St Mary in the Marsh Parish Council

The civil Parish of St Mary in the Marsh comprises of the villages of St Mary in the Marsh, in the heart of Romney Marsh, and St Mary's Bay, to its east on the south east Kent coast. 
St Mary's Bay has a vibrant community centering around its Village Hall, with a wide range of activities for all ages. There is a long sandy beach which stretches north to Dymchurch and south to Littlestone, attracting many thousands of visitors each year. The beach provides safe bathing for most people with its fine sandy beach that goes out about half a mile at low tide.

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The Parish Council

The Parish of St. Mary in the Marsh comprises of the villages of St Mary in the Marsh and St Mary's Bay and their adjacent rural areas. [see Map Icon Parish Boundary Map]

The first Parish Meeting was held on 4 December 1895. On 20 April 1934, there was the first meeting of the St.Mary's and All Saints Parish Council. The first meeting of the St. Mary in the Marsh Parish Council was held on 6 May 1948.

Councillor's responsibility is to bring local issues to the attention of the council and help it make decisions on behalf of the local community.
For a complete list of Councillors elected since 1934, please click here.

The current (wef 2 May 2019) Parish Council is:

  Cllr G Allison (Chairman)       Cllr  R Tillson
  Cllr P Millen                            Cllr T Cooper
  Cllr T Wilson                           Cllr G Comber  
  Cllr M Wilson

Mrs G Smith Parish Clerk         
Contacting the council

Code of Conduct for Members

In accordance with the Localism Act 2011, this parish council adopted the new Code of Conduct on 2 August 2012. You can read the code here.


Parish Council Meetings are normally held on the first Thursday each month at 7pm in the Committee Room of the St Mary's Bay Village Hall, in Jefferstone Lane.

Minutes of Meetings

Minutes of Parish Council meetings are available to read, download and/or print from this website in pdf Icon pdf file format.
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The minutes of meetings in 2019 and earlier years are available from the Parish Council. Contacting the Parish Council 

Parish Accounts

Smaller Authorities Transparency Code was introduced on 1 April 2015 and requires the on-line publication of certain information which the Government requests, to provide taxpayers with a clear picture of the authority’s activities and spending.
You can view the audited Parish Accounts for 2020/21, and Annual Governance Statement - 2020/2021 Sections 1 and 2.

Accessibility Statement

Accessibility requirements for public sector bodies are considered by this council as a disproportionate burden on the grounds of organisational size, manpower and budget. Anyone with an accessibility inquiry should contact the Parish Clerk who will offer assistance where practicable.

Land and Buildings owned by the Parish Council

The Parish Council owns: 

  • the land of the village hall site. The village hall is registered with the custodian of Trustees
  • the land opposite St. Mary the Virgin Church, St. Mary in the Marsh.
  • Glebe Land, play park and hut next to St. Mary the Virgin Church, St. Mary in the Marsh.
  • Recreation Ground, Jefferstone Lane.

St Mary in the Marsh Neighbourhood Plan

St Mary in the Marsh Parish Council has prepared a Neighbourhood Plan, covering the period 2017 to 2028, to provide an opportunity for local people to help shape the approach to the future development of the Parish.

Neighbourhood Plans were introduced in the “Localism Act” 2012. They provide a measure to meet the Government’s aim to give local communities more say in the planning of the places in which they live and work.

This Plan has been prepared through an interactive process with local people and has included public consultation through the use of surveys and public meetings.

Read the St. Mary in the Marsh Neighbourhood Plan.

Contacting the Parish Council

You can contact St Mary in the Marsh Parish Council as follows:

Cllr Graham Allison Chairman     Mrs G Smith Parish Clerk
                            Clerk's Office Village Hall
                            Jefferstone Lane
                            St Mary's Bay
                            Romney Marsh
                            Kent TN29 OSW

                                      Telephone Icon 01303 874341
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