Seeking New Councillors


To all parishioners registered to vote in


Combe Martin Parish Council is seeking to co-opt new council members at its April 2020 Parish Council meeting and is inviting anyone interested to contact the Clerk on:

Telephone: 01271 883403

Or email:

Or you might like to contact one of the existing councillors to find out more about the job. Their names and telephone numbers are on the Parish Council website:

and in the Shammickite magazine.

This dynamic village is facing an interesting

and challenging future.

Step up and be a part of the action.

Closing date for expressions of interest is the 28th of March 2020

Would you like to represent your community? Become a Parish Councillor

Combe Martin Parish Council currently has four vacancies for the office of Councillor.

Parish Councillors have an opportunity to make a real difference to their community, at a small cost in time and effort. Have you considered becoming a Parish Councillor? It may be easier and more rewarding than you think. But what is involved? Here is some background information you might find interesting. 

What is a Parish Council?

A Parish Council is a local authority that makes decisions on behalf of the people in the parish. It is the level of local government closest to the community, with the district authority (North Devon District Council) and the county authority (Devon County Council) above it in the hierarchy.

Why become a Parish Councillor?

By becoming a Parish Councillor, your community will look to you for help, guidance and support.  You will become a community leader with the power to influence decisions for the benefit of the people you serve.

What decisions do Parish Councils make?

Parish councils make all kinds of decisions on issues that affect the local community.  And they have the ability to negotiate with, and the power to influence decisions made by other organisations such as the district or county council, health authorities, police etc. In this respect Parish Councils are extremely powerful. The organisations that make the final decisions know that a Parish Council gives the best reflection of how a community feels about something and its views will be taken seriously.

How Much time will it take up?

Councils usually meet once a month for the council meeting to which members of the public are also invited. Meetings may last two or three hours, depending on what is on the list of items to discuss. Some councils may also have committees and sub-committees to deal with specific subjects, such as planning matters.

In addition to the regular meetings, Councillors may be asked to give up their time for ‘ad hoc’ meetings and other Council matters.

Who can be a councillor?

The easy answer is almost anyone, as long as you are:

• British or a citizen of the Commonwealth or European Union.

• at least 18 years old.

• registered to vote in the area or have lived, worked or owned property there for at least 12 months before an election.

You can’t be a Councillor if you:

• work for the council you want to be a Councillor for, or for another local authority in a politically restricted post.

• are the subject of a bankruptcy restrictions order or interim order.

• have been sentenced to prison for three months or more (including suspended sentences) during the five years before election day.

• have been convicted of a corrupt or illegal practice by an election court.

If you do become a Parish Councillor you will have to sign up to the Parish Council’s Code of Conduct.

How do I become a Councillor?

Parish Councillors are elected by the public at Local Council Elections and serve four-year terms. The nomination process and appropriate forms (the nomination paper and the candidate’s consent to nomination) must be completed and returned in the prescribed timescales.

A ‘casual vacancy’ may arise during the 4 year term (e.g. if an existing councillor resigns). In this instance and depending on the circumstances, a poll may be called or the vacancy may be filled by co-option.

For more detailed information please visit the Be a councillor website or download the Be a councillor guide.

Office Closure

From 1st July 2019 until further notice the Combe Martin Parish Council office will be closed to the public on a Wednesday.

You can still

call on 01271 883403

email on

Earl of Rone

A big thank you to the ‘Earl of Rone’ council and all the volunteers for another fantastic year of hunting.

We had a smidge of rain, but it didn’t hamper the occasion. The turnout from the public was nothing less than wonderful. It’s really good to see the younger generation getting so involved with our long standing May holiday festival.

Full Council

Combe Martin Parish Council has had a fantastic year for elections. With 13 nominations and only 12 positions available there was always going to be disappointment, but thank you to Stewart Johnston for standing in the first instance. The councillors have now had their first full meeting and all went well. We welcome Keith, John, Katherine, Lee and Martin and look forward to utilising their knowledge base for the benefit of the village.

Apologies to Andy for leaving him off the list of new councillors. We welcome all new councillors to the table.

Combe Martin Parish Council Elections

This year we have 13 members standing for election. There are only 12 seats available, so the village get to vote for the 12 residents they would like to sit on the council.

Elections will take place on Thursday May 2nd in the Village Hall until 10pm.

Web Site Down!

Due to a technical problem the Combe Martin Parish Council web site has been down for approximately 1 week, but in getting it up and running again it has been reloaded using an old template. Please bare with us whilst we re-instated the information that is required. Apologies for any inconvenience that may have been caused.