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  • Ivybridge Viaduct

    Welcome to Ivybridge Town Council

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  • Ivybridge Viaduct
  • A path through Longtimber Woods

Ivybridge is a bustling, friendly town set on the banks of the beautiful River Erme ideally situated as a base to visit Dartmoor and the South Hams, a designated area of outstanding natural beauty, all within easy reach.  The town is known as the 'Gateway to the Moor' and is the start/finish point of the long-distance walking path The Two Moors Way. Look north and visible high above the town is the Western Beacon and to the south, the South Devon coast with its stunning beaches, rolling green countryside and twisting Devon lanes waiting to be explored. In the heart of the town are the beautiful Longtimber Woods, Filham Park, Woodlands Park and Erme Playing Fields

The town enjoys both a magnificent natural setting and centuries of history as a mill town and a staging post on the London Road. Tumbling from the moors, the River Erme has formed the lifeblood of the town and provided power for three mills, one of which still stands today on Harford Road. You can read more about the town's history on our town heritage page. 

There are three tiers of local government with areas of responsibility in Ivybridge:-

Ivybridge is divided into 2 different wards: Ivybridge East and Ivybridge West. 

The Town Council comprises 16 elected members, 8 for each ward, who work for the town in a voluntary capacity. The person acting as Town Mayor is elected annually in May, and Town Council elections are held every four years. 

Visitors are welcome to call into both the Town Hall and into the town's Information Centre located in The Watermark nearby. The Watermark and Town Hall both have facilities that are available to hire for meetings, conferences, weddings etc.

04 March 2024

Full Council Meeting

The Watermark Monday 7:00 pm View Details
11 March 2024

Planning and Infrastructure Committee

Ivybridge Town Hall Monday 6:00 pm View Details

Latest Town News

Christmas Card Competition

26

October 2023
Photo of Mayor and prize winner, Amelie

The Mayor thoroughly enjoyed looking through all the entries for his Christmas Card Competition. It was a very hard decision as there were a lot of fantastic pictures! The winning design was created by Amelie, aged 8.

Thank you to everyone who took part.

New Town Clerk

29

September 2023
Photo of Jonathan Parsons and Kate Elliott-Turner

On Monday 18th September at its Full Council meeting, Councillors welcomed new Town Clerk Kate Elliott-Turner to the team.

Kate is an experienced Clerk and is looking forward to working in the Town. She says “I am looking forward to getting involved with the vibrant Ivybridge community and supporting the Town Councillors to deliver projects and improvements for the benefit of the entire town.”

Our outgoing Clerk of 3 years, Jonathan Parsons will be leaving the Clerking world for ventures new. Prior to taking the role of Town Clerk for Ivybridge, he worked for 8 years as Business Manager for the Council’s Watermark building, helping to make it the fantastic community asset it is today.

Mayor, Councillor Alan Spencer said “Jonathan has been so instrumental these past 11 years in shaping the Watermark, and providing positive constructive input into the town council, it will be very sad to see him leave, but I am ever so excited to welcome Kate as our new Town Clerk, with a fresh set of eyes and extensive clerking experience, the future is bright for Ivybridge”.

We treat everyone with courtesy and respect and ask for the same in return. We ask that you treat your councillors and council staff courteously without violence, abuse, or harassment. 

Councillors and council staff have the right to carry out their civic duties and work without fear of being attacked or abused. Any behaviour whether that be verbal, physical or in writing, which causes either councillors or council staff to feel uncomfortable, embarrassed, or threatened, is totally unacceptable. The zero-tolerance policy includes abuse, aggression or threats made in person, over the telephone or in written communication, including on social media. 

The council considers threatening behaviour to be:

  • Attempted or actual aggressive, or physical actions made towards any councillor or member of staff. 
  • The use of aggressive, or abusive language, (including raising of the voice, swearing, shouting or in writing) which threatens or intimidates councillors or council staff. 

This policy applies throughout all Council Meetings, but it also applies to any Councillor or Council Staff away from Council Meetings