Town Councils are a way to protect local services that matter to you, such as street cleaning and maintaining parks and gardens. They are also a way to continue delivering services and balance the demands of reduced budgets.

On 14 January 2019 we launched a Community Governance Review of the whole area of Torbay. The review is to consider if any changes should be made to our existing arrangements. This includes whether new Parish/Town Councils should be created in areas that currently don’t have them, which are Torquay and Paignton.

The first phase consultation ran from 14 January until 15 March 2019 and was for us to find out what your initial thoughts were on the introduction of town/parish councils. From this feedback, we heard that people are concerned about the amount of extra council tax they may have to pay, the reduction in local services, what council tax is currently spent on and the number of additional town councillors which may be created.

This second phase of the consultation is so we can provide you with more factual detail about these areas of concern. We will also be focussing on the importance of local services in your community and if you would be prepared to pay extra through the Town Council precept to protect the services that matter the most to you.

Without this precept, it is likely that we will have to end or further reduce services, such as flower beds, toilets, and public entertainment and events. This is because costs and demand for the services we have to deliver by law continue to increase. If we do not have Town Councils the harsh reality is that more local services will disappear as we won’t have the funding to continue them in future years.