Parish Council

The Parish Council is a civil local authority, the first tier of local government. It should not be confused with the Parish Church Council, which is responsible for Church of England matters.

The parish council is responsible for representing the interests of the parish and its residents, in particular in dealings with South Hams District Council and Devon County Council, which are the second and third tiers of local government.

The council works to improve local well-being and services.

There are nine councillors, and their work is supported by a salaried Parish Clerk.
Parish Council Councillors

The council meets on the first Wednesday of every month in the Ron Harris Room at the Village Hall, and meetings are open to the public. Members of the public have a right to speak at council meetings on matters that concern them.

Parish Council agendas minutes and agendas are placed on the website and agendas are placed on notice boards (but not minutes. Add that abbreviated minutes are published in the Stoke Fleming Magazine. (Link to agendas and minutes).



Stoke Fleming Parish Council seeks a Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer. This post is part-time involving 35 hours each month on average, working from home and attending meetings.

The person appointed will be accountable to the Council for the effective management of all its resources and will report to Councillors as and when required. The Clerk is also the Responsible Financial Officer, responsible for all financial records of the Council and the careful administration of its finances.

Local government experience is not essential. Training will be available but the successful candidate will be an organised, independent and adaptable person with good communication and IT skills who is able to work on their own initiative to provide efficient administration of council business.

Salary will be in accordance with national recommended rates starting at SCP 6 in Scale LC1, £10.24 per hour from 1st April 2021.


Closing date:   30th June 2021


For further information and/or application form, please contact:

Cllr Struan Coupar, Chairman, SFPC – [email protected]

Tel:  01803 770095

or     Parish Clerk – [email protected]  Tel: 01548 580496

Parish Clerk

[email protected]

The Houses of Parliament in London

Member of Parliament

Stoke Fleming lies within Totnes parliamentary constituency. The present MP is Mr Anthony Mangall.



South Hams Council

The district council represents one part of the administrative county of Devon. It stretches from the outskirts of Plymouth in the west to Torquay in the east, and extends into the southern parts of Dartmoor.

The district council is responsible for planning and building control, environmental health, refuse collection, leisure and recreation and tourism.

It consults the parish council on matters affecting the parish.

The District Councillor for the Stoke Fleming area is Helen Reeve. Tel: 01548 821306

email – [email protected]


Devon County Council

The county council is responsible for running primary local services, including education, social services, libraries, roads, public transport, policing and fire services, trading standards, waste disposal and strategic planning.

The County Councillor for the Stoke Fleming area is Julian Brazil. Tel: 01548 511109

email – [email protected]

The District Councillor and County Councillor normally attend parish council meetings to report on and discuss matters of local interest.