Buckfastleigh Town

Fore Street in winter

Fore Street in winter

The historic mill town of Buckfastleigh and the neighbouring abbey village of Buckfast, can be found nestling on the southern edge of eastern Dartmoor in Devon just off the A38, midway between the cities of Exeter and Plymouth.

The name "Buckfast" means "stronghold" – traditionally a place where deer and buck were held, and "Leigh" would have been the pasture belonging to Buckfast – hence the meaning deer held in a pasture (buck-fast-leigh). Buckfast probably existed before Buckfastleigh as it is mentioned in the Domesday Book and in 1018 a Benedictine Abbey was founded and endorsed by King Canute at Buckfast.

Read more about the town here...

Buckfastleigh Flood Warden Training

Are you interested in becoming a Flood Warden volunteer for your community?

Flood Wardens are an important part of the local community and can pay a key role in assisting the Environment Agency, water authority, local Councils and the emergency services

Groundwork and Buckfastleigh Town Council will be hosting a free training event to all our volunteers who have already offered their assistance, but we would be very pleased to welcome anyone who would like to help in whatever capacity.

Training will be held on Tuesday 3rd and Tuesday 17th October from 6.30 to 9.30pm in the Town Hall with refreshments.

Please contact Judith, the Town Clerk on 01364 642576 or email clerk@nullbuckfastleigh.gov.uk for further information and confirmation of your attendance.


Buckfastleigh – Where Next?

A community planning workshop was held on Monday July 10th where residents got to put forward their views of what we should be prioritising for next year (2018-2019).

We looked at...

  • How the council is spending your money?
  • What are your priorities?
  • What should we do next?

If you couldn't make the event and would like to see what was discussed, or would like to see a simple, visual breakdown of what money is available to the Town Council and how it is being spent - take a look at the presentation document here: Engaging Community presentation_July17.

We still want your ideas and input on planning the projects we take on as a community backed by the Town Council next year, so please send your thoughts and ideas to Judith the town clerk and watch out for the next workshop in the Autumn...

More information from the event will be posted here as we produce it...

Buckfastleigh Neighbourhood Plan is now ready

The Buckfastleigh Neighbourhood Plan for 2017-2027, a development guide for the parish for the next 10 years, is finally ready and available HERE. Please download and read it...

Copies of the Plan can also be viewed at Buckfastleigh Library, Buckfastleigh Town Hall and at the Teignbridge District Council Offices at Forde House Newton Abbot.

All feedback has been received and a referendum will be held in the near future to ratify the Plan. Watch this space...

Note: It is a fascinating read, reflecting the hard work put in by all involved, but if you don't have time to read all 107 pages, the main proposals are from page 27 to 51.

Additional Documents here:

Strategic Environmental Assessment: bknp-reg-14-environmental-report_v0-1_191116

Devonia Site Development Brief: 160429-buckfastleigh-dev-brief-low-res

Holne Road development – Thur 7th Sept

Public Exhibition

You are invited by Burrington Estates to view the emerging development proposals for a forthcoming residential development on land at Holne Road, Buckfastleigh.
Further to the community survey circulated earlier in August, this event gives the local community the opportunity to provide feedback on the detailed proposals to us before a planning application is submitted later this year. If you require any further information please contact Burrington Estates.
website: www.burringtonestates.com
email: info@nullburringtonestates.com
Thursday 7th September 2017 any time from 2.30pm to 7.30pm, Buckfastleigh Town Hall

Citizen’s Advice comes back to Buckfastleigh!

Thanks to Town Council funding, Cllr. Linus McCloskey (who is our qualified volunteer advisor) and the Buckfastleigh Medical Centre (who are providing a room), Citizens Advice will now offer a drop in service in Buckfastleigh every Friday.

Citizens Advice provides free, confidential advice – whoever you are, whatever the problem. They can help with issues including money and debt, benefits, housing and employment. Their goal is to help everyone find a way forward, whatever problems they face.

Drop in at the Medical Centre any Friday morning between 10am – 12.30pm. Ask at reception for a registration form and take a seat. You will be seen in turn. 

If you can’t make Fridays, you can contact Citizens Advice on 03444 111 444 or visit their website at citizensadviceteignbridge.org.uk.

Community Grants

Local groups and organisations can now apply to the Council for small grants up to £250 at 3 times in the year.  In addition to this a new and exciting ‘Community Development Fund’ is also now available for applications of £1,000 or over together with the already established Teignbridge District Council Elector Fund which is considered on two occasions during each financial year subject to the availability of funds.

Applications for the Community Development Fund can be submitted at any time except March, August and December. We would be pleased to receive new applications for £1,000 or over for 2017/18 although we will require evidence of need, community fund raising and attempts to secure other sources of funding and sponsorship.

 If you wish to apply for any of these funding opportunities please visit the Grants section of this website and/or contact Judith the Town Clerk for further information by email: clerk@nullbuckfastleigh.gov.uk tel: 01364 642576 or to make an appointment.