The closing date for the Clyst Valley Regional Park public consultation has been extended to 9am on Monday 18th January 2021. The extension gives people more time to comment on proposals for this large green space, in light of coronavirus restrictions.

The Clyst Valley is on the doorstep of a rapidly growing population in the west end of East Devon. Now more than ever, it is crucial that local people can get outside, enjoy nature and explore the East Devon countryside for their health and wellbeing. The Clyst Valley Regional Park masterplan suggests improvements for the next 25 years, which include restoring nature and historic buildings, creating trails, and tackling climate change.

Take the survey online to have your say by visiting eastdevon.gov.uk/clystvalleypark. For queries about the masterplan, email sbates@eastdevon.gov.uk

Councillor Geoff Jung, East Devon District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Coast, Country and Environment, said:

I’m very pleased to see the number of people and organisations that have responded so far with some very interesting suggestions and ideas.  However, because we are unable to hold public meetings or meet people at the moment due to the pandemic it has been agreed to extend the consultation period to allow people some extra time to read the proposals and to submit their views. 

Some of the ideas that are suggested in the Clyst Valley Regional Park masterplan are:

  • Clyst Valley Trail linking the Exe Estuary Trail to the Exe Valley Way
  • Extension to Cranbrook Country Park
  • Land-based learning centre and café at Broadclyst Community Farm
  • A new cycle trail linking Cranbrook to Exeter along a quiet route
  • Renaturalising the River Clyst between Clyst Honiton and Cranbrook
  • A major increase in trees through both planting and natural regeneration
  • A new visitor hub at Ashclyst Farm and cycle/pedestrian links into the Forest from Cranbrook, Broadclyst and Killerton