Thehistoric 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.
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Garden Waste – What’s Next?
As you may know, Teignbridge are stopping free garden waste collection for most of Buckfast & Buckfastleigh on 19th October (with a few remaining roads changing on the 23rd November).
If you want them to collect your green bin after that date, you will need to sign-up here and pay £35 per year.
As a community there are plans to create a community-run composting site in the town, to reduce costs and create good-quality compost for local growers, but this will not be in place by the time the green bin service ends. If you are interested in getting involved or finding out more about this, contact Cllr. Mark Maish. The planning group will be meeting in early September.
In the meantime, an alternative to the Green Bin charge would be to have one or more 120 litre bags collected on demand by a local company called 'Go Green Devon'. You can buy a book of 10 collection tags (one per bag you want collected) from their website (and the bags at £5 each if you want) , and use them at any time you want.
Check out their website at gogreendevon.com - you need to select 'Services for Sale' on the top menu, then 'Gardening Services' on the left menu to find out more.
Council Meeting – Key Messages
We 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...
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Neighbourhood Plan Draft Ready…
After much consultation and hard work from townspeople, the draft Neighbourhood Plan document is now available.
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.
The Plan will influence Town Planning in the parish for the next 20 years, so now's your chance to be a part of it.
Meet your councillors…
The town council recently 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.
You will be able to meet Town Council Chair Ron Fox and Councillor Simon Rines at ReFurnish in Chapel Street on Saturday 29th August between 10 and 12 am. You will also be able to see and comment on information and drawings from the draft of the Neighbourhood Plan.
We are keen to continue to hold some surgeries away from the Town Hall. We'd welcome suggestions for suitable and convenient locations in both Buckfast and Buckfastleigh.