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Do Paignton and Torquay need their own councils?

Torbay Council's HQ, the Town Hall in Torquay

A consultation has started asking if Paignton and Torquay should follow Brixham's example and get their own town councils.

Any new town or parish council would not replace Torbay Council but would exist alongside it - just like Brixham Town Council does now. 

The new councils could decide what, if any, local services they want to provide and may take over responsibility for services previously delivered by Torbay Council. 

Suggestions include overseeing litter-bins, toilets, open spaces, lighting and community centres. 

The amount they will charge through an additional Council Tax payment precept will depend on the number of services they want to provide to their local community.

Supporters such as Lib Dem Leader Steve Darling want residents to consider the idea, saying it could bring benefits

Torbay Council’s Director of Corporate Services, Anne-Marie Bond, said: "We really want to hear your views on how you would like local services to be delivered in the future. 

"The on-going financial challenges that all local authorities are facing is well documented and we want to ensure that we have the right structure in place to enable as many services as possible that matter to our residents to continue."

Critics such as Conservative group leader David Thomas oppose the plans

A consultation runs until March 15.

For more details click here

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