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Devon resident prosecuted for noise disturbance

Mathew Clark of Westward Ho! pleaded guilty by email at Barnstaple Magistrates Court this week to breaching a Community Protection Notice served on him for noise by Torridge District Council. The Court imposed a fine of £330, full costs of £1305 and £33 victim surcharge, making a total of £1668. […]

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Torridge Council write to government about fairer funding

Torridge District Council’s Internal Overview and Scrutiny Committee have written to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government concerning fairer funding. The funding of public services has been cut year on year since 2010. In 2010/11 Torridge was allocated via the Central Government funding assessment £6.433m. In […]

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Torridge Bridge closing Weds eve

Work to repair Torridge Bridge, near Bideford, is continuing as planned. A Devon County Council refurbishment scheme is currently ongoing to replace a damaged expansion joint and cover plate. An overnight closure will be carried out, as scheduled, on Wednesday (7 March) from 7pm until 7am the following morning in […]

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Torridge Council Tax to rise by £5 – ish!

Faced with further budget reductions from central government the vast majority of Council’s across the UK are increasing their Council Tax bills. On 26th February, Full Council voted to increase Torridge’s share of the Council Tax by £5 for 2018/19; the equivalent of 10p per week but most Torridge residents will pay less […]

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Torridge Council consults on Dog Control Orders

Torridge District Council would like to consult the public on introducing a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) to help tackle irresponsible dog ownership in specific areas within its district. The Order will cover dog fouling, dogs off leads causing a nuisance to others, and dogs in vulnerable areas such as […]

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Grant helps Bideford rowing club

Torridge Councils Community Grant scheme found another worthy recipient when a cheque for £12,000 was handed over to the Bideford Amateur Rowing Club to help fund the purchase of a new Minibus. The grant application was supported by all three of Bideford North’s District Councillors: Peter Christie, Trevor Johns and […]

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Independent scrutiny reps needed from Torridge

Torridge District Council currently has two vacancies for Independent Representatives to serve on its Overview & Scrutiny Committees (Internal & External).   The role of the Overview & Scrutiny Committees is to discharge the functions conferred by Section 21 of the Local Government Act 2000 or regulations under Section 32 of the […]

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Tributes paid to Torridge councillor

Warm tributes have been paid to a serving Torridge District Councillor who sadly passed away on 14th February 2018. Sam Robinson was elected to Torridge on four occasions, as a Conservative Ward Member for Northam between 2006 and 2011 and as a UKIP Ward Member for Bideford East between 2014 […]

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Torridge air quality is good

Given I’ve developed asthma in my 50s while living down in the SW, it’s interesting that the Government department DEFRA has just approved Torridge Councils annual Air Quality report for the district which has judged the quality to be generally “very good”. The quality may be good though some of […]

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Torridge targets anti-social behaviour in Bideford

Torridge District Council in partnership with Devon and Cornwall Police are looking to build on powers in designated areas of Bideford, which target anti-social or aggressive and intimidating behaviour often fuelled by the consumption of alcohol. Bideford town centre already benefits from a Designated Public Places Order (DPPO) which enables […]

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Torridge Council warns of insulation scam

Torridge District Council is warning residents not to give their personal details over the phone as bogus callers target the area. Insulation companies have been contacting Devon residents about cavity wall insulation and are claiming to work for the Local Authority. Local residents are being advised that the cavity wall […]

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Torridge council website more accessible

Torridge Council has added new software to their website with the aim of making their web pages more accessible to more people. The “Recite Me” toolbar, which can be clicked on from the top of any of the Council’s web pages using the “Read and Hear Me” button, gives users […]

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Torridge free parking days in December to encourage trade

Torridge and Town Councils will once again be supporting local businesses and shoppers with free parking days in Council Car Parks in the run-up to Christmas. In addition to the many other dates announced, Torridge will once again be participating in the national “Small Business Day” event on Saturday 2nd December, […]

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Torridge’s beaches classified as Excellent

The bathing waters at the main beaches in Torridge, Westward Ho! and Hartland, have once again been classified as “Excellent” in the latest analysis released by the Government Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (Defra). This is the top classification on the scale, and represents the highest, cleanest class […]

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Kenwith local nature reserve access improved

With the help of a grant of nearly £8,000 from Torridge District Council’s Community Grant Scheme, Friends of Kenwith Valley have been hard at work this summer improving access at the Kenwith Local Nature Reserve in Bideford, a place I’ve never visited but am tempted to.   Carrying on from […]

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