AN inspection team from the Audit Commission is in Torridge this week looking at the progress the district council has made since its disappointing Comprehensive Performance Assessment in 2003. The inspectors will be conducting interviews and looking at

AN inspection team from the Audit Commission is in Torridge this week looking at the progress the district council has made since its disappointing Comprehensive Performance Assessment in 2003. The inspectors will be conducting interviews and looking at a range of evidence during the week and their findings will be reported in October. Under the CPA framework district councils are scored on a five-point scale ranging from poor, through weak, fair and good to excellent.Torridge District Council chief executive John van de Laarschot said: "Five years ago the council was one of only a handful in the country to be given the lowest CPA rating of 'poor.' "In recent years it has been widely acknowledged that the council has made significant improvements in the way it serves the people of Torridge. We are confident that the CPA inspectors will recognise the progress we have made, but we are not complacent and we recognise we have still got work to do in some areas."Council leader James Morrish said: "The staff and council members now stand as one team. We have an excellent mix of new and experienced councillors, who place the needs of our communities at the heart of everything we do. It is a really exciting time at Torridge District and I continue to be very proud of what we, as a team, are achieving.