Buckfastleigh Town

Fore Street in winter

Fore Street in winter

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 Town Council now on Facebook

Buckfastleigh Town Council now has an official presence on Facebook where announcements and information will be released.

Follow us at Buckfastleigh Town Council

Neighbourhood Development Plan – Draft

After much consultation and hard work from townspeople, the draft Neighbourhood Plan document is available to download here. To find out more about the Plan click here.

The Neighbourhood Plan information boards will be on display in various places around the town over the coming months for you to add your comments and ideas.

Council Meeting – Key Messages

In future we will aim to issue brief Key Message summaries as soon as possible after council meetings. They will be included in the News Section of this website.

The full minutes of meetings will be available on the website when they have been approved by the next full council meeting in the following month...

Click here to view key messages from the recent full council meeting held on 10th June 2015 ...

You can find meeting minutes of previous meetings here and agendas here. Our apologies if these are not always up-to-date as at busy times they may take a while.

If you have  a facebook account you might see more up-to-date information on Buckfastleigh Council facebook page.

Talk to your councillors…

At the last full meeting the town council agreed to reinstate town councillor surgeries. The purpose of these surgeries is to let town residents ask questions about issues affecting them, seek advice or assistance or raise matters about the town. Watch this space for details.

We are keen to hold some surgeries away from the Town Hall. We'd welcome suggestions for suitable and convenient locations in both Buckfast and Buckfastleigh.

You will be able to meet and talk to some of your councillors at Lamb Pie Day and see and comment on information and drawings from the draft of the Neighbourhood Plan.