Welcome to Newton Abbot  Town Council

Newton Abbot grew substantially on the introduction of the railway in the 19th century. The Town still enjoys a strategic position on the main railway line to London, Penzance and The North and excellent trunk road and motorway connections, situated off the A380 Exeter to Torquay Road. Newton Abbot is often known as the Gateway to Moor and Sea because of its closeness to Dartmoor National Park and the coastal resorts of Torquay and Teignmouth.

The Town has much to be proud of; St Leonards Tower, Decoy Country Park and numerous other town parks, Forde House, Bradley Manor, a Town Quay, six allotment areas, excellent primary and secondary schools, Museum and Railway museum, a leisure centre, a new hospital, the Racecourse to name but a few.

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The Newton Abbot Town Council is made up of 18 Councillors elected by the residents of Newton Abbot every 4 years.

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The Town Hall has two rooms available to hire. The Council Chamber, which will hold an audience of up to 60 and the Mayor's Parlour, which is more suitable for smaller groups, up to around 9.

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The Town Council regularly hold meetings throughout the year which include: Full Council, Finance & Resources, Amenities, Planning and their Sub-Committees

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  • Tenders

     Tenders In its current location, Newton Abbot Town Council and Museum face significant challenges which results in a lower use of the facility. The proposed location of the former St Leonard's Church, a Grade II listed building will address these issues and the initial feasibility study and outline drawings demonstrate that the building can accommodate the needs. The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded a first round pass to fund the development. The vision of 'Newton's Place', is to create an accessible community space. There will be a designated museum area along with two meeting rooms ...

  • 8th Annual Newton Abbot Shopmobility Challenge

    A Treasure hunt with a difference! Experience how user-friendly your town centre is (or isn't) from a scooter-user's view.  Make sure your store, organisation or business is represented by nominating a member of staff to compete against other first time mobility scooter users. For more information call 01626 335775.   ...

  • Autumn Fayre - Saturday 2nd September 2017

    Calling all local craft sellers:   Are you interested in selling your crafty wares at our Autumn Fayre Saturday 2nd September in Newton Abbot Town Centre, a pitch is only £10   Please CLICK HERE for a booking form   ...

  • Newton Abbot Carnival 2017

    This year’s Newton Abbot Town Carnival has now ended and due to the great support received it enabled to the carnival having a very successful and entertaining week.Running on a tight Budget the carnival managed to stage a good assortment of events to suit all ages and interests ranging from the Spectacle of the Crowning of the Carnival Queen (CLICK HERE for pictures of the day) and the Carnival Procession to the energy of the Fun Run, the Children’s Fun Games evening and the Tractor Pull. Also from the Performances of the Carnival afternoon entertainers, Band Concert from Carnival P ...

  • 2017 Events PR

    ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL YEAR OF EVENTS, LOOKING FORWARD TO A JAM PACKED 2017 Newton Abbot Town Council were delighted with last year’s events diary and the whole host of events organised for residents of Newton Abbot and visitors. The year had been a great success with events ranging from band concerts, craft markets and a variety of Christmas festivities. The Events Sub-Committee have once again been able to arrange the whole year of events, all of which are free to the public, on a very limited budget. The Town Council and Events team are now looking forward to the new year of events for the tow ...

  • National Grid overhead power line refurbishments - Update

    Project description The power lines from Landulph to Exeter were built in the 1960s. Our job is to maintain the overhead power lines so the electricity network is kept in good working order. This ensures that everyone has the power they need on demand and that safety standards are upheld. In 2016, we carried out essential refurbishment of the overhead line between Indian Queens and Landulph. This project is a continuation of those refurbishment works. We’re investing in the maintenance of equipment which, after half a century of service on the line, is due for refurbishment. Our work will i ...

  • Response to first open day

    The Museum had a fantastic response to their first open day at the former St Leonard's Church on Saturday 14th January. Over 300 people poured through the doors to learn more about our £2 million scheme to create a new museum and community space. We were delighted with the positive reactions to the plans and the overwhelming public support for the project. Don't worry if you missed the event as we are holding a second open day on Wednesday 25th January at the former St Leonard’s Church, Wolborough St, Newton Abbot between 10am – 2pm. Drop in to view the plans for y ...

  • Carol Service

    Thank you to all those who came along and joined the Mayor of Newton Abbot, Councillor Liz Roberts and Councillors for the Carol Service on 21st December. Another successful event.  ...

  • Lantern Parade - Wednesday 14th December 2016

    LANTERN PARADE EVENT LIGHTS UP THE STREETS OF NEWTON ABBOT Newton Abbot town centre was bursting with excitement on Wednesday 14th December thanks to the lantern parade in the town.  Approx. 200 pupils from Bearnes, Wolborough, All Saints, Decoy, Bradley Barton, Haytor View, Highweek & St Joseph’s Primary Schools took pride in parading their colourful Christmas lanterns through the streets of Newton Abbot towards the Clock Tower.  The theme this year was ‘A Child is Born’ and the lanterns varied from goats and camels, kings and angels, soldiers and stars, chickens and sheep and m ...

  • Victorian Evening - Wednesday 7th December 2016

    Victorian Evening Wednesday 7th December 2016 saw the annual Victorian Evening take place in Newton Abbot in the Market Square.  It is a well known event now in the South Devon area and everyone looks forward to the charity evening with the Victorian atmosphere.   Elfic the Jester returned for the third year and entertained both children and adults alike in the Market Square throughout the evening.   Once again the Market Square was jam packed with local charity stalls selling their wares, from tree decorations, homemade cakes, sweets and buns to Christmas cards and tombola’ ...

  • Newton's Place 'What's the Big Idea?'

    WHAT’S THE BIG IDEA? NEWTON’S PLACE*: An accessible community space, celebrating heritage, the town and its people. NEWTON ABBOT TOWN COUNCIL is delighted and excited to announce towards the end of August 2016 it had been successful in acquiring the former St Leonard’s Church, Wolborough Street. The Council’s intention is to transform this building into a town-centric space with community facilities that will have throughout the building exhibitions, artefacts and stories of the heritage of Newton Abbot and its people by relocating the Town & GWR Museum from Devon Square to this bui ...

  • Future Care Consultation

    NHS Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group is working to improve your future care by:     Providing more care in people's homes; and     Avoiding hospital admission where possible As part of this they are running a 13 week consultation on the best place for community hospital beds in Eastern Devon and want to hear your views. Please CLICK HERE for a copy of the consultation document and questionnaire   Please CLICK HERE for dates of public meetings ...

  • Christmas Lights Switch On - Saturday 26th November 2016

    Newton Abbot Town Council organised a day of music and entertainment for all the family, to celebrate the switching on of the towns Christmas lights. During the day Coombeshead College students performed live music to the members of public and free face painting and balloon modelling was on offer to the public.  Breeze radio station were also in town with their ‘Safe Cracker’ event, offering the members of the public a chance to win a car. The excitement built as darkness approached, which signalled the start of the annual Father Christmas Parade. The Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Newton Abb ...

  • Armistice Day 2016

    Armistice Service held today at the War Memorial.  We will be holding a Remembrance Service on Sunday, with a parade from the town centre with a marching band. Come and join us to rember those that have fallen on 13-11-16 at 10.30am at the War Memorial. For more pictures CLICK HERE      ...

  • Town Criers Competition - Saturday 10th September 2016

    Newton abbot once again played host to members of the Ancient & Honourable Guild of Town Crier’s at this year’s town crier’s competition held on Saturday 10th September. 17 Crier’s took part in the competition, which was held in front of Austins The Globe throughout the day. It was a very colourful (and somewhat noisy!) event. Crying is very much a forerunner to today’s daily newspapers as it is an early form of relaying newsworthy items that dates back centuries. The competition involved 2 cries – the ‘Home Cry’ took part in the morning where the Criers promoted the town he or she repr ...

  • Autumn Fayre - Saturday 3rd September 2016

    A successful day all round for the 2016 Autumn Fayre despite the inclement weather throughout the day.  The day started with a parade of the homemade pasties, kindly baked and donated by ‘Homebake’ who are located in the Indoor Market, which included the Mayor of Newton Abbot Liz Roberts and Deputy Mayor Ann Jones, Local MP Anne Marie Morris, local Town crier and escort and Members of the Court Leet.  The cart itself was pushed by the onion sellers and the onion man.  The parade started off at Newton Abbot Town Hall at 10.30 am and went through Queen Street, Courtenay Street, Ba ...

  • Newton Abbot Carnival week 2016

    This year’s Newton Abbot Town Carnival has now ended and due to the great support received it enabled to the carnival having a very successful and entertaining week. Running on a tight Budget the carnival managed to stage a good assortment of events to suit all ages and interests ranging from the Spectacle of the Crowning of the Carnival Queen and the Carnival Procession to the energy of the Fun Run, the new Children’s Fun Games evening and the Tractor Pull. Also from the Performances of the Carnival afternoon entertainers, Band Concert from Carnival Praise to the elegance of the Tea Dancers. ...

  • The Queen's 90th Birthday

    Thank you to everyone who attended The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebrations held on Sunday 12th June in Courtenay Park. A good day was had by all despite the inclement weather.  For picture of the day click here about/gallery/view-album/tag-Queen%27s+90th+Birthday+Celebrations    ...

  • Newton Abbot Neighbourhood Development Plan - Final Version

    The Town Council and Steering Group are pleased to report that the result of the Referendum was that 80% of those who voted on 5th May, voted YES to the Newton Abbot Neighbourhood  Development Plan being adopted as planning policy. Following the Referendum the Plan has now been 'made' (adopted) by Teignbridge District Council.  This now means that the Newton Abbot Neighbourhood Development Plan has been brought into legal force, and forms part of the statutory Development Plan for Teignbridge District.  Consequently, planning decisions in Newton Abbot Parish will ...

  • Newton Abbot skies light up for the Queen’s 90th Birthday beacon lighting

    On Thursday 21st April, Newton Abbot Town Council lit three beacons within the town as part of the national event to help celebrate the Queen’s Birthday 90th birthday. The three beacon areas in Newton Abbot were Buckland, Highweek and Wolborough where two types of beacons were lit for the occasion, gas powered at Buckland & Wolborough and a traditional basket Church Tower beacon at Highweek. The lighting took place at 8.30pm with the help of Councillors from Newton Abbot Town Council and was attended by residents of the town and local youth groups.  Her Majesty The Queen initiated t ...

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Newton Abbot Town Council

Town Hall

Great Western House,

9 Devon Square,

Newton Abbot

TQ12 2HN

Tel: 01626 201120

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