Chudleigh Town Council
Chudleigh Town Hall, Market Way, Chudleigh, Devon TQ13 0HL
Email: clerk@chudleigh-tc.gov.uk / Telephone: 01626 853 140
Opening Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00 - 15:00

A New Year and everything to go for.

My first week back to work proved eventful with lots of positive news; part of my remit is tourism, and tourism in Teignbridge accounts for approximately one in ten jobs, so it’s important to the local economy.

First good news is the elevation of Teignmouth into the top 40 must visit hotspots in the world. This did not happen by chance, but hard work by Visit South Devon and their PR company, writing to all the influential travel sites and writers, drawing their attention to all the good things in Teignbridge, such as the soon to be released film about Donald Crowhurst, which was about a Teignmouth man who pulled the wool over everyone’s eyes, making the world believe that he was battling the elements sailing the high seas, whilst in fact tucked away in his boat desperately sending out false messages. Colin Firth is the main actor playing the man himself. https://www.theguardian.com/travel/ng-interactive/2017/jan/07/where-to-go-on-holiday-in-2017-the-hot-list

It’s worth noting that few Local Authorities support tourism financially; we at Teignbridge do, and to ensure that the money is spent wisely and that all of Teignbridge benefits, we financially support Visit South Devon, who have recently agreed to combine with other tourism bodies from Sidmouth down to Dartmouth to promote the South Devon Coast. www.visitsouthdevon.co.uk . Their efforts have generated £2million pounds worth of media coverage for the area in the past year.

Closer to home; Finlake are moving at a pace to get all their new build done in time for the coming season with an investment of £23million pounds. Not only will this deliver an increased number of visitors, but it also impacts on the local job market, by creating a further 80 jobs. It is not only the bigger ventures that contribute to the local economy, as Coombeshead Farm Holiday Cottages, www.coombesheadfarm .co.uk run by Julie and Peter Bannister have a newly completed barn to let, and on the other side of Chudleigh, Louise and Martin Bullen have the exquisite bed and breakfast establishment known as Amberly Farm, louise@amberlyfarm.com

As I have said; tourism is important, with an increase of 4% in visitors, spending an extra £10 million pounds last year: it bodes well for 2017, with a weak pound and the threat of terrorism worldwide, many people are looking at staycations as their main holiday.

Chudleigh is well positioned to benefit from the increase in visitors, we are between Haldon Forest with its bike rides and Go Ape ropeways in the sky, down to Finlake on the other side. Local businesses need to capitalise on these opportunities, and we at the town council and business guild can help, by ensuring that the town is as attractive as it can be.

The final and significant point about tourism, is to relate that Sir Tim Smidt of the Eden Project and his team, visited Forde House to discuss his latest potential project with the senior management team, including myself, last week. This project has the ability to do for Devon, what the Eden Project has done for Cornwall, namely deliver 18 plus million visitors and to pump £1.8 Billion into the economy since 2001.

‘Eden Westwood has the potential to revolutionise Mid Devon’s profile in the region and nationally, make it a leader in tourism, education, farming and sustainability, deliver huge opportunities for local people and, ultimately, transform the area’s fortunes.” Sir Tim Smit. Co-founder of the Eden Project. Home of the Green Build Hub & National Solar Centre.

Doug Hellier Laing hellierlaing@gmail.com Tel : 01626 854892 or 07869 066055