Local Elections 2019,
The long night at the Riviera Centre saw 36 Councillors elected to Torbay Council, many for the first time.
The overall political balance of the Council is now:
Liberal Democrats 13
This means the Council is deemed to be in “No Overall Control” and over the coming few days the political groups will need to talk with each other to decide who should be elected as the Leader of the Council. The administration of the Council will in future rely on being able to secure the majority support of Councillors for its policies.
In our ward Nick Pentney and Mandy Darling retained their seats and will be joined by Cordelia Law giving the ward three Liberal Democrat Councillors.
Some well-known names retired this year and did not seek re-election including Adrian Sanders and now former Mayor Gordon Oliver, both having given decades of service to our bay. Julien Parrott, the bay’s sole UKIP Councillor also retired having served Ellacombe for 12 years, along with Neil Bent, Councillor for St Marychurch, Anna Tolchard (Preston), Tom Winfield (Cockington) and Dave Morris (Shiphay).
Those not re-elected included Alan Tyerman, Mark Kingscote, Jane Barnby, Derek Mills, Robert Excell, Cindy Stocks and Richard Haddock.
You can find all results of the local elections on the Council website by clicking here.
Big YES For Neighbourhood Plans!!!,
Whilst the election of 36 Councillors left a hung Council the Referendums held in each town on their proposed Neighbourhood Plan could not have been more emphatic.
Each plan was subject to a separate vote, with the votes in Paignton not counting towards the result in Torquay and vice-versa. Each town delivered a firm YES to the plans which will give additional protection to 168 Green Spaces and provide a range of policies which must be considered when determining planning applications.
The results were as follows:
Yes – 14,062
No – 2,103
Yes – 10,379
No – 1,430
Brixham and Peninsula:
These are superb results and a testament to the many residents and community partnerships members who worked over several years producing the plans.
Yes – 5,570
No – 693
Still time To Register For Euros,
The European Parliamentary Elections are scheduled to take place on Thursday 23rdMay 2019, unless the UK agrees to leave beforehand.
There is still time to Register for them and you can do so easily online by visiting the Electoral Commission Website. You can also apply for a Postal Vote if you are going to be away on the day.
You can find the relevant details on their dedicated website by clicking here.
The deadline for applying to vote by post in the European Parliamentary elections on 23 May is 5pm on Wednesday 8 May.