HPC – Polling Officers Needed for Local Elections

Planning for the next elections, which are scheduled to take place on 6 May 2021, is underway. Local people are invited to sign up now to fill a number of essential paid roles at polling centres across the District.

Polling stations are located in towns and parishes across the South Hams and need to be staffed by a team of Polling Clerks and Presiding Officers. To sign up as a Poll Clerk you don’t need any previous experience as full training is provided.  The role of Presiding Officer requires previous experience of polling duties and training will also be provided.  The cost of training is fully covered and participants in the training are paid to attend.  There are also Counting Assistant roles on 6 May in the evening and on 7 and 10 May in the daytime, where no experience is necessary.

At the moment, the plan is for these vital elections to go ahead whilst following strict COVID-safe guidelines. Anyone working in the polling stations or at the counting stations can be reassured that their safety, and the safety of the public, will be a priority.

If you’re interested in joining the team, please head to www.southhams.gov.uk/elections-recruitment Here you’ll find more information on the roles being recruited and you can sign up to register your interest.

SHDC – Grants for Businesses which were Ordered to Close

Businesses in the South Hams and West Devon which were ordered to close when the national restrictions began on 5 November 2020, can now apply for a grant of either £1,334, £2,000, or £3,000 depending on the rateable value of the business.

From today (Monday 16 November) businesses can apply for the grant through the councils' websites – www.southhams.gov.uk

Applications will be processed on a first come first served basis and the first payments will reach bank accounts from Wednesday 25 November.

At the beginning of the current national restrictions, central government announced that there would be further support for businesses who could not trade.  This grant is called the Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) and is aimed at those businesses which were told that they must close because of the threat posed by COVID-19.

Businesses  from the hospitality industry, including pubs, restaurants, and holiday accommodation are included in the list of those eligible for the grant. Those which provide personal care, such as hairdressers, beauty salons, and many businesses in the leisure industry such as gyms, swimming pools, and soft play centres are also on the list.

If a business (included in the list) is substantially closed but still able to offer some click and collect or take-away service, it is  still eligible for this business support grant.A full list of all the businesses that were instructed to close, and those on the exemption list can be found on the Government's business advice pages: www.gov.uk/government/publications/further-businesses-and-premises-to-close/closing-certain-businesses-and-venues-in-england

Once approved the grant will provide those eligible businesses with a rolling 28-day grant, lasting as long as the national restrictions apply.

Cllr Judy Pearce, Leader of South Hams District Council said: “In a matter of days we have made all necessary arrangements for you to be able to apply for this grant. All businesses in the South Hams are really important to us and we know how hard this pandemic has affected you. Our aim now is to get this money to you as quickly as possible.”

The amount of Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) awarded to you will depend on the rateable value of your business premises:
To be eligible for this current Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG), there are four conditions with which your business must comply:

  1. Occupy and be liable for business rates on a property that appears in the Local Rating List on 4 November 2020
  2. Have been trading on 4 November 2020
  3. Have been open as usual on 4 November 2020 and providing in-person services to customers from their premises; and
  4. Mandated to close from 5 November 2020 to visiting members of the public for a consecutive period of no less than 28 days as a result of regulations made under the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1994.

You must also have the following information to hand before you start your application process. We do not want your payment to be delayed so please make sure you send in the correct information:

  • Recent bank account statement showing account number and address
  • Your company number

In addition, the councils are encouraging all businesses to keep following them on social media and to sign up for their business email alerts.

Cllr Judy Pearce added: “These grants are being administered differently from the grants we administered earlier in the year. We will not be writing to you telling you to apply, simply go to our website and begin your application.

“We would also strongly recommend that you sign up for our Business E-Bulletin.  That will ensure that you get information about further grants and business support when we publish it.”

Apply for the grant on the councils’ Business Support Pages


Find out which businesses should be closed under current national restrictions



Government re food & medication deliveries

If you feel that you should be classed as vulnerable but have not yet heard anything from the

Government re food/medication deliveries. Please use these telephone numbers.


Local Authority Area Advice if unable to register on-line

Please contact the City Council’s Caring for Plymouth Service on

01752 668000 


Exeter, North, East,

South Hams & West Devon


Please contact Devon County Council on

0345 155 1011


Community banking for the South West

Councils agree to support the creation of a local bank to support the local economy

Both South Hams District and West Devon Borough Councillors have pledged their support for the creation of a local financial institution, a local bank for local people.

The new venture, which is yet to be named, would be the first ever high street bank dedicated to Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Dorset (Subject to regulatory approvals).

The bank, known for now as South West Mutual, would be owned by its members and would pursue only what is in the customers’ best interests. Unlike national financial institutions, the Mutual would not engage in financial speculation, or pay huge bonuses to staff for selling financial products.

Cllr John Tucker, Leader of South Hams  District Council, explains why the Council is supporting this initiative: “I am really interested by this proposal and the benefits it could offer our communities.  We all know that the local branches are being lost at an astonishing rate, making it more difficult for older and more vulnerable people and trading businesses to access their finance or seek support.  The South Hams has lost 13 bank branches since 2015, leaving major towns such as Dartmouth without any banks at all. We understand that banks have to move with the times and more business is done online, but who will support our high streets and market towns in the future?”

“We also know that our SME businesses can find it difficult to get funding.  This proposal would see a new kind of banking institution, one that is not tied to the costly overheads of the National banks, who can use the latest technology because it is starting from scratch.  We welcome the commitment of South West Mutual to be a permanent presence in the region and to serve our residents and businesses by building a branch network.”

Cllr Philip Sanders, Leader of West Devon Borough Council said: “Councils do not want to get into the business of banking but it is our business to support a thriving economy in West Devon.

We recognise that South West Mutual’s mission to serve our residents and smaller businesses and its commitment to financial inclusion are closely aligned with West Devon Borough Council’s own objectives and strategy and so we are delighted to be able to support them in the early stages of their application for a banking licence.”

Both Councils agree that this is one way that they can use some of the money generated from the Business Rates pilot to support the local economy without using money that has come from Council Tax Payers.

Each council will invest £50,000 to help support the formation of the new entity.  The proposal is not without risk, but without the funding, the proposed benefits to the local economy may never be realised.

South Hams and West Devon are the two first local authorities in the area to pledge their support, leading the way for others who have also expressed an interest in this venture.  More information can be found at: https://southwestmutual.co.uk/

Welcome to Holbeton Parish Council Website.

On the site you will find information on about your councillors and their roles and responsibilities on the council. You will also find minutes from previous council meetings and information on the time, location and agenda for the next meeting.