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 Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination programme will start from the week commencing14 December.
Due to the need to store this at very low temperatures all the South Hams practices’ patients are being vaccinated at a central site which will be within 10 minutes’ drive of South Brent. Initially the vaccine will be offered to those over 80 years old – the Health Centre will be contacting patients directly but the booking system is centralised and choice of slots is very limited.
Please accept the slot offered as the practice only has a finite allocation per week and we need to use them all.
You can drive yourself or arrange for a lift with family or friends.
A second dose is then due 3 weeks later – and will be on the same day of the week at the same time.
Patients will need to remain at the site for 15 minutes after vaccination but can drive themselves.
The Outreach Post Office provided by Strete Post Office is now permanently hosted in South Brent Old School Community Centre.
With effect from Monday 6th July 2020 the Post Office opening times will revert to:
Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning ONLY.
The service is provided in conjunction with the management of the Old School Centre.
Business Grants Get Easier - Apply Now
Issued: 15 January 2021
Businesses in need of financial grants within South Hams and West Devon are being encouraged to come forward and apply via a new much simpler process.
Since 5 November, South Hams District Council has paid out £2,207,430, with West Devon Borough Council paying out £865,182. These grants have supported 2,131 businesses across the South Hams and West Devon.
With at least 11 different Government grant schemes currently available, South Hams District and West Devon Borough Councils are more than aware how difficult and confusing applications can be. To help, the Councils have created a much simpler process, which means that application forms will be fast to complete, process and pay.
It also means that customers will be issued payments from any of the other 11 available grants, or future ones that follow the same format, which they are eligible for, with a simplified application process.
The Councils’ focus is to pay out as much money as possible, to as many businesses as possible, as quickly as possible, while working within the rules set out, which does include some essential checks to avoid fraud.
To complete online application forms, businesses will now choose one of three categories:
Cllr Judy Pearce, Leader of South Hams District Council, said: “This new system is more efficient, since businesses will no longer need to understand which grants to apply for. It has been terribly confusing to know which grants to apply for, because there are so many with similar names.
“The great thing about it is it will check all eligible grants on each business’ behalf, so they could be in line for a greater grant than the one they initially applied for.
“I would encourage as many businesses as possible to apply for funding because funds are available. We know that businesses need that money in their accounts quickly and I can assure them, it is on its way. In future, payments will now be much quicker since the new system is in place.”
Like all other councils around the country, there are no warnings of new grants, meaning no time in advance to prepare processes and systems. The Councils need to be exceptionally careful that public money goes to those who need it and not into the hands of those trying to defraud the system.
Council officers have committed to working seven days a week, to support eligible local businesses to gain their grants, so funding should be arriving into accounts very soon.
Cllr Neil Jory, Leader of West Devon Borough Council, said: “We have listened to businesses about the complexity of these grants. We have now developed a great process, which will be invaluable to our customers who can more easily and quickly access all of the money they are eligible for in future.
“By working out this system, which removes the risk of grant errors, and automatically checks applications to decide eligibility for each grant, we will save a huge amount of time and will ensure that more businesses will benefit under the right schemes. For example, a business may think they are only applying for one grant of £1,000 but could in fact, be in line to receive up to £10,000 from multiple grants.
“If you have not yet applied for a business grant, please go to the Council’s website because there are still funds coming through from Government.”
For more information, and to apply for a grant, go to: