Elections taking place in Devon on May 6

Voters will go to the polls across Devon on May 6 after the notice of elections have been published.

Owl believes that the “Purdah” (pre-election period)  should start now.

Daniel Clark www.devonlive.com 

The Government had previously confirmed that the May 6 elections would be going ahead as scheduled, despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

And now, with the notice of elections published, the full list of what residents across the county will be asked to cast their vote for – subject to candidates standing – can be revealed.

Elections will take place for all 60 seats on Devon County Council, the Police and Crime Commissioner, he delayed 2020 local elections in Exeter and Plymouth, by-elections in East Devon, South Hams, Mid Devon, Torbay and Exeter, Neighbourhood Plan referendums, and for various vacant parish and town council seats.

If any election is contested the poll will take place on Thursday, May 6, 2021.

For anyone wishing to stand, nomination papers must be delivered by hand to the Deputy Returning Officer for the relevant Council area no later than 4pm on Thursday, April 8, 2021.

The publication of statement of persons nominated for any elections that are to be contested will be published no later than 4pm on Friday, April 9, 2021.

Below is a list of all the elections that will take place, subject to multiple candidates standing.

DEVON, CORNWALL AND THE ISLES OF SCILLY

Everyone in Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly will also have the chance to elect a Police and Crime Commissioner for the region.

That election will take place on Thursday, May 6, and Alison Hernandez, the incumbent, has already been re-selected as the Conservative candidate to continue in her post.

The election Police and Crime Commissioner for the region would normally serve a four year term, but will instead only serve a three year term to ensure the return to the usual electoral cycle.

DEVON COUNTY COUNCIL

Everyone in Devon also have the chance to elect their representative(s) for Devon County Council for the next four years.

The 2021 Devon County Council elections scheduled for Thursday, May 6, 2021, will take place as usual.

The entirety of the 60-strong council will be up for re-election, with 56 ‘single-member’ Electoral Divisions and 2 ‘two-member’ Divisions’.

The current composition of the council consists of 42 Conservatives, 7 Labour, 6 Liberal Democrats, 2 Independents, 1 Green Party, 1 East Devon Alliance and 1 North Devon Liberal.

All elected councillors will serve their usual four year term upon their election.

The seats that will be contested are:

Axminster (1 vacancy)

Broadclyst (2)

Exmouth (2)

Exmouth and Budleigh Salterton Coastal (2)

Feniton and Honiton (1)

Otter Valley (1)

Seaton and Colyton (1)

Sidmouth (1)

Whimple and Blackdown (1)

Alphinton and Cowick (1)

Duryard and Pennsylvania (1)

Exwick and St Thomas (1)

Heavitree and Whipton Barton (1)

Pinhoe and Mincinglake (1)

St David’s and Haven Banks (1)

St Sidwell’s and St James (1)

Wearside and Topsham (1)

Wonford and St Loyes (1)

Crediton (1)

Creedy, Taw and Mid Exe (1)

Cullompton and Bradninch (1)

Tiverton East (1)

Tiverton West (1)

Willand and Uffculme (1)

Barnstaple North (1)

Barnstaple South (1)

Braunton Rural (1)

Chulmleigh and Landkey (1)

Combe Martin Rural (1)

Fremington Rural (1)

Ilfracombe (1)

South Molton (1)

Bickleigh and Wembury (1)

Dartmouth and Marldon (1)

Ivybridge (1)

Kingsbridge (1)

Salcombe (1)

South Brent and Yealmpton (1)

Totnes and Dartington (1)

Ashburton and Buckfastleigh (1)

Bovey Rural (1)

Chudleigh and Teign Valley (1)

Dawlish (1)

Exminster and Haldon (1)

Ipplepen and The Kerswells (1)

Kingsteignton and Teign Estuary (1)

Newton Abbot North (1)

Newton Abbot South (1)

Teignmouth (1)

Bideford East (1)

Bideford West and Hartland (1)

Holsworthy Rural (1)

Northam (1)

Torrington Rural (1)

Hatherleigh and Chagford (1)

Okehampton Rural (1)

Tavistock (1)

Yelverton Rural (1)

EAST DEVON DISTRICT COUNCIL

A by-election will take place in the Whimple & Rockbeare Ward on May 6 following the resignation of Cllr Kathy McLachlan.

The current composition of the council is Conservative (20), East Devon Alliance (13), Independents (16) Liberal Democrats (8), Green Party (2), and one seat vacant, with the council run by a coalition of the EDA, Lib Dems, Greens and some Independents

EXETER CITY COUNCIL

The delayed 2020 Exeter City Council elections due on May 7, 2020 will take place on May 6, 2021.

Each elected councillor would normally be appointed for a four year term, with a third of the 39 seats contested each year (one seat per ward).

The 13 candidates whose seats will be up for grabs are those who gained the most votes in the 2016 elections, with Labour defending 10 seats, the Conservatives two, and Independents one, but the newly elected councillors will instead only serve a three year term to ensure the return to the usual electoral cycle.

Voters in the Mincinglake and Whipton will elected two councillors – with the person receiving the most votes serving a three year term and the runner-up a one year term – with a by-election also taking place following the death of a serving councillor.

The current make-up of the council is Labour (27), Conservative (6), Liberal Democrat (2), Independent (2), Green Party (1), Vacant (1), with Labour needing to win three of the 14 seats up for grabs to retain control of the council.

MID DEVON DISTRICT COUNCIL

Three by-elections for seats on Mid Devon District Council will take place on Thursday, May 6, 2021, following the deaths of two serving councillors and the resignation of a third.

Voters in the Castle, Taw and Westexe wards will go to the polls for the by-election, with the winner serving a two year term on the council.

The current composition of the council is Conservative (17), Liberal Democrats (11), Independent (9), Green Party (2), with three vacant seats.

NORTH DEVON COUNCIL

No elections are scheduled to take place

SOUTH HAMS DISTRICT COUNCIL

One by-election for a seat on South Hams District Council will take place on Thursday, May 6, 2021, following the death of a serving councillor.

Voters in the Ivybridge West ward will go to the polls for the by-election, with the winner serving a two year term on the council.

The by-election will determine the official status of the council, with the death of Cllr David May meaning that the Conservative’s majority was lost with the council back under no overall control, although the Conservatives are still the ruling party.

The current composition of the council is Conservatives (15), Liberal Democrats (10), Independent (3), Green (2), and vacant (1)

TEIGNBRIDGE DISTRICT COUNCIL

No elections are scheduled to take place

TORBAY COUNCIL

One by-election for a seat on Torbay Council will take place on Thursday, May 6, 2021, following the death of a serving councillor.

Voters in the Clifton-with-Maidenway ward will go to the polls for the by-election, with the winner serving a two year term on the council.

The current composition of Torbay Council is Conservative (14), Liberal Democrats (11) and Independents (10), with one seat vacant.

TORRIDGE DISTRICT COUNCIL

No elections are scheduled to take place

WEST DEVON BOROUGH COUNCIL

No elections are scheduled to take place

TOWN AND PARISH COUNCILS

Colyton (2 vacancies)

Exmouth Town (1)

Exmouth Littleham (1)

Honiton St Michaels (5)

Honiton St Pauls (4)

Lympstone (7)

Newton Poppleford (Harpford) (1)

Sidmouth East (1)

Sidmouth Salcombe Regis (1)

Sidmouth South (2)

Lapford (2)

Tiverton Castle (1)

Tiverton Lowman (2)

Tiverton Westexe (1)

Berrynarbor (1)

Combe Martin (1)

Lynton and Lynmouth (2)

Ilfracombe West (1)

Dartmouth Clifton (5)

Dartmouth Townstal (1)

Modbury (1)

Stoke Gabriel (3)

Marldon (2)

Chudleigh (3)

Newton Abbot Bradley (1)

Teignmouth Central (1)

Teignmouth West (1)

Holsworthy (2)

Lamerton (5)

Sampford Courtenay (2)

NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN REFERENDUMS

Farringdon

Otterton

Newton Poppleford

Cullompton

Aveton Gifford

South Huish

Strete

Kingswear

Kingston

Great Torrington

Winkleigh

Highampton

North Tawton

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