Rogue Traders

We have been made aware of incidents in Devon of rogue traders knocking on doors and suggesting work needs carrying out on the owners roof.  These people are giving the false impression of being a local reputable company making it difficult to instantly recognise as a rogue trader.  Advice from the Local Authority, Devon and Cornwall Police and Trading Standards is not to employ anyone knocking on your door touting for business

WDBC Easter Recycle and Waste Collection Dates

Easter collection

Easter collection

Police and Crime Commissioner Elections

Nominations for the position of Police & Crime Commissioner for the Devon and Cornwall Police Area must be received by April 5th 2024.

If the election is contested (i.e. there is more than one applicant), polling will take place on 2nd May 2024 .

To be able to vote in the election you much be a registered voter.

Remember to bring photo ID to the Polling Centre.

Please see the attachment for details.


Mary Tavy Parish Council Annual Parish Meeting

Our Annual Parish Meeting will be held on Thursday 11th April at the Coronation Hall. The meeting starts at 7pm. All members of the public are invited to attend.

There will be a report from the Parish Council Chair which will summarise the Council’s activities over the past year. There have been some notable successes but plenty of challenges remain.

There will also be a financial report from our new Parish Clerk.

We have broadened the scope of the meeting beyond the normal agenda items and would also like to discuss:

  • The planned renovations to the Coronation Hall. Representatives of the Hall and Field Committee will be on hand to give a report and answer questions
  • The restoration of, and exciting new use for, the recently decommissioned phone box at the top of Bal Lane
  • An update on Speedwatch activities in the parish
  • The future of the Mary Tavy Nature Projects and Climate Action Group

We have also invited representatives from Mary Tavy and Brentor Primary School, the Police and the Dartmoor National Park Authority along with our County Councillor and West Devon Borough Councillor.

This is a great opportunity to not only hear what your Parish Council is doing but to ask questions of the Council and have informal discussions with representatives of local organisations and projects.

Free tea, coffee and biscuits will be available.

Road Closure: Brentor Road, Mary Tavy. 9th to 11th April 2024

DCC Highways has informed the Parish Council that part of Brentor Road in Mary Tavy will be closed from 9th until 11th April 2024 although these is a provision to extend the closure to 5 days if required.

For further details, see the attachment below

Tavistock Stop The Meters Campaign

Click here for a link to the petition to stop the meters, should you wish to sign.

19th Century Map of Mary Tavy Parish

An Ordnance Survey map dating from the 1880’s was stored in the Reading Rooms in Mary Tavy for several years. In the summer of 2022 the Parish Council had a digital image made and then put the original map into safe storage in the Devon Archive in Exeter. The costs to the parish was kept to a minimum thanks to a localities grant from our then WDBC Ward Councillor, Terry Pearce.

A copy of the map was made and is now on display in the Coronation Hall. The Hall Committee hopes, at some point, to be able to access some old photographs that are contemporary with the map.

The attachment below contains the digital image as a zip file. The unzipped image is around 84Mb and the zip file is 66Mb….please be aware of the file size when accessing the image.

Thermal Imaging Camera Available In February

West Devon Borough Council has recently purchased 4 thermal imaging cameras that are available for householders to borrow to carry out heat loss surveys on their properties. WDBC have also provided a link to Energy Saving Devon ( so that householders can explore ways of improving the thermal efficiency of their homes.

WDBC has asked parish councils and other community groups to act as local organisers for loan of the cameras rather than have individuals approach WDBC directly.

Mary Tavy Parish Council has the loan of a thermal imaging camera from 9th to the 19th February. If you are interested in borrowing the camera, please contact Cllr Jo Macaskie on

Mobile Boost Scheme Vouchers

The Connecting Devon and Somerset Mobile Boost Scheme is reopening to supply vouchers for equipment and installation costs to fit a booster to amplify a 4G phone signal  (if a weak signal available) to allow 4G mobile reception indoors.

There are several conditions that need to be satisfied to qualify for a voucher. More information is available here:


Vacancy for Clerk to Mary Tavy Parish Council

Parish Clerk, Responsible Financial Officer & Burial Clerk

Mary Tavy Parish Council is inviting applications for the position of Clerk, Responsible Financial Officer and Burial Clerk.

Mary Tavy Parish Council is an active council whose good reputation has grown in recent years. The 9 councillors strive to work together in a positive atmosphere to improve the quality of life and wellbeing of their parishioners.

Mary Tavy is a moorland parish with a thriving school, post office & stores and village pub. The council has responsibility for the parish cemetery. A busy recreation field and village hall is run by a trust with which the parish council maintains a close working relationship.

This is a part time permanent position of 12.5 hours per week (50 hours per month). The salary will depend on experience and qualifications but is anticipated to be between LC2 SCP (below substantive range) scale 18 and 23 (currently £15.21 to £16.67 per hour).

The Parish Council generally meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. The Clerk is required to produce the agenda for each meeting, attend the meetings in person and record and publish accurate minutes of the proceedings. The Clerk will also be responsible for ensuring the Council conducts its business correctly and will be expected to provide independent and objective advice to councillors. You will be expected to provide the necessary administrative support to allow the Council to function in an effective manner.

As Responsible Financial Officer, the successful applicant will manage the administration of the Council’s finances, prepare budgets, track expenditure, produce accounting statements and work with auditors for annual audits.

When not attending the monthly Council meetings, the Clerk will work from home and must have an acceptable internet and telephone connection. You will be expected to be computer literate. A suitable laptop and printer will be provided by the Council.

The Council will be fully supportive of the Clerk’s career progression and will ensure all necessary training is given. CiLCA qualification, or a willingness to work towards gaining the CiLCA qualification, would be preferred

For further information please contact our current Clerk, Katherine Anness, by email at or by telephone on 01822 616047.

To apply for the position of Clerk, please send your CV, a covering letter and the names and contact details of 2 referees to the current Clerk who will forward documentation to the HR Committee. All applications will be treated as strictly confidential and referees will only be contacted following selection of the preferred candidate.

The closing date for applications is 19th January 2024. Interviews will take place, where possible, during the week beginning 22nd January 2024.