A New Challenge

The recent Enterprising Coastal Transport Conference organised by Devon Towns Forum has paved the way for a new challenge, namely that of supporting the development of a Coastal Transport Consortium to help co-ordinate some much needed projects to improve our ability to use our Coast for Passenger and Freight transport. The DTF hope this will lead to comercially viable projects that will in turn help support the DTF in its work with all Market and Coastal Town Communities. The DTF network and its partnership support activities will continue with DTF board members acting as points of contact in each of the county areas. The work undertaken by the people of Devon's Market and Coastal Towns deserves recognition and the DTF hope that ways will be found of including the work and experience of the DTF and its membership in the future. In the meanwhile please keep in contact by e-mailing us at

Best Wishes Bob Buxton Chairman


Full Steam Ahead at DTF's Coastal Transport Conference

The Devon Towns Forum Enterprising Coastal Transport Conference held at Ladram Bay Holiday Park on the 28th September 2011 with the support of its partners Severn Link, the Dorset AONB and Jurassic Caost Partnership and the Somerset Towns Forum was very well attended.  A report of the conference is available by clicking this link.  Cllr. Bob Buxton Chairman of the Devon Towns Forum said, 'we are delighted with the response with 99 people attending of which 50 have expressed an interest in being part of a Coastal Transport Consortium we are well placed to help deliver some greatly needed projects that will help boost our economy'. The conference followed the Enterprising Coastal Communities Conference in March 2011 for those with a serious interest in developing coastal waterborne transport.'.  The event was also supported by Ladram Bay Holidays and many others including long term supporter of Devon's coastal communities Prof. Mark Horton of the BBC TV series 'Coast' and Sir Graham Watson MEP who provided a video presentation that can been seen by following this link   If you would like to know more about the Coastal Transport Consortium please contact the DTF by e-mailing


DTF Director Retires

Paul Delahoy the Director of the Devon Towns Forum is to retire from the end of October this year.  Paul who has been involved with the Market & Coastal Towns Initiative from 2002 was recruited to develop a new Business Plan for the then Devon Chairs Forum in 2004.  With a newly formed Management Board Paul led the introduction of the 'Devon Towns Forum' overseeing a catalogue of services and activities including many excellent seminars and conferences for which the DTF has earned an unparalleled reputation for its value and cost effectiveness. Working first as its Facilitator the Forum built its range of services with Paul later becoming its Director. With many years of excellent service to the DTF and Devon's Market and Coastal Town Communities and our partners Paul will miss all the great people he has worked with and sends his best wishes to all those with whom he worked.  Everyone at the Devon Towns Forum is grateful for all he has contributed and wish him a long and happy retirement.

Cllr. Bob Buxton Chairman.





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