Councils look to cut costs by sharing services

PROPOSALS for a sharing of services with neighbouring North Devon Council were agreed by Torridge District Council on Monday. The council agreed a motion by leader Cllr James Morrish that Torridge District Council moves forward with a shared services com

PROPOSALS for a sharing of services with neighbouring North Devon Council were agreed by Torridge District Council on Monday.

The council agreed a motion by leader Cllr James Morrish that "Torridge District Council moves forward with a shared services commitment with North Devon Council as the best way of providing high quality, value for money services."

A similar motion will now be taken to North Devon District Council for its consideration.

Cllr Morrish said there had been a lot of words in recent years about shared services and how the councils could work closer together. He said it was necessary that one day they must make a commitment and this had now been agreed at Torridge 100 per cent by members of all parties.


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Speaking to the Gazette on Tuesday morning, he said: "I believe that residents and businesses in Torridge have many similarities with those in North Devon. We both have rural communities and well as larger conurbations. We have the logistical problems of waste management and recycling vehicles getting down the country lanes.

"Torridge already does some sharing with Mid Devon through IT and human resources," he added.

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He said staff at Torridge were involved the decision making.

The Gazette revealed in January that the two authorities were likely to examine the possibility of sharing services to lessen the impact of the economic downturn.

At the time, the then-leader of North Devon Council said the councils would have "no choice" but to share services.

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