Help is available
Town Councillors and staff are working with other groups in the town to build a team of volunteers to support people in and around Buckfastleigh who are affected by the CoronaVirus COVID-19, by checking in on isolated people, making deliveries, manning the food bank and helping co-ordinate efforts.
You may be able to help, even if it is just by offering to ring someone who is on their own and checking that they are OK.
If you are able to offer your help, please complete the online Volunteer Response Form here.
Please don't be put off by the length of the form - We want you to tell us if you can help in any way and you can fill in just the sections you are able to... and don't worry if you don't hear back from us - we may well have enough volunteers in place at the moment but as time goes on we are are likely to need more and we will contact you when the need arises...
If you are in need of support please phone the helpline:
01364 255 819
or email Judith Hart (Buckfastleigh Town Clerk) – firstname.lastname@example.org
(We are discontinuing the earlier published helpline numbers)
If you know someone who might need help, please pass this information on.
You can read more here
Got a Question or Concern about Local Issues?
You can put your question to a panel of local experts and see it being answered online. Details here.
Transport for Key Workers
Devon County Council are trialling an on-demand subsidised taxi service for Devon residents for key workers accessing employment only. Read more about it here.
Need advice on money, employment, benefits etc?
Citizens Advice Teignbridge is still operating and can help you with your concerns. More details here.
Recycling Centres re-open on May 11th for essential use only
More information here
Teignbridge Parking Charges Continue
Teignbridge District Council has refused to suspend parking charges in their car parks. Read more here.
Cases of COVID-19 Coronavirus have been reported in South Devon.
There is up-to-date information about the virus and what you can do about it here.
The Town Hall will be closed to the public from 1 pm on Wednesday 18th March. The Town Council office can still be reached by leaving a message on the office answerphone - 01364 642576 - or phoning the Town Clerk on 077904 033616.
Meetings of the Town Council will now be held remotely. You can read the protocol for remote meetings here.
If you or someone you know falls into the 'extremely vulnerable to COVID-19' category, you/they should have been contacted by letter or by their GP. Help can be provided with supply of food and medicines. More information about this here.
If you/they have not been contacted, then it's possible to sign up here: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable
More information on Coronavirus can be found here
Consultation on Dartmoor National Park Management Plan – Deadline extended
The deadline for consultation on the Dartmoor National Park Management Plan has been extended to 31st May. The 5 year Management Plan is the strategic plan for the National Park – a Plan for all who care about Dartmoor and its future. It needs to actively engage and gain the support of all key stakeholders who will assist in its delivery. As such, DNPA is keen to seek the views of all those who live and work on Dartmoor. You can view the plan and comment on it here. Alternatively you can email the Town Clerk at email@example.com with comments. Even if you are responding directly to DNP online, the Town Council would very much like to hear your thoughts so they can be incorporated into the Council response.
You can read more about the Management Plan and why it is important for the public to comment on it here.
Starting a “Repair Cafe” in Buckfastleigh
Can you fix things? Or do you know someone who can? We are hoping to start a Repair Cafe in town. Read more here.
Electronic Community Noticeboards coming to town
Buckfastleigh's first trial electronic community noticeboard can be seen in Searle's window. More will be on the way.... Read all about it here
The second noticeboard can now be seen in the window of 'The Living Room' - the community hub of 'Be Buckfastleigh' at 55 Fore St.
Keep an eye on these to stay up-to-date with news and events around town.
Proposed New Housing Developments
You can read here a current summary of the major housing developments in our town that are either currently being considered by Dartmoor National Park planners or are proposed.