D-day looming for Budleigh plan as residents go to the polls
PUBLISHED: 12:00 02 September 2017 | UPDATED: 12:09 02 September 2017
A referendum could give the Budleigh Salterton community power to influence the destiny of housing and job opportunities in the town.
Residents will have the chance to go to the polls next week to decide whether the Neighbourhood Plan represents their vision for Budleigh in the future.
Those who make use of their democratic right on Wednesday (September 6) will be asked: ‘Do you want East Devon District Council (EDDC) to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Budleigh Salterton to help decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?’
If more than 50 per cent of those who vote on say yes, the plan will return to EDDC to be officially made.
Town mayor Alan Dent has urged residents to vote ‘yes’ saying the plan will give the town more control over development.
He said: “The Budleigh NP represents nearly two years of detailed work by a steering group from all sides of our community.
“It’s really important for all of us to vote on September 6.
“By giving the plan your support we can control development, help local businesses and ensure that Budleigh retains its charming historic character.
“If we vote against it then there will much less control over future developments.
“Your town needs you to say yes.”
Group chairman Roger Sheriff said: “The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group has worked exceptionally hard over the last two years to produce a very professional and comprehensive Neighbourhood Plan.
“We are very proud of the fact the Budleigh Salterton will be the first town in East Devon to bring a plan through to the final referendum stage.
“We would urge residents to go out on September 6 and vote for the plan.
“Both Budleigh Salterton Town Council and East Devon District Council strongly support the plan and hope the residents will vote in favour of it.”
The polling station, at the Public Hall, Station Road, will be open from 7am to 10pm. To view the Neighbourhood Plan go to www.budleighsaltertonnp.co.uk or hard copies are available at Budleigh Library and the town council office both in Station Road.