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.
With the increase in positive COVID tests locally, there may be residents who have to self-isolate or have a child who cannot attend school and are unable to work as they need to care for that child.
The Government has extended the £500 test and trace payment for people experiencing hardship until the end of September 2021.
We have also amended the current policy to remove the income threshold for the discretional element of the scheme.
Under the current policy the weekly income of anyone claiming was capped at £372.
We have removed this entirely although the applicant must still demonstrate they are suffering hardship.
We have made this amendment immediately.
This is due to the rising cases in our area and an increase in applications and a change in focus from supporting people on low incomes only, to be more focused on public health. (helping people to self-isolate so they can do no harm).
All the information and the claim form are on our website, just pop Test and Trace into the search bar and it’s all there – or alternatively follow this link;
To see details of the Press Release relating to the changes in the Parish Council - Download Here
There is one vacancy for councillors on South Brent Parish Council - To see details of the Notice of Casual Vacancy - Download Here
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:
Government's Advice on the Roadmap Out Of Lockdown please see:
With Regard to those residents who are shielding (Clinically Extremely Vulnerable Persons)
As shielding ends on 31 March as part of the road map please see:
CLINICALLY EXTREMELY VULNERABLE PERSONS
As shielding ends on 31 March 2021 as part of the Road Map Out of Lockdown Please see:
In the third lockdown, South Hams Council are very mindful of people in our communities who are struggling to make ends meet. The Council has funding available to assist with rent, council tax and homeless prevention. There is specific help for parents who cannot afford the additional costs associated with their children accessing the internet for online lessons. Anyone struggling with the cost of the extra data needed for remote learning can apply for support. This help is accessed via the schools, not the council. People just need to approach their school(s) who can assist them.Citizens Advice has also been awarded funding to make one-off payments to people struggling with their energy costs.