Parish councils act on behalf of the community they represent. Lydford Parish Council is the voice of the local community for planning applications and a focus for local consultation by other authorities such as West Devon Borough Council, Dartmoor National Park Authority and Highways. 

Parish councils have powers to provide some facilities themselves, or they can contribute towards their provision by others. 

Your Parish Council

If the Parish Council is to make a meaningful contribution to life in Lydford it needs to know what's important to you, the villagers. Please let us know if there are local matters of concern to you, either by email (, via our Facebook Page or by speaking directly to one of your councillors. We promise to listen!

In Lydford, the Parish Council meets once a month in the Nicholls Hall to discuss current issues. These meetings are open to the public who are encouraged to attend and participate in local democracy.

Our next meeting:  

15th December 2022 7.00 pm Nicholls Hall

Latest from the Parish Council:

The Lydford Speedwatch group has been operating for over two months now. In that time the very great majority of drivers have been recorded as driving within the present speed limit. A small number have been registered as driving within 5 mph above the limit and will have received warning letters from the Police. One driver was recorded as exceeding the limit outside of the tolerance and has been reported for prosecution. Currently Councillors are investigating an alternative location within the village from which to take readings.

The Order from Devon County Council granting the National Park powers to impose parking charges and prosecute non-payers has been approved. Councillors are now trying to have a second meeting with officers from DNP to explore ways that the impact upon the village might be mitigated.

Over the next two meetings Councillors will need to decide their priorities for the coming financial year and set the 2023/24 budget accordingly. Have your say in one of the normal ways.

Elections to the new Council are set to take place at the start of May 2023. Being a Parish Councillor is a rewarding role which allows you to have a major influence in the future of the village. Perhaps you might want to stand.....?

Your Parish Councillors


Mr N Grigg

Address in Lydford


Mr N Skeaping
Townend House
EX20 4AR

Mr B Cook



EX20 4AW




Dr S Squires

Spring House


EX20 4BJ


Mrs R Tainsh

Olde Stone


EX20 4BH

Mr A MacIntyre

May Cottage


EX20 4AG




Mr C Blackmore

East Grange


EX20 4AR

Parish Clerk

John Bright

24 Gt Fellingfield

Mary Tavy

PL19 9QQ



Cost of maintaining Lydford public toilets
The Parish Council is concerned at the ever increasing expense to the community of keeping the toilets in the village open at the village's expense.  The cost to date is nearly £6,000, with utilities and servicing charges yet to come. This represents almost 50% of the Council's total budget. What do you want Councillors to do? They will be discussing the matter at their next meeting. Have your say now. Either speak to a Councillor, email the Clerk or comment on the Lydford Facebook page 

Each year the Council receives a sum of money (knows as the Precept) allocated from local taxation which they are able to spend to further the aims of the local community.


The Council’s financial accounts are subject to scrutiny and audit and are available for public inspection. More information here.

The management and operation of the Council is governed by a variety of policies, all of which can be viewed here.

Parish councils focus on local opinion and represent that opinion on issues like:


  • Highways

  • Planning

  • Transport and traffic 

  • Allotments

  • Litter

  • War Memorials

  • Seats and shelters.


  The Council can organise projects for the community, and can pay for them through the precept or by raising grant funding.

Lydford Council also allocates a part of its Precept for awarding grants to groups and organisations within the parish. The policy and application form can be found here.


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Lydford Parish Council welcomes you to Lydford, Dartmoor