Budleigh mayor calls for town to have its say

PUBLISHED: 10:00 16 April 2016 | UPDATED: 14:25 16 April 2016

Budleigh Salterton Mayor cllr Courtney Richards. Ref exb 7054-21-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Budleigh Salterton Mayor cllr Courtney Richards. Ref exb 7054-21-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn


The Mayor of Budleigh Salterton has expressed his disappointment at the low turnout at the annual town meeting.

Nine people attended the Public Hall meeting, which gives people the chance to quiz the town council on important issues.

Committee chairmen also give their yearly reports while district and county councillors also give updates.

Town mayor Courtney Richards said he was ’disappointed’ with the turnout and urged residents to go along in greater numbers to next year’s meeting.

He said: “A lot of work goes into preparing reports for the meeting.

“It is an opportunity for people to hear what is going on in and around the town, where the money is being spent, and for people to ask questions of the councillors.

“I was, therefore, very disappointed to see that out of a population of over 5,000 people, only nine members of the public came along.

“If you are interested in your town, I really would urge you to come along to meetings such as this to ask questions and also to put your point of view.

“As the name of the meeting implies, it is an annual event, so why not come along next year?”

If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Exmouth Journal. Click the link in the orange box below for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years, through good times and bad, serving as your advocate and trusted source of local information. Our industry is facing testing times, which is why I’m asking for your support. Every single contribution will help us continue to produce award-winning local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Thank you.

Most Read

Most Read

Latest from the Exmouth Journal