Postponement of Road Closure

We have received notice from Devon County Council that the road closure expected at the south-western end of the churchyard, due to take place from 7th to 10th September 2021, has been postponed due to issues on a previous site.

A new closure notice is now expected to be issued for 10th to 14th September 2021.

Any queries should be directed to:

Devon Highways
Devon County Council
County Hall
Tel: 0345 155 1004

Notice of Road Closure (07/09/21 – 10/09/21)

Notice of Road Closure in the Parish

On 17 August 2021, the Parish Council received a copy of a notification of another road closure in East Portlemouth. This one lasting from Tuesday 07 September 2021 until Friday 10 September 2021 (both dates being inclusive) for the purpose of drainage works.

The closure is for a short section of road around the church (see the small red section in the diagram below). The alternative route is via TREETOPS TO RICKHAM CROSS, EAST PORTLEMOUTH AND VICE VERSA


SHDC announce suspension of garden waste collection

On 16th August, SHDC issued a press release announcing that FCC Environment, the contractors now responsible for collecting waste and recycling in the South Hams, had asked to suspend the collection of garden waste from that date. The initial suspension is for at least four weeks.

This has been blamed on a shortage of drivers and to enable the redeployment of those drivers that are available to the collection of general waste and recycling.

Householders are asked not to put garden waste into the general waste bin, nor to burn it on bonfires. The suggestions given are to home compost it or take it to one of the three recycling centres.

Further details of the suspension, and both of the suggested methods of disposal of garden waste, are available from the South Hams District Council website at

Notice of Road Closure (12/08/21 – 18/08/21)

Notice of Road Closure in the Parish

On 12 August 2021, the Parish Council received notification of a road closure in East Portlemouth lasting from Thursday 12 August 2021 until Wednesday 18 August 2021 (both dates being inclusive).

The closure is from East Portlemouth Corner to Goodshelter Cross.


URGENT INFORMATION about Parking Problems

There is very little parking in East Portlemouth this summer. 

We strongly recommend that visitors to our golden sandy beaches drive to Salcombe to park and then come over to us by ferry.

The National Trust car park at Mill Bay has fewer spaces than last year. It is only accessible via a one mile long, narrow, no-through lane with very few passing places. It is usually full by 10.30am during the school holidays. Drivers have been experiencing long delays when approaching or leaving the area. Please do not park in the turning space at Mill Bay as this is reserved for emergency vehicles. 

The nearby grass car park at Port Waterhouse has only limited parking available this year.

Please do not park in the passing places as that blocks all the traffic.


New Web Service goes live

This new web service went live to the public on the afternoon of 21st July 2021!

It is based on information from our old server, but now has a more modern look and will be easier to maintain, update and refresh.

New defibrillator in East Portlemouth

A second AED (Automated External Defibrillator) in the village was installed on the wall of the toilets on the bottom road (near the Venus Café at the bottom of the Ferry Steps) on 9th July 2021. So, we now have two in East Portlemouth, one in the Village Shelter at the top of the Ferry Steps and a matching one at the bottom.

A defibrillator is a device which gives a high energy shock to the heart of someone who is in cardiac arrest. After calling 999 and starting CPR it is the third way to give someone the best chance of survival.

While training in their use is very helpful, this model of “defib” is designed to be used by someone without any experience. It will guide the user in the steps that might be needed to help someone with a suspected heart problem – once taken from the cabinet it will talk to you and give clear instructions explaining what to do next! So, anyone can use it in an emergency. It will tell you how to attach the pads, then it will monitor the heart rhythm. It will only deliver a shock if it’s needed, and you can’t deliver a shock accidentally. It will continue to monitor the person’s heart and will keep details which can later be used by the emergency services.

We are hoping to organise refresher sessions and full CPR (Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation) and Defibrillator training sessions, for all those interested, in the near future.