Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions.  If what you are looking for is not here, you will find details of how to contact our office on the Contact Page.  We will do our best to help you with your query.

When is the next meeting?

Parish Council meetings are held on the second Monday in each month, in the Community Centre at 7pm.

Can I see a copy of the minutes?

The “Documents Menu” link on the main menu, will take you to a page where you can access previous minutes and agendas, from Council meetings and Committee meetings.  Printed copies are available at the Parish Council office, including minutes from earlier meetings.

How do I report a street light that isn’t working?

By telephoning the Parish Council office on 01271 883403.  We will need to know which street it is in and details of its exact location (eg outside which house?).

How do I complain about the road sweeping?

By telephoning North Devon Council 01271 327711 or the Parish Council on 01271 883403.  Alternatively, you can make a complaint on the North Devon Council’s website www.northdevon.gov.uk or call into the Parish Council office at Seacott, Cross Street, Combe Martin.

When are the bins emptied?

Household waste is collected on alternate Mondays.  On the other alternate Mondays is a pre paid garden waste collection (£36 paid to District Council to obtain a certificate to attach to your bin).  Tuesday is recycling day, Black box for: Plastic (not black plastic), metal, glass – Brown bag: Flattened cardboard – Green bag: Paper, fliers, newspaper, envelopes and the Green Food Caddy Box. During bank holiday weeks, the collection is usually made one day late, ie on Tuesday for waste and Wednesday for recycling.  To check which collection is being made this week, you can check on the North Devon Council’s website www.northdevon.gov.uk. 

What can I put in the recycling?

See above or visit North Devon Council’s website www.northdevon.gov.uk to see what you can and can’t put in your recycling green bin or bag.

How do I get a season ticket for the car parks?

Season tickets are available from the Parish Council office at the Community Centre, Church Street, Combe Martin, which is normally open between 10.00am and 12.00pm, Monday to Friday.   Season tickets are valid for a year from the date of purchase and currently cost £160.  We shall need your car registration number, make, model and a contact telephone number/address.

How do I appeal about a car parking charge notice?

If you receive a Parking Charge Notice in one of Combe Martin Parish Council’s car parks, details of the appeals procedure are set out on the Parking Charge Notice.I

Can I take my dog on Combe Martin Beach?

Combe Martin has an award for Combe Martin Beach, so dogs are not allowed on the Beach between 1 May and 30 September each year.  We appreciate your help in respecting this restriction.  To find out if there are any restrictions on Newberry Beach, Combe Martin, please contact the owners, Combe Martin Beach Holiday Parcs on 01271 882563.

Can I take a boat/personal water craft/car onto the Beach?

You are welcome to tow a boat or personal water craft onto Combe Martin Beach with a vehicle, providing that the vehicle is removed immediately you have done so.  You will need to produce your insurance certificate to the Parish Council and sign a form to say that you will abide by the Beach code of conduct.  Please see the link to contact our office.  Alternatively, you may wish to launch vessels at Watermouth Harbour or Ilfracombe Harbour.  There may be a charge at either of these places.

What do I do if I want to say something at a meeting?

The Parish Council allocates a period of up to 30 minutes at the start of each meeting to allow members of the public to ask questions or say something.  Please follow the link here for more information on asking questions.

Do I need planning permission?

The planning authorities for Combe Martin are either North Devon Council, or Exmoor National Park, if you live within the National Park.  You can ask either of these authorities about planning permission or the possible need for it via their web pages at www.northdevon.gov.uk or www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk or by telephoning NDDC on 01271 388288 or ENP on 01398 323665.

How do I object to a planning application?

Planning decisions are made by North Devon Council or Exmoor National Park Authority, depending where in the parish you live.  It is important that you raise any objections or expressions of support with either of these bodies, as well as letting the Parish Council know your views.  You can contact either of these authorities about planning applications via their web pages at www.northdevon.gov.uk or www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk , by writing to the Planning Unit, North Devon Council, Civic Centre, Barnstaple, EX31 1EA or the Planning Department, Exmoor National Park Authority, Exmoor House, Dulverton, TA229HL, or by telephoning North Devon Council on 01271 388288 or Exmoor National Park Authority on 01398 323665.

The Parish Council has three weeks in which to respond to planning application consultations, so although planning applications are normally considered at the monthly Parish Council meeting, sometimes they will be looked at at Highways, Property and Planning Committee meetings.   To check when the planning application you are interested in is coming up, please ring the Parish Council office on 01271 883403 or email us at info@combemartin-pc.gov.uk You are welcome to attend either of these meetings, or you may prefer to send in a letter of objection or support. 

How can I see a planning application?

Planning applications can be viewed on North Devon Council’s website at northdevon.gov.uk   Alternatively, you can see a printed copy at the Parish Council offices in the Village Hall, or by going into North Devon Council’s offices at the Civic Centre, Barnstaple.  Please telephone first to check that the plans will be available at the time you wish to see them.  North Devon Council – 01271 388288  Combe Martin Parish Council – 01271 883403.


Contact:-  Combe Martin Parish Council

                 Telephone:  01271 883403

                 Opening Hours: 9am to 3pm Monday to Friday

Or by prior arrangement with the Parish Clerk.