Marwood Parish Council

Parish Councillors

Clerk to the Council:
Malcolm J Measures MInstAM,MMS

01271 323386


Parish Councillors     Contact

Richard Berry

01271 850392

Colin Latham

01271 371964 (Chairman) Parish Roads/Highways

Sue Button

01271 813804 (Vice Chairman)

Sheelagh Darling

01271 374345    Parish Rights of Way

David Chugg

 01271 377491

Christopher Wallis

01271 850260

Arthur Skentelbery

01271 321220

Tom Bigge

01271 323400

 Christopher Spear

 01271 850533


To view recent Parish Council Meeting Minutes and Reports, click here.  The most recent report is below.

Marwood Parish Council. 14 September 2017

Before the Meeting, Councillors, Clerk and the two members of the public present, stood for a minute silence in remembrance of Harold Hopkins, former Parish Councillor and Chairman, who died earlier that day.

There was an open discussion regarding the condition/ownership of footpath 45. The Clerk reported the results of his investigations, having contacted DCC, NDC and DALC.

Footpath 45 was added to the DCC records in 2000 as part o the Definitive Map Review as an unregistered footpath.  There was a positive exchange of views and opinions concerning ownership, responsibility and costs for maintenance/repair. Members of the public said that the route had been repaired by the County Council several years ago.  The Clerk reported that the footpath does not come under the DCC Parish Paths Partnership Scheme and therefore the grants from DCC cannot be used for maintenance/repairs of this footpath.

                                                                              The Parish Council Meeting started at 19.48.



Report of the COUNCIL MEETING 14 September 2017

Marwood Methodist Church Hall, Guineaford


Members Present: Cllrs. C Latham, C Spear,  Mrs S Darling S Button, D Chugg

A Skentelbery,

Apologies: Cllrs.  R Berry, C Wallis,, T Bigge.  Cllr Mrs A Davis.. PCSO Kingdon

In Attendance: Cllr F Tucker.Two members of the public.

M J Measures (Clerk to the Council)

Disclosable Interests. None

Chairman's Discretion.  None

Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting 13 July 2017

The Minutes were agreed and signed as a true record

Police Report

In his report PCSO Kingdon stated three crimes had been recorded in Marwood, namely,

one theft, one criminal damage and one possession of a controlled drug. He further reported that two gun shots had been heard close to a property and asked that anyone with information to let him know.

Reports from County and District Councillors

Cllr Tucker said the traffic calming work agreed to be carried out in Prixford is currently being discussed. The Clerk will contact Mary Poole at NDC Planning for an update. 

Cllr Spear again stressed that this work should not take place at the same time as the B3230 is closed as it will create even greater traffic problems through Guineaford/Prixford


Correspondence has been sent to Councillors via e-mail.

Community Led Affordable Housing Survey. Complaints from residents regarding mud on the roads


Payment of Invoices. Invoices agreed for payment; C F Wallis £220.00 (July/August), and

£100 (Sept); Admin/Accom £54.15 (July/Aug); Information Commissioner £35.00 (annual fee); North Devon Council £569.72 (Salary/admin./fee July/Aug/Sept);Grant Thornton £120.00

(external auditors fee). Statement of Account at 14 September is £5015.37.

Report of External Auditors for 2016/17 The accounts have been signed-off with only one minor comment; namely the internal auditor did not tick the box for N/A for the Council not having Trust Funds.  Members thanked the Clerk.


Planning Matters

Applications recommended for approval: 63344, 63328, 63153, 63489.

63606 – Springfield Nursery. Erection of cabin for use as office/meeting room Rec: Approval

Footpath 45

Further to the discussions earlier in the evening, the Clerk was instructed to arrange a meeting with relevant senior DCC Officers, County Councillor, Parish Chairman, and the two members of the public present at the meeting.

Reports from Councillors

Highways.  Cllr Spear reported that the grating has now been fixed to the culvert in Milltown.  Cllr Chugg said some members of the public (pedestrians) have commented about the speed of traffic around the school area. The Clerk was instructed to contact the school again to ask if a notice could be placed in the school newsletter asking drivers to be more aware of pedestrians

Chairman's Discretion



                     The Meeting closed at 20.20


                                                                                                           M J Measures



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