Slapton, Devon

Parish Council Website ...

Slapton Village
  • Slapton Ley
  • Slapton Village
  • Church
  • Slapton Village
  • Slapton Village
  • Slapton Coast Road

About Slapton Parish Council

Parish councils are the first tier of local government, helping to deliver a vast range of services at a community level.

Slapton Parish Council is one of around 10,000 community, parish and town councils across England and Wales, made up of nearly 100,000 councillors. These councils respond to the local needs of the community, delivering services or representation for parishioners.

We comprise 9 elected members supported by a Clerk. Elections take place every 4 years, the most recent being 2015. Our funding derives from the 'parish precept', a small portion of the Council Tax collected by the District Council. In 2016-17 this comprised £35.12 for a Band D property, a typical rate for the district.

We meet every month, except August, on the first Monday of the month.The May meeting is the Annual Parish Council Meeting when, every year, the Council is required to elect a chair and vice-chair for the coming 12 months.

There is also a Village meeting in March when the Council reports to the parish in an open meeting and various village societies and clubs also present reports.

Meetings start at 7.30pm and do not last longer than two hours. The agenda and meeting notices are posted on the noticeboards around the parish.

Meetings are held in Slapton Village Hall, unless announced otherwise. All meetings are open to the public: anyone is welcome to attend and raise questions during Open Forum at the beginning of the meeting.

What the Parish Council does:
  • The Parish Council is responsible for the provision and upkeep of some of the village amenities, including the bus shelter, noticeboards and the footpath to the beach.
  • The Council also watches over other footpaths, bridleways and rights of way, village trees, grit bins, the playground and various benches. We raise any issues directly with SHDC or DCC.
  • The Council has the right of representation on planning matters, and responds to all planning applications and structure plan proposals.
What can Parish Councils do?
Parish Councils have a range of things they can do, which is laid down in law, and a much shorter list of things they must do.
All of these responsibilities can be found on-line on the LocalGov website.
You can also read more about this in the Good Councillor’s Guide available from the National Association of Local Councils website.

Note that this is the first time we have had a web site and the content is still being developed. If you have queries about the site, or any other questions or comments, please use the contact form to get in touch with the Parish Clerk, Louise Soothill-Ward.

Slapton Parish Council | South Devon