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Coordinates: 50°53′35″N 4°15′54″W / 50.893°N 4.265°W / 50.893; -4.265

Torridge District
Non-metropolitan district
Torridge shown within Devon
Torridge shown within Devon
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region South West England
Non-metropolitan county Devon
Status Non-metropolitan district
Admin HQ Bideford
Incorporated 1 April 1974
 • Type Non-metropolitan district council
 • Body Torridge District Council
 • Leadership Alternative - Sec.31 (Conservative)
 • MPs Geoffrey Cox
 • Total 380.4 sq mi (985.3 km2)
Area rank 26th (of 326)
Population (mid-2014 est.)
 • Total 65,618
 • Rank 306th (of 326)
 • Density 170/sq mi (67/km2)
 • Ethnicity 99.0% White
Time zone GMT (UTC0)
 • Summer (DST) BST (UTC+1)
ONS code 18UK (ONS)
E07000046 (GSS)
OS grid reference SS4072412895

Torridge is a local government district in North Devon, England. Its council is based in Bideford. Other towns and villages in the district include Holsworthy, Great Torrington, Hartland and Westward Ho!. The island of Lundy is administratively part of the District. To the south of the district bordering Cornwall, near Welcombe, the rugged coastline has a wild untouched beauty, due to its inaccessibility, but the South West Coast Path is well defined.

The district was formed on 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, by the merger of the boroughs of Bideford and Great Torrington, the Northam urban district, Bideford Rural District, Holsworthy Rural District and Torrington Rural District. It is named after the River Torridge.


Torridge District Council is elected every four years, with currently 36 councillors being elected at each election. Independents have had a strong presence on the council for much of its history, with no political party having won a majority until 2015. However at the 2015 election the Conservative party won a small majority of 2 with 19 of the seats on the council and as of the last election in 2015 the council is composed of the following councillors.

Party Councillors
  Conservative Party 19
  UKIP 7
  Independent 6
  Green Party 2
  Liberal Democrats 1
  Labour Party 1

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