Meeting behind closed doors at Bideford

TORRIDGE district councillors are to debate the future of the authority’s chief executive post behind closed doors.

An extraordinary meeting has been called to consider a motion put down by non-aligned Clinton ward Councillor Philip Collins.

The motion, in Part B of the agenda on Friday in Bideford Town Hall, says “that we terminate the agreement between Teignbridge and Torridge Councils regarding our shared chief exec and further that TDC consider alternatives.”

Nicola Bulbeck has been the shared chief executive of the councils for around 12 months following a cost-saving agreement brokered between former Torridge Council Leader James Morrish and his Teignbridge counterpart, Cllr Alan Connett.

Since the appointment, however, both councils have had a change of leadership.