Budleigh mayor’s New Year’s message

PUBLISHED: 12:00 02 January 2018

Mayor of Budleigh - Alan Dent. Picture: Contributed

Mayor of Budleigh - Alan Dent. Picture: Contributed

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Budleigh Salterton mayor Alan Dent has been sharing his thoughts on what 2017 has meant for the town and what 2018 may bring.

Councillor Alan Dent became Budleigh Salterton’s mayor for the first time in 2017 and has been reflecting on what 2017 brought to the town.

He told the Journal: “Unquestionably the major event and success story in 2017 is the opening of the Budleigh Health and Wellbeing Hub in the premises of the old Budleigh Hospital.

“The hub has already started offering services from the youngest to the oldest with locally-based Carousel Nursery providing childcare support for under-fives and Age Concern Budleigh Salterton supporting older people from the local community in the day care centre.

“The Hub Café will provide a range of snacks, freshly cooked meals and hot and cold drinks. The Café is being run by Launchpad. a local social enterprise, who provide supported training and work experience opportunities for adults with learning disabilities and autistic spectrum conditions.

“Westbank’s Neighbourhoods Friends project will provide a support service that aims to help vulnerable people when they’re coming out of hospital.

“The Westbank Healthy Neighbourhoods team will set up a range of health and wellbeing activities. The hub has now taken delivery of exercise equipment to go into the gym and the fitness team will be taking bookings for inductions very soon.

“The fitness team will also be offering a range of exercise programmes to increase physical activity to help participants maintain a healthy lifestyle.

“Other highlights from the year include the adoption of the Budleigh Neighbourhood Plan, which, in conjunction with EDDC’s Local Plan, will help to control building development until 2031.

“Thanks to the generosity of Budleigh in Business, the town now has a number of defibrillators at strategic points in the town and on the beachfront.

“In addition we have new, intelligent traffic lights at the end of Station Road and, thanks to developer contributions, an activity wall for youngsters beside the football club.

“The town council is now considering investing in CCTV for the High Street following some vandalism and security issues during the past few months.

“Whilst Budleigh may be considered a quiet and peaceful town ideal for retirement, there is a huge amount of activity going on. With the town council, chamber of commerce, Lions club, Gala Week and various festivals, together with a host of voluntary clubs all making their contribution, the future looks bright.”

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