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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.​

The Parish Council
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  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 Parish Council is:

  Cllr  Graham Allison,  Chairman            
  Cllr  Helen Carr 

  Cllr  Graham Comber                             

  Cllr  Tony Cooper

  Cllr  David Evans                      

  Cllr  Andy Weatherhead  
  Cllr  Michael
 Wilson,  Vice-Chair

  Mrs Gillian Smith, Parish Clerk         

Code of Conduct for Members
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 file format.

Parish Accounts
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 Annual Governance and Accountability Return

Accessibility Statement
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
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.

Neighbourhood Plan
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

Cllr Graham Allison - Chairman     

Mrs Gillian Smith - Parish Clerk​


Clerk's Office

Village Hall
Jefferstone Lane

St Mary's Bay
Romney Marsh
Kent TN29 OSW

Telephone - 01303 874341

Email -

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