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


11 May 2023 AGM/Council Meeting

20 July 2023 Council Meeting

August 2023 recess, no meeting

21 September 2023 Council Meeting

16 November 2023 Council Meeting to discuss the precept

18 January 2024 Council Meeting, precept confirmation

21 March 2024 Council Meeting, end of year accounts.


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 18 January 2024

Marwood Methodist Church Hall, Guineaford


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

Apologies: Cllrs R Berry, A Harvey-Bryant, C Wallis.

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

Declared Interests. None       Chairman’s Discretion.  None

Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting 14  December 2023

The Minutes were agreed and signed as a true record.

Police Report

Latest copy sent to Members

Reports from County and District Councillors

Cllr Hunt reported the proposed re-opening of the bus garage by Easter and the cafe is out for tender and passengers will have access to toilet facilities, after a three-year closure; the Guildhall is to be refurbished; following discussion the District Council has agreed that all future contracts for £12,000 (including VAT) will require three or more quotes. The use of former library vans is being considered to use them as polling stations in remote areas.

Cllr Hunt left the meeting at 19.15

Cllr Davis said approval has been given to construct the latest section of the Tarka Trail between Barnstaple and Ilfracombe delivering around 700 metres of shared use path, while installing drainage culverts and creating a picnic area and several other rest areas. Cedars Crossing Scheme: potential significant traffic delays for about 20 weeks.

20mph speed limit programme “expression of Interest” recommendations should be made

for places within the Parish. Cllr Chugg will manage the response. DCC are looking for EV sites at Parish and Community car parks in Devon.

Peninsula Transport Draft Transport Strategy consultation. Grit bins and information

About gritting routes is on the website.                      Cllr Davis left the meeting at 19.55


Relevant correspondence including proposed B3230 road closure from Shirwell Cross to Plaistow Mills Muddiford 22 – 28 March 2024


Invoices . The following invoices were agreed for payment: Marwood Methodist Church £200.00 (cemetery maintenance); Marwood Methodist Church £250.00 (hall hire 2023/24); Marwood PCC £200.00 (cemetery maintenance) North Devon Council £509.24(Jan);   Balance at 18 January £3383.24

Precept 2024/25. Following discussion the precept request was agreed at £9,000.00

Planning Matters

78033 – Whiddon Farm. Conversion of redundant building into a dwelling

   Recommend : Approval

Reports from Councillors

Parish Footpaths NoReport

Highways: No Report

Council e-mail address

Cllr Plumb reported that the new e-mail address can now be used.

 Bench Seat

The seat has now been installed. The Clerk showed Members a photo.

Salt Bins

It was agreed to site one salt bin on the hill leading to the school and one in the layby near Varley Farm



Cllr Plumb reported that the registered defibrillator is now back in place.

He said there is a need for the one sited inside the school to be sited outside and a shelter would be required. It was agreed to purchase a shelter for £150.00 and have it installed for public access. The Chairman thanked Cllr Plumb.

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 850392


Cllr David Chugg (Vice-Chairman)

Kalbarri House

Kingsheanton  EX31 4ED

01271 377491


Cllr Karen Down



Muddiford EX31 850063


Cllr Andrew Harvey-Bryant

North Warcombe Farm,

Lee EX34 8LR

 07484 640770


Cllr Christopher Wallis

Woodgate  Cottage

Milltown EX31 4HG

01271 850260


 Cllr David Hunt


Cllr Nick Plumb


M J Measures (Clerk to the Council)

9 Kingfisher Drive

Barnstaple EX32 8QW

 01271 323386

County Cllr Mrs Andrea Davis

Southwinds  Cottage

Kentisbury EX31 4NH

 07786  868038

District Cllr Julie Hunt


Bus. mobile:  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

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