New councillor has an eye to the future

PUBLISHED: 09:27 30 May 2012

Cllr Harrison

Cllr Harrison


Budleigh's newest town councillor, Darren "Harry" Harrison, has pledged to work hard to safeguard the town for future generations.

Councillor Harrison (pictured) has been co-opted onto the council following the resignation of former mayor John Shiel earlier this year.

Harry is the third new councillor in 12 months after Mike Hilliar and Tony Gooding.

Cllr Harrison, 43, is a serving MoD police officer working out of Exeter – but is born and bred in Budleigh Salterton.

He lives in Jocelyn Road with his wife Kate, an active member of St Peter School’s PTFA, and their three children – Poppy, five, Molly, nine and Ben, 13.

Bar a few years when his job took him Yeovilton, he has lived in Budleigh Salterton his whole life.

He said: “I have always loved Budleigh, but it wasn’t until I moved to Yeovilton that I fully appreiciated Budleigh’s qualities and couldn’t wait to come back!”

With an interest in all aspects of civic life, he will sit on the planning committee and on the council’s St Peter’s School liaison body.

He accepts that some development has to take place, but not to the detriment of the town’s unique qualities.

He said: “It is why people live here and visit here on holiday. We cannot lose that.”

Cllr Harrison pipped several applicants to the role and is passionate about what he can do for the community, saying: “My whole family has a stake in what the council does.

“There are two housing develoments to be considered and that is going to have a knock-on effect on the school, on the community, on my family, on my children and future generations.”

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