South Brent is a large village on the southern edge of Dartmoor.
The Parish is the second largest (after Cornwood) in South Hams at 3742 ha, and 6th largest (after Ivybridge, Totnes, Kingsbridge, Dartmouth and Bickleigh) with a population of 3043 in 2012.
The village was originally a woollen and market centre with 2 annual fairs and a station.
Now the village centre is within Dartmoor National Park, and it is a thriving community with shops, businesses, school, village hall and community centre.
The Parish Council consists of 12 elected councillors - 9 from the Village Ward, and 3 from Brent Moor Ward.
The present Council were elected/co-opted in May 2019, and will serve for 4 years until 2023.
A list of the Councillors may be found here.
Parish Council meetings normally take place in the Side Hall at the Village Hall, on the 4th Monday of each month starting at 7:30pm.
In August the meeting takes place at The Old SChool Community Centre.
All members of the public are invited to attend meetings, and will have the opportunity to speak at a public forum at the start of each meeting.
Businesses in the South Hams and West Devon which were ordered to close when the national restrictions began on 5 November 2020, can now apply for a grant of either £1,334, £2,000, or £3,000 depending on the rateable value of the business.
Applications will be processed on a first come first served basis and the first payments will reach bank accounts from Wednesday 25 November.
At the beginning of the current national restrictions, central government announced that there would be further support for businesses who could not trade. This grant is called the Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) and is aimed at those businesses which were told that they must close because of the threat posed by COVID-19.
Businesses from the hospitality industry, including pubs, restaurants, and holiday accommodation are included in the list of those eligible for the grant. Those which provide personal care, such as hairdressers, beauty salons, and many businesses in the leisure industry such as gyms, swimming pools, and soft play centres are also on the list.
If a business (included in the list) is substantially closed but still able to offer some click and collect or take-away service, it is still eligible for this business support grant.
A full list of all the businesses that were instructed to close, and those on the exemption list can be found on the Government's business advice pages: www.gov.uk/government/publications/further-businesses-and-premises-to-close/closing-certain-businesses-and-venues-in-england
Once approved the grant will provide those eligible businesses with a rolling 28-day grant, lasting as long as the national restrictions apply.
Cllr Judy Pearce, Leader of South Hams District Council said:“In a matter of days we have made all necessary arrangements for you to be able to apply for this grant. All businesses in the South Hams are really important to us and we know how hard this pandemic has affected you. Our aim now is to get this money to you as quickly as possible.”
Cllr Neil Jory, Leader of West Devon Borough Council added:“When the Government gave us information about this grant, it was important to me that we mobilize our organisation quickly. I am so pleased that we have achieved this and the scheme is now live. Please read the application instructions on the website carefully, make sure you have everything you need before you start, and get your claim in”.
The amount of Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) awarded to you will depend on the rateable value of your business premises:
To be eligible for this current Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG), there are four conditions with which your business must comply:
You must also have the following information to hand before you start your application process. We do not want your payment to be delayed so please make sure you send in the correct information:
In addition, the councils are encouraging all businesses to keep following them on social media and to sign up for their business email alerts.
Cllr Judy Pearce added:“These grants are being administered differently from the grants we administered earlier in the year. We will not be writing to you telling you to apply, simply go to our website and begin your application.
“We would also strongly recommend that you sign up for our Business E-Bulletin. That will ensure that you get information about further grants and business support when we publish it.”
Cllr Neil Jory added:“If you are struggling or need further help and assistance there is a lot of information on the Government’s website and the Heart of the South West Growth Hub website.
“We know this is not an easy time, we want to support you as much as we are able, to help you get through this difficult time and to be there to trade again when you are able.”
Apply for the grant on the councils’ Business Support Pages
Find out which businesses should be closed under current national restrictions
Sign up for Business E-bulletins
Further Business Support
To see details relating to the consulation on the future of grass cutting undertaken by South Brent Parish Council please access the documents listed below:
1. South Brent Green Estate Vision 2020 - Download Here
2. South Brent Vision Summary Document 2020 - Download Here
Try 'clogging' and keep our countryside clean
Dartmoor National Park has teamed up with Planet Earth Games to help people connect with nature, look after it and get healthy at the same time.
Whether you're looking to do something a little different, want to get fitter, or simply want to care for the environment, you're encouraged to get involved with Planet Earth Games which runs throughout August.
This year, the Games are leading the way in responding to both the covid-19 pandemic and the climate crisis.
The Games has set 31 free virtual activities for each day of the month. They range from exercise such as running, walking or swimming to eco-friendly activities including recycling or growing vegetables. People can also choose to make small lifestyle changes too, such as drinking more water or changing eating habits.
You can sign up here. People can share their experiences with Planet Earth Games and be in with a chance of winning an eco-friendly medal.
To See Details of the Government Track and Trace Service please follow the link below:
In light of the ever changing situation with regard to Government Advice in relation to the Covid 19 epidemic please follow the links below for the up to date advice:
Face Coverings on Public Transport:transport - https://www.gov.uk/government/news/face-coverings-to-become-mandatory-on-public-transport
General link to Governemnt advice: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Government's Covid-19 Guidelines for lockdown from Thursday 5 November until at least Wednesday 2 December:https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-national-restrictions-from-5-november