Information for May 2023 Elections 

Nomination Pack for East Devon District Council

Ottery St Mary Parish consists of three wards:  Ottery St Mary Town, Ottery St Mary North and Tipton St John.  

As long as a potential candidate qualifies on at least one of the options on the Consent to Nomination (below), they can stand:

I am registered as a local government elector for the area of the parish named above;


I have, during the whole of the 12 months preceding that day or those days occupied as owner or tenant land or other premises in the parish named above;


My principal or only place of work during those 12 months has been in the parish named above;


I have during the whole of those 12 months resided in that parish named above or within 4.8 kilometres of it.

A candidate must be nominated by a proposer and seconder.

The proposer and seconder must be electors for the area which the candidate seeks election (eg if the candidate wishes to stand for Ottery St Mary North, then the proposer and seconder must be electors in Ottery St Mary North).

Nomination Pack for Ottery St Mary Town Council 

DALC Candidate information 

EDDC Council Tax Notice - Council Tax Schedule 2023 24

The next elections for EDDC and Ottery St Mary Town Council will be held on Thursday 4th May. Nomination packs will be available from the EDDC website and Ottery St Mary Town Council website from Wednesday 1st March.  Information on becoming a Councillor 


18th January 2023

Temporary automatic traffic counters (ATC) have been installed today on a number of roads across Ottery St Mary. The ATC equipment, comprising pneumatic tubing that runs across the width of a road, will collect traffic data for the town over the next seven days. The traffic survey is part of a wider Transport and Public Realm Study commissioned by Ottery St Mary Town Council. The aim of the study is to develop transport and public realm improvements for the town, informed by the local community and sound design principles. There will be opportunities for local residents and business to engage with this work over the coming months. Further details to follow shortly. 


Mike Brown, The Neighbourhood Highways Officer for the Eastern Neighbourhood Highways team at Devon County Council will be holding a surgery on Thursday 30th March 2023 at the Council Offices, Ottery St Mary, EX11 1BZ between 10.15 - 12 noon

If you would like to refer any queries concerning the local highways please come along to the Council Offices. You can report problems directly through the Devon County Council website



 A lovely letter has been received from Balmoral Castle thanking Grenville Gilbert for his poem to celebrate the late Queens Platinum Jubilee. Copy attached.

/Ottery-St-Mary-Town-Council/UserFiles/Files/letter from Balmoral Castle.pdf 



 Update regarding Skatepark

Just to confirm the Ottery Skatepark is now reopen. It is open during school holidays and at weekends but is shut during school hours. The ramps have been repainted and the site tidied up. Any problems please contact Ottery St Mary Town Council.


Factual account of events leading up to the Skatepark closure - 3 August 2022

Press release regarding Skatepark - 3 August 2022




What's On in June

2nd/Thurs ‘Crowns and Gowns at Cadhay’ Special guest Cinderella 10am-12.30pm. Fundraiser for FORCE. Entry by donation. For more information contact Lyndsey on 07964836429 or 01404 850831

2nd/Thurs ‘Afternoon Tea at Cadhay’ including performance by The Hummingbirds 2-5.30pm Tickets £15 from Talaton Village Shop, Curious Otter Bookshop, Ottery or by contacting Lyndsey on 07964836429/01404850831. Fundraiser for FORCE

2nd/Thurs Coronation Concert and Reception 7pm at Ottery Parish Church. Music and readings from the Coronation Service. Tickets £10 from Curious Otter Bookshop or online at

2nd/Thurs Torch Lit Parade and Lighting of The Jubilee Beacon on Millenium Green. 8.30pm start from The Square

3rd/Fri “Picnic in the Park” on The Land of Canaan 12 Noon onwards to be opened by Town Crier. 50’s style music including Live Music. Games. Bar and plenty of food stalls OR bring your own picnic!!!

3rd/Fri Live Bands at The King of Clubs 7.30pm onwards

4th/Sat 1950’s style TEA DANCE 7.30pm in The Institute. Prize for Best 50’s Inspired Costume. Tickets £2 from Roberts, Curious Otter or Council Offices

4th/Sat Live DJs at The King of Clubs 7.30pm

5th/Sun ‘Platinum Jubilee Songs of Praise’ 10.30am outside Parish Church with Ottery Silver Band

5th/Sun ‘Community Family Party’ in and around Ottery Parish Church 2-4pm. Fun, games, food and soft drinks. NO CHARGE but book at The Curious Otter Bookshop or online at

5th/Sun Ottery Vs Tipton St John Cricket Match. 2pm at Ottery Cricket Club. Bar and Food

7th/Tues “Friendship Group” 2-4pm at Ottery Cricket Club. To attend contact Ottery Help Scheme on 01404 813041

9th/Thurs “Memory Café" 10am-12.30pm at Ottery Cricket Club. To attend contact Ottery Help Scheme on 01404 813041

10th/Fri Ottregians Over 60s Club Bingo 2.30pm in The Institute

10th/Fri Live music – The Cat in the Hat at The King of Clubs, Kings Arms, Ottery. For details see

11th/Sat Ottregians Over 60s Club Coffee Morning 10.15am in The Institute

11th/Sat ‘Open Gardens’ at Colestocks Cottage, Colestocks, Honiton, EX14 3JR. 1.30-5.30pm. £3 Entry. Proceeds to Force and Ottery Help Scheme. Sorry No Dogs

12th/Sun Otter Vale Friends of Hospiscare Bingo Eve at Ottery Football Club. Doors open at 6.45pm and Eyes Down at 7.45pm. Transport available – contact Steve Pearcy on 01404 811335

13th/Mon Ottery Writers Group meet 7-9pm in the Station Hub. If you’d like to join email

17th/Fri “Craft and a Cuppa” 2-3pm in Ottery Library. Bring your crafts (sewing, knitting, crochet etc) to have a chat and a cuppa whilst making

21st/Tues Ottery Heritage Society talk ‘Destination Utah’ 7.30pm in The Institute. Visitors welcome

23rd/Thurs “Memory Café" 2-4pm at Ottery Cricket Club. To attend contact Ottery Help Scheme on 01404 813041

24th/Fri Ottregians Over 60s Club Bingo 2.30pm in The Institute

25th/Sat “Community Market” 9.30am-12.30pm in The Institute, Yonder Street, Ottery Refreshments in The Market Café

25th/Sat PIXIE DAY 1.30-7.30pm Land of Canaan with The Pixies’ Revenge in The Square. Look out for Posters and Programmes

 What’s On in May           

3rd/Tues “Friendship Group” 2-4pm at Ottery Cricket Club. To attend contact Ottery Help Scheme on 01404 813041

6th/Fri “Craft and a Cuppa” 2-3pm in Ottery Library. Bring your crafts (sewing, knitting, crochet, etc) to have a chat and a cuppa whilst making

6th/Fri Live Music – Gozer Goodspeed Band/ Plaid Cat at The King of Clubs, Kings Arms, Ottery.. See

7th/Sat Ottregians Over 60s Club Coffee Morning 10.15am in The Institute

8th/Sun Otter Vale Friends of Hospiscare Bingo Eve at Ottery Football Club. Doors open at 6.45pm and Eyes Down at 7.45pm. Transport available – contact Steve Pearcy on 01404 811335

9th/Mon Ottery Writers Group meet 7-9pm at The Station Hub. If you’d like to join email

11th/Weds Ottery WI talk in The Institute 7.30pm

12th/Thurs “Memory Café" 10.30am-12.30pm at Ottery Cricket Club. To attend contact Ottery Help Scheme on 01404 813041

13th/Fri Ottregians Over 60s Club Bingo 2.30pm in The Institute

13th/Fri Live Music – Trickey Situation/The Machineries of Joy at The King of Clubs, Kings Arms, Ottery. See

17th/Tues Ottery Heritage Society talk ‘Churchill’s Life Through His Paintings’ 7.30pm in The Institute. Visitors welcome

17th/Tues Ottery Flower Club Demonstration “Pot Luck” (Please refer to Flower Club article for what to bring). 7.30pm West Hill Village Hall, Beech Park, West Hill

20th/Fri “Craft and a Cuppa” 2-3pm in Ottery Library. Bring your crafts (sewing, knitting, crochet etc) to have a chat and a cuppa whilst making

20th/Fri Live Music – Blimey Oh Riley/Blind Man Earl at The King of Clubs, Kings Arms, Ottery. See

26th/Thurs “Memory Café" 2-4pm at Ottery Cricket Club. To attend contact Ottery Help Scheme on 01404 813041

27th/Fri Ottregians Over 60s Club Bingo 2.30pm in The Institute

27th/Fri Live Music – Orkata/Billie Bottle’s Temple of Shibboleth at The King of Clubs, Kings Arms, Ottery. See

28th/Sat “Community Market” 9.30am-12.30pm in The Institute, Yonder Street, Ottery. Refreshments by The WI in The Market Café

31st/ Tues “Family Funday” at Cadhay 10am-2pm. Fundraiser for Ottery Help Scheme. Look out for posters


 Notice of Co-Option

Tipton St John Ward

Please apply by 5pm on Friday 6th May 2022

Notice of Co-Option 


Application Form

Letter re Application Form  

Code of Conduct

Letter re disqualifications







The Council wishes to set up an approved contractors list to call upon, for undertaking various works and maintenance to its property portfolio with an insured value of £2 million. The list will remain valid for a period of 3 years.

Information can be obtained by clicking this link  or by e-mailing or telephoning 01404 812252

Tenders to be submitted by 5.00pm Thursday 31st March 2022


Devon County Council is carrying out a review of public rights of way in Ottery St Mary parish.  A presentation about the Definitive Map Review for Ottery St Mary parish, on Monday 1st November 2021 at 6.30pm at The Ottery Hub (formerly The Station) before the Town Council meeting.

Further information can be found here 

Ottery St Mary Definitive Map Review Opening Meeting - Have Your Say (

The Town Council Tipton St John Working Group are hosting a “drop in” at Tipton St John Village Hall on 13 October 2021 between 6.00pm – 7.30pm

Cllr’s Green, Lucas and Pang will be present to hear your views about the future for the school.

Full details can be found here 


Please note the last date for receipt of grant applications each year is 31st October. To read the Council's Grant Policies please click here. We have a small grants policy (max £2000) and a large grants policy for sums in excess of the aforementioned amount. Application forms for both grants can be found here.   

The Council Offices are open Monday to Friday from 10am until 1pm.  Alternatively you can contact us via phone on 01404812252 or via email 


 Boundary Commission Review

Following the passing of the Parliamentary Constituencies Act 2020 in December 2020, and the publication of the relevant Parliamentary electorate data in January 2021, The Boundary Commission began a new review of all Parliamentary constituencies in England. This is referred to as the ‘2023 Review’, as they are required to report with their final recommendations by 1 July 2023. 

The Boundary Commission is consulting on the initial proposals for an eight-week period, from June 8 to August 2 2021.  You can find more information and register your views at South West | BCE Consultation Portal (   

This will be discussed at the Full Town Council Meeting on Monday July 5th at 7pm.


  The Ottery Hub ( formerly The Station)

 Anyone looking to book The Ottery Hub please  email or call the Council Office on 01404 812252.

 Thank you 




  Statement of Persons Nominated - DCC and Police Crime and Commissioner 

 09/04/2021 Police Crime and Commissioner

09/04/2021 Election of One County Councillior



  MARCH  2021

Please note that the bench which is sited at the Victoria Monument has been removed in order to carry out repairs.




How to contact the police updated 01/02/2021





Please click here to read a letter sent to Simon Jupp MP with regard to recent Government proposals




Please click on this link for further information



An update on the Council's plans to spend housing development money (S106 and CIL payments)


When new housing developments are permitted, they come with the condition that the developer must pay some money to the local authority that they can invest in the local community.


In Ottery we have been waiting several years now for funds from developments at Butts Road and Gerway among others. Developers should by now have paid East Devon District Council, and they us, over £200,000. This amount is to be invested into netball courts, tennis courts, improvements at Winters Lane play park, enhancements to the Land of Canaan and other projects that would benefit the community.


One of the government's central policies to assist business during the pandemic was to "allow local authorities to be more flexible" in collecting this money from developers. What this means in practice is that EDDC have stopped asking developers to pay and have in fact redeployed that department to other pandemic related tasks.


It also means that the government is asking District Councils not to chase developers for the interest that they would normally pay on late payments. That is mandatory and charged at 2.5% per year - so should by this point be over £10,000. 


We are very keen to get started on making these changes, but we are entirely in the hands of national government policy.


We will keep chasing East Devon to collect this money AND the interest payable, as that money was a condition on which the developments were permitted.


The Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations 2010 (as amended) provide some flexibility for local authorities to defer the payment of CIL. We have set out below some of the steps that local authorities may wish to consider now to ease the burden on developers. However, under the current regulatory regime, delaying payment would result, in some cases, in mandatory interest charges for the late payment of CIL.


Summary of CIL income to date please find below:




 Ottery Elects its First Female Mayor


At the remote Annual Meeting of the Council on Monday 1st June 2020, history was made when the first female Mayor of Ottery St Mary was elected, who will take over from Cllr Roger Giles who had held the position for a year.

Councillor Vicky Johns was elected after having been a Councillor of the Town Council since May 2019. She also represents the Parish in her role as an East Devon District Councillor

Councillor Stewart Lucas was elected as Deputy Mayor and has been a Councillor for the same time, newly elected in May 2019.

Both Vicky and Stewart are passionate about the parish of Ottery St Mary and its community. They have been extremely pro-active in their roles as Ottery St Mary town councillors since their election success in 2019. We look forward to working with them both as they continue in their success.


 Letter to Local Authorities from Local Government Minister Simon Clark – 23 April 2020




UK Government & NHS

The UK Government coronavirus (COVID-19) page will keep you up to date with how the government is responding, and includes guidance on social distancing and staying at home. Please ensure you stay up to date on the latest announcements and guidance from the government. 

The UK NHS Coronavirus (COVID-19) page includes a wide range of health related information. This page gives clear information on when people need to self-isolate and how long for.

You can also complete this survey to help the NHS understand more about how and where coronavirus (COVID-19) is affecting people currently:

A full range of business support measures have been made available to UK businesses and employees. This page helps businesses find out how to access the support that has been made available, who is eligible, when the schemes open and how to apply: 

Devon County Council 

Please click here to visit Devon County Council’s main coronavirus webpage.

East Devon District Council

Please click here to visit East Devon District Council's main coronavirus webpage 


NHS Volunteers


The NHS is “rallying the troops” for the war on coronavirus, with volunteers being called up to help vulnerable people stay safe and well at home.

NHS Volunteer Responders can be called on to do simple but vital tasks such as:

– delivering medicines from pharmacies;

– driving patients to appointments;

– bringing them home from hospital;

– or making regular phone calls to check on people isolating at home.

To find out more, please click here:

To request help from an NHS Volunteer Responder, please fill out the form here:



Office Closure

Ottery St Mary Town Council has taken the decision to close its offices due to the Coronavirus pandemic for an undetermined period of time.  Members of staff will work from home in order to maintain services to the best of their ability during this difficult time

The Council will still be contactable on 01404 812252 or by email to:

Christine McIntyre, CEO –

Kerry Kennell, Deputy CEO and Jane Bushby, Administrator –

Emails will be checked regularly and information will be posted on this website.

Business Continuity Plan

The Council will adhere to its Business Continuity Plan and Scheme of Delegation signed off at the Extra Ordinary Council Meeting held on 23rd March 2020 and will try to maintain services as far as practicable

People in need of help and assistance

Responsibility for vulnerable and elderly people who receive help and support to live in their own homes lies with Devon County Council and East Devon District Council.  However  Ottery Community Volunteers has been formed to coordinate help and assistance for vulnerable and elderly members of the community and an emergency centre has been set up in part of the Council`s building to effect this. The contact telephone numbers/e-mail addresses for this are:-

01404 600013 and

General Advice -
The Council asks members of the public not to panic and stockpile food and other supplies as this tends to make the situation worse for those who are unable to easily get to the shops or have funds available to purchase large amounts.

Advice from the NHS is to regularly wash your hands for at least 20 seconds, especially when you get home or into work, use a tissue to cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze, dispose of used tissues in the bin and wash your hands. Try to avoid close contact with anyone who is ill and do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.

Finally, keep any eye on the news for regular updates, advice and guidance. 

Please see the Devon Libraries Website for full details of the library closure



 Please sign up on Facebook here or through the link below by completing the form below 

We are simply here to support Ottery Help Scheme and Coleridge Medical Centre and other local groups by being aware of the people around us whose needs may change and may need their assistance.

111 is the NHS number for medical advice

999 is the number for police or ambulance if you think someone is not capable of answering the door or phone or has not been seen for a while.


Proposal for a primary school and associated residential development at Thorne Farm Way, Ottery St Mary 


Please click here for Questions & Answers for your information 



Ottery St Mary has declared a Climate Emergency as it is committed to making changes to ensure that the Town does everything possible to contribute to a cleaner and better future for the next generations.



Sadly, there will no further Citizen Advice Bureau meetings for the foreseeable future in Ottery St Mary. This is due to the entire service being under review. If the situation changes, we shall let you know.