West Devon Borough Council adopted a new decision-making process in May 2002, following a referendum in January 2002 where the people of the borough voted for a streamlined committee system and against a directly elected mayor.
From their website :
The Council is currently composed of 31 councillors (also called ‘Members’) elected every four years. The overriding duty and accountability of councillors is to the whole community in the West Devon Borough, but they have a special duty to the constituents in their ward.
All Councillors follow a Code of Conduct to ensure high standards in the way they undertake their duties. The Standards Committee trains and advises members on the Code.