Getting to know Budleigh Salterton

town_signBudleigh Salterton is a small seaside town in the constituency of East Devon. I’m the Green Party prospective parliamentary candidate for East Devon and here’s some useful information about this lovely coastal community.

I’d recommend browsing to find out more about the town which has approximately 5000 residents. The seaside settlement that is now Budleigh Salterton for generations derived its livelihood from agriculture, fishing and a bit of smuggling on the side. Doomsday records that salt panning was of great importance here, hence the origin of the name ‘Salterton’ and the remnants of a fine Roman villa near Otterhead suggests that this activity went on as far back as Roman or even Iron Age times.

Devon_Cycle38The multitude of country lanes in East Devon offer a quiet retreat from busy roads for the keen cyclist. There is a cycle track, with several picnic spots along its way, that extends for about 2 miles from the edge of Budleigh to Littleham on the outskirts of Exmouth, along the course of the old railway. Combine this with the lane from Littleham or roads through the leafy residential part of Exmouth and you can cycle from Budleigh to Exmouth seafront, with all its accompanying attractions. (See for more details of the cycle route).

The town has immediate access to the south west coast path. Exmouth via Sandy Bay is about 4.5 miles. A more gentle walk can be taken by going up the River Otter, a level walk of about 2.5 miles, up to the village of Otterton. This takes you past The Otter Estuary – a Nature Reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest, managed by the Devon Wildlife Trust and an important area of salt marsh, with good numbers or waders and wildfowl between October and March.

The East Devon Green Party has regular meetings in the Budleigh area – please contact me for details of you are interested in coming along.

Your Devon constituency may have changed

Mine has….! I am in the East Devon constituency from the date of the next General Election, when the new constituency boundaries come into effect, I’ll be in the Tiverton and Honiton constituency (although still in the East Devon local government district).


The Boundary Commission is legally required, by the Parliamentary Constituencies Act 1986 (as amended by the Boundary Commissions Act 1992), to conduct a general review of all the constituencies in England every eight to twelve years to ensure the size and composition of constituencies are as fair as possible. The Commission’s recommendations throughout the review must by law be based on the numbers of electors on the electoral registers on that date.

The new-look Ordnance Survey Election Maps website is a fantastic resource for for use by teachers, MPs, councillors, candidates and party workers. Users can select from a variety of administrative and electoral boundaries that can be overlaid on the mapping.

The East Devon constituency will change quite a lot – click here to see a map of the old boundaries.  It currently includes Axminster, Seaton and all the small villages near me including Stockland, Membury, Dalwood, Yarcombe, Shute, Kilmington, Offwell, Dalwood and Cotleigh. All of these places will soon be in the Tiverton and Honiton constituency. The current MP for Honiton and Tiverton is the conservative Angela Browning. Hugo Swire (also Tory) represents the East Devon constituency.

The new East Devon area will include Ottery St Mary, West Hill, Broadclyst, Poltimore, Talaton and Clyst Hydon. If you would like to check which area you are in – see the East Devon council website.