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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Casual Vacancy has occurred in the office of Councillor on the Exford Parish Council. 

Unless ten electors for the Parish give notice in writing by Tuesday the 16th day of February, 2021 to the Returning Officer, Somerset West and Taunton Council, West Somerset House, Killick Way, Williton, Somerset TA4 4QA, requesting that an election be held, the Parish Council will, at a Meeting to be held on Tuesday 23rd March 2021 at 7.30pm via Zoom, fill the vacancy by the co-option of a new Councillor. Posted by Clerk to Parish Council, Dated: Wednesday 27 January 2021

Note: The requests do not have to arrive at the same time and can be in any form, for example, letter, fax or email, and do not necessarily have to be signed. 



In the event of a casual vacancy occurring, the clerk to the Parish Council is required, in accordance with Rule 8 of the Local Elections (Parishes and Communities) Rules 1986, to give notice of vacancy.  The notice must advise that any ten registered electors for the electoral area for which the vacancy has arisen, may, within 14 days of the notice of the vacancy, give notice in writing to the proper officer of the district council in which the Parish or community is situated, requesting that an election be held to fill the vacancy.

An election shall be held on a day appointed by the returning officer for the district council and must be a day falling within the period of 60 days (computed in accordance with election rules) beginning with the day on which the public notice of vacancy was given.  If less that 10 requests to hold an election are received the parish council shall fill the vacancy by co-option.

NB If the vacancy arises within a period of six months before the day on which that councilor would regularly have retired, the parish council may choose to co-opt and any vacancy not so filled shall be filled at the next ordinary elections.

This website is aimed at providing information about your Council and the parish itself, and giving you access to documents about meetings, accounts, etc.

Exford Parish is a rural area in the centre of Exmoor National Park, West Somerset. The village of Exford gets its name from the fact that it straddles the River Exe. The parish covers some moorland but mostly farmland and has a population of just over 400 people, with 323 on the electoral roll and 196 households (band D equivalent) in 2019. We describe our parish as The Heart of Exmoor.

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Exford is centred around a lovely village green which has an extensive range of play equipment at its western end. The green is used for various annual events and the school sports day.

There is also a church, a village hall, a social club, sports field and pavilions and a first school with a pre-school nursery.

The economy of the parish is dominated by farming, tourism, hunting and shooting. Exford is home to the Devon & Somerset Staghounds, and has been since at least 1855 – although they have existed in the area since the late 16th century. There are two hotels/inns, a village store with a Post Office, a Youth Hostel, tea rooms, a riding & rural clothing outlet, a service garage and an agriculture garage. Additionally, there are self-catering cottages, B&Bs, guesthouses, a campsite and various other businesses across the parish.