It's super Budleigh

PUBLISHED: 01:01 24 January 2008 | UPDATED: 08:47 10 June 2010

IT is official people like living in Budleigh Salterton, a new council neighbourhood study has revealed. Hundreds of Budleigh residents recently took part in an East Devon District Council environmental health neighbourhood assessment study to gauge res

IT is official - people like living in Budleigh Salterton, a new council neighbourhood study has revealed.Hundreds of Budleigh residents recently took part in an East Devon District Council environmental health neighbourhood assessment study to gauge residents' thoughts, concerns or complaints about the town and its facilities and amenities.Results show almost every resident who took part said they enjoyed living in Budleigh - and several had no complaints or concerns at all.Some gave suggestions on how improvements could be made, while others said they felt there was nowhere else in the UK with Budleigh's unique character and charm."I just love Budleigh", "stunning views and glorious river walks" and "what a wonderful place to live" were just some of the comments received by environmental health staff.The results will be compiled and used to get a better picture of the area to aid the council in highlighting the town's needs.The council hopes the study will become an annual event, which could be opened out to include rural areas.Debbie Fletcher, EDDC environmental health officer, said: "The point of the study was to have a better understanding of the public's needs - what they care about in their neighbourhood and what issues they would like us and the police to look at so we can prioritise our services."The study report said of Budleigh: "Many said they had moved here and could never leave as they felt there was nowhere like it."Almost everyone who was interviewed said how much they enjoyed living in Budleigh."Several had no complaints or concerns at all. However, there were issues which concerned a number of residents and many gave suggestions about how things could be improved."Residents' main areas of concern were:l Dog foulingl Speedingl Parkingl Eyesoresl Seagullsl Lack of public transport.A number of requests were made through the study, which include:l New crossings at Upper Stoneborough Lane and East Budleigh Roadl Permission to metal detect on The Green and Jubilee Fieldl Weekly recycling collections.Copies of an abridged version of the EDDC neighbourhood study are available from Budleigh Salterton Public Hall and the library, in Station Road.

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