About Newton Abbot

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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.

about newton abbot 1The 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.

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  • Carol Service

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  • Lantern Parade - Wednesday 14th December 2016

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  • Victorian Evening - Wednesday 7th December 2016

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  • Future Care Consultation

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  • 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

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  • The Queen's 90th Birthday

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  • Neighbourhood Plan

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