About Newton Abbot
Newton Abbot is described in various tourist literature as a 'lively, bustling market town'. The Town Council is committed to ensuring that having been a market town since 1220 that its controlled growth will continue to the benefit of its current and future residents. Newton Abbots continued prominence as a bustling town is also equally important to the surrounding rural villages.
The Town 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 Leonard's Tower; Decoy Country Park and numerous other town parks; Forde House; the Town Quay; six allotment areas; excellent primary and secondary schools; Museum and Railway museum; a leisure centre; a new hospital recently constructed; and the Racecourse.
The Town is delighted with the recently completed redevelopment of the Pannier Market and the Wolborough Street redevelopment which enhances Newton Abbot's unique atmosphere as a Regional Shopping Centre.
Newton Abbot Town Council supports improvements to the Town Centre particularly those which maintain a prosperous and environmentally friendly Town to visit. With its level shopping areas it is a particular attraction to the disabled.
With its long history with the Railway Industry Newton Abbot still enjoys being the main rail centre for South Devon and is easily reached by Inter City trains from various parts of the country. The Town Council, although readily accepting that growth of the Town and the surrounding area is inevitable, is also keen to ensure this happens in a controlled and structured manner.
This Community Strategy, for the Town and for the surrounding villages of Abbotskerswell, Kingskerswell, Ipplepen, Kingsteignton and Ogwell, sets out the vision and aspirations of the people of this community. It has been created by the people for the people for the future of the area for the next 20 years. The projects identified are those which the community has expressed as being of the highest priority and therefore the Town Council will hope these projects can be taken forward with community support to see them realised.
The Town Council wishes to express its grateful thanks to the Chairman of the Community Plan Steering Group and its Members and a special thanks to its Coordinators, latterly Jane Ballantyne whom without their tremendous enthusiasm and efforts this Community Plan would not have been completed. The Council would also like to thank all the various community bodies and individuals from the Town and surrounding villages who were the source of the content.