Torridge District

Coordinates: 50°53′35″N 4°15′54″W / 50.893°N 4.265°W / 50.893; -4.265
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50°53′35″N 4°15′54″W / 50.893°N 4.265°W / 50.893; -4.265
Torridge District
Torridge shown within Devon
Torridge shown within Devon
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionSouth West England
Non-metropolitan countyDevon
StatusNon-metropolitan district
Admin HQBideford
Incorporated1 April 1974
 • TypeNon-metropolitan district council
 • BodyTorridge District Council
 • LeadershipAlternative – Sec.31 (Conservative)
 • MPsGeoffrey Cox
 • Total380.4 sq mi (985.3 km2)
 • Rank29th (of 309)
 • Total68,114
 • Rank293rd (of 309)
 • Density180/sq mi (69/km2)
 • Ethnicity
99.0% White
Time zoneUTC0 (GMT)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (BST)
ONS code18UK (ONS)
E07000046 (GSS)
OS grid referenceSS4072412895

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 is named after the River Torridge.


Ward boundary map for Torridge

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.[1]

Torridge District Council is elected every four years, with currently 36 councillors being elected at each election. In 2007, Torridge registered the high number of opposed candidates in the country, with seven. Independents have had a strong presence on the council for much of its history, with no political party having won a majority until 2015.[2] In 2015 the Conservative party won a small majority of 2 with 19 of the seats on the council,[3] however the council returned to no overall control in 2019 after a large number of independents were elected.

The political composition of the borough since the 2023 local elections is as follows:

Political composition of Torridge District Council as of May 2023

The table below provides a brief summary of the election results since the ward boundary changes for the 2003 local elections.

Date Community Alliance Net +/- Conservative Net +/- Green Net +/- Independent Net +/- Labour Net +/- Liberal Democrats Net +/- UKIP Net +/-
2003[4] 9 Increase9 1 Increase1 1 Increase1 17 0 Decrease2 7 1 Increase1
2007[5] 13 Increase7 2 Increase1 13 Decrease9 0 Steady 8 Increase1 0 Steady
2011[6] 18 Increase2 1 Decrease1 10 Decrease4 1 Increase1 6 Increase2 0 Steady
2015[7] 19 Increase1 2 Increase1 6 Decrease4 1 Steady 1 Decrease5 7 Increase7
2019[8] 11 Decrease8 2 Steady 18 Increase12 3 Increase2 2 Increase1 0 Decrease7
2023[9] 6 Decrease5 4 Increase2 16 Decrease2 2 Decrease1 8 Increase6 0 Steady


Services provided by Torridge District Council to the local community include the administration of council tax and local benefits, transportation services, road maintenance, the provision of car parking services, the collection of refuse and the recycling of waste, planning and building control, housing services, the provision of sport and leisure facilities, libraries, schools and colleges, social care and health, environmental services, business-related services and contingency planning.[10]

TorridgeCVS is a charitable organisation providing vulnerable people across the Torridge district with day-to-day living assistance. It provides advice, befriending schemes, support for carers, help to older people and help with charitable fund-raising, liaising with voluntary and community groups where necessary. It offers placements for individuals who want to get more involved in their local communities and relies on local volunteers, with over 2000 volunteers registered. It has been in operation since 1988 and is a member of NAVCA, the National Association for Voluntary and Community Action, being largely funded by Devon County Council and Torridge District Council.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The English Non-metropolitan Districts (Definition) Order 1972  – via Wikisource.
  2. ^ "England council elections". BBC News Online. 10 May 2011. Retrieved 14 August 2016.
  3. ^ "Torridge District Elections 2015". Torridge District Council. Retrieved 14 August 2016.
  4. ^ "Full District Council Election Results, 2003". Torridge District Council. Retrieved 13 February 2017.
  5. ^ "Full District Council Election Results, 2007". Torridge District Council. Retrieved 13 February 2017.
  6. ^ "Full District Council Election Results, 2011". Torridge District Council. Retrieved 13 February 2017.
  7. ^ "Torridge District Elections 2015". Torridge District Council. Retrieved 14 August 2016.
  8. ^ "2019 Local Election Results". Torridge District Council. Retrieved 20 August 2022.
  9. ^ "2023 Local Election Results". Torridge District Council. Retrieved 14 May 2023.
  10. ^ "Torridge District Council". Torridge District Council. Retrieved 14 August 2016.
  11. ^ "Torridge CVS". Torridge CVS. Retrieved 14 August 2016.