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Public Conveniences

Torridge District Council manage and maintain public conveniences at many locations throughout the district.

Torridge District Council is working hard to improve the standard of public conveniences for which it is responsible. Improved lighting, reduced water consumption and higher standards of cleanliness are just three of the issues being addressed.

As part of an ongoing refurbishment programme, Torridge is introducing facilities for disabled users and baby change facilities wherever possible. Where fitted, ‘Wallgate’ hand wash/dry units will provide warm water and soap and hot air for hand drying. ‘No-touch’ flushing mechanisms will also provide a more hygienic and reliable method for flushing w.c’s.

Many of Torridge District Councils public conveniences include accessible toilets for people with disabilities. These accessible toilets are open 24 hours although the majority are fitted with ‘RADAR’ locks. The national ‘RADAR’ (Royal Association For Disability And Rehabilitation) scheme requires users to have a special Radar Key to gain access to accessible toilets. Keys can be obtained from The Burton Art Gallery in Bideford.


South Street Public Conveniences          The Commons Public Conveniences

Opening times for Torrington Public conveniences:-





Summer Winter Full Partial Radar
Pannier Market 8.00-20.00 8.00-18.00 Yes Yes
The Commons 8.00-21.00 8.00-19.00 Yes Yes Yes
South Street 8.00-21.00 8.00-19.00 Yes Yes Yes
Swimming Pool During pool opening hours Yes
Castle Hill During normal office hours Yes

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, more information about these can be found here.

For our visitors, a Tourist Permit is also available, please click here for more information.


Barley Grove Car Park                                                   Sydney House Car Park


Motor Home Overnight Parking

Motor Home overnight parking is available in Sydney House Car Park, Torrington, EX38 8AA. Further information regarding this can be found here.
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.


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 Licensing pages HERE.


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:

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.


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:
  • 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.