Avian Flu

Avian Flu cases are on the rise in the UK. The disease can seriously affect both wild and domestic birds and while there is a very low risk of transmission to humans it is still a notifiable disease. Information on the disease, including how to spot symptoms and what to do if you suspect wild of domesticated have the disease can be found on the UK Government website. A useful 1 page leaflet can be found here.


Devon & Cornwall Police Survey: The Future of Policing

Devon and Cornwall Police are seeking input from the public to help shape their future budgets and where they should focus resources. The public is invited to complete a short survey that can be found here. The survey is open until January 3rd 2021

UK Government Renewable Heating Incentive

The UK Government is running a Renewable Heating Incentive to encourage people to fit renewable heating sources to homes. These are technologies such as biomass boilers, certain types of heat pumps and solar heating of water.

If you are interested, and to see if you are eligible for a grant, information is available on the Government website: click here.




Vacancy for a Parish Councillor

There is currently a vacancy for a councillor on Mary Tavy Parish Council, following a recent resignation. If you are interested in joining the council, please read the information in the attachment below to confirm that you are eligible and then contact Katherine Anness, the Parish Clerk for further information (email , telephone 01822 616047 or use the Contact Form on this website).

Being a councillor need not be the onerous task that many people assume it to be. If you care about the parish and how life in it might be improved then you would be working with other councillors to try to introduce some positive changes.

A list of current councillors can be found in the Parish Councillors section of the Parish Council dropdown menu on this website.

West Devon Borough Council consults on dog control measures

Borough Council Consults on Dog Control

Issued: 29 May 2020

West Devon Borough Council want to hear your thoughts in a consultation about West Devon’s Public Space Protection Orders for dog control.

A Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) deals with potential anti-social behaviour in an area which could have a damaging effect on the quality of life for those in the local community. It can ban certain actions, or need specific actions to be carried out, in this case, controlling dogs in public areas.

The Council appreciates that the majority of dog owners pick up after their pets and control their dogs effectively.  However, they want to encourage those who don’t abide by the rules to be more responsible, and these Protection Orders will help with that.

The current Orders run out in October this year, so they need to be consulted upon now and then agreed ready for the next three year period.

The current review affects all existing PSPOs within the Borough and the Council want to hear what you think.  Additionally, the Council are considering introducing the following new Orders:

  • Limiting dog walkers to walking four dogs at any one time
  • Dog walkers to carry dog bags at all times to collect their dog’s waste
  • Dogs to be kept on leads on roads within 30mph speed zones

The consultation runs from Monday 1 June to Friday 31 July 2020.  Borough Council officers can issue fixed penalty notices up to £100.00 for those who don’t follow the Orders.

West Devon Borough Council’s Lead Member for Environment, Cllr Caroline Mott, said: “It’s really important that as many people as possible give us their views on the existing Orders within their area.  We already have so many responsible dog owners in West Devon who have perfect control of their dogs and we want these numbers to rise.

“There are however a minority of people who still throw bags of dog waste in hedges; hang them from trees or leave to pick up later.  Even in a field, animals can become infected, or waste ends up in bales used for feed.  These Orders will help to combat some of these issues as they give us greater powers to fine those who aren’t respecting our public spaces.

“We have three new proposals which we want to hear views on.  The first suggests reducing the number of dogs being walked by one person.  This is a growing issue with dogs sometimes in packs of seven or eight under one person’s responsibility, which can lead to difficulties with control.  The second, which I feel is a sensible requirement and one which most people do already, is that all dog walkers must carry waste bags at all times to clear up after their pets.  The final one is ensuring the safety of everyone by keeping dogs on a lead while in a 30 mph controlled highway area.

“So, please take a few minutes to tell us what you think, before the consultation ends on Friday 31 July.”

Once the consultation is closed, a decision will be made before any changes start from October 2020.

If you would like to share your thoughts about the proposals, please contact the Environmental Protection Team on:  

Or by post to:                  Environmental Protection Team

West Devon Borough Council

Kilworthy Park

Drake Road


PL19 0BZ



Please be aware that telephone calls to and from the Council may be recorded for training and monitoring purposes.


Update from the Mary Tavy Parish Council Working Group on Speeding and Road Safety

A working group of parish councillors was formed in August 2019 to address concerns about traffic speeds through the village and the impact this has on road safety. Following a number of meetings of the Group, a public meeting was held on the 26th November 2019.

3 main topics were addressed at the public meeting:

  • The establishment of village gateways
  • Upgrading our current Vehicle Activated Signs (VAS) to units that record data. The data could, in principle, help the Parish Council, the police and Devon County Council Highways Department (DCCH) focus their resources on improving road safety in the parish.
  • Restarting a Speedwatch initiative.

While it was made clear that DCCH and the police do not currently accept 3rd party data from VAS, it was felt by many at the meeting that the possible upgrading of the signs should be investigated further.

Shortly after the meeting, the council received data from DCCH from a speed recorder they had installed for about a week in the village (we believe this was located at the current VAS position adjacent to the Down’s garage site). The results from this DCCH survey were:

  • 50% of vehicles using the A386 were travelling at speeds of 28.5mph or less. This is the 50th percentile value.
  • 85% of vehicles were travelling at speeds of 33.4mph or less. This is the 85th percentile value.

Based on these results, DCCH advised the council that they did not consider speeds to be high enough to merit any further road safety improvements.

Many councillors and parishioners were surprised at the low values measured by DCCH and the decision was made to hire a speed recording device to gather our own data. We used the device over an approximate 3 week period in late January and early February 2020 at 4 locations on the A386 in the village. Interestingly, analysis of the data gave results not greatly dissimilar to those from DCCH:

50th percentile value              85th percentile value

DCCH data                                                                                         28.5 mph                                 33.4 mph

Our data (same camera position as DCCH)                                29.0 mph                                 35.0 mph

Our data (combined from 3 camera locations)                          30.5 mph                                 36.25 mph


It should be noted that these results were obtained before the Covid-19 restrictions markedly affected traffic volumes. One thing we will need to bear in mind is how traffic volumes and driver behaviour may be different when restrictions are lifted.

There will be a debate on whether the parish council should proceed with upgraded VAS or keep the existing signs when council meetings are able to reconvene after restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 virus are lifted. In the meantime, opinions and suggestions from parishioners are welcome and will help steer the debate and decision making. Please contact the Clerk of the Council, using the contact form on the website or email (), or Councillor Nick Butland (Chair of the Speeding Working Group) at if you would like to make your views known.

The attached documents contain a much more detailed report on use of the speed recorder and a series of charts and tables; these will give interested parties a better view of progress to date.





Update on Speeding Problems on the A386 Through Mary Tavy

Those of you that attended the public meeting held on the 26th November or anyone who read the report of the meeting might be wondering what’s happening so here is a brief update:

There was a lot of interest at the meeting in replacing our old 30mph “Slow Down” warning signs (know as Vehicle Advisory Signs or VAS) with new signs that recorded data such as time, traffic flow and vehicle speeds – this despite feedback from the police and DCC Highways that they don’t accept 3rd party data. Shortly after the meeting we got some data from DCC Highways from a covert radar device they had set up in the village for a week (the Parish Council wasn’t informed they’d done this until after the event but we think the device was fixed to the VAS post near Down’s Garage). We found the Highways’ results somewhat surprising as they showed a mean speed of around 28mph and an 85%ile speed of around 33mph (the 85%ile is the speed value that 85% of traffic is at or below…i.e. only 15% of traffic is doing more than 33mph).

We (the Parish Council) thought these figures were lower than many people believe are the real vehicle speeds but we are conscious that if we went ahead and spent a significant proportion of the parish budget on new VAS signs and then found the Highways figures were true, we could be seen to have wasted the money. In light of this we decided to gather some of our own information by renting a radar device. We started taking measurements on the 16th January and finished today (7th Feb). The device (called a Speedspy) gathered data 24 hours a day from 4 positions on the A386 in the village. We decided not to advertise the fact the unit was here until the data collection was finished so that it didn’t affect people’s driving habits.

We should have the data back from the Speedspy in a couple of weeks. Once it’s been analysed, we feel we will be better placed to decide whether we should spend part of the parish council budget on new VAS signs.

We’ll keep everyone updated on progress as and when we can.

What To Do In An Emergency

Here is a copy of the Mary Tavy Parish Council Emergency Plan. As well as containing information on what the Parish Council should do in the event of an emergency it contains, in Annex A, contact details for all Mary Tavy councillors and for the Emergency Warden / Snow Warden. The plan was agreed by the Parish Council in May 2018 and modified in December 2019 to include up to date contact information.

You can also download the document “some useful emergency contact details” which may be of help in an emergency. The details are correct as of December 2019

Let’s hope neither document is ever needed, but we trust they will be of some use should an emergency arise.

Report Of The Speeding Public Meeting Held On The 26th November 2019

The Parish Council hosted a public meeting to discuss speeding on the A386 through Mary Tavy and possible speed reduction methods. Please click on the link to access the report of the meeting.

Where is this?

New item for the website, ‘Where is this?’.

Travelling around Mary Tavy there are hundreds of places you may have never seen. So as an insight into the area, pictures will be put on to the website and you have to guess where it is.

The answer will be shared when the next picture gets posted.

Where is this Picture taken below? Yes it’s river but where?

The Picture below is on Kingsett Down, you can just see Wheal Betsy behind the rock.

Where is this picture taken below?

Answer… Inside the Chimney stack of Wheal Betsy

So where is the picture below taken? It’s Horndon Clam. That’s the shortcut from Horndon to Peter Tavy.

Once you could drive a tractor down the track, but no more.

The Place above is Horndon Clam. This place is very special and only the brave gets to go down to the river.

Where is this?