Torridge District Council is carrying out a community governance review

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Torridge District Council is carrying out a Community Governance Review (CGR) governed by the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007. The Act gives power to authorities to consider whether existing parish arrangements should be changed in any way.

The Review has been implemented to consider changes across the whole of the District of Torridge. Community Governance reviews are designed to ensure that arrangements affecting towns and parishes reflect changes that have occurred within an area such as changes in population or in reaction to specific or local issues. It can lead to recommendations for the creation of new parishes, the establishment of parish councils or changes to parish boundaries and electoral arrangements. The aim is to provide more cohesive communities, better local democracy and result in more effective and convenient delivery of local services.

The first period of consultation concluded, with a total of 17 submissions received. Those submissions were considered by a Councillor Task & Finish Group, and draft proposed boundary changes were agreed at full Council on 27 March 2018. 

Members of the public will now be able to review these proposals during a second period of consultation which will last until Friday 29th June.

The proposals include changes to boundaries of the following parishes

  1. Abbotsham / Northam
  2. Bulkworthy / Abbots Bickington
  3. Littleham / Bideford South (Outer)

Further information and options to submit your views to the consultation can be found under the "consultation" tab on the Council's website via this link Governance Consultation or by email to elections@torridge.gov.uk.

Leader of the Council - Councillor Jane Whittaker said:

"The current proposals to change some  boundaries have been drafted as a result of our initial round of consultation with the public. A final decision has yet to be made, so the Council may change its recommendations  in light of the further information it receives. We therefore want to hear from as many people as possible, and especially those residents most directly affected by any changes  - it's a real opportunity to get involved in shaping the future structure and governance arrangements within your local area."