Credit Ian Pain
Credit Ian Pain

East Devon District Council (EDDC) has published proposals for creating a new Parish Council for the proposed new Parish of Colyford.

The draft proposals follow a governance review that took place earlier this year. The proposals are:

That the new Parish Council be known as ‘Colyford Parish Council’ and not by one of the ‘alternative styles’ of community, neighbourhood or village.

  • That the Membership will comprise of 7 councillors.
  • That no warding provisions are incorporated in the Parish Council.
  • The Parish Council will take effect with Parish Council elections in May 2023.
  • The proposed boundary (subject to this further consultation) of the Parish Council to be as shown by the thick red line on the attached plan.

A formal period of 3 months from 23 August 2022 to 22 November 2022 is required for consultation with regard to these draft proposals. If the proposal proceeds there will be a consequential change to the number of Members representing Colyton Parish Council.

Councillor Sarah Jackson, EDDC’s portfolio holder for Democracy, Transparency and Communications said:

I sincerely thank all those who have exercised their democratic right by contributing feedback to the Colyton-Colyford governance review. It is evident from the recent consultation that the residents of Colyford feel a sense of identity separate from that of Colyton, and a clear desire to be self-governed via the formation of a new Parish Council, and so I am pleased to see this governance review progress to the next stage. It is, however, important that the proposal is now refined and fine-tuned. Part of this will be to determine where exactly the boundary between the parishes will fall. I strongly encourage all those who are consulted on the draft proposal to fully engage with the process so that your views are considered and taken on board.

More information on the proposals can be found by visiting the council website: