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Great Torrington Town Council

Parking Services

Torridge District Council operate a number of Pay & Display car parks across the District and also act as agent to Devon County Council for the enforcement of on street parking regulations.

Off street car park charges (Pay & Display) apply each day of the week between 8am and 6pm except Christmas Day and New Years Day.

For our regular users, weekly tickets are available from the Pay & Display machines. Alternatively, Season, Business and Residents permits are also available from the Parking Office.

For our visitors, a Tourist Permit is now available from Council Offices.

  

 Barley Grove Car Park                                                   Sydney House Car Park

 

 

Motor Home Overnight Parking

As from 15th March 2013, Motor Home overnight parking has been introduced in Sydney House Car Park, Torrington, EX38 8AA

The charge is £5 per night (any period between 6pm and 10am) and tickets can be purchased from the Pay & Display machines situated in the car park.
Please note that motor homes should be parked with a distance of 6 meters between vehicles.
For more information on overnight parking for Motor Homes in other areas of the UK go to Motorhome Stopovers in the UK and Ireland

 

The Parking Services pages provide information on a diverse range of topics. To find the topic most relevant to you please visit Torridge District Councils Parking Services pages HERE.

Licensing

Torridge District Council is required by law to regulate a wide range of activities. The primary purpose of the licensing function is to protect the public and to promote high standards of operation in licensed premises.

Licensing Team

The Licensing Team grants licences for alcohol, entertainment and late night refreshment, taxis, animal welfare establishments, motor salvors and scrap metal dealers, boat and boatmen, society lotteries, street and house to house collections and various types of betting and gaming.  

For further information on a specific licence, permit or registration, please visit Torridge District Councils Housing pages HERE.

Housing

Information and advice on housing services provided by Torridge District Council and by Housing Associations in the Torridge area.

Please visit Torridge District Councils Housing pages HERE.

Torridge District Council’s main responsibilities are:

Housing Advice and Options Service (for those needing advice about their current circumstances and any difficulties with housing).

Housing Renewal (information for private sector tenants, owners and landlords about services including grants, loans, empty homes, houses in multiple occupation and energy efficiency).

Disabled Facilities Grants

Housing Strategy

Being an active participant in the Devon Supporting People partnership which funds Supported (for example sheltered) Housing.

Westward Housing Group

Westward Housing Group is a major housing association in the south west.

It encompasses Tarka Housing, Westcountry Housing, Help to Buy South West and Horizon Homes.

As a developing landlord, we build new homes across the region, working in partnership with local authorities to rent homes to those in need.

 

Contact Details;

  • Tarka House, Clovelly Road Industrial Estate, Bideford EX39 3HN
  • General Enquiries: 01237 428080  Emergency Repair line: 0300 100 1010
  • Website: www.westwardhousing.org.uk

 

If you wish to be considered for Social Housing in the Torridge Area, either with Westward Housing or one of the other Social Landlords working in the district, please go to the “Need To Move?” section on the Torridge Council Website

Highways and Streets

Information on the naming and numbering of streets and the maintenance of roads, footpaths, hedges, verges, street lights can be found on the Torridge District Council website

Please visit Torridge District Councils “Street Name and Numbering” page HERE.

Please visit Torridge District Councils “Trees and Hedges” page HERE.

Please visit Torridge District Councils “Report it” page HERE for issues concerning dog fouling, littering, fly-tipping, graffiti, faulty street lighting and nuisance vehicles.

Feedback

Your feedback about services, whether good or bad, gives us the opportunity to improve what we do and the way we do it. This of course, applies to the services that the district and the county councils offer to you , as residents of Great Torrington Town.

We want to know if you are unhappy with some aspect of council services but we also want to hear from you if we have done something well or if you have a suggestion for how we could do something better.

You can give us your feedback by choosing one of the contact options below:

  • Visit us or telephone the Town Council Office on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday morning between 9am and 1pm
  • Talk to one of your local Town Councillors
  • Send an email: admin@great-torringtontowncouncil.gov.uk
  • Write to us via the details provided in the Contact Us Link

Environmental Protection

Torridge District Council’s Environmental Protection team works to protect the local environment and to control pollution. We also provide pest control advice and animal welfare services.

Our Mission is our commitment to improve the service we provide.

The Torridge Strategic Plan sets a vision of Torridge a great place to live, work and visit.  This statement cuts across everything we do within Environmental Protection, so how will we contribute to the vision?

By continuing to;

  • Seek opportunities to work with businesses, neighbouring authorities, voluntary organisations and external agencies to protect the public and our local environment 
  • Reducing the regulatory burden on business by targeting enforcement interventions proportional to risk and reducing interventions where there is diligent compliance with statutory obligations
  • Respond to complaints about commercial premises where we have enforcement responsibilities
  • Deal with nuisance from noise, smoke, dust, odours etc
  • Enforce against dog fouling
  • Provide pest control advice
  • Look after animal welfare in the District
  • Issue licenses and approvals
  • Control contaminated land
  • Monitor and control local air pollution

We are committed to the evolution and improvement of the Service. We are constantly exploring new ways of working by looking at the innovations and lessons learned by Beacon Services in excellent performing authorities.

Please visit Torridge District Councils Environmental Protection pages HERE.

Emergency Planning

Emergency Planning is part of the Environmental Health and Public Protection team at Torridge District Council, and is responsible for preparing and maintaining emergency plans, and assisting the Emergency Services to deal with major emergencies.

When responding to a major emergency Torridge District Council’s role is to support the Emergency Services,  co-ordinate the Council’s response, ensure local services continue to be provided, and help or lead in returning the Community to a state of normality.

Torridge District Council works closely with the Emergency Services (Police, Fire and Rescue Service and Ambulance), Devon County Council and other organisations as appropriate.

Please visit Torridge District Councils Emergency Planning pages HERE.

 

Economic Regeneration

Priorities for economic development in Great Torrington

The Great Torrington Futures Group has now re-convened with an enlarged membership of 4 Councillors and 5 lay members.  

Based on several local consultations over recent years, we have constructed a questionnaire about options for economic and related development.   Your Town Councillors were each asked to indicate 10 priorities out of a list of 45 proposals.   

A complete summary of their choices is available from the Council Offices at Castle Hill.   The top five priorities, with at least half of the twelve Councillors selecting them, were:

• Encourage more of the thousands of visitors to Dartington Crystal and RHS Rosemoor to visit the town (11).

• Investigate how to attract small and medium-sized businesses, including those working in technology, arts/media, niche industries and internet marketing (9).

• Work with District and County Councils to determine options for business development and inward investment (7)

• Market the town and the locality online (7).

• Improve the image of New Street as it is one of the stronger impressions that visitors receive about Torrington (6).

38 out of the 45 items were selected as a priority by at least one Councillor, which perhaps reflects the diversity of local opinion about how people would like to see the town develop. 

You may have noticed the new town information boards which we have sited at Sydney House Car Park; Barley Grove Car Park; Tarka Valley Railway; Old Bowling Green; Dartington Crystal and RHS Rosemoor.   Members of the Futures Group will lead on short-term projects which can be realised fairly easily and cheaply; but will also address the challenges of longer-term, more complex projects.  Whether it is seats and bike racks which make the town more user-friendly, or commercial investment which improves the local economy, we shall aim for changes which have a lasting impact.   

Great Torrington Futures Group:  Di Davey, Chenie Miller, Keeley Allin, Peter Bevan, Chris Bright, Cheryl Cottle-Hunkin, Ian Ashelford, Phil Topham, John Eeles.

If you would like to help with our work, or comment on our activities, please contact us:

By email to: philtop@hotmail.co.uk.     

By writing to: GTF, c/o Great Torrington Town Council, Castle Hill, South Street, Great Torrington, EX38 8AA

By hand delivery to: Great Torrington Town Council mailbox at Castle Hill

Via the Great Torrington Facebook page at: 

https://www.facebook.com/GreatTorringtonTownCouncil/?fref=ts


The role of the Economic Regeneration Team at Torridge is to help develop the local economy and provide strategic input to local and regional economic policy making. The Council is committed to attracting new jobs to the area through it’s inward investment programme and works in partnership with other agencies.

The Economic Regeneration Team works throughout the region to promote the interests of Torridge District, its businesses and communities.

More information can be found on the main Torridge Council Website HERE

Further useful information can be found on the Devon Delivers Website HERE