'Badger' street name is rejected by Budleigh Salterton Town Council

PUBLISHED: 12:30 10 December 2016

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A new housing development on the edge of Budleigh Salterton could be named after a 'pillar of the community'.

Developer Badger Homes recently applied to name the new street, where 59 new homes are being built, as Badgers Holt.

However, at a town council meeting, councillors disagreed with the choice pointing out badgers don’t live in holts.

Speaking at the meeting, former mayor said: “Badgers don’t live in holts, otters live in holts.

“I also notice that they say there is a badgers sett near there which is highly unlikely because they wouldn’t have allowed the development.”

He added that East Devon District Council, which will make the final decision on the road name, says that it will not adopt unofficial marketing titles used by developers in the sale of new properties.

Cllr Richards suggested that the road should be named Evans Field instead, as a tribute to David Evans, a former doctor in the town.

Speaking after the meeting, Cllr Richards said: “For many years he was a well-respected doctor in the town and his wife has done a lot for charity.

“Since retirement, he’s been heavily involved with the proposed Budleigh Health and Wellbeing Hub.

“They are well-respected pillars of the community. It was always known as ‘Doctor Evans’ field’.”

The town council unanimously agreed to object to the name put forward by developers and instead recommend the name put forward by Cllr Richards.

The site, south of the B3178 near Knowle village, will have 30 affordable homes. The other 20 will be sold on the open market.

David Evans refused to comment before he had spoken to the council himself.

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