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...

Parking in Buckfastleigh & Buckfast

Do you have trouble parking in the town?

Do you come home from work and struggle to find a parking space near your home?

The Town Council would like to invite you to an informal meeting in the Town Hall on Monday 26th February at 7.30pm.

Residents and Town Councillors will be looking at all the parking problems in the town including double yellow lines and time restricted parking. If this is an issue which affects you, please come along to share your thoughts or concerns.

Warning to Dog Owners in Buckfastleigh

It has been brought to the attention of the Town Council by local residents that a number of dogs have recently suffered from severe vomiting and diarrhoea in Buckfastleigh. This could be due to an infection, a poisonous substance or dog feces which has become a persistent problem in many areas of the town.

If your dog is suffering from severe vomiting and diarrhoea you should contact your vet immediately and try to prevent dehydration by offering your dog plenty of fresh water.

The Town Council has reported this matter to the Police, the Devon Wildlife Trust and the Dart Vale Veterinary Practice who have confirmed that they have not treated any cases of poisoning.

As announced last week, the Town Council has started a campaign to address dog mess in the town and we encourage people to help us with this, but please remember your dog is your responsibility. Please clean up after your dog using the dog waste bins and litter bins around the town and do not leave your used poo bags in hedgerows or attached to railings and fence posts etc as this is a danger to children, wildlife, livestock and other animals.

Thank you.

Clean Up After Your Dogs!

DOG FOULING: In response to residents' feedback, the Town Council are launching a dog fouling campaign. We would like to highlight the problem and encourage all dog owners to be responsible and clean up after their pets. To help facilitate this a number of free poo bags will be available at the Town Hall on request. This is a problem that affects the whole community and we are calling on the community to help reduce it. Updates on progress and more information will be posted on the Town Council website at regular intervals. If you would like to be involved please contact the Town Ranger at Ranger@nullBuckfastleigh.gov.uk or 642576

Make every scrap count!

Please help Teignbridge District Council to increase the amount of food waste recycled by making every scrap count!

You may not think that you produce food waste but some waste like banana skins, tea bags, egg shells and plate scrapings are inevitable and these can all be recycled.

And now it’s now easier than ever to recycle your food waste as any plastic bag can be used to line your kitchen caddy or blue food waste container, including any of these listed below;

  • supermarket carrier bags
  • pedal bin liners
  • bread bags
  • Remember by recycling your food waste in your blue container it will be collected every week.

Once collected it is sent to a facility in Devon where it is used to create electricity and a liquid fertiliser.

For out more at www.teignbridge.gov.uk/recycling

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.

Calling all Flood Volunteers – Buckfastleigh Practical Flood Exercise

Come along and get stuck in, practicing what actions you will take in your role as flood volunteer.

When: Tuesday 27 March
Where: Meet at Buckfastleigh Town Hall (designated Command and Control centre)
Time: 5.30pm-7.00pm

Find out more about what your role as a flood volunteer is like and what kind of things you would get involved in.

The Environment Agency and Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue will be on hand to assist, show you their kit and demonstrate how to build a sandbag wall.

You are all vital to helping out Buckfastleigh in a flood – in whatever role you choose, whether that’s out and about in the town doing the practical stuff, or in the command centre making phone calls. Please attend if you are free, even if it’s for only part of the exercise – every bit helps.

Please come dressed in clothes you don’t mind getting dirty if you are going to get involved in the practical stuff.

Suitable for everyone! NEW VOLUNTEERS WELCOME

See you there!

The Heart of Buckfastleigh

The Town Council is organising a summer celebration  of the wonderful work done by the town's voluntary and community groups called The Heart of Buckfastleigh on Saturday 16th June 2018 in the Town Hall.

The day will start with an opportunity for all the groups to network, find out about each other and share ideas and plans for the coming year which will help the Council's planning for the next financial year.

The doors will then be open to the public and we will be offering food, entertainment and activities alongside voluntary and community group stalls.

The day will finish with an Awards Ceremony to honour some of those who have been working tirelessly to make life better for the residents of Buckfastleigh.

Invitations have been sent by email to those groups we have contact details for, but if you are involved with a voluntary group in the town, you should be part of this! If you have not received an invitation, please send a contact email for your organisation to: office@nullbuckfastleigh.gov.uk and we will send you all the details.

Town Ranger’s Report – October to December 2017

Street Maintenance

  • Cleared steps to Holy Trinity church, path by allotments at back of Fore St, and bridge on Strode Rd. The DNP ranger and a team of volunteers assisted with some of these activities
  • Two new street signs have been requested from Teignbridge District Council
  • A dangerous tree at the back of Hamlyn Way was reported and Westcon have removed it
  • Elliot Plain has been partially planted with crocuses left over from the Purple for Polio Campaign
  • At the Christmas Fair, members of the public reported issues with signage, overgrown vegetation and drainage, which will be followed up in the coming months

Dog Fouling Campaign

  • Compiling list of volunteers to provide with spray cans to highlight dog mess
  • Working with Councillor Stokes on production of posters to encourage people to pick up dog mess
  • A short film is being produced for cinema club to highlight the issue of dog fouling

Snow Warden Scheme

  • Conducted a survey of equipment and stocks of grit/salt and requested refills where necessary
  • Working on a plan for a specific route to be salted by the town itself, to cover roads not salted/gritted by Highways Agency
  • Updating volunteer snow warden register


  • Writing regular columns for Around Buckfastleigh & South Brent and the town news sheet.

If you want the Town Ranger to know about a problem in your area, email him at ranger@nullbuckfastleigh.gov.uk

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