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Welcome to the official website for West Down Parish Council

West Down Parish is situated in North Devon. The Parish Council meets in West Down Parish Hall on the first Wednesday in the month at 7.00 p.m. Members of the public are invited to attend these meetings.

Grass Cutting and Bus Shelter Cleaning 2024 Notice

The Contract for the above is due for renewal on the first of January 2024. If you would like to submit a Tender for this work please click on the link for the Notice of this contract.

Grass Cutting and Bus Shelter Cleaning Notice (pdf)

7th November 2023

Next Parish Council Meeting - Wednesday 6th December 2023

The Parish Council usually meet on the first Wednesday of the month at
7.00 p.m. in West Down Parish Hall.

The Public and Press are cordially invited to be present

6th November 2023

Temporary Road Closure - Monday 6th November 2023 to Thursday 16th November 2023

Please see the attached Notice regarding forthcoming patching works in West Down, Bittadon, Milltown and Muddiford.

Due to the nature of the works a road closure is required and the diversionary route for traffic will be signposted and advance signs will also be placed on the Highway.

Devon County Council apologise for any inconvenience caused.

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Tender Notice for Footpath Works in West Down

The Parish Council are seeking quotations for work on various footpaths in West Down.

Click on the link for the Notice.

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Dog Poo

Parish Council Chair Sue Ayre went out around the village recently checking some of the Parish Council property.

She had a close encounter at Pullands Bridge in the Grass...

A kind gentleman was able to provide her with a bag and she was able to collect it and walk a few steps and deposit it correctly into the Parish Council provided Dog waste bin. Please be a responsible dog owner.

West Down Emergency Planning Group - Date of next meeting

The next Emergency Planning Meeting will be held on Tuesday 29th August 2023 at 7.00 p.m. in Room 2000 at the Parish Hall.

West Down Parish Council Small Grant Fund

Each year West Down Parish Council allocates an expenditure budget from the annual precept in order to support local groups and organisations. Please click on the link for the Notice regarding how to apply.

Completed application forms for the 2024/25 financial year must be received by the Clerk before the 20th October 2023.

West Down Parish Council Small Grant Fund Notice (pdf)

Vacancy for Parish Councillor

Following the Local Elections, West Down Parish Council have two vacancies for Parish Councillors. We work hard as a team to make a difference in our community and are friendly and approachable. See link for full details.

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West Down Emergency Plan - Meeting at the Parish Hall - Tuesday 18th July 2023 - 7.00 p.m.

Help is required from the people of the Parish.

Do you have skills that will assist with the preparation of the West Down Emergency Plan?

See Poster Attached. A meeting has been set for the 18th July at 7.00 p.m. at the Parish Hall.

Please come along and aid this vital work for the community. Refreshments will be provided.

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22nd June 2023

Wrought Iron Bench - Community Park

Wrought Iron Bench - Community Park

The Parish Council were delighted to receive funding for this bench out of the District Councillor's grant. This bench has been placed around the Oak Tree in the Park for all to enjoy. Councillors Sue Ayre and Tony Verney can be seen relaxing on this bench which is a great asset to the village.

20th June 2023

Wrought Iron Bench - Community Park

Wrought Iron Bench - Community Park

Further picture of wrought iron bench.

20th June 2023

New Bridge - Footpath from the Community Park to Aylescott Lane

New Bridge - Footpath from the Community Park to Aylescott Lane

The Parish Council are delighted with the new bridge on Footpath 12. The Parish Council have worked hard in conjunction with Ros Davies of the P3 Footpath Team at Devon County Council to make this happen.

20th June 2023

Notice of Public Rights and Publication of Annual Governance & Accountability Return - 2022-2023

Any person interested has the right to inspect and make copies of the Annual Governance and Accountability Return, the accounting records for the financial year to which it relates and other documents relating to those records. See link for this Notice. These documents will be available on reasonable notice commencing on Monday 5 June 2023 and Friday 14 July 2023.
The Annual Governance Statement and Accounting Statements can be found under the Financial Documents heading on this website.

Notice of Public Rights (pdf)

Post Office Outreach Service - Your Parish Council Needs YOU.

If you were able to attend the Public Meeting recently at the West Down Parish Hall in respect of the Community Outreach Post Office, thank you for your time and support.

If you were not able to make that meeting, you can still support the community by becoming involved with the way forward for the Post Office.

See Poster attached. Closing date Monday 17th April 2023

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Notice of Elections - 2023

Please see attached the Notice of Elections which is a legal requirement to be published on the 17th March 2023.

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Public Meeting - Post Office Outreach Service, West Down

Please see the attached Notice regarding a meeting being held on Wednesday 29th March 2023 at 7.00 pm at the Parish Hall at West Down.

This is to look at the longer-term future of the Post Office Outreach Service, including ideas about alternative venues.

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White Cross Floating Offshore Windfarm project

Please see attached a poster providing details of the next round of consultation events for the White Cross floating offshore windfarm project which are being held on the 28 and 29 March 2023.

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Photo ID Requirements for Elections on 4th May 2023

Please see the attached summary of the requirements to vote in the elections on 4th May 2023. This does not apply to postal votes.

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Town & Parish Councillors - Would you be interested in standing to become elected?

Town & Parish Councillors can make a real difference in the community.
Please click on this attachment for more information.

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Queens Green Canopy Oak Tree

Queens Green Canopy Oak Tree

John Stainer (Chair of West Down Community Park) and Cllr Sue Ayre (Chair of West Down Parish Council) with the Queens Green Canopy Oak Tree in the Community Park.

17th November 2022

Flowers Left at the Queens Green Canopy Tree in the Community Park

Flowers Left at the Queens Green Canopy Tree in the Community Park

A number of flowers were left in tribute to HM Queen Elizabeth II at the Oak tree planted for her Platinum Jubilee.
Jubilee Tree

Jubilee Tree

A native Oak tree was planted in the Community Park by West Down Village Green Field Association to commemorate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee (Queen's Green Canopy). West Down Parish Council applied for funding for a commemorative plaque from Devon County Council which was supported by County Councillor Andrea Davis.
West Down Community Park

West Down Community Park

West Down Parish Council were delighted to work in collaboration with the West Down Community Park to apply for funding from North Devon Council's Climate & Environmental Grant. West Down Parish Council received in excess of £3,000.00 to support projects in the Park.

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Warning to dog owners - adders have been sighted.

If you think your dog has been bitten by an Adder, take it to a vet as quickly as possible. The sooner your dog sees a vet, the better their chances of making a full recovery.Carry your dog to reduce the spread of the Adder’s venom around your dog’s body.Bathe the wound in cold water to help control the swelling.Keep your dog warm, but not too warm, and quiet as you transport it to the vet.Don’t attempt any first aid as this can do more harm than good.If you don’t see the incident, sympt

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Dog Warden Visits

Dear Residents and Visitors

After continued reports and concerns of Dog Waste being left on the Public Highway, Community Field and other green areas it has become necessary to ask the Dog Warden Service from the Local Council to help.

The Dog Warden will visit the Village on a regular basis to check areas of concern.

Your assistance in keeping the Village clean is appreciated.

Kind regards
West Down Parish Council.

Ash dieback

Ash die-back is becoming increasingly prevalent and landowners are reminded that it is their responsibility to ensure public safety. Dead or diseased trees need to be removed or made safe where they could fall across roads or pathways. Advice and information can be found at the link below.

Devon County Council - Ash dieback

Parish Council Cleanup

Parish Council Cleanup

Once again the Parish Council is going around the village and doing some clearing up.

This has included picking up litter, but Councillor Sue Ayre has really gone beyond the call of duty by tackling the litter bin by Pulland Bridge. Sadly, this has been used to deposit bags of dog excrement, even though there is a bin specifically for these just 50 yards away on the ‘triangle’.

Sue removed 204 such bags from in and around the bin, cleaned the bin and put in a new bag. She has put up a notice reminding people that the bin is for litter and not dog excrement and it is hoped that this will do the trick as we cannot expect the staff who empty the litter bin to empty it when it contains waste of this nature.

We live in a lovely village and it is in everyone’s interest to keep it that way so it is important that we all do our bit.
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