Thursday, 23 January 2020 14:54

Which Council does What?

At the start of this new year we thought it might be helpful to give a reminder regarding which tier of Council is responsible for main services within the community of Great Torrington.  We hope you find the below information helpful.

Devon County Council is responsible for the following services;

Education and schools, Highways including potholes, tourism signs, gritting, social services, child protection, libraries, recycling centres, waste management, and trading standards. Your local County Councillor is Andrew Saywell.

Torridge District Council is responsible for the following services;

Rubbish collection and recycling, council tax administration and collection, housing, planning applications, car parks, electoral services, sport and leisure, housing benefit and council tax support, business rates administration and collection, environmental protection, economic development, street cleaning, fly tipping and licensing. Local District Councillors are Cllrs Chris Bright, Margret Brown, and Cheryl Cottle-Hunkin.  All of these District Councillors are also Town Councillors.

Great Torrington Town Council (GTTC)

GTTC is responsible for grass and hedge cutting, town maintenance, including benches, bus shelters, and the town clock. Acting as consultees for Planning matters, maintenance of GTTC owned parks (Trafalgar Drive, Greenbank and Jubilee Close), and facilitating and participating in working groups for the benefit of the community, (for example, “dementia friendly community working group), receiving applications and awarding grants to local organisations, lobbying where appropriate, managing allotments, providing Christmas lights and bunting, events organising, footpaths and verge maintenance under contract, providing Snow and Road Wardens and statutory issues in relation to administration and finance of a Town Council.

GTTC endeavours to work with the above authorities, voluntary groups and individuals where possible when the outcome is of benefit to the community of Great Torrington. Examples of these collaborations over the past 12 months include working with Devon County Council on a pilot project “doing what matters” and a project to improve signage. Working with Torridge District Council on a Future High Street Funding application and ongoing commitment to elements of this bid. Working with local volunteers from the community at Jubilee Wood, and the Chamber of Trade during the town centre road closure in the Autumn. The list goes on, but Members are keen to be involved in local matters which do actually, “make a difference” to the town in one way or another. 

The Mayor also represents the Town and attends a large number of events throughout the year and endeavours to keep good relations with our local neighbours as well as serve those within the community as and when possible.

A list of Town Councillors is held on the Town Council’s website along with contact details.  There is also a list in the Notice Board at GTTC offices, Castle Hill.


The Town Council has allocated its Commons Allotment Grant Funding (£4,750.00) as well as Precept Grant Funding (£23,550.00) for 2020/21. A full list can be viewed on the Town Council’s website.

For the first time this year, Members decided to keep a small pot of reserve grant funding to be made available during the period 01st April 2020 – 31st March 2021 for adhoc urgent requests for funding. 

At the January Town Council Meeting Members agreed a budget for 2020/21.  The precept arrangements reflect an increase of 3.54% on the Town Council element of your council tax bill in respect of 1st April 2020 – 31st March 2021.

This equates to an increase of £2.83 per annum for a Band A property and £3.31 per annum for a Band B property compared to last year. (Town Council element of increase only). Full details of increases for all Bands will be available on the Council’s website in due course.

Karen Chapman (Town Clerk)


Thursday, 23 January 2020 14:35

Message of Thanks

We hope you all had a happy Christmas!  You will have noticed that the town centre was adorned with new Christmas lights and centre piece for the festive celebrations of 2019!  These were partially funded by the Town Council, but we are also very grateful to the County and District Councillors, who allocated some funding from their respective grants provision. 

We would also like to thank the Cavaliers who took charge of checking the new lights as well as erecting them, along with the Christmas tree.  These tasks all take a huge amount of effort and the Town Council is sincerely grateful for the help of the Cavaliers in this matter.  We would join with the many other comments which affirmed how lovely the lights and the tree looked this year. 

Karen Chapman (Town Clerk)

Tuesday, 21 January 2020 21:38

Aviva Community Fund 2020

Through our partnership with Crowdfunder we wanted to let you know that the Aviva Community Fund 2020 is now open for applications.

They believe the charities that make the biggest impact are those that are given the opportunity to innovate and test new ideas without fear of risk. So the Aviva Community Fund supports small charities across the UK and this year they are looking for charities with new ideas who want to make a bigger impact.

Embracing innovation, this year Aviva have adopted an employee giving model where they will be asking their people to distribute the community fund. Every UK employee will be given £60 to support the crowdfunding projects that matter most to them across the year.

Applications are now open for the first round of the Aviva Community Fund in which £250,000 funding is available for small UK - based charities with an annual turnover under £1million with new and innovative ideas. 

Click here for more information

Wednesday, 15 January 2020 12:02

Torrington 100 - Small Grant Scheme

Torrington 100 is welcoming applications to its Small Grant Scheme that is open until 31st January 2020. A one off grant of up to £500 is available to an organisation working in Great Torrington with the aim of promoting health and wellbeing. The criteria is that the grant will impact the lives of those living with one of the following:-2 or more long term health conditions or carers or socially isolated.

For more information and application form please contact Bridget Cordory, Community Developer  Tel: 07939 154416



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