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.
Domestic Abuse - Help is Available
A week has gone by since the nation was asked to practise social distancing and self-isolation.
Limited contact with the outside world may case tensions at home leading to an increase in domestic abuse.
Help is available. Contact Devon and Cornwall Victim Support on the link.
SHDC – Council Tax Reduction Scheme
As part of the Government’s funding packages for COVID-19, the Government announced in the Budget on 11 March that it would provide Local Authorities with £500m of new grant funding to support financially vulnerable people and households in their local area. The scheme is to help people on low incomes or whose earnings have fallen as a result of the response to the coronavirus crisis. The scheme will ensure the most economically vulnerable will get as much help as possible during the crisis.
South Hams will receive £507,828 of funding for this and we currently have 2,351 claims.
As part of this national scheme, the Government has advised Local Authorities to award up to £150 further reduction to all working claimants who receive Council Tax Reduction.
So around 2,351 claimants of working age who get Council Tax Reduction will get up to an extra £150 discount off their council tax bill for 2020/21.
This will automatically be applied to their 2020/21 council tax bill as soon as we have the Northgate (our council tax system) software to administer the new scheme.
Anyone that is on a zero-hour contract, no longer getting paid or who has had a significant drop in income can apply for Council Tax Reduction.
Additional funding will also be available to help those most affected by COVID-19 and further information will be available soon.
Coronavirus / COVID-19
South Brent Community Crisis Assistance is developing under the auspices of South Brent & District Caring with more internet resources and information
The coronavirus situation is fast-moving and there is an increasing amount of misinformation online. Please use government advice to inform decisions and check the advice regularly. GOVERNMENT INFORMATION
Up to date information from PUBLIC HEALTH ENGLAND
Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms
Stay at home for 7 days if you have either:
You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home. Read our advice about staying at home.
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
Call 111 if..
To see a copy of the Handwashing Poster - Download Here
To see Details of Useful Links in relation to Covid 19 - Download Here
Use the link if you need to register for help as an extremely vulnerable person - https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable
If you run a business and would like further information from SHDC concerning the grants available please use the link - South Hams District Council Website
For further News updates from South Hams District Council please use the link - News from SHDC
To see details of the information sheets for farmer and home owners in relation to the problem of "Ash Die Back" please click on the 'Download Here' against the appropriate item:
"Ash Die Back - Farmer Information Sheet" - Download Here
"Ash Die Back - Residents, Gardens and Land Owners Information Sheet" - Download Here