Parish Council

West Down Parish Council

An Extraordinary Meeting is to be held online via Zoom.
On Tuesday 16th February 2021 commencing at 7:30pm.
The public and press are cordially invited to be present.
Please email for a link to the meeting.


Tender for Clearing of Obstructions on Footpath 12

West Down Parish Council invite tenders to: –

Clear debris and any other obstructions from the stream above the small stone bridge on the foot path out of the village field (foot path 12).  Deepen the stream bed above the stone bridge to allow better water flow.  Make a small overflow channel from a point above the bridge under the wooden footpath to join the main stream further down thus channelling any further over-topping to stop the path being inundated.

For further details, please contact the Parish Clerk.
Vanessa Hunt, London House, West Down. EX34 8NH
or phone: (01271) 863799
or email:

Tenders are to be received in time for the next Parish Council meeting on 3rd March 2021.

Braunton Neighbourhood Police Newsletter February 2021

(Click here for PDF)

West Down Parish Council Meeting

The next Meeting of the West Down Parish Council
is to be held online via Zoom.
On Wednesday 3rd February 2021 commencing at 7:30pm.
The public and press are cordially invited to be present.
Please email for a link to the meeting.


Accessibility Statement

If you have any problems accessing the information on the West Down Parish Council pages, please contact the Parish Clerk, Vanessa Hunt by email who will provide a format suitable for your needs.

West Down Parish Council Statement
from Chair Carole King and Vice Chair Sue Ayre

Due to the Coronavirus, the West Down Parish Council will not be meeting in the usual way.
We are awaiting legal information on alternative ways of carrying out our duties. In the meantime, we are forwarding information on the current situation to those who are updating the various community websites and social media outlets. Our contact details are on the village website, please let us know if you have any concerns and we will deal with them to the best of our ability.
We are liaising with Deb Hayes who is co-ordinating the West Down Volunteer Group, and as a community, we are all very grateful to her and her team. There is some finance support available from the Devon County Council and the Fullabrook CIC to support this initiative.
Our Community Shop has been working really hard to keep us all supplied and are to be congratulated. Sue Bond and her team have put in long hours and still remain cheerful and helpful. It is great that so many new volunteers have stepped up to take over from those regulars who are over 70. There are a number of NHS workers in our community and we are sure that everyone applauds them and wishes them well.
We are a strong, vibrant community and we will come through this. We will have found new strengths and made new friends. The West Down After the Virus Party will be quite something! Stay safe!

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 on

About our Parish Council

West Down Parish Council meets in Room 2000 of the Parish Hall on the first Wednesday in the month at 7.30 p.m. Members of the public are invited to attend these meetings.

Public Speaking/Question Time

 The Parish Council’s Standing Orders for Agenda Item ‘Public Speaking/Question Time’ are as follows:

  1.  People wishing to speak should advise the Parish Clerk or Chair at least 24 hours before the start of the meeting in writing or by email.
  2.  A 15-minute period will be allowed at the start of every meeting where members of the Public may speak to issue a statement and/or ask a question to the Parish Council. Speaking/Question Time be limited to 2 minutes per person but may be extended at the Chair’s discretion.  A maximum of two questions be allowed per person.  In the event of no one wishing to speak, the meeting may proceed immediately.
  3. Questions are to be brought back into the meeting for consideration under Agenda item ‘Unresolved Questions’. This item to be scheduled before ‘Any Other Business’.
  4. Parishioners may also raise issues without attending the meeting, but these must be submitted to the Parish Council in writing or by email (see below).

Parish Council Minutes

Minutes of  the meetings are posted here after approval – usually one month after the meeting is held.

The Parish Council team

Councillors and officials are:

Carole King (Chair)Caenbrook Farm, West Down01271
Sue Ayre (Vice Chair)April Cottage, West Down07980 182317 or 01271
Roy Drew
(Tree Warden)
Jasmine Cottage, West Down01271
Mike ReevesPipcott, West Down01271
Keith Oades
(Footpaths & Auditor)
15 Lower Broad Park, West Down01271
Sue Squire3 Eaton Place, West Down01271 864365
Tony VerneyThe Old Barn, West
Mark O'Halloran10 Thorne Park, West Down

Councillors and Officials

Parish Clerk   Vanessa Hunt  – London House, West Down (01271) 863799 –

County Councillor – Andrea Davis –

District Councillor – Malcolm Wilkinson –

Police Representative – PCSO Andy Frisby –


West Down Parish Council – Standing Orders. (click here)