The number of parish councillors who represent Broadhembury will rise from nine to 12.

East Devon District Council (EDDC) considered proposals at a full council meeting in February, 2022 and agreed the principle of increasing the number of councillors.

Two consultations were held with local government electors and other interested persons - there were a total of 19 responses during the first consultation, 18 of which strongly supported the move. Following the second and most recent consultation the council gave final agreement to the change. The order was made on 2 November and is available for inspection at the council offices or a copy can be provided upon request.  

The changes take effect on 1 April 2023, ready for the elections for the new parish councillors being held in May 2023.

Having 12 councillors will mean the parish council will be able to reflect the identities and interest of the community more efficiently.

Councillor Sarah Jackson, EDDC’s portfolio holder democracy, transparency and communications, said:

I am so pleased the residents of Broadhembury will now have greater representation with an increased number of parish councillors, all of whom will be able to look out for the area’s best interest by representing the parish fully and to the best of their ability.