West Devon is a local government district with borough status in Devon, England. Its council is based in Tavistock, the borough's largest town. The borough also includes the towns of Hatherleigh, North Tawton and Okehampton, along with numerous villages and surrounding rural areas.
Borough of West Devon
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Region||South West England|
|Formed||1 April 1974|
|• Type||Non-metropolitan district council|
|• Body||West Devon Borough Council|
|• MPs||Geoffrey Cox|
|• Total||448.3 sq mi (1,161.1 km2)|
|• Rank||21st (of 296)|
|• Rank||292nd (of 296)|
|• Density||130/sq mi (50/km2)|
|• Ethnicity||99.1% White|
|Time zone||UTC0 (GMT)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+1 (BST)|
|ONS code||18UL (ONS)|
|OS grid reference|
The new district was named West Devon, reflecting its location within the wider county.
On 27 April 1982 the district was awarded borough status, allowing the chair of the council to take the title of mayor.
West Devon Borough Council
|Founded||1 April 1974|
since 30 May 2023
since 30 May 2023
since June 2020
|First past the post|
|4 May 2023|
|6 May 2027|
|Kilworthy Park, Drake Road, Tavistock, PL19 0BZ|
West Devon Borough Council provides district-level services. County-level services are provided by Devon County Council. The whole borough is also covered by civil parishes, which form a third tier of local government.
In the parts of the borough within the Dartmoor National Park, town planning is the responsibility of the Dartmoor National Park Authority. The borough council appoints two of its councillors to serve on the 19-person National Park Authority.
Political control edit
The first election to the council was held in 1973, initially operating as a shadow authority alongside the outgoing authorities until the new arrangements came into effect on 1 April 1974. Political control of the council since 1974 has been as follows:
|Party in control||Years|
|No overall control||1987–1991|
|No overall control||1999–2015|
|No overall control||2020–2021|
|No overall control||2023–present|
|James McInnes||Conservative||pre-2011||15 May 2012|
|Philip Sanders||Conservative||15 May 2012||5 May 2019|
|Neil Jory||Conservative||21 May 2019||30 May 2023|
|Mandy Ewing||Independent||30 May 2023|
The independent councillors, Greens, Liberal Democrats and Labour sit together as the "West Devon Alliance" group, which forms the council's administration. The next election is due in 2027.
Since the last boundary changes in 2015, the council has comprised 31 councillors representing 18 wards, with each ward electing one, two or three councillors. Elections are held every four years.
Towns and parishes edit
The whole borough is divided into civil parishes. The parishes councils for Hatherleigh, North Tawton, Okehampton and Tavistock take the style "town council". The small parish of Kelly has a parish meeting rather than a parish council.
Town Twinning edit
West Devon has been twinned with Wesseling, Germany since 1983.
See also edit
- "The English Non-metropolitan Districts (Definition) Order 1972", legislation.gov.uk, The National Archives, SI 1972/2039, retrieved 30 July 2023
- "The English Non-metropolitan Districts (Names) Order 1973", legislation.gov.uk, The National Archives, SI 1973/551, retrieved 31 May 2023
- Alteration of areas and status of local authorities 1980–1982 (PDF). London: Department of the Environment. 1982. Retrieved 3 August 2023.
- Clark, Daniel (23 April 2020). "South Hams and West Devon councils confirm new Chief Executive appointment". Devon Live. Retrieved 31 July 2023.
- "Local Government Act 1972", legislation.gov.uk, The National Archives, 1972 c. 70, retrieved 31 May 2023
- "Election Maps". Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 25 July 2023.
- "Who are the members?". Dartmoor National Park Authority. Retrieved 31 July 2023.
- "West Devon". BBC News Online. Retrieved 9 September 2009.
- "Compositions calculator". The Elections Centre. Retrieved 31 July 2023.
- Churm, Philip (12 December 2021). "West Devon's newest councillor". Plymouth Live. Retrieved 29 July 2022.
- "Council minutes". West Devon Borough Council. Retrieved 29 July 2022.
- "Local elections 2023: live council results for England". The Guardian.
- "Independent councillor wins by drawing lots after by-election is dead heat!". Tavistock Times Gazette. 23 June 2023. Retrieved 3 August 2023.
- "Council minutes, 27 June 2023". West Devon Borough Council. Retrieved 3 August 2023.
- "The West Devon (Electoral Changes) Order 2015", legislation.gov.uk, The National Archives, SI 2015/1, retrieved 3 August 2023
- "EU Referendum Results 2016". West Devon Borough Council. Retrieved 10 July 2018.
- "How to find our offices". West Devon Borough Council. Retrieved 3 August 2023.
- "Town and Parish Clerks contact details". West Devon Borough Council. Retrieved 3 August 2023.