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.
The South Brent Parish Council Community Champion Award for 2020-2021 has been awarded to Zoe Richards who collected 700 Easter Eggs for Derriford Hospital.
To see full details of the South Brent Parish Council Press Release - Download Here
There is one vacancy for councillors on South Brent Parish Council.
Applications are invited to co-opt one Parish Councillor.
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:
As a result of the pandemic, the Parish Council been holding its meetings on-line via Zoom.
However, following a High Court ruling on 28 April, dismissing a legal bid by local government bodies to enable virtual council meetings to continue beyond 6 May, physical, in person meetings must resume from that date (unless fresh primary legislation were to be passed giving councils a local choice about how they run meetings).
Anticipating such a decision, the May meeting (the Annual Parish Council Meeting) is brought forward to 04/05/2021 (with no meeting now on 17/05/2021).
At this Annual Parish Council meeting, Cllr Cathie Pannell stepped down after 4 years as Parish Council Chair and Cllr Glyn Richards was elected by the Council as her successor.
At the Parish Council Meeting on 26/04/2021, Richard Fone was co-opted back onto the Parish Council, having previously served as a Councillor from 2014-18.
At the 6 May 2021 Devon County Council Election, the South Brent & Yealmpton seat changed hands from Richard Hosking (Conservative) to Dan Thomas (Lib Dem).
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.