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 in the Newsletters. All public notices will be displayed on the Council notice boards.


Report of the Council Meeting 20 July 2023

Marwood Methodist Church Hall, Guineaford

David Hunt signed his Declaration of Acceptance of Office and the Chairman welcomed him as a Councillor to the Parish Council. The Chairman also welcomed Julie Hunt as Councillor representative of North Devon Council for Marwood Parish.

Members Present: Cllrs. C Latham, D Chugg,  A Bend, R Berry, K Down, C Wallis,

D Hunt.. (N Plumb from 20.00)

Apologies: Cllr A Harvey-Bryant Cllrs. Cllr A Davis,

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

Discloseable Interests. None      

Chairman’s Discretion. None.

Minutes of the Annual General Meeting 11 May 2023

          Minutes of the Parish Council Meeting 11 May 2023

Both Minutes were agreed and signed as a true record.

Police Report

Copy sent to Members

Reports from County and District Councillors

A report from Cllr Andrea Davis was sent to Members; it includes information on the A361 Link Road; Recycled Bikes available at Recycling Centres; £2 bus fares until October 2023; Road Defects (potholes).. Cllr Julie Hunt read her report to Members, it includes problems with re-cycling collections; fly-tipping; Ilfracombe Watersports Hub; North Devon support for homelessness is some of the best in the country; 20mph speed restrictions.

(Copy of the report attached to the Minutes)


Relevant correspondence, including several proposed road closures in various parts of the Parish, has been sent to Councillors


Invoices agreed for payment: C F Wallis £140 (June); North Devon Council £483.23 (June);

Exmoor Computers £45.00 (repair); Admin/Accomm £120.00 (Apr/May/June);C F Wallis  £140.00 (July) ; Election Costs £88.20; North Devon Council £483.23 (July). There is no meeting in August and cheques, C F Wallis £140.00 (Aug); North Devon Council £483.23 (Aug) were signed, pending receipt of invoices. Balance at 20 July 2023 is £4539.73.

(includes £436 ring-fenced funds for tree planting).

The Clerk showed Members to accounts/bank statement and the Chairman initialled the accounts ledger.

Nick Plumb apologised for late attendance and he signed his Declaration of Acceptance of Office and was welcomed as a Councillor to the Parish Council.

Planning Matters

77324 – Land adjacent to Longpiece Cottages Marwood. Demolition of barn and erection of dwelling with associated works. Although Members recommend Approval, they wish to comment on the possible affect on neighbouring properties.

77349 – Balments Dairy Unit Marwood. Erection of structure for storage of silage.

                                                                                                       Recommend : Approval

Reports from Councillors

Parish Footpaths. Cllr Wallis commented on bridleway 33 as it had been reported there is some damage to the soakaway. He said this bridleway has been repaired on several occasions (due mainly to vehicle movements) at considerable cost and he his in contact with Devon County Council. The Parish Council agreed to the hiring of a digger for up to one day when DCC has investigated and agreed any work.

Highways. No further report

Council e-mail address

The Clerk said there should be a generic e-mail address for the Parish Council and Councillors rather than using personal addresses. Following discussion it was agreed for the address to read:

Cllr Nick Plumb said he will carry out the necessary preparation of the new address.

Tree planting

The Clerk commented that no further location has been found for the planting of the commemorative Jubilee tree. He will speak with Angela Webb regarding the possible alternative provision of a bench seat (with inscription).

Bittadon Church

Cllr Adrian Bend gave a short report concerning the condition of the Parish church in Bittadon, which is in need of repair.

Chairman’s Discretion

Next meeting 21 September at 19.30.                                                                                              




and Planning

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 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.

 Marwood Poor Lands Charity (including Ackland's Gift)


Applications for Grants This Charity was established over 100 years ago to provide grants of money to the poor and destitute living in the Parish of Marwood. Today, a small annual income is obtained from the lease of 7 .5 acres of Iand in Marwood. Due to the continual social change, the reasons for applying for grants has also changed but the basics are similar; eg. relieve sudden distress, sickness or infirmity, assistance with special payments. The increase in Government SocialWelfare Payments has seen a large reduction in the number of applicants. Claims for grants are considered in confidence by the Charity Trustees. Applicants must clearly demonstrate a need and provide some form of evidence. lf you wish to apply, or know someone who you think is eligible, (please ensure you have their permission)


contact: Clerk to the Charity,

Malcolm J Measures on

M J Measures

Trustee/Clerk to the Charity MARWOOD POOR LANDS CHAR]TY

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

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