Budleigh Neighbourhood Plan leader becomes newest town councillor

PUBLISHED: 12:00 05 May 2018

Budleigh in Bloom's Bob Wiltshire, Sue Griffin, Angie Wright and Jenny Young  are pictured with chairman of the Fairlynch museum Roger Sheriff. The group have several planters situated out the front of the museum. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exb 7777-51-13SH. To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk

Budleigh in Bloom's Bob Wiltshire, Sue Griffin, Angie Wright and Jenny Young are pictured with chairman of the Fairlynch museum Roger Sheriff. The group have several planters situated out the front of the museum. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exb 7777-51-13SH. To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk

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A man who spearheaded the creation of Budleigh Salterton’s blueprint for future development has been named as a new town councillor.

Roger Sheriff tries out the new WW1 archive website. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exb 0487-31-14SH To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on Photo OrdersRoger Sheriff tries out the new WW1 archive website. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exb 0487-31-14SH To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on Photo Orders

Roger Sheriff, 66, is a retired civil servant, who was chairman of the Neighbourhood Plan steering group.

He has replaced Darren ‘Harry’ Harrison as a councillor after he resigned earlier this year.

Councillor Sheriff has told the Journal he is delighted with the appointment and is looking forward to getting started.

He said: “It was a natural follow-on from my work with the Neighbourhood Plan.

“My time working on the 
plan gave me a greater understanding on the workings of the town council.

“It’s nice to have been selected and been successful.

“I think it’s great to 
represent all aspects of the 
town and especially to help 
those who don’t necessarily
 have a loud voice in town matters.

“I also want to ensure 
that the work that has
 been done with the Neighbourhood Plan isn’t wasted and we implement all aspects of the plan as and when the opportunity arises.”

Current town mayor Councillor Alan Dent welcomed the appointment, adding: 
“He chaired the Neighbourhood Plan and has been involved with the Fairlynch Museum 
trustees, so his involvement in the community makes 
him an ideal person to have as a town councillor.”

Cllr Sheriff, who has 
lived in the town for seven years, has previously served on Budleigh in Business – a group for traders – and as a trustee of Fairlynch Museum.

As chairman of the Neighbourhood Plan steering group, he oversaw a 
successful attempt for Budleigh to become the first town in East Devon to hold a 
referendum on the blueprint document.

More than 30 per cent of the electorate turned out, with 95 per cent approval for the plan.

Budleigh Salterton Town Council is due to hold its 
annual meeting on Monday, May 14.

At this meeting, the members of the council, such as 
Roger, will decide 
which committees they want to serve on.

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