Marwood Parish Council

We're here as Parish Councillors to help support the community and keep people connected in Marwood, Devon. We usually meet on the first Thursday of the month, except August when there is no meeting.  All the contact details of the Parish Councillors are listed below and on the notice boards. You can also use the  CONTACT US THROUGH THIS WEBSITE IF YOU NEED OR CAN OFFER HELP.


ICY ROADS IN MARWOOD - A reminder that Cllr David Chugg has a supply of SALT if needed - see contact details below


The start time of meetings will be either 19.00 or 19.30 depending on the time of year. The Chairman has authority to call additional meetings if there are urgent matters to discuss. The Clerk will continue to keep Members informed during the interim months.

Note: not in Standing Orders. Copies of Agendas/Minutes and interim reports will be sent to Marwood Matters for inclusion on the website.  All public notices will be displayed on the Council notice boards.


Report of the Council Meeting 21 March 2024

Marwood Methodist Church Hall, Guineaford


Members Present: Cllrs. C Latham, D Chugg,  A Bend, N Plumb, K Down, C Wallis

Apologies: Cllrs R Berry, A Harvey-Bryant, D Hunt D Hunt. Cllr J Hunt

In Attendance: Cllr Andrea Davis.   M J Measures (Clerk to the Council).

Interests. None       Chairman’s Discretion.  None

Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting 18 January 2024

The Minutes were agreed and signed as a true record.

Police Report

Latest copy sent to Members

 Report from County and District Councillors

Cllr Davis reported on the Devon County Council Budget 2024/25 which includes increases in children’s services, adult services, climate change, environment, transport

homelessness, drainage/potholes. Councillors approved a capital budget of over £155million for investment in infrastructure such as schools and roads. She commented on the Public Consultation on Devon and Torbay devolution deal; Devon Retrofit Guide,

highways (including A361) and other highways defects. Members asked several questions and clarification on certain items.

North Devon Council; no report from Cllr Hunt


Relevant correspondence including including notice of election of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Devon Resilience Innovation Project, postponement of proposed road closures.


Invoices . The following invoices were agreed for payment: North Devon Council £509.24

(March); Admin/Accomm. £160.00 (Dec-March ) Balance at 21 March is £1045.52

Appointment of Internal Auditor. Members agreed to continue with the current auditor

Donations/Hall Hire 2024/25. Following discussion it was agreed to keep the same grants of £200.00 to Marwood PCC and Marwood Methodist Church towards the up-keep of the cemeteries. Voting: FOR x 4; Against x 2. The Council now meets six times a year and it was proposed and unanimously agreed to keep holding meetings in Marwood Methodist Church Hall at a cost of £125 a year plus £20.00 for any additional meetings.

Planning Matters

78057 – Broomhill Farm Muddiford, Retrospective change of use of part of the holiday let

To form one permanent residential annexe for dependent relative. Recommend : Approval

78348 – Land adjacent to Longpiece Cottages. Demolition of barn and erection of one new dwelling                                                                                           Recommend : Approval

Reports from Councillors

Parish Footpaths. Cllr Wallis reported on the work carried out on the footpaths and bridleways for the information to be sent to Devon County Council. He also commented on the overgrown hedges on parts of the highway but it was stressed that the responsibility to cut them is down to the landowner.

Highways: Members commented on the various areas of flooding and the large number of potholes. Some concern had been made concerning the building of a wall on private property. This was inspected by the Highways Officer and confirmed that the wall is on un-registered land and not Devon County Council. The Chairman thanked Angela Webb on behalf of the Council for the detailed report on proposed 20mph areas in the Parish


 Council e-mail address

Cllr Plumb confirmed that the new e-mail address for all Councillors can now be used

Salt Bins

Cllr Wallis will install the two additional salt bins next month


Cllr Plumb said he is able to obtain a shelter from a company, free of charge, to house the defibrillator outside the school

Chairman’s Discretion



The meeting closed at 20.12


and Planning

A MESSAGE FOR ALL HOUSEHOLDERS - If you have flooding to your  property please report it on the emergency number as it will go straight through to the contractor for a call out - Highway emergency number; 0345 155 1004 

 Planning Matters to be considered particularly by neighbours and the Parish Council. Please go to

 put in the application number and click on the webpage for further details. 



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Reporting Highways Issues

 Please ring: 0345 155 1004 or email

Live chat is available on the Highways website Monday to Thursday 9:00am - 5:00pm and 9:00am - 4:30pm on Friday. 

To report a problem with road maintenance, traffic management and parking, streetlights and signs and public rights of way please use the Highways website.



The Charity was established over 120 years ago with a mandate to "provide grants of money to the poor and destitute living in the Parish of Marwood".

     Over the years the Trustees have continued to uphold this mandate; for example in 1967 eighteen residents received five shillings (25p) and in recent years financial grants have been made to provide household equipment.

     Due to the continual social change and the increase in Government Social Welfare Payments there has been a reduction in the number of applicants. The reasons for applying for grants has also changed none more so than in the current financial situation.

      The Charity has a small annual income from the lease of 7.5 acres of land in Marwood and this year we are offering a small number of Tesco vouchers to buy food etc. before Christmas. If you feel you meet the criteria and wish to apply, or know someone you think is eligible, (and have their consent) please contact the Trustees via email on

Parish Councillors

 Cllr Colin Latham (Chairman)

Higher Stowford Farm

Hore Down Gate EX34 8PH

01271 269824 

Cllr Adrian Bend

Rowan Cottage

Muddiford  EX31 4HH

 07732 264372


Cllr Richard Berry

Honeywell Farm

Muddiford EX31 4HS

01271 85039292




 Cllr David Chugg (Vice Chairman)

Kalbari House,

Kingsheanton,  EX31 4ED

07774 750923



Cllr Karen Down

Northleigh, Whiddon

Muddiford EX31 4HF

07811 032043


Cllr Andrew Harvey-Bryant

North Warcombe Farm,

Lee EX34 8LR

 Cllr Christopher Wallis

Woodgate  Cottage

Milltown EX31 4HG

07977 512778


 Cllr David Hunt

Woodside, m

Middle Marwood EXEX£! 4EG

07984 581120


Cllr Nicholas Plumb

The Cottage

Middle Marwood EX31 4EG

07588 158210


M J Measures

Clerk to the Council

9 Kingfisher Drive

Barnstaple EX32 8QW

 01271 323386

 Cllr Mrs Andrea Davis

Devon County Councillor

Southwinds  Cottage

Kentisbury EX31 4NH

 07786  868038

Cllr Julie Hunt

North Devon District Councillor


Middle Marwood EX31 4EG

07909 772458


Useful links

  Selaine Saxby, our local MP, has up to date details of changes the Government has made to help deal with the coronavirus on her Website

North Devon Council Links  Click on this link for information and/or sign up for emails giving you the latest news.



Devon and Cornwall Police have pulled together responses to some of the more commonly asked questions.