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

District Councillor Report March

Another month and another newsletter. Once again there is so much information about what has being going on at Teignbridge District Council and Chudleigh Ward, it is difficult to know what to mention and what to leave out.

I shall start with the fantastic news that Finlake Holiday Resort, which is situated just off the B3344 between Chudleigh Knighton and Chudleigh, has been given permission to develop part of the site for 100 super chalets, as well as to redevelop the swimming pool and leisure area.

The good news for the local residents, is that this permission will open up employment prospects, as well as injecting a very welcome income stream into the local economy.

Initially there will be up to 100 jobs available during the construction phase, Haulfryn Ltd the owners of Finlake, have engaged local construction company, The Kier Group based in Bristol, to carry out all preparatory work.

When the construction is complete, there will be 80 Full time equivalent jobs associated with servicing the needs of the potential 15000 further visitors. The man to contact if you are interested, is General Manager, Brian Docherty, via e mail at

brian.docherty@haulfryn.co.uk .

The other plus point to this development for residents, is that it means the end to flooding during bad weather on the B3344 at Blueberry Warren, as the Resort has agreed with Devon County and Teignbridge District Councils a complete reengineering of drainage across the whole site.

Final plus point is, that over the coming week’s, I will be working with Brian and as many local restaurant and pub owners in the wider locality, to see how we can encourage visitors out of the resort and into the villages to sample the delights of real Devon hospitality.

At Teignbridge we have just completed the 10-year strategy. I hear you ask why a 10-year strategy? Well with public services facing continual change and ever increasing challenges, there is a greater need for us to have a clear picture of where we are now, and to keep looking ahead to how we will provide services in the future.

These challenges include:

Less money from the Government.

Major changes in how councils raise money.

More people living here, including older people.

Residents demanding more.

Fast pace of change in technology and communications.

Local, national, and global economic, environmental and social issues.

As a District Council we will have a clear set of priorities that focus our resources where they are most needed, and will bring the greatest benefit to the communities we serve. We will make sure that everything we do is sustainable and flexible so that we can withstand future change and challenges. To do this we will need to work together with our partners and communities and explore new ways of delivering services together.

A ten-year strategy will provide a clear direction for Teignbridge and will shape our council and working environment. It will help us to improve our use of resources and achieve our Vision and outcomes. It is about making Teignbridge a healthy and desirable place where people want to work and visit.

Everything we do should contribute to the council’s priorities via a ‘golden thread’ so that all our effort and resources are linked into the delivery of the strategy.

We will monitor how we are doing at least once a year and may refresh parts of the strategy if necessary. After four years we will revisit and review the strategy. This will help us make sure we are on still on track and consider new ideas and developments.

Doug Hellier Laing

Executive member Teignbridge District Council

Portfolio Holder: Economy, Skills, Tourism, Regeneration.

Tel: 01626 854892 or 07869066055 or hellierlaing@gmail.com