June 2017

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Published on 29 June 2017

Residents encouraged to give their views

The opportunity to have your say on the 10 year Council Strategy.

Are you happy with the way Teignbridge runs its services? Are you satisfied with the sort of jobs and homes on offer? Do you have pride in Teignbridge as a safe, clean, green district?

You can answer these types of questions and more by taking part in an important survey that’ll help Teignbridge District Council shape its future actions to make the area an even better place to be.

People who live, work and visit locally have the opportunity to put forward their thoughts as Teignbridge sets about reviewing the first 12 months of its 10-year Council Strategy.

The strategy is a blueprint for the council's work between 2016-2025. It sets the tone for how Teignbridge works, its vision, goals and how these will be achieved.
It’s important because it helps target services effectively to meet local needs and shows how Teignbridge’s work can benefit local people, businesses and visitors and, at the same time, provide good value for money.

The survey is all about finding out how satisfied people are with the council and the area, and how Teignbridge DC is doing with strategy.

Cllr Jeremy Christophers, Leader of Teignbridge District Council, said:

“When we were putting the strategy together, we listened to what people had to say and acted on it - more than a thousand residents, businesses and visitors participated during its early development phase. The result is this cross-party plan of action for the next 10 years – and there’s now lots to show we’re putting our commitments on paper into action.

“Two key achievements within the Council Strategy are the acquisition of Market Walk Shopping Centre in Newton Abbot and the setting up of a joint venture housing company. Both place us on a firm financial footing that help us deal with reduced funding without overburdening our taxpayers.

“We’ve exceeded our targets for new homes, with 620 or more completed each year since the start of the Local Plan, helped to open just under 7km extra cycle paths across the district in the last year alone, and got to work on a new countryside park in Dawlish.

“There’s much to be proud of. Teignbridge is an award-winning council with a great track record of providing valued services and being innovative. Please get involved with the survey – it’s important we keep doing what you tell us matters to you.”

Cllr Gordon Hook, Teignbridge District Council’s Group Leader for the Liberal Democrats, said:

“As a democrat I believe very strongly in open, participatory, consultative government, where both local and national governments listen to the people. I am very keen therefore that local residents take every opportunity offered to let the council know what they are thinking, and so I would encourage maximum participation in this latest survey.

"Be supportive or be critical but respond and let the council know what you think - it is important and helps drive policy!”

Mike Haines, Teignbridge District Council’s Group Leader for the Independents, said:

"We are keen to hear the views of Teignbridge residents so that councillors can focus on any areas of particular interest when we review how things have progressed in the first year of the strategy. This is your chance to have an input into shaping the future of our district."

People can take part by completing the survey online or by visiting Teignbridge’s consultation team who are attending local events throughout the summer to talk to residents and hear their views.

You can find out more by visiting Teignbridge’s stand at the following events:

Saturday 17 June Kingsteignton Summer Fete, Rydon Primary School 12pm to 4pm

Friday 30 June Buckfastleigh Summer Fete, Buckfastleigh Primary School 3.30pm to 7pm

Friday 7 July Kingskerswell Summer Fete, Kingskerswell Primary School 2.30pm to 5pm

Friday 7 July Starcross Summer Fete, Starcross Primary School 3.30pm to 6pm

Saturday 22 July North Bovey Village Fair 2pm to 5pm

Wednesday 2 August Newton Abbot Play Day, Courtenay Park, Newton Abbot 10am to 3pm

Thursday 3 August Dawlish Community Fair, The Lawn, Dawlish 10am to 4pm

Sunday 6 August Bovey Tracey Sunday Fun Day, Mill Marsh Park, Bovey Tracey 12.30pm to 4.30pm

Sunday 13 August Hennock Country Fayre, Hennock 10am to 4pm

Saturday 19 August Christow Show, Christow 10am to 4pm

Tuesday 22 August Teignmouth RNLI Fun Day, The Den, Teignmouth 10am to 4pm

Saturday 9 September Tedburn Fair, Tedburn St Mary 12pm to 4pm

Residents can also ask questions at www.facebook.com/teignbridge and www.twitter.com/Teignbridge #CouncilStrategy.

People can also join Teignbridge’s Residents’ Panel where they can get involved in future consultations too.