Budleigh Neighbourhood Plan leader becomes newest town councillor
PUBLISHED: 12:00 05 May 2018
A man who spearheaded the creation of Budleigh Salterton's blueprint for future development has been named as a new town councillor.
Roger Sheriff, 66, is a retired civil servant, who was chairman of the Neighbourhood Plan steering group.
He has replaced Darren ‘Harry’ Harrison as a councillor after he resigned earlier this year.
Councillor Sheriff has told the Journal he is delighted with the appointment and is looking forward to getting started.
He said: “It was a natural follow-on from my work with the Neighbourhood Plan.
“My time working on the plan gave me a greater understanding on the workings of the town council.
“It’s nice to have been selected and been successful.
“I think it’s great to represent all aspects of the town and especially to help those who don’t necessarily have a loud voice in town matters.
“I also want to ensure that the work that has been done with the Neighbourhood Plan isn’t wasted and we implement all aspects of the plan as and when the opportunity arises.”
Current town mayor Councillor Alan Dent welcomed the appointment, adding: “He chaired the Neighbourhood Plan and has been involved with the Fairlynch Museum trustees, so his involvement in the community makes him an ideal person to have as a town councillor.”
Cllr Sheriff, who has lived in the town for seven years, has previously served on Budleigh in Business – a group for traders – and as a trustee of Fairlynch Museum.
As chairman of the Neighbourhood Plan steering group, he oversaw a successful attempt for Budleigh to become the first town in East Devon to hold a referendum on the blueprint document.
More than 30 per cent of the electorate turned out, with 95 per cent approval for the plan.
Budleigh Salterton Town Council is due to hold its annual meeting on Monday, May 14.
At this meeting, the members of the council, such as Roger, will decide which committees they want to serve on.