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.
Read more about the town here...
New Town Guide…
The Council has just completed the new Buckfast & Buckfastleigh Guide for 2016-2017. This is aimed at residents as well as visitors to the community and focuses on the many interesting things to do and see in the area - from the Pengelly Caves and South Devon Steam Railway, to our newly refurbished, community-run, heated swimming pool. Crammed with fascinating information about Buckfastleigh & Buckfast, it celebrates our natural environment and diverse flora and fauna, including Western Europe's largest Greater Horseshoe Bat population...
If you would like a copy, you can pick them up at the Town Hall, the library, or in many of the local pubs and shops. Or you can download a copy here... If you would like some copies to distribute from your business or organisation, please contact us.
The Town Council is very aware that there are many groups and individuals working hard around the parish doing wonderful and valuable work in the community, with sometimes little public awareness and often struggling to get the support they need. As a council we see it as a major part of our role to support, encourage and promote community-related groups and projects in the parish and we are making it a priority.
We are in the process of sending out a questionnaire to all groups involved in non-commercial, community-based projects and voluntary services in the parish, so we can get more informed about what is going on and see how we can help them raise awareness of their work, recruit volunteers and share resources, skills and ideas.
You can download a copy of the questionnaire here.
For more info contact councillors Andy Stokes or Fanny Jackson (, )
Garden Waste – What’s Next?
UPDATE - We are currently exploring possibilities for a site for this project with Teignbridge District Council. We would like to combine this with a community garden, producing local food if the right location is found - watch this space...
Teignbridge have stopped free garden waste collection for Buckfast & Buckfastleigh. If you still want them to collect your green bin, you will need to sign-up here and pay £35 per year.
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, email us for the attention of Cllr. Mark Maish.
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' 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.. 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.
Noise – Jan 2016
There have been many complaints to the Town Council recently about noise.
A leaflet has been produced and distributed around the town outlining your rights and complaints procedures - you can find a copy here.
if you want to know more about why and how the leaflet was produced, you can find out here.
Town Council Election News
David Palk, one of the candidates for the two vacant seats on the council, has had to drop out.
He has asked the town council to publicise the following statement:
"Owing to unforseen circumstances, I am no longer able to stand for the Town Council, but at this stage cannot be removed from the ballot. I therefore urge you to vote for another candidate as you see fit. Thank-you for your support"
It seems we cannot alter the details of the election, so all the Town Council can do is to inform as many as possible of the change in candidates and suggest that you let people know they need to cast their votes for one of the others on the list...
Town Street Clean-Up (& meet your councillors)
Meet and talk to your councillors about your ideas or issues, while we clean-up our beautiful town together... Everyone welcome! Meet outside the town hall at 7pm.
We are keen to continue to continue to hold informal 'surgeries' with councillors away from the Town Hall. We'd welcome suggestions for suitable and convenient locations in both Buckfast and Buckfastleigh.
Town Council Meeting – 8th June 2016
Town Council Meeting, Wednesday 8th June 2016 at 7.30pm - Room 3 Buckfastleigh Town Hall
The press and public are welcome to attend
- Questions and comments from the public – an opportunity to have your say.
- Reports from the Police, County and District Councillors.
- Review of actions from previous meetings and working parties – to include: -
- - The new Community Development Fund
- - Volunteering with Dartmoor National Park to maintain the footpaths around Holy Trinity Church
- - A new Boundary Stone at Hockmoor Head
- - Review of parking
- - Litter picking and dog waste campaigns
- - Buckfastleigh Helipad update
- - Review of Emergency Plan
- - Buckfastleigh Neighbourhood Plan
- - Whitecleave Quarry
- Reports and updates from Town Councillors about other projects around town.
The official full agenda can be found here
Town Council Meeting – Key messages
The Key Messages from the Council meeting held on 11/5/16 are here.
We aim to issue brief Key Message summaries as soon as possible after council meetings and 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... and are available here. Our apologies if these are not always up-to-date as at busy times they may take a while. You are very welcome to attend the monthly meetings of the whole Council, the Tourism, Recreation and Economic Development Committee, The Planning, Environment and Transport Committee, and the Finance Committee. You will have a chance to raise issues for the council at the beginning of meetings. Dates & agendas for meetings are to be found here. Meetings are held at the Town Hall.