Torridge District Council held its AGM last night where it elected its leader and chairman for the year ahead.

Councillor Jane Whittaker has been re-elected as the leader of Torridge District Council at its AGM last night (Monday).

Cllr Mervyn Langmead was also re-elected chairman for a second year and Cllrs James Morrish and John Himan will serve a second year as deputy leader and vice chairman respectively.

Councillor Whittaker said: “I feel that I was very fortunate to have received the backing of the electorate last year to represent the Northam ward for another term, and now also to receive the support of members in order to represent them and the council in the position of leader for another year.

“It is a privilege to lead this council during a time when there has been much change and much positive progress.”

Cllr Whittaker said a new strategic plan was being finalised for the council with a public consultation running until the end of May.

She added: “We also have an ambitious programme of transforming the way the council does business, to address the reduction in funding that all council's have experienced, as well as the bigger issues such as the South West's devolution bid to consider.

“I am glad that the continuity of the chairs of many key committees and other positions have been maintained, as this will allow us to continue with the good work we have all already begun.”