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Declaration of Results – MARY TAVY WARD

Notice of EU Parliament Election

Could you be a Parish Councillor?

Brentor Parish Council invites members of the public who are registered electors in the Parish to apply.

The Parish Council consists of 7 Councillors who all live locally and volunteer their time to support their community.  Council usually meets monthly.

You don’t need any special qualifications to be a local Councillor (although there is a qualifying criteria) but you do need to be able to commit a few hours every month for Council matters whether its attending Council meetings, reading Council papers on community matters, or catching up with local residents.

So, if you have a passion and enthusiasm for your community then why not find out more.  The Parish Council does offer a varied and very rewarding opportunity to be a voice of your community, and to see and have a real involvement in how your parish is managed and evolved.

For more information and an application form please contact the Clerk:  

Mrs Caroline Oxenham, 1 Abbotsfield Crescent, Tavistock, Devon, PL19 8EY

Tel: 01822 481415 or 07846 573678 (Monday to Friday, answerphone always available) or email

Parish Councillors can be contacted via the Parish Clerk.

Cllr Terry Pearce (Chair/ Southern Parishes Link Committee/DNPA Forum/Brentor Commons Association)
Cllr Lin Bristow (VH&PF Committee)
Cllr David Percival (Vice-Chair/ Snow Warden)
All Parish Cllrs are also members of the Planning Committee


The Good Councillors Guide

The Parish Council
The Parish Council is a small local authority. Its Councillors are elected for four years at a time. Vacancies occurring between elections are filled by bye-election (if requested) or co-option. Each year, the Councillors choose a Chair from amongst their number. There is also a Vice-Chair and a Clerk, who is the Proper Officer and the Responsible Finance Officer of the Council.

Parish Councils have a number of formal powers and can do things either by providing them itself, or by helping someone else (such as a charity or volunteers) financially to do so. Parish Councils have the power to improve the quality of community life by spending sums of money on things which, in its opinion, are in the interests of the parish or its inhabitants.

Councils are also the focal point for local consultation on matters such as the strategy documents of other public organisations, including the Borough and County Councils and the Dartmoor National Park Authority and on planning applications. The Parish Council can represent the village’s views to other authorities.

How much does it cost?
Parish Council funds are a tiny part of the council tax. The annual budget for Brentor Parish Council is currently £13900. The Council does not receive any general government grant. The accounts are strictly audited every year by an internal auditor and the Audit Commission.

Who controls the Parish Council?
You do! You elect its members every four years (provided that there are more nominations to be a councillor than there are places). Members of the public are also welcome to come to Council meetings and participate in the public session.

The current Parish Council
A current Parish Council was elected in July 2015.  There are currently three vacancies.  Your Councillors are all keen to support the Brentor community, so please get in touch with any of the Councillors or the Parish Clerk if there is something which you think the Parish Council should be addressing.


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