THERE is no need to vote for borough councillors in the Hatherleigh and Burrator Wards with only one candidate standing for each seat.

In the borough council elections this May, there were four seats available in the Burrator and Hatherleigh wards, two in each ward, however, only one person came forward for each seat. 

This means that those four candidates will automatically be elected on May 2.

West Devon Borough Council’s election specialist Clare Chapman said: “It does sometimes happen in elections that vacancies are automatically filled due to the number of candidates standing for election. 

“We want to save residents a journey to the polling stations, if they don’t need to go. So, in the Hatherleigh and Burrator Wards, residents don’t need to vote, unless they are also in the Highampton parish, because they then still need to vote for the parish council elections.”

Highampton parish still have elections for the parish council taking place on May 2, so residents will need to vote as normal for this.

Details of who are standing for election are available on the council’s website. For anyone that is unsure whether they still need to vote, check at