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:  

Tuesday 12th July 2022, 
     7:00 pm 
Nicholls Hall, Lydford


Latest from the Parish Council:

The Council has started to publish information which may be of help or support to members of the community in these difficult times. The information on a variety of topics can be found here.

The Council remains committed to establishing the Lydford Community Speedwatch group. The group will monitor and report on speeds of vehicles through the village. Speedwatch is supported by police forces nationally by providing training and resources to local community groups, producing warning letters to drivers of all vehicles seen to be speeding by a Speedwatch group and prosecuting drivers when extreme speeds are recorded. Currently the group has six volunteers in training and will be operational soon. Anyone interested in volunteering to take part in Lydford's Speedwatch should speak to one of the Councillors or email the Clerk at the usual address.

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



Car Parking Charges in the village
Dartmoor National Park have asked Devon County Council to make an order which would allow the National Park to charge drivers to park in a number of their car parks across the moor, including their car park at Lydford. The proposed charges, together with an explanation as to why they are felt to be needed, will be published on Thursday 30th June.

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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