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Porlock is a coastal village and civil parish in Somerset, England, situated in a deep hollow below Exmoor, 5mi west of Minehead. The parish, which includes Hawkcombe and Doverhay, has a population of 1,440.In a 2010 survey based on data from the Office for National Statistics Porlock was found to have the most elderly population in Britain with over 40% of the population being of pensionable age.HistoryEast of the village is Bury Castle, an Iron Age hill fort.In Domesday Book the village was known as "Portloc".Porlock was part of the hundred of Carhampton.The area has links with several Romantic poets, and R. D. Blackmore, the author of Lorna Doone, and is popular with visitors. The visitor centre with exhibits and displays about the local area. Also on display are the bones of an Aurochs, discovered on Porlock beach in 1999.GovernanceThe parish council has responsibility for local issues, including setting an annual precept (local rate) to cover the council’s operating costs and producing annual accounts for public scrutiny. The parish council evaluates local planning applications and works with the local police, district council officers, and neighbourhood watch groups on matters of crime, security, and traffic. The parish council's role also includes initiating projects for the maintenance and repair of parish facilities, as well as consulting with the district council on the maintenance, repair, and improvement of highways, drainage, footpaths, public transport, and street cleaning. Conservation matters (including trees and listed buildings) and environmental issues are also the responsibility of the council.
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