Privacy Notice

Braunton Parish Council complies with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) law which comes into effect in May 2018 and supercedes the Data Protection Act 1998, and being a registered Data Controller (Reg. No ZA141780). We are committed to keeping your personal information accurate and up to date. We will not keep your information longer than necessary.

This privacy notice explains how we use your personal information and the ways in which we protect your privacy.

This notice applies to all personal data collected for or on behalf of the Braunton Parish Council. This includes information collected by letter, email, face to face, telephone or online.

You may also receive a privacy notice specific to the service you are receiving.

By using our site you agree to accept this privacy notice. This notice may be reviewed from time to time so please check back here each time you submit personal data to us.

How we use your personal information
We collect and use your personal information so we can provide you with statutory and other services. We use your information for the purpose for which you provided the information, including the delivery of services for you. We also use this information to monitor our performance in responding to your request.

We use your information in the following ways:

  • to tell you about services and provide services appropriate to you, for example highlighting additional help or services available to you.
  • for insight purposes to allow us to analyse patterns and trends of service usage
  • for service and financial planning, to help us create policy and inform decision making, e.g. identifying where children’s centres are most needed.
  • to process financial transactions including grants and payments involving the Parish Council or where the Council is acting on behalf of other government bodies, eg Department for Work and Pensions
  • to help us to verify your identity if you ask us for services
  • to ensure that the council meets its duties, including those imposed by the Equality and Health and Safety Acts
  • to help investigate any concerns or complaints you have may have about the services you receive
  • to improve the health of the population we serve.
  • where otherwise allowed under law. For further information on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which comes into effect in May 2018, please refer to the Information Commissioner’s website

Services such that support public health and wellbeing may involve collecting, using and sharing sensitive personal data as defined by law. We do not disclose or share sensitive or confidential information without your explicit consent except in a small number of situations where disclosure is allowed by law, or where we have good reason to believe that failing to do so would put you or someone else at risk.

The Parish Council is obliged to protect public funds. We may use personal information and data-matching techniques to help us to detect and prevent fraud and ensure public money is spent in the most appropriate and cost-effective way. In order to achieve this, we may share information with other organisations which audit or administer public funds. This includes the Audit Commission, the Department for Work and Pensions, other local authorities, HM Revenue and Customs, and the Police.

We may use personal information to identify people who will need extra support during emergencies or major incidents e.g. emergency evacuation.

We are keen to ensure that we are providing the services that are needed and may contact you to make you aware of services or support which could be of interest to you. We may invite you to sign up for other services at the same time (for example, a regular mailing list). You can choose not to accept this invitation.

We may also ask for feedback on how we are performing, or ask for your views on services which you have been using.

You may not want us to collect or share your personal information, or you may set conditions on how we can use it. In these cases we may not be able to provide you with the service you need, or may only be able to provide it in a limited way. There are occasions when we have a statutory obligation to collect or use personal information. In those cases we will not be able to agree to your request.

We may use ethnic, gender, sexual orientation and age information (ie, equalities data) to compile statistics in order to comply with equality legislation and assist in planning and service provision. Such data does not identify individuals or affect your entitlement to services.

Third parties
The information we collect may be shared between Parish Council services and with other organisations, such as government bodies, the Police, health and social care organisations providing you with services and educational establishments.

We will only share your personal information when we are permitted to or are required to by law or we have your consent to do so as required by law.

The Parish Council does not pass personal data to other organisations for marketing purposes without your consent.

Your personal information may be processed by an external service provider acting on our behalf to provide services.

Emails that we send to you or you send to us may be kept as a record of contact. We may also store your email address for future use. If we need to email sensitive or confidential information to you, we will check that we are using the correct email address and may use additional security measures. If you need to send us sensitive information, we recommend using the postal service.

Your rights
You can ask us to stop processing your personal data in relation to any Parish Council service. This may delay or prevent us delivering a service to you. We will try to meet your request but we may be required to hold or process information to meet our legal duties.

You are entitled to request access to and a copy of any information we hold about you.

If you find that the information that the Parish Council holds about you is no longer accurate, you have the right to ask to have this corrected. We may not always be able to change or remove the information. However, we will correct factual inaccuracies and may include your comments in the records.

Queries and complaints
If you would like further information or have a complaint about any of the details in this notice, please contact us by email or post:


Write to: Braunton Parish Council, Chaloners Road, Braunton Devon, EX33 2ES

Phone: 01271 812 131

External links
Our privacy notice applies only to information collected by or on behalf of the Parish Council. If you go to another website, you should read their privacy notice before you give them any personal details.




0345 155 1004 Mon—Fri 8am – 8pm & Sat 9am to 1pm

(outside of these hours contact 01392 383329).



Braunton Parish Council

Braunton is a large village in the South West of England situated 5 miles west of Barnstaple and 2 miles from the Braunton Burrows and Saunton Sands Beach.  Braunton is in the centre of North Devon’s world class UNESCO Biosphere Reserve with the Burrows at its core.  The Great Field on the edge of the village is one of the last remaining examples of medieval strip farming and is next to the reclaimed Braunton Marshes.

Braunton Parish Council is a small local council consisting of 13 elected councillors who are elected every four years to represent the parish.  The council members operate on an entirely voluntary and non-party political basis.  The Council elects a Chairman every year, who presides over the Council, which operates in accordance with the powers and duties afforded to local councils.   Councillors are bound by legislation in this way they can act on behalf of the community and this is supported by various codes, regulations and standards.  The Council employs a Parish Clerk, a Senior Council Officer, an Administrator, a Caretaker, a Maintenance Person and a Gardener. 

As a local council, Braunton Parish Council, operates at a level of council closest to the community, the other tiers of the council covering the area being North Devon Council and Devon County Council.  Each tier of council has its own powers and responsibilities for the provision of services, the more strategic and wide ranging ones being at the higher and appropriate levels of council. 

It is the Parish Council’s role to listen and understand the views of the local community, and councillors use their skills and local knowledge to assist and advise the higher tiers of authority on matters of local impact and importance.  The Council sets an annual budget, funding for which is received largely through a demand on council tax payers in the Parish, known as the precept, which is collected on its behalf by the District Council. 

 Who to contact if you experience flooding:


Devon County Council Highways

0345 155 1004 Mon—Fri 8am – 8pm & Sat 9am to 1pm (outside of these hours contact 01392 383329). To report flooding of the highway and blocked drains.

South West Water

0844 346 2020 (24 hours service). To report flooding from sewers and water pipes.

Environment Agency’s Floodline

0345 988 1188 (24 hours service). For advice and enquiries about flood warnings.


Sandbags for filling are available from:

Parish Council Offices during opening hours (01271) 812131

West Cross Garage on Chapel Street 24 Hrs 01271 812295


Braunton Flood Guide

Braunton Community Emergency Plan