LATEST population figures show North Devon’s population has increased by around seven per cent in the last 10 years.

Census results released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) yesterday (Monday), show there are 93,700 people living in the North Devon district. The figures are based on information received during the census carried out in March last year.

North Devon Council leader Councillor Brian Greenslade said: “This updated information is vitally important to us, and shows how right the council is to do all it can to help provide homes and jobs for all our residents.

“However, only last year, the ONS was telling us that there were 2,200 fewer people than the census has revealed. I must say I am concerned because these numbers play a big part in determining how much government funding the district gets. It shows that we have been underfunded for many years.

“We will now continue to analyse these and other census results that are due to be released over the next 18 months, to determine how our own service provision may need to be shaped accordingly in the future.

“In the mean time, I’d like to thank everyone for taking part in the census – including all the households who filled out a form, and to the council staff who helped ONS officials with the whole process.”