Introducing RingGo in Combe Martin Parish Council Car Parks

From 14th May, Combe Martin Parish Council is introducing RingGo in its car parks. With RingGo, you can pay for your parking remotely from your phone, instead of having to purchase a ticket from the parking machine. Using RingGo also allows you to pay for your parking completely touch free and is recommended as the safest way to park.

As well as being able to park and pay in Combe Martin Parish Council car parks, motorists can use the RingGo app in thousands of locations across the UK, with the service already in use for on street parking in Devon. For a full list of places where RingGo is available in Devon, please visit

Motorists that haven’t yet registered with RingGo, will need to provide a few details to use the new service. This can be done either by downloading the free RingGo app from the App Store or Google Play Store. Or by visiting online and registering via the website. Motorists can register for RingGo at any time in the run up to the transfer, or wait, until the new service is live.

Motorists that don’t own a smartphone, can simply call 01271 470500 at the time they wish to park.

RingGo is being introduced to provide a better service to motorists by offering a touch free solution for motorists to pay for parking.

By registering with RingGo, motorists gain access to the UK’s biggest, most widespread cashless parking solution, serving over 18 million users nationwide.  The service is currently available in more than 450 towns and cities across the UK.

Devon County Council COVID-19 Fund

Devon County Council (DCC) has temporarily re-opened the COVID-19 Fund to provide flexible resources to organisations working with communities who are disproportionately impacted by coronavirus and the social and economic consequences of the second national lockdown.

Applications opened on 9 November 2020 and will close on 2 December 2020.

Applications will need to include details of how much funding will be required and how you have assessed the need for that amount. Grants will typically be between £300 and £700, although in exceptional circumstances we may make offers of up to £1,000. We will require a report on how the money was spent and benefits to the community on completion of your project.

DCC buildings are currently closed and most staff are working from home so applications must be submitted online.

DCC aim to process applications as speedily as is possible and may need to contact you for further information. You will receive an email informing you whether your application has been successful or not, so please try to avoid contacting the team ahead of this.

What is the COVID-19 Fund?

While our healthcare systems, public health practitioners, and local and national government are doing everything in their power to slow the spread of coronavirus, our voluntary and community sector organisations and local communities are also assisting those most vulnerable during this unprecedented time.

Through the COVID-19 Fund, DCC will provide small amounts of grant funding to community-led schemes, which identify and/or achieve the small but important things that can safely address some of the issues that are arising because of this further lockdown and in particular measures to support those who are clinically extremely vulnerable.

These can include:

  • safe deliveries of essential goods and services to those who are vulnerable, such as foods and medicines
  • support for accessing online information and services
  • measures to help people to stay connected and informed and to maintain and support mental health and wellbeing
  • transport-related initiatives that support safe community responses to the outbreak

Who can apply?

Applications are accepted from constituted and not-for-private-profit voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector groups and organisations, town and parish councils, charities or businesses, or a combination of such groups working together.

Please read part (a) of DCC’s guidance for more details.

How to apply

Please ensure that you have read and understood the guidance and what this funding can be used for.

Summaries of your project will suffice as there are word number limitations but do include the key information of how your project meets the purpose of this grant fund and how you have identified the size of the grant you require.

Apply now

Application terms and conditions

  • I am authorised to sign on behalf of the above-named organisation and that any funding will be used to benefit the community in line with the priorities of the COVID-19 Fund and will only be used for the purposes specified in the application.
  • This COVID-19 grant will be used before 31 March 2021 and any unspent/uncommitted monies will be returned to Devon County Council promptly; without proof of purchase or commitment.
  • That I/we will provide Devon County Council with a statement of how the funding has benefited the organisation/local community.
  • That I/we acknowledge and understand that approval of any grant relating to this application does not commit the County Council to ongoing funding.

Help and support

If you are uncertain about how to apply please contact and mark your email SUPPORT in the subject line.


(a) Non-constituted groups without their own, separate bank account, small local businesses and individuals may apply but they will need to do so with the support of an accountable constituted organisation acting on their behalf as sponsor/guarantor and as the recipient of the grant. If you fall into this category, organisations that DCC would accept as guarantor or fund holder include:

  • town or parish councils
  • local community and voluntary services organisation (CVS)
  • village hall
  • another constituted local voluntary group that qualifies

If you are uncertain how to do this then please contact and mark your email SUPPORT in the subject line.

(b) If you are successful in getting funding for your idea/initiative, we will ask you for some feedback on how your project went within 3 months of the project being completed, and then again later if requested. We will require:

  • details of how many people benefited from the project
  • copies of invoices and receipts relating to the DCC grant provided
  • details of the amount of any other match funding you received towards the project

Terms and conditions

Full details of the specific DCC terms and conditions relating to these grant schemes form part of the application process and require projects to accept them before any funds are released. However, there are some generic conditions which apply to all the grant schemes, which your group/organisation project needs to be aware of.

  1. You must confirm on the application that your project meets the respective eligibility criteria. The grant can only be used for the purposes specified in the application.
  2. Project applicants must confirm the project serves communities within the DCC administrative area of Devon, with at least 75% of the people benefiting from the project living in that area.
  3. There is no automatic right to a grant, DCC will consider all applications and decide on the applications it wishes to grant fund, seeking to distribute funding in an even-handed way across the entire area of Devon it administers. DCC reserves the right not to make a funding offer to a project.
  4. Grants will be awarded where they are deemed to be most needed and where they would have the greatest impact and outcomes.
  5. Grants will be awarded on a one-off basis. Any grant relating to an application does not commit the County Council to ongoing future funding.
  6. Applicants must accept in writing (an email or online application will suffice) the associated DCC terms and conditions before any grants can be released.
  7. We would expect funds to cover, and be used, during the period of the Coronavirus emergency. This funding is not for on-going or non-Coronavirus response related activities.
  8. An evaluation of how the funding has benefited the organisation/local community will be provided; in line with the relevant terms and conditions applying. This can include invoices and you may want to submit GDPR compliant photos or videos.
  9. Any DCC grant-funded projects will clearly acknowledge, in any related publicity materials the Fund Scheme as a DCC initiative.
  10. DCC grant-funded projects accept that DCC will issue publicity about projects and activities that it supports, so may use such projects within its publicity materials and as promotional case studies and may wish the project to evaluate further its project work and outcomes. Publicity may include digital images, video and other content you have provided if you have confirmed them to be GDPR compliant.
  11. Repayment of DCC grant funds may be required at the sole discretion of Devon County Council if a funded project supplies false information, fails to spend the money in any allotted time period, fails to return evaluation materials within the agreed time period, becomes insolvent and/or there are any other breaches of the conditions or eligibility criteria.
  12. DCC may request additional information and assurances; requiring additional terms and conditions to apply and will require you to confirm in writing your acceptance of any additional terms and conditions before agreeing to provide DCC grant funding. Acceptance can be in the form of an email from the charity/organisation’s contact email address provided on the application form.

North Devon Council provides financial help to children and families most in need

North Devon Council has provided a Local Hardship Fund in direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic, with financial support from Devon County Council.

The purpose of the fund is to provide support to families who are suffering immediate financial hardship directly as a result of COVID-19. It can be used to provide support with basic essential needs, such as food, personal or household items, travel for essential hospital and doctor appointments, repairs and even gas and electricity costs. It is an emergency fund which has been accessed by many people over the past six months.

During the summer, this fund was used to provide financial assistance to schools in the area who then identified and provided direct help to families and pupils most at need. The council is hoping to set up a similar arrangement for the Christmas school holidays. The fund has also been used to provide direct support to North Devon Food Bank and to fund other groups working with and supporting our local communities.

To make an application, please contact North Devon Council on 01271 388280 or email  North Devon Council is presently operating with a reduced number of staff in its Customer Contact Centre due to COVID related absences and so if you are not able to get through immediately, please be patient and try again.

North Devon Council – Help and Support through Lockdown

With a national lockdown now in place, North Devon Council (NDC) wants to make sure that its most vulnerable customers know where to come for help.

The government and county council are writing to extremely clinically vulnerable residents giving guidance on what to do during lockdown and asking them to register on the government website so they can request support from their local council.

Working alongside local community support organisation One Northern Devon and town and parish councils, NDC is helping to co-ordinate a range of services for those most in need.  This includes:

  • helping people to register on the government website
  • help with grocery orders and deliveries
  • collection and delivery of medication
  • transport to medical and hospital appointments using local taxi form Driving Miss Daisy
  • financial support for those in serious hardship
  • friendly ear phonecalls to ease social isolation

Unlike last time, the government will not be sending out food parcels to the clinically vulnerable as the emphasis this time is on self-sufficiency.

To help people access these services, there is a dedicated phoneline and webform and the council is urging people to ensure that their vulnerable and elderly friends and relatives are aware how to contact the team. The number to call is 01271 388280 and the online form is on North Devon Council’s website.

Even if the council can’t help directly, it will do all it can to point people to the right agency or organisation. Before accessing this support though, residents are urged to turn to families and friends for this support in the first instance as the support relies heavily on a very over-stretched pool of volunteers.

The council is also urging people to ensure they don’t leave requests until the last minute and give them at least two working days’ notice because the service relies on volunteers and so cannot react any more quickly than that.

The support service is available Monday-Friday during normal working hours.

A government grant scheme to help local businesses that are affected the restrictions will also soon be available.

More information on the help and support available is at .

Combe Martin Parish Council Coronavirus (COVID – 19) Helpline and Community Briefing Note 8

Issued:  16th October 2020                                                                             Status: Chairman’s Informal Commentary


  1. Government Advice

The situation is changing rapidly – this link takes you to the Covid-19 pages on the Devon County Council website.  It has daily updated information as to positive cases within the area and information about testing and track and trace.

At the time of writing (16.10.20) there are clusters in North Devon, nearest to Combe Martin Rural are the Braunton area, Ilfracombe and another in the Woolacombe/West Down/ /Georgeham area.

Bulletin issued by North Devon Council, 14.10.20: The NDC Customer Services team has closed Lynton House in Barnstaple.  Ilfracombe and South Molton Town councils have also closed their joint reception areas.  This means that all three councils can now only be contacted online or via telephone.

Refuse collections may not always be completed.  If bins are missed, leave them out for 48 hours but if they aren’t collected, take them back in and put them out again on their next scheduled collection day.


  1. Free Help Combe Martin  (FHCM) – Community help if staying at home

A meeting is arranged for Tuesday 20.10.20, with District Cllr Yvette Gubb and Clair Rice to consider what we can do to meet any increase in demand.  CMPC remains grateful to the volunteers.  Remember the Foodbank has moved into the Community Centre.

  • Helpline: How to ask for Free Help Combe Martin

The CMPC Office telephone number 01271 883403 is CURRENTLY available 10am to 1pm  Monday to Friday. Closed Saturday and Sunday.  The local Pharmacy may be able to access emergency cover, but people must take responsibility for their medication.

CMPC is getting a second telephone line, number not yet known.


  1. Requests for help – the usual disclaimer

COVID -19 requests to the Parish Council will be passed to Free Help Combe Martin for action.  This service is a ‘neighbour to neighbour’ relationship and the normal requirements of data protection and DBS vetting cannot apply. In using this service you understand and agree to your information being shared with volunteers.


  1. Business Support

Bryan Cath, Chairman of Combe Martin Business Association (website: continues to provide information and help for businesses.


  1. Some Current Parish Council Issues

The official minutes from the Parish Council meetings are still being properly recorded, but there is a delay in their production – they will appear on the CMPC Website.

Like all organisations our ability to respond to parishioner questions and issues has been reduced by the additional workload created by COVID-19. I have instructed the Clerk to concentrate on priority and urgent issues, I apologise for the lack of a timely response on the some of the general (but still important) issues.

The Parish Council continues to hold ‘virtual meetings’, (12 October)  the next monthly CMPC meeting will be Monday 9th November at 7 pm using the Zoom platform.  Any member of public wishing to join the meeting must inform the Clerk by Midday on Friday the 6th November.  Meeting agendas are posted on the CMPC website and notice board.

The minutes from the virtual CMPC meeting 14.09.2020 were approved.

A virtual Personnel Committee meeting was held Monday 28.09.2020 at 7pm, see agenda item 7 below.

5.1 Public Participation at meetings

Public participation, continues to provide an opportunity for Parishioners to raise issues and ask questions, (See 5.8 agenda item below.) the numbers  of attendees being boosted by the co-option process.  The November CMPC meeting is another opportunity for co-option, please send your expressions of interest to the Clerk.

5.2 County and District Councillors and Police Report

Cllrs Andrea Davis, Yvette Gubb, and Police reports will be in the  CMPC minutes and posted on the Website.

5.3 Co-option of new Councillors

CMPC is pleased to report that; Alan Cossey, Simon Daukes, Claire Davidson, Maureen Richards, Pamela Walker have been invited to join the Council as Co-opted Cllrs.  The Clerk has to formally write to ask them to complete the statutory paperwork and confirm their acceptance, so they can participate in the next meeting.

Martin Worth was not co-opted and is thanked for his continuing interest in Parish matters.

Co-option Context

Co-option is not the best way of filling several vacancies, The NDC Monitoring Officer was approached to explore the possibilities to allow Combe Martin to have an election (accepting the cost).  The introduction of COVID-19 lockdown and government rules meant we could not hold an election until May 2021.

5.4 CMPC Planning Comments

CMPC accepted the observations made by the Planning Committee on 72052, Scaena, Shackhayes and expressed concern over the loss of hedge and highway verge adjacent to the footpath, which is not in the ownership of the applicant.

NDC decisions: Application 71901 Approved. Application 72218 withdrawn.

5.5 CMPC Financial Position

CMPC received and approved the September 2020 finance reports and statements.

Agreed to purchase a Royal British Legion Wreath for Remembrance Sunday.

5.6 Act of Remembrance and wreath laying Ceremony

CMPC approved a COVID-19 Risk Assessment for the Act of Remembrance Service and Wreath-laying Ceremony at the War Memorial on Sunday 8 November 2020.

Due to COVID-19, the service this year will be small and access to the War Memorial  limited to invitations only.  It is hoped that the service will be live-streamed on social media.  CMPC remains uncomfortable over the imposition of restrictions for this important act of remembrance and hopes an alternative community based event will prove an acceptable alternative. Look out for further details.

5.7 Car Parks and car park permits – Review

CMPC agreed to delegate powers to the Chairman, Vice Chairman, one Cllr and Clerk to agree the submission to NDC and consultation process, by the 23rd October 2020.  The  intention is to submit draft documents to NDC and then consult on the draft proposals before later confirming to NDC what orders are required.

A member of public raised three questions in the public session which had been previously answered in writing by the Chair. The Chair confirmed there was no error in the information supplied.

A member of public wrote complaining about the number of vehicles parked without visible tickets or permits, lack of enforcement and cost of parking in Cormelles car park. The Clerk will write to the parishioner on the issues raised.

5.8 Correspondence  -extract.

  1. To consider the Government response to the consultation regarding 5G planning permission. Two members of public spoke of their continuing concerns for the welfare of the community regarding COVID-19 and the effect of 5G. The request for a Public meeting was refused.
  2. Agreed the response to the public consultation of the Devon County Council updated Local Flood Risk Management Strategy. In addition there has been some positive movement by the EA on the ‘river bed issues’. CMPC need to carefully consider what this means and establish what will happen next.
  3. To note the request to install a series of chicanes on the road from the top of Combe Martin to the seaside to allow safe passage for mobility scooters.  A member of the public described the difficulties and dangers of navigating the A399 down through the village on a mobility scooter.  Cllr Andrea Davis outlined the discussions she had had with the relevant DCC Highway experts, which indicated that there was no solution to the narrowness of the road and condition of the pavements.  This problem has been looked at many times and is a highway responsibility. CMPC undertook to find the file which sets out the individual ownerships of the pavements down the A399 and consider if any option has been overlooked.
  4. To note a casual vacancy in the Parish Council representation on Exmoor National Park Authority. No action required.
  5. To note the date for the virtual Exmoor Local Access Forum meeting 16th November at 10am. (Rights of way).
  6. Delayed replies to correspondence included; Resident of Barton Gate Lane asking for the area adjacent to the bridge to be tidied up and their offer to keep it tidy.

Requests from one parishioner seeking clarity on maintenance of Mill Weir Lane, (CMPC to confirm legal opinion.) and for copies of the Beach policy and Green waste policy. Clerk to reply.


  1. Park and Open Spaces

Too late for the agenda but to  note the recent reports on social media of motor bikes being ridden through Adderstable Woods. Would members of the public please report such instances to CMPC as soon as possible so that any chance of taking action is not lost.


  1. Exclusion of Press and Public

Approved  the minutes and recommendations made by the Parish Council’s Personnel Committee at its meeting held on Monday 28 September 2020.

This informal briefing is the responsibility of: Cllr David Woodbury, Chairman of CMPC.

If you have any concerns over the content of this briefing, please inform the Clerk, Tel: 01271 883403 or on the council e-mail address:


Combe Martin Parish Council Coronavirus (COVID – 19) Helpline and Community Briefing Note 4.

Issued:  21st May 2020                     Status: Chairman’s Informal Commentary

1. Government Advice

Please continue to comply with and support the UK’s response by following Public Health England’s advice and information on the Gov and NHS websites: and

2. Free Help  Combe Martin  (FHCM) – Community help if staying at home

The response from the volunteers of FHCM continues to impress and confirms what a caring community Combe Martin is. The Helpline is currently not available on Sundays, but we will keep this option under review.

A ‘virtual’ meeting has been held to discuss the distribution and purchases required from the grant money received. Volunteers are reminded to keep records of their mileage. A future leaflet drop is being considered to ensure we get the maximum coverage and get to vulnerable individuals if their situation changes.

Would all volunteers please note:

You may still be waiting for the call to help, but the fact that you are there and are willing, is a huge reassurance to the community in these uncertain times.     

3. Helpline: How to ask for (non-medical) help

The Parish Council Office telephone number 01271 883403 will be available from 10:00 to 17:00hrs every day (*including Saturday).  

The office is shut but the Council e-mail is available; however, there may be a delay in reading the messages.

*Sunday has had zero use and cover will cease, but be kept under review.

4. Requests for help  – the usual disclaimer

COVID -19 requests to the Parish Council will be passed to Free Help Combe Martin for action. It is important to recognise when using this service that this is a ‘neighbour to neighbour’ relationship and the normal requirements of data protection and DBS vetting cannot apply. In using this service you understand and agree to your information being shared with volunteers.  The Council will note any concerns raised and look for an alternative means of support if needed.

5. Business Support

Bryan Cath, Chairman of Combe Martin Business Association (website: continues to trawl the Govt helplines for relevant information and help for businesses.

6. Some Current Parish Council Issues  

The Parish Council has had to introduce ‘virtual meetings’ and the next monthly CMPC meeting will be Monday 8 June at 7 pm using the Zoom platform. Any member of public wishing to join the meeting must inform the Clerk by Midday on Friday the 5 June.

Meeting agendas are posted on the CMPC website.

6.1 Car Park Charging Reinstated

CMPC had made the decision to suspend charging in its carparks as a way of demonstrating our solidarity and support to our Parishioners. Signage stated clearly that the car parks were for local use only and ‘shut to visitors’. However due to the changes made to the ‘lock down’ arrangements, this is now benefiting people who are prepared to travel considerable distances to make use of our ‘free parking’! Unfortunately, physically shutting/locking the car parks is not an option.

Therefore Car Park Charging is reinstated in all of CMPC’s car parks from first thing Saturday morning, 23 May 2020.

Individuals using the machines will have to take responsibility for their own personal hygiene.

In the longer term once we have the funds we may decide to invest in a cashless system. See below for information on permits.

6.2 Seasonal Beach Dog Ban Enforcement Reinstated

As Parishioners are now able to travel more widely to exercise their dogs and the beach is now ‘open’ for recreational use, the enforcement of the seasonal dog ban is reinstated with immediate effect.   

6.3 NDC Public Toilets Kiln Car Park

CMPC continues to seek clarity over the opening of the public toilets and what enhanced cleaning will be provided by North Devon Council.  In addition the issue of provision of soap (or rather the missing soap) within the dispensers will be strongly pursued until a satisfactory answer is provided.

6.4 Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPO Consultations)

NDC will be issuing the details on consultations on the Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) for Dog controls within Combe Martin in June. The current Dog control orders remain in force until October 2020.

6.5 Financial Impact of COVID-19 – Furloughing of staff

 The Council is facing a significant deficit in its income and members of staff are being furloughed on a rota system, the situation remains under active review, but the office will remain closed and CMPC’s ability to respond to requests is restricted.

6.6 Existing Car parking Permit Holders

Charging within the CMPC car parks was suspended on Monday 23rd March and shall be reintroduced on Saturday 23rd May 2020. Any person holding a valid car park permit which was valid on the 18th of March 2020 remains valid and need not do anything regarding renewal until after the ‘lockdown’ period has ended and CMPC has been in contact. A maximum holiday period of 61 days will be applied pro-rata to those permits still in date. The issue of car park permits will be on the June CMPC meeting agenda. No new permits are currently being issued or renewed.

This informal briefing is the responsibility of:

Cllr David Woodbury

Chairman of Combe Martin Parish Council.

If you have any concerns over the content of this briefing, please inform the Clerk, Tel: 01271 883403 or on the council e-mail address: