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...

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 Monday 21st September 7.15pm at the Town Hall if oyu are interested in getting involved.

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.

Information about the changes to the Recycling collection can be found on the Teignbridge District Council website here & an FAQ here.

Council Meeting – Key Messages

Town Council declare Buckfastleigh a Refugee-Friendly town

Read Council statement here. If you want to find out what you can do to help, further details here.
The Key Messages from the Council meeting held on 9/9/15 are here

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...

You will find the latest Key Messages from the July full council meeting here -  check in the News section here for all Key messages.

You can find full 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.

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Neighbourhood Plan Draft Ready…

After much consultation and hard work from townspeople, the draft Neighbourhood Plan document is now available.

You can download it 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.

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.

Katie Coates

Katie Coates

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.

Your next opportunity to meet with councillors will be on Thursday 15th October from 7pm at the Football Club, Duckspond Road. Janet Jones and Katie Coates will be there to listen to your issues and ideas.

Janet Jones

Janet Jones

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.