Fewer councillors and new names for wards at South Hams

A Devon council will make its decisions with nine fewer elected members and have some of its wards renamed, it has been announced.The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has published its final recommendations for new electoral arrangements for South Hams District Council.

Council wards in bid for Assisted Area status to help create jobs

THREE council wards in Torbay could benefit from a Government helping hand towards creating new jobs.Blatchcombe, Shiphay with The Willows and Tormohun are being considered for Assisted Area status from next spring. The Government is in the final rounds of consultation on the status nationwide. 

Number 10 pledges water bills action next week

The Government has promised a fresh announcement next week on cutting water bills amid mounting anger among Westcountry families.Number 10 insisted David Cameron "wants to see household costs coming down" and targeting the water industry will be the next stage. 

Coastguard Services

COASTGUARD service reforms were discussed by MPs in the House of Commons.Brixham Coastguard Station is earmarked for closure in November next year and the MP for the town, Sarah Wollaston, spoke at the debate in Westminster Hall. 

Cllr John Hart elected to represent SW councils

Devon County Council leader John Hart will lead the council of local authorities across the South West.The Conservative chief was elected unanimously at the South West Councils annual general meeting (AGM) this week at County Hall.