not to hear any more but…

Last Monday I was given a parcel from our post room which contained a beautiful, pastel-coloured make up bag (or pencil case?), and a letter from Chris. It was a symbolic gift (of no financial value, for local authority gift declaration purposes!) which the Koreans gave as a ‘thank you’ for my input. It truly made my day, as nothing like that has ever happened to me. What kind and generous people the Korean visitors were.

Best wishes from the Lakes,

Lynne Leach, Empty Homes Officer, South Lakeland District Council