‘We will ensure Budleigh’s kept to high standard’

PUBLISHED: 12:30 01 January 2017

Budleigh's mayor, Chris Kitson. Ref exb 21-16AW 7994. Picture: Alex Walton

Budleigh's mayor, Chris Kitson. Ref exb 21-16AW 7994. Picture: Alex Walton


Budleigh Salterton mayor Chris Kitson has been taking a look back at 2016 and looking ahead to 2017: Read his thoughts below:

“Budleigh Salterton has faced many challenges and opportunities over the past year.

“Some High Street shops have changed hands and retailer confidence in our town is much appreciated.

“The annual May Gala Week enabled many local charities to raise much-needed funds, thanks to the excellent event skills of our Lions Club.

“The week had a range of daily events, attracting all ages of our community and visitors.

“The various festivals have attracted visitors to the town where, as well as the music, literary and jazz enthusiasts enjoying their own events, many have experienced the wider aspects of our lovely coastal town.

“The Queen’s birthday celebration events on The Green were well supported, many enjoying the super-tiered cake.

“Local concern over the use of our now-closed hospital as a health and wellbeing hub have been allayed by the recent announcement that the NHS plan to finance the project, in conjunction with support funding by the hospital league of friends, for a spring 2017 opening.

“Our library is energised to provide excellent service supported by an active volunteer team.

“Though not entering the Britain in Bloom competition this year, our Budleigh in Bloom team has ensured that the town has colourful floral displays.

“Of wider interest is the ongoing work in developing our neighbourhood plan and the planning of an underwater power cable being routed through our town to Exeter to link in the National Grid - The FAB project.

“The town council continues to ensure our town is maintained to a high standard by our own direct financial involvement or by ensuring ‘others’ meet their obligations to us.

“My councillor colleagues join me in wishing you a very happy new year.”

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