Independent candidates take up seats on Torridge District Council and Bideford Town Council.

TWO new councillors have been announced in Bideford after an election held yesterday.

Sam Robinson, who stood as an independent, has been elected as ward member for Bideford East on Torridge District Council.

He received 295 votes, almost twice as many as the second placed Conservative candidate Dermot McGeough.

David Ratcliff, who also stood as an independent, has been elected as the town councillors for Bideford East.

The voter turnout was 15.6 per cent for the district council election and 14.1 per cent for the town council election.