Slapton Parish Council

Important public notice: Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, all parish council meetings are suspended to ensure public safety. The parish council is now operating under devolved powers passed on Thursday 19th March by Council, in order to be able to continue to operate and provide help and support to the village in ensuring public safety.

  • For any parish related matters please contact the clerk by emailing
  • For personal help and support relating to the coronavirus, please contact the Community Support Group by emailing

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 who also holds the position of Responsible Financial Officer (RFO). Elections take place every 4 years, the most recent being 2019. Our funding derives from the 'parish precept', a small portion of the Council Tax collected by the District Council.

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 the front line of Government and works under specific legislative powers given to all parish councils to provide a range of public services. (These responsibilities can be found on-line on the LocalGov website) and the most relevant to our parish are;
  • The provision and upkeep of some of the village amenities, including the bus shelter, noticeboards and the footpath to the beach.
  • Watching 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.

You can also read more about this in the Good Councillor’s Guide available from the National Association of Local Councils website and the Council welcome parishioners attending Council meetings.

Julie Hinder, Chair, Slapton Parish Council

Your councillors are always happy to receive queries and comment. Local contact numbers are published in the village notice boards, or please use the Contact page to contact us by email.

Please note that the parish is consulted on planning matters, but decision making lies with the District Council. You can find details of planning applications through the SHDC web site here - South Hams District planning search

New Council 2019 - Councillor Declarations of Interest forms

Cllr Julie Hinder, Cllr Valerie Mercer, Cllr Ian Mitchelmore, Cllr David Murphy, Cllr Colin Staines, Cllr Shirley Sullock,
Cllr Keith Widger, Cllr Gavin Wollacott.

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