Torridge District Council has approved a 4.2 per cent increase in its Council Tax for the coming financial year. Last week the council agreed a £9.8 million budget to run its services to more than 28,000 households in the district. The council agreed an

Torridge District Council has approved a 4.2 per cent increase in its Council Tax for the coming financial year. Last week the council agreed a £9.8 million budget to run its services to more than 28,000 households in the district.The council agreed an annual average increase of £5.65 per year (4.2%) for a Band D council tax which is the equivalent to 1.5p a day. The Torridge proportion of the council tax is now £140.17 for a Band D property which is less than 10 per cent of the total . The rest is made up of charges from Devon County Council, Devon and Cornwall Police, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue and from local parish or town councils. In order to keep the Council Tax down, councillors agreed to reduce overheads and find savings of more than £500,000 without affecting frontline services. Additional recycling facilities, opening the new £2 million Appledore Fishdock project, additional affordable housing and additional funding for community-led projects are a among a number of initiatives over the next 12 months.Torridge District Council's Leader, Cllr. James Morrish, said that the increase was the lowest Torridge had seen for more than six years."No one likes to see Council Tax increasing, but we have managed to keep the level of increase relatively low this yea," he said."What I am particularly pleased about is that this has been achieved without cuts to front line services. In fact, in some areas, particularly Waste and Recycling collection, significant investment will be made. Ensuring that resources are allocated and used efficiently and effectively is one of the council's priorities."By listening to our public through our residents' panel as well as communications through our district councillors who are on the ground, we are continuing to offer the services that our residents feel are most important to them."The Council will continue to charge owners of second homes council tax of 90 per cent.