Devon County Council

Boundary changes have occurred here. 2013 seats are an estimate of what the result would have been then if the new boundaries had been in place.

Election 2017 Results

Party Seats 2013 Seats 2017 Change


Seats 201338 Seats 201742 Change+4

PartyLiberal Democrat

Seats 20138 Seats 20177 Change−1


Seats 20137 Seats 20177 Change-


Seats 20133 Seats 20173 Change-


Seats 20131 Seats 20171 Change-


Seats 20133 Seats 2017- Change−3
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Latest Updates

  1. Council buys former Flybe Training Academy for £4m

    BBC Radio Devon

    Devon County Council has bought the former Flybe Training Academy at Exeter Airport for £4m.

    It will be called the Future Skills Centre and will be leased by Exeter College, which has secured £1m of government money to adapt the facility to deliver training in engineering, digital, construction and clean growth, the council said.

    The UK regional airline went into administration in March.

    The £12m facility was opened by then-Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne in 2011.

    The academy, which had classrooms and an aircraft simulator, was part of moves to bring all of the airline's training under one roof.

    Flybe Training Academy
  2. Proposals for new Devon recycling centres

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Recycling centre

    Devon could be set to get six new recycling centres to replace ones "not fit-for-purpose" with ones that are a lot easier, safer and more convenient for the public across the county.

    Devon County Council’s cabinet on Wednesday morning will be asked to endorse a strategy which sets out a vision for the modernisation of the current household waste and recycling centres to meet the demands of the 21st century.

    The proposals, which councillors are recommended to approve, would see six new sites open to replace the current centre and to ensure that the Household Waste Recycling Centre service is well placed to meet the growing needs placed upon it.

    Newton Abbot, Barnstaple, Tiverton, Honiton, Totnes and Kingsbridge, and Tavistock are identified in the report as areas where new centres are needed – with the cabinet also to be asked for approval be granted for the submission of a planning application for a replacement Household Waste Recycling Centre to serve the latter.

  3. Devon council vote on free school meals expected

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Devon County Council will be asked to ensure all eligible children receive free school meal vouchers for the Christmas and New Year holiday period.

    The council this week said it will continue to work with district councils to ensure hardship support is available to vulnerable children and families across the county this winter and pledged extra funding to ensure no child goes hungry.

    But Liberal Democrats group leader Councillor Alan Connett had said the announcement was "smoke and mirrors" and the Conservatives running the council were playing politics with hungry children this half-term and for the holidays to come.

    Now Labour group leader Councillor Rob Hannaford has put forward a motion to December’s full council meeting that would see the council resolve to use some of the allocated hardship funding to ensure that all eligible children receive free school meal vouchers for the Christmas and New Year holiday period.

    Mr Hannaford said: "I hope that this motion will clarify that we need leadership on this key issue from the county council directly.

    "We will obviously work closely with our district colleagues and others, but at the end of day we are the education authority.

    "The government has totally misread the mood of the country on this problem, and it has now become a symbolic issue that has starkly highlighted again the widespread poverty and hardship that continues to blight our nation through the plight of hungry children."

    The motion will be debated at a full council meeting on 3 December, as will a petition started by East Devon councillor Joe Whibley, if 6,000 signatures are reached by 24 November .

  4. Money for 'most needy' children in Devon

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Devon County Council has answered pleas to try and ensure the most vulnerable children and families in Devon do not go hungry.

    Labour’s plea for the free school meals scheme to be extended over the holidays to stop children going hungry was rejected last week by the government, but since then, several councils, including Plymouth City Council, have announced schemes to help during the October half term.

    Eligible families in Plymouth will receive an additional payment during the holiday to allow them to buy food for their children.

    On Monday, Devon County Council said it would continue to work with district councils to ensure hardship support was available to vulnerable children and families across the county this winter.

    It follows pleas from Liberal Democrat and Independent councillors, as well as a petition, which called for the council to help provide free school meals during the holidays.

    Leader of Devon County Council, Councillor John Hart, said: "We have already allocated £1.7m this year through a shared hardship fund to ensure that the most needy children and families in Devon do not go hungry.

    "I have also instructed that the county council holds a further £100,000 in reserve for additional hardship funding this winter.

    “Devon County Council shared £1m of its funding between the districts alongside a further £700,000 from the government.

    "This is currently supporting grants to people and families suffering hardship across Devon.

    "Around £600,000 of this is still available and I would urge anyone who needs help providing food for their children to apply for this extra assistance through their district council’s helpline."

  5. County council leader 'hopeful' for no local lockdown

    BBC Radio Devon

    Despite Exeter having the 10th highest infection rate in England, the leader of Devon County Council remains hopeful a local lockdown will not be needed.

    Public Health has said most of the 445 cases in Exeter are among the student population.

    At a meeting, councillors heard that steps are being taken to stop the virus spreading to the local community - including student placements in health and care industries being put on hold.

    Councillor John Hart said the virus is "not in the community".

    "If we carry on looking after ourselves" and "be careful what we do" then it will not spread in the way it has in other parts of the country, said the Conservative councillor.

  6. Calls for drain and gully clean-outs to prevent flooding

    BBC Radio Devon

    There are calls for Devon's county council to clean out road drains and gullies more often to help prevent flooding.

    The Environment Agency had issued flood alerts for Barnstaple, Braunton, Ilfracombe and the Combe Martin Area. They were stood down on Wednesday morning.

    Barnstaple suffered after torrential rain on 17 August left parts of the town under as much as 3ft of water reported in places.

    Flood water made the town impassable, several people were left temporarily homeless, and more than 100 properties, including the town’s Queens Theatre, were damaged.

    North Devon Councillor Ian Roome, from Barnstaple, said rain had caused misery for those affected by flooding.

    Devon County Council said gullies were cleaned a minimum of once per year, but those on some urban routes were cleaned every three years after cuts in government funding.

  7. Calls for council to hold virtual meetings into 2021

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    The financial and environmental impact of the switch to holding virtual council meetings will be assessed by Devon County Council as calls have been made to enable them to continue into 2021 and beyond.

    The authority has held all its meetings virtually since the country went into lockdown in March, and Wednesday’s virtual cabinet meeting heard that early indications showed a saving of £20,338 when compared to the first four months of 2019/20 on public transport, travel, catering and subsistence.

    Virtual meeting

    Councillor Frank Biederman, leader of the Independent Group, had put forward a motion to July’s full council meeting, calling for the Procedures Committee to consider a report on meetings in the future and what committees, briefings and task groups could meet virtually.

    Wednesday’s cabinet meeting saw the committee unanimously recommended that full council, when they meet in October, agree to the request and the Procedures Committee be asked to debate the issues raised by the motion.

  8. Devon flooding strategy open to public consultation

    BBC Radio Devon

    Draft plans to tackle flooding across Devon have been put out for public consultation.

    The strategy, produced by Devon County Council, looks at how communities can increase their resilience against flooding and the impact of climate change between 2021 and 2027.

    The council said high-risk communities would be targeted under the plans, and natural and sustainable flood management measures would be used where possible.

    Industry professionals, town and parish councils, and members of the public have until 15 October to put their views forward.

  9. Devon to pilot social worker in schools scheme

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Secondary schools in Devon are set to take part in an ambitious national project aimed at providing better care for children.

    Devon County Council is one of 10 authorities across the country which has been chosen to take part in the pilot with social workers embedded in eight secondary schools.

    The aim is to reduce the referrals to social services, cut the number of young people who ultimately have to be taken into care and help to boost their educational achievement.

    The Department of Education is giving Devon almost £400,000 to fund eight social workers, and a selection process for the schools is currently under way.


    The schools will be chosen to represent different communities across Devon which has some of the largest and smallest schools in the country, with the social workers attached to one secondary school each and may also work with feeder primary schools.

    Devon County Council’s deputy leader and Cabinet member for schools, councillor James McInnes, said: “Schools have often said to us they wish they could have a social worker based with them and we have had to say we are not funded to provide that sort of service.

    “So I am very pleased that we have been successful in our application and we will now be able to offer this opportunity to at least a proportion of our secondary schools.”

    The project is due to start in mid-September and continue to the end of the financial year, although it might be extended to the end of the academic year.

  10. Proof of address required at Devon recycling centre

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    People will be asked to prove they are local if they want to use one of Devon’s recycling centres.

    From 27 July anyone using the Brunel Road Recycling Centre in Newton Abbot will be asked to show that they live in the Devon County Council area to help reduce queues.

    Recycling centre

    Users of the site will be asked to present a driving licence, passport, council tax bill or utility bill to a member of the gate staff before entry which shows proof of address.

    Councillor Andrea Davis, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, Development and Waste, said: “Queues to our Newton Abbot recycling centre in particular are sometimes long, and problematic."

  11. Additional £27m to be spent on Devon roads

    BBC Radio Devon

    An additional £27m to be spent on Devon's roads has been approved by county councillors, making the current year's allocation the largest ever annual investment in Devon's road network.

    The funding, from the government’s potholes fund, would be used to repair road surfaces, increase pothole prevention and to combat damage caused to highways, bridges and structures during the winter months, the council was told at a meeting.

  12. Devon 'faces huge financial challenges'

    BBC Radio Devon

    Devon County Council's most senior financial officer is warning that it faces huge financial challenges ahead.

    In a report being discussed at a meeting on Wednesday, County Treasurer Mary Davis warned the pandemic, Brexit and increasing social care costs meant there could be big cash problems ahead.

    The special educational needs budget is also under pressure. It alone is £20m overspent because of increased demand and the costs of independent special school placements.

  13. Devon County Council reveals local Covid-19 outbreak plan

    Andrew Segal

    BBC South West

    Devon County Council has published its plan on how it will deal with an outbreak of coronavirus.

    Staff said the "comprehensive" Local Outbreak Management Plan would work through stages, depending on the severity of the situation.

    They said they would start with offering more hygiene advice and isolation groups, through to a localised lockdown, although council leader John Hart said it was hoped it would not come to that.

    The plan also involved close partnership working between local organisations including health providers, councils, police, schools and care homes, "alongside businesses and key industries such as tourism", staff said.

    Additional support would also be provided for people who were "particularly vulnerable to Covid-19, such as the elderly, those with underlying health conditions, black and ethnic communities and those with learning difficulties and autism," they added.

  14. 'Be kind' plea as motorists abuse recycling centre staff

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    A councillor has criticised members of the public who have verbally abused staff at Devon’s reopened recycling centres.

    Devon County Council cabinet member Andrea Davis said the behaviour of a minority of people had been "appalling and totally unacceptable" and urged visitors to "be kind to our key workers, please".

    Devon recycling centre

    The centres reopened last week for essential use only to cars without trailers, with a one-in, one-out policy and social distancing measures.

    The council said the vehicle restrictions were a temporary measure to ensure queues were kept to a minimum and would be reviewed once demand had dropped to "more manageable levels".

  15. Financial hardship fund launched in Devon

    Johanna Carr

    BBC News Online

    People in financial hardship due to coronavirus could be helped by a £1m support fund launched by Devon County Council.

    The council said the aim of the fund, which will be made available to Devon local authorities, is to provide direct support to applicants to meet their immediate need for basic essentials.

    East Devon has been allocated £181,487 and it will be administered by staff working in revenues and benefits.

    There will be eligibility criteria that an applicant must meet and all applicants will have a telephone interview to discuss needs.

    Applications for the fund can be made for people in East Devon made for people in East Devon online.

    Devon County Council leader John Hart said: “The impact of the coronavirus outbreak is putting a huge financial strain on some people, with work and income changing overnight as a result of the lockdown.

    “If you’re worried about money and how to pay in the short-term for basic essentials, there is immediate help available through this fund.

    “By working together with our district council colleagues, we can make sure this vital financial support reaches the vulnerable people in our communities who need it most at this difficult and uncertain time.”

  16. Devon councils allocated virus help cash

    BBC Radio Devon

    A Devon council which warned it would run out of money within six weeks if the government did not stump up more cash has been given additional funds.

    Teignbridge District Council leader Gordon Hook said his authority was facing a £10m shortfall.

    In a letter to MPs sent last week, Cllr Hook warned that Teignbridge might have to make "sweeping cuts and redundancies".

    The government has announced it is giving it an additional £1.3m to help with the coronavirus emergency.

    Other Devon authorities have also been told how much of the total government pot of £3.2bn they are to get to help them respond to the extra pressures created by the pandemic.

    The Devon county authority is to receive an extra £36.7m and the Torridge district authority has been allocated just over £700,000.

    Devon & Somerset Fire Service will receive £1.6m.

  17. Coronavirus: Hundreds sign up in care call

    BBC Radio Devon

    Nearly 600 people have answered a call from Devon County Council to help care for vulnerable people in the county.

    Elderly care generic

    Students, college leavers and retired health professionals are among the peoiple who have signed up.

    The first group of trainees have already started their three-day fast-track course.

    Once trained the new recruits will be deployed to places including people’s homes, hospitals and care homes.

    They will support people with their personal care needs including eating, drinking and washing to reduce pressure on existing health and care staff.

    Anyone who wants to join up can at Proud to Care.

  18. Action fund launched to help comnunity groups

    BBC Radio Devon

    A county council has launched an action fund to support groups helping out in local communities.

    The Covid-19 fund has been launched by Devon County Council.

    Grants of up to £500 will be available to allow voluntary groups to help the most vulnerable, with services such as delivering food and medicine.

    The grants can also fund virtual support groups to help people access the internet and voluntary car schemes.

    There have been 80 applications to the council so far.