Welcome to Willand

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The Parish of Willand, is situated in the countryside of Mid Devon, approximately 7 miles south of Tiverton. .The village straddles the B3181 (the old A38) and is easily accessed from all local areas as well as either Exit 27 or 28 of the M5. We are on the edge of the picturesque Blackdown Hills aand have easy access to Exeter, Taunton, Tiverton and North Devon. Both Exmoor and Dartmoor are less than a one hour drive away.

We have a large number of organisations in the village, covering a wide range of activities including, football, tennis, history, art, youth club and a number of social groups.

On this web site we bring together the work of our active Parish Council, the village organisations and local businesses. Please browse our site and find out more.....

Willand - Now and Then

Links to Village Community Organisations

Links to Village Community Businesses

Useful opening times

Weekdays 9.00am to 6.00pm
Saturdays 9.00am to 12.30pm

Post Office
Mondays to Saturdays 8.00am to 6.30pm

Willand Service Station (Esso Garage)
Monday to Saturday 6.30am to 10.00pm
Sunday 7.00am to 10.00pm

One Stop 
Daily 6.00am to 10.00pm
AJ Butchery and Bakehouse
Mondays to Fridays 7.30am to 5.00pm
Saturdays 8.00am to 3.00pm

Around the Village

Knife Amnesty 17 - 23 July 2017
This information has been sent on behalf of Devon and Cornwall Police Devon and Cornwall Police is supporting Operation Sceptre, a Home Office instigated week of action aimed at detecting knife related crime, increasing intelligence, community engagement and public reassurance, the main part of which is a knife amnesty The policing teams taking part are Cornwall; South Devon; Exeter, East and Mid Devon; North and West Devon and Plymouth. Members of the public can dispose of unwanted bladed items, without fear of prosecution, such as knives, zombie knives, swords, kitchen knives and unwanted collectibles. There will be collection bins at the following police enquiry offices: Heavitree Road in Exeter; Torquay; Charles Cross and Crownhill in Plymouth; Camborne, St Austell and Bodmin in Cornwall and at Barnstaple in the North and West Devon policing area You can find the address of your nearest police enquiry office on the Devon and Cornwall Police website, here: dc.police.uk/PEO Chief Superintendent David Thorne, based in Plymouth, said: This amnesty is for any kind of knife or bladed item that could be used as a weapon. If you possess a knife that has no legitimate use in your home, hobby or profession, please use this opportunity to get rid of it, otherwise it is potentially dangerous to you and others. There is no reason for anyone to carry a knife in public. Someone carrying a knife is much more likely to get stabbed themselves as situations which involve weapons can quickly get out of control. The messages are clear: There is no excuse for carrying a knife, and getting any unwanted ones out of circulation is important to help keep our communities safe, so bin the knife.

2017 period of inspection of unaudited accounts
Notice of period of inspection of Parish Council accounts 2016 -2017 To see the annual return go to the legal page

Grass cutting in Willand - It could cost you more money!
You will have noted that Devon County Council have now cut all they are going to do on the verges in Willand. Mid Devon District Council have cut areas of public green open space which come under their jurisdiction to what they call an acceptable standard. A number of residents have contacted the Parish Council; some have contacted our Devon County Councillor direct expressing their concerns. What do you think? The Parish Council has been approached to pass over monies to MDDC towards the cost of cutting grass more often. Fuller details are awaited. Whereas this year some money may be able to be found in reserve, in future it may mean the Council Tax rising further for the Parish Council share or something will have to go like the Christmas light or improvements to areas of play or open space looked after by the Parish Council. More detail will be in the next Willand Magazine but the last time we raised the issue only ONE person responded. The Parish Council need your views please. Please circulate to all your friends and contacts in the village. If we hear nothing we will have to make a decision which may not be to peoples liking.

Should the Village Hall install Wi-Fi?

Your Parish Council

Full Council - Link to Agendas and Minutes
Planning, Lighting and Transportation- Link to Agendas, Minutes and MDDC Planning Portal 
Environment - Link to Agendas and Minutes
Community - Link to Agendas, Minutes and the Heath and Community Centre Charity Site
Finance and administration - Link to Agendas and Minutes
Legal Documents - Link to documents the Parish Council need to share

Parish Council Hot Topics

Recruitment of Parish Councillors

Earlier this year Mid Devon District Council refused a planning application for 259 houses on land between the B3181 and the M5.
The planning reference details are:
Address:     Land at NGR 303184 110348 Silver Street Willand Devon  
Description: Outline for the erection of up to 259 dwellings, with public open space, landscaping and associated infrastructure.
Gallagher Estates Limited, the applicant, has now lodged an appeal with the Planning Inspectorate under Appeal Reference APP/Y1138/W/17/3172380.
Early days yet but many responded to the application for 30 houses in place of the Esso Garage and it would be advised that people think of their position as to the appeal as if this gets through then the 30 houses at the Esso Garage probably cannot be refused nor can the expected application for a further 29 houses on the exception site next to Ash Close.  This will mean an increase in Willand housing of over 21% with few plans for any improvement to village facilities or infrastructure.
Watch this space for more information and in the interim share with and tell all of your friends please.

We thank the organisations below for their support for our village