Young artists' work on display
Posted: 13/02/2007 10:33:31
Budding young artists in the Tiverton area have helped brighten up the walls of Devon County Council's customer service centre in the town.
All schools in the Tiverton area were invited to enter an art competition divided into two categories - What Devon Means to Me and People and Places in Tiverton.
The joint winners of What Devon Means to Me were Two Moors Primary School and Bickleigh Primary School art club.
In the People and places in Tiverton, the winner of the 11 and under section was Wilcombe Primary School, and the winner of the 12 to 18 group was Tiverton High School, which also had two pupils, Rosie Lennon and Emily Williams, highly commended.
Each winner received a certificate and £100 worth of materials for their schools' art department. The winning entries will be hung in the Customer Service Centre for a year.
The announcement of the winning entries at Two Moors School was attended by Tiverton County Councillor Des Hannon who is also Executive Support Member for Customer Service.
"This was a really uplifting event. It's great to see such a spectacular display of creativity. Congratulations to all the young people and the schools," he said.
"The Customer Service Centre is a great success for Tiverton and Devon County Council. We've been able to recruit lots of excellent local people. In turn, they are delivering a great boost to service and efficiency for people all across Devon by radically changing the way we do things.
"The art competition gives us a chance to celebrate that success by getting involved with our community.
"We had bare walls in the service centre. Filling the space with art from local young people brightens the place up for staff and visitors, but most important it gives these young artists a chance to have their work displayed."
The customer service centre at Tiverton opened last July. £3.8m has been invested in the centre which will pay for itself within three years and has created 64 jobs.
The County Council deals with over 1.5m enquiries every year, and previously published 450 telephone numbers for individual staff and services.
The new centre deals with three key services:
Care Direct, offering information and help for older people, vulnerable adults and their carers
Libraries giving information about all local libraries and the opportunity to renew library books over the phone
Roads and Transport, dealing with road maintenance, traffic and parking, streetlights and public rights of way.
There is also a General Enquiries helpline.
The new local rate telephone numbers are:
Care Direct - 0845 155 1007
Libraries - 0845 155 1001
Roads Transport - 0845 155 1004
General Enquiries - 0845 155 1015
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