Coronavirus and Parish Council Meetings

In light of the increasing severity of the Coronavirus outbreak, an extraordinary meeting of Mary Tavy Parish Council was held on Monday 23rd March 2020. The main purpose of the meeting was to vote to allow the council to conduct its business by email and telephone rather than by face to face meetings. Under current laws, we were legally required to hold a physical meeting to vote on, and agree to, the changes in operation. The meeting agenda and the minutes can be found in the “Agendas and Minutes” section on the home page of our website.

In accordance with government advice at the time of the meeting, we chose to minimise the number of councillors who attended (4 of the 9 councillors on the council) while ensuring that we had a quorum. Rather than meet inside the Reading Rooms as usual, the meeting was held in the grounds of the Rooms with each councillor keeping a safe distance from the others. No members of the press or public were in attendance.

By holding this meeting, the Parish Council is now legally empowered to conduct its business by email and telephone, including voting on agenda items, paying bills, etc. We aim to carry on business as efficiently as possible until we are able to re-establish the normal routine of monthly council meetings at the Reading Rooms. Please also note that the Annual Parish Meeting scheduled for April 2020 has been postponed until we are advised that it is safe to organise public meetings.

If you need to contact the council during these difficult times please, in the first instance, contact the clerk through the Contact page on the website or by email or telephone (these details are on the website). In addition, the email addresses and telephone numbers of all the councillors can be found on the website.

Please try to keep safe, keep well and follow the latest government advice throughout the virus outbreak.

Mary Tavy Parish Council

25th March 2020

Coronavirus: Mary Tavy Community Support Information

The attached document contains contact phone numbers and emails for those who need help during the Coronavirus outbreak. It also tells you how to get in contact with the Mary Tavy Community Support group if you are able to help others during this difficult time. There is also a list of some local companies prepared to deliver supplies.

Coronavirus update 18th March 2020

The situation concerning the coronavirus pandemic continues to evolve and we will endeavour to keep things up to date on this site. General information can be found on news channels and government websites (see previous news items on this site). In this post we want to share information on 2 local initiatives.

  1. Martin and Tracey at the Mary Tavy Post Office & Stores have kindly offered a free home delivery service to residents in the local area, including Mary Tavy, Brentor, Lydford, Peter Tavy and Horndon. This service is for people who are self isolating or are otherwise worried about going out. See the attachment for more information.
  2. The What’s On Mary Tavy Group has renamed itself Mary Tavy Community Support and is looking to coordinate support for those in need during the outbreak. The group can be found on Facebook at More information on the scope of support activities, how those in need can contact the group and how those who wish to help can get involved will be posted on the Parish Council website as it becomes available.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Further Information

Subsequent to our earlier post with information on the virus (you can find it further down the news items) here is some more official guidance and information communicated to the Parish Council from West Devon BC.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Advice

This link will take you to Devon Country Council’s advice on the coronavirus:

Click on the  “Read More” button to go to the active link

Planning Applications

This article contains information on pending planning applications from within the parish. Click on “Read More” to get further information on any application (the pdf file will download onto your device). We will aim to keep the list up to date by adding new applications as the are received and removing those that Dartmoor National Park have made decisions on.

Alternatively, go to

Once on the site, select “Mary Tavy” in the drop down menu of parishes, click the small box near the bottom of the page to accept the terms & conditions and then click on “Start your search”


Accessibility Statement

New parish council websites are required to display an accessibility statement saying how well they conform to the latest accessibility requirements. Older websites will need to display their statement by the autumn of 2020. The aim is to make websites as accessible as possible to all users. This includes users with disabilities, users accessing the site from a range of devices (e.g. laptops, tablets or smartphones), etc.

Please click on the link to access our current accessibility statement. Like most organisations, we do not yet fully comply with all the latest requirements but are working to achieve full compliance. The statement will change as we improve our level of compliance.

If you have any comments on, or suggestions for improvement to, our website please contact us as indicated in the accessibility statement

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.

Grass Cutting and Maintenance Tender

MARY TAVY PARISH COUNCIL is inviting tenders for

Grass Cutting & Maintenance

The Gardener will be on a contract basis for a period of three years, to undertake grass cutting and general maintenance for designated areas within the Parish.

There is a schedule of work to be undertaken and sketch plans which can be downloaded by clicking on the links below.

The contractor is required to have their own power and hand tools including lawnmower, strimmer and hedge trimmer.  The contractor must have their own Public Liability Insurance.

Sealed bids to be sent, in an envelope clearly labelled, ‘sealed bid’, by post to Mary Tavy Parish Clerk, 32 Oak Road, Tavistock, PL19 9EZ.  The closing date is Saturday 29th February 2020 at 12 noon.  The bids will be opened and considered in closed session at the March meeting of the Parish Council.  Applicants will be informed of the decision in mid-March and the contract will commence on 1st April 2020.

For further information, queries, or a printed copy of the schedule, maps and application form please contact the Clerk, Katherine Anness, 01822 616047,

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.