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Co-Option of Town Councillor

Following the resignation of Cllr Miller, we currently have a vacancy for 1 Co-Opted Councillor to join the other Council Members of Great Torrington Town Council.

This role will give you an opportunity to get involved with a number of exciting projects and interests within the community of Great Torrington.  If you are passionate about the town, prepared to roll your sleeves up and get involved, have at least one of the qualifications below we would invite you to submit a written application outlining why you are interested in becoming a Town Councillor and what you believe you can bring to the role for consideration.    

  1. I am registered as a local government elector for the parish; or
  2. I have, during the whole of the twelve months preceding the date of my co-option, occupied as owner or tenant, land or other premises in the parish; or
  3. My principal or only place of work during those twelve months has been in the parish; or
  4. I have during the whole of the twelve months preceding the date of my co-option resided in the parish or within 3 miles of it.

Applications should be no more than one side of A4 paper.

Please forward applications to Great Torrington Town Council, Castle Hill, Great Torrington, EX38 8AA or by email to  to be received no later than Thursday 5th November 2020

Karen Chapman, Town Clerk

Autumn Grass Cutting

Please see below the latest signs to be placed around the town in areas of relevance:-


Grass Cutting

This area is being cultivated to encourage the environmental and ecological aspects of the area.

During the summer we let the grass and any wild plants grow. As we approach autumn, we have cut the vegetation back, raked the area and have sown ‘yellow rattle’ seed ready for next year.

We hope this will encourage more flowers in 2021 as well as increase the positive impact for birds, bees and insects.

This is an ongoing project which we hope will bring long-term environmental and ecological benefits.

Statement from Post Office Services

The Town Council has received the following statement from Post Office Services:-

A Post Office spokesperson said: “Great Torrington Post Office will close at its current location in March 2021. Operator Gillett’s SPAR has made the difficult decision to close their store where the branch is based. The resignation has very recently been submitted and the vacancy will soon be advertised on as we know how important a Post Office is to a community. The current operator has advised that they will work proactively with any interested parties who may want to take on the Post Office service”.

The Council is also aware that the local Area Manager visited Great Torrington on Tuesday 29th September to walk the patch and speak to any suitable retailers about the Post Office opportunity. He will be following up those conversations over the coming weeks.

We will keep the community informed as and when we have further information.

Contacting the Police

This summer, we are expecting more people to visit Devon and Cornwall and this may increase demand on the police’s contact centres. So if you have need to contact the police why not ClickB4UCall.

Devon & Cornwall Police offer a range of online services which can be used to report any non-emergency crimes and incidents including Report Crime Online, WebChat and Email 101.
If you have a question and not sure who can help then AskNED – the non-emergency directory.

Contacting you Local Policing Team

If you have a non-urgent matter that you wish to bring to the attention of your Local Policing Team, the easiest way of contacting them is as follows :

Go to this Devon and Cornwall Police web-page here –

On that page go to the Find your Local Policing Team box.

Fill in either the relevant location or post-code, or use the drop down menu to select the appropriate Neighbourhood.

Click the Search button.

Details of the Local Policing Team will then be displayed, along with a box allowing anyone to send a message to that team.  

Greenbank, Jubilee Close and Trafalgar Play Areas and Calf Street Skate Park:

02 July 2020: Great Torrington Town Council manages three play areas in the town: Trafalgar Play Area, Greenbank Play Area and Jubilee Close Play Area and the Skate Park on Calf Street.  The Prime Minister announced on 23 June that playgrounds will be able to reopen from 04 July, providing the owners/operators consider it safe to do so

Using Government guidance issued last week, the Council is currently conducting a COVID-19 Risk Assessment of the play areas and skate park to determine what measures will need to be implemented in order to minimise the risk of potential COVID-19 transmission once they reopen.  These areas will therefore remain CLOSED until the Council is confident it can facilitate their safe usage.  We kindly remind parents/guardians/carers and children not to use the play areas or skate park whilst they remain closed to ensure we all stay as safe as we can.

We thank you for your cooperation during this challenging time.  Please keep an eye out on our website and Facebook page for further updates.