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.
Government's New Covid-19 Guidelines
Public spaces / outdoor activities / exercise
Vulnerable groups, shielding, 70 year olds and over
Going to work / Safer spaces
Do people need to wear face coverings at work?
Schools and Childcare
Coronavirus Outbreak FAQs: Further detail on what you can and can't do
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 - Community Information
South Brent Community Crisis Assistance is developing under the auspices of South Brent & District Caring with more internet resources and information
Open the following link and use the links and phone numbers in the infographic if you need, or can offer help sbadc.org.uk/south-brent-community-assist-flyer/
Community Crisis Assistance Bulletin: A weekly email bulletin has been started to update you about what is happening in the village during the crisis. Click below to sign up.
Coronavirus emergency– local responses: ‘South Brent Community Crisis Assistance’ is being established under the auspices of South Brent & District Caringwith representation from various community groups, the church, SSB, village shops etc. to act as a single point of contact, to co-ordinate volunteers and offers of help and to signpost to resources in the current crisis.
To see details of Dartmoor National Park "Be A Home Hero" publication use the link: www.dartmoor.gov.uk and follow the link to "Be A Home Hero"
To See Details of Devon County Council's Guidance on the Reopening of Recycling Centres - Download Here
The Following Contact Details May Also Be Of Use:
Covid 19 related Helpline for South Hams 01803 861297
Local Action Support Fund https://southhams.gov.uk/LASFund
Post Office support for getting access to cash https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-52229698
Info on grants and funding for individuals, groups and businesses. https://www.devon.gov.uk/document/grant-and-funding-support/
The Silver Line - FREE confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people, open 24 hours a day, every day 0800 470 8090 - https://www.thesilverline.org.uk
The Mix. Online support Webchat for 10-18 year olds, online counselling for up to 28. Group chat, general chat, helpline, email and text support and webchat 0808 808 4994 or www.themix.org.uk
Victim Care Unit on 01392 475900 https://www.victimcaredevonandcornwall.org.uk/Help-and-Support/ This link is more local support and covers a wide range of topics which is useful.
National Domestic Abuse free phone helpline 24 hours is 0808 2000 247 - the web link https://www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk/