Torridge District Councillors voted against proposals to increase council tax by £5 per Band D property.

Torridge District councillors have voted to propose a freeze in council tax this year.

A report to the council’s community and resources committee on Monday recommended a £5 increase per Band D property for the 2018/19 financial year.

But six members of the committee voted to freeze council tax instead, while only five voted for the proposed 3.25 per cent increase.

The decision will now go to the Overview and Scrutiny committee, before being put before the full council on February 26 for approval.

The £5 increase, initially recommended to the committee would have seen the council’s share of tax rise from £153.66 to £158.66 per year for a Band D property.

Last year TDC increased council tax by £5 per Band D property (3.6 per cent) and in 2016/17 it approved a 1.99 per cent increase.

Deputy leader Councillor David Hurley said in a report to the council that he felt small, yearly increases were ‘preferable’ to large, ‘sporadic’ increases.