Your current councillors are:
Chairman Cllr. Chris Wood
What one gets out of life is entirely a function of what one contributes. With that in mind it is a privilege to serve on the Parish Council and its Finance and Conservation Committees. Porlock enjoys a magnificent setting and through good governance and leadership has managed to retain its charm and character. Long may that continue.
Vice-Chairman Cllr. Nigel Boden
I moved full time to Porlock in 2013 and run a small business, based in Porlock, covering Exmoor and Devon. Ive been an active part of the Porlock Carnival committee for the last 5 years. Ive worked for various organisations and local authorities mainly in countryside and estate management. I’ve been involved in many projects, worked in multi disciplinary teams and various committees. As Head of the Planning committee I will aim to balance sustainable growth and development with local needs.
Cllr. Lee Bloys
Having lived in Porlock all of my life I feel I know the Parish well. I feel proud to live, work and raise my family in this village. I feel it is important that the whole community has a voice and that they in turn know what is happening in the village.
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Cllr. Sarah Ellicott
I joined Porlock parish council in March 2018, I am passionate about local housing for local people and liaise with Devon rural housing partnership to help find adequate housing for those who need it. As a tenant myself I know the struggles of trying to find somewhere to live, having moved numerous times before settling where I am now on a local farm. As a young working mum with two boys I believe I provide young families in the area with a voice.
Cllr. Ian Fraser
We moved to Porlock about 5 years ago after I retired as a company director, we moved from a small village in north Warwickshire where I was also a Parish Councillor. I am also on the Recreation Ground Committee with the aim to do as much as I can to help improve our beautiful Village.
Cllr. Terry Gable
I ‘found’ Exmoor 40 years ago, when I moved to the jewel that is Porlock village, 25 years ago. As a working artist, our stunning local coastal scenery is my continuing inspiration. I particularly enjoy being your community artist, with my designs displayed throughout the village on various road signs, maps, information leaflets and logo’s, that you see every day. I’m proud of my long association with Porlock Recreation Ground and look forward to its future, long term development plans, as a vital asset to our village.
Cllr. Duncan McCanlis
There is creative change moving through Porlock and our planet; change to a sustainable way of living. This can be reflected by the Council in the form of more open ways of working and a local focus on global issues, in particular biodiversity loss. My feeling is that this group of Councillors and the people of Porlock are ready to move with this developing awareness.
Cllr. Malcolm McCoy
I came to Porlock in 1972 and opened a saddlery shop and leather goods manufacturing business. I have always helped out with the many community events put on in Porlock. As Chairman of the Parish Council for the last three years, I try to keep matters simple and have a “Porlock First” policy for the greater good of the village.
Cllr. William Rayner
Having grown up in Porlock I know the Parish well and feel fortunate that I am able to live and work in an area I really care about. For the last 30 years I have run Courtyard Framing in Minehead and 8 years ago opened Churchgate Gallery in Porlock. Between the two sites 9 local people are employed.
Cllr. Lesley Thornton
I moved to West Porlock in 1987 to work and raise a family, and we now own the shop Bagatelle in Porlock. I have supported many local organisations, charities and the schools, and feel strongly about the importance of Community. Porlock is a beautiful place to live but it is also a proper, working Village and that is what I would like to help maintain. Nature and the environment are important to me, so I would also like to help make Porlock a greener place to live. I am passionate about equality and diversity and for everyone to have equal opportunities and a voice, and I will always try to listen.
Cllr. John Ware
I have lived in the area for 34 years and in Porlock since 1990. I have served on Porlock Parish Council since 2012 and have been the main Parish Councillor involved in securing the Community Library Partnership with Somerset County Council for Porlock Library ensuring the Library will continue for the foreseeable future.