COUNCILLOR James Morrish, the Leader of Torridge District Council, has visited staff at North Devon Council to understand how they do things, as the two councils explore plans to share some services. He was invited over to Barnstaple by North Devon Counc

COUNCILLOR James Morrish, the Leader of Torridge District Council, has visited staff at North Devon Council to understand how they do things, as the two councils explore plans to share some services.

He was invited over to Barnstaple by North Devon Council Leader Councillor Des Brailey.

The two leaders held discussions about how to progress with the shared services agenda, before Des took James to visit Community and Leisure Services and the Parks team.

Mr Morrish said: "These are really exciting times in local government at the moment and the opportunities to share services with our neighbouring authorities are plentiful.

"The most important part of shared services to me is ensuring that our residents and businesses continue to get the best in services at the lowest possible cost. I fully believe when you have two first rate teams of staff working in partnership, the added value to that would be great."

Mr Brailey said: "To move forward, I think it's important for both councils to understand how each other is structured and operates. I'm glad that James has taken the opportunity to meet some of our fantastic staff. It was a really useful exercise and I'm looking forward to visiting the staff over at Torridge soon."

It is hoped that both leaders will eventually meet all staff at each others' councils.