Torridge is a
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in north
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, England. Its council is based in
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. Other towns and villages in the district include
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, Hartland, and
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Westward Ho!
. The island of
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is administratively part of the district. To the south of the district bordering
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, near
Welcombe Welcombe is a village and civil parish on the coast of north Devon, England, just north of the border with Cornwall. It is part of the district of Torridge District, Torridge. The population taken at the United Kingdom Census 2011, 2011 census was ...
, 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
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The district was formed on 1 April 1974, under the
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, by the merger of the boroughs of Bideford and Great Torrington, the Northam urban district,
Bideford Rural District Bideford ( ) is a historic port town on the estuary of the River Torridge in north Devon Devon (, also known as Devonshire) is a Counties of England, county of England, reaching from the Bristol Channel in the north to the English Channel i ...
, Holsworthy Rural District and Torrington Rural District. 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. Independent (politician), Independents have had a strong presence on the council for much of its history, with no political party having won a majority until 2015. In 2015 the Conservative Party (UK), Conservative party won a small majority of 2 with 19 of the seats on the council, however the council returned to no overall control in 2019 after a large number of independents were elected. The political composition of the borough has been as follows:


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. 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.

See also

*North Devon Coast - AONB * Grade I listed buildings in Torridge * Grade II* listed buildings in Torridge


{{Devon Torridge District, Non-metropolitan districts of Devon