North Devon is a local government district in Devon, England. North Devon Council is based in Barnstaple. Other towns and villages in the North Devon District include Braunton, Ilfracombe, South Molton and Lynmouth; the district was formed on 1 April 1974 as a merger of the Barnstaple municipal borough, the Ilfracombe and Lynton urban districts, the Barnstaple and South Molton rural districts. The wider geographic area of North Devon is divided between North Devon District and the district of Torridge, based in Bideford. North Devon is popular with retired people; the 2011 census showed that 18% of residents were aged 15 years and under, 60% were aged 16–64 and 23% were aged 65 and over. This compares over when the 2001 census was taken. For comparison, the same age distributions across England were 64 % and 17 % respectively. Life expectancy for men, at 77.7, is close to the English average. Female life expectancy is good at 83.1, around 1 year above the English average. There is a gap of 6 years in the life expectancy of men in the least deprived fifth of wards and the most deprived fifth.
The region has one of the most ethnically homogenous populations in England, with 97.9% reporting their ethnicity as'white' in the 2011 census of the population. However, this is a decrease on the 99.0% of the population who declared themselves to be White on the 2001 census. North Devon District Council is elected every four years, with 43 councillors being elected at each election. From the first election to the council in 1973 to 1987 the council was controlled by independents; this was followed by a period under Liberal Democrat control until the Conservative Party took control at the 2007 election. After the election in 2011 the Conservatives lost their majority and a coalition between the Liberal Democrats and independents took control of the council although this returned to no overall control in 2015. After the 2019 election the Liberal Democrats regained control of the council outright; the political composition of the borough has been as follows: Along with its neighbours to the east, West Somerset, west, North Devon has sparse transport links.
The Beeching cuts in the mid-sixties left the branch line to Exeter as the area's only railway service. Despite being served by only one railway line, the district is served by 5 railway stations, a large number, comparable with more urbanised boroughs such as Plymouth and Mid Devon; however sizeable settlements of Braunton and Ilfracombe as well as Bideford are cut off from the Network Rail system. The district is served by three A roads; the primary link is the A361, constructed between 1986 and 1989. It heads north-west past South Molton, to Barnstaple. From here the A361 classification continues northwards along older roads to Ilfracombe, the modern Link Road continues westwards from Barnstaple as the A39 where it is designated the Atlantic Highway, runs via Bideford into Cornwall; the eastern section of the A39 links Barnstaple to Lynton crosses the northern coastal hills of Exmoor into Somerset. The other two A roads in North Devon are the A399, a minor local route between Ilfracombe and South Molton, the A377, the main road between Barnstaple and the county town of Devon, Exeter.
Due to significant peak time traffic delays in Barnstaple, severe congestion at both peak and non-peak times in the summer when tourist traffic is at its busiest, the Barnstaple Western Bypass was opened in 2007. North Devon is some distance from the UK's traditional areas of industrial activity and population yet boasts some major manufacturing sites that export around the world, among them TDK Lambda and Pall Europe in Ilfracombe, Eaton Aerospace and Norbord in South Molton, Perrigo in Braunton and multiple businesses in Barnstaple. Due to the agricultural nature of the economy alongside a strong tourism industry employment can be seasonal; as a result, some areas of North Devon are considered deprived. The overall average income for the district is 80% of the average for the United Kingdom as a whole; the 1989 opening of the new Link Road connection to the motorway network helped to promote trade, but it had a temporary detrimental effect on a number of distribution businesses. The latter had viewed the town as a base for local distribution networks, a need, removed with an approximate halving of travelling time to the M5 motorway.
The region adapted: in 2005 unemployment in North Devon was 1.8–2.4% but in 2018 unemployment in North Devon had come down since its 2010 high to 1.1%. Median weekly full-time pay is £440 per week, the average house price is £230,000 and the number of businesses registered has increased to 4895, up 370 from 2010. 2018 has seen significant Government investment in the area through Coastal Community grants and Housing Infrastructure funds, as well as £83 million to further upgrade the North Devon Link Road. Because Barnstaple is the main shopping area for North Devon, retail work is a contributor to the economy. There are many chain stores in the town centre and in the Roundswell Business Park, on the western fringe of the town. Tesco has several stores including a Tesco Extra hypermarket, a large Tesco superstore. There is a Sainsbury's superstore, a Lidl supermarket; the multimillion-pound redevelopment of the former Leaderflush Shapland works at Anchorwood Bank, the surrounding area, is creating a conservation area near the River Taw, hundreds of new homes, a commercial retail area with new shops and leisure facilities.
Me and the Boys is an American sitcom that aired on the ABC network from September 20, 1994 until, February 28, 1995. The series features comedian Steve Harvey, who served as a writer, in his first starring role; the series was created by Bob Myer, Rob Dames and Lenny Ripps, produced by a.k.a. Productions and Bob Myer Productions in association with ABC Productions. Harvey stars as Steve Tower, a widower who ran a video store in Dallas, struggling with raising three boys on his own. Madge Sinclair co-starred as Steve Tower's mother-in-law Mary. Chaz Lamar Shepherd, Wayne Collins, Jr. and Benjamin LeVert played the sons of Steve Harvey's character. The series was scheduled on Tuesdays following preceding Home Improvement. Despite ranking #20 in the ratings, ABC canceled the series after one season. Steve Harvey as Steve Tower Madge Sinclair as Mary Cook Chaz Lamar Shepherd as Artis Tower Wayne Collins, Jr. as William Tower Benjamin LeVert as Andrew Tower Karen Malina White as Janet Tower, Steve's sister, an insurance agent Me and the Boys on IMDb Me and the Boys at TV.com Me and the Boys at epguides.com
Sam Beeton is a British singer-songwriter and musician. He released his debut single "What You Look For" in September 2008, which reached number 41 in the UK charts in the week up to 20 September 2008, his first album, No Definite Answer, was released on iTunes in 2008. Sam attended Carlton le Willows School. Sam Beeton was discovered while playing in a bar, The Old Volunteer he was still at school aged 14. Sam was signed to the Notts County School of Excellence and played for the youth teams for 3 years at left midfield, he played in a local young recording band called The Drains who are still playing on the Nottingham circuit. Sam is involved in local charities as The Julie Cotton Foundation, he always plays at the annual concert at Rock City. Sam has modelled for the British fashion label Burberry, notably the Spring 2009 collection. Sam was nominated for the Best Pop Act at the BT Digital Music Awards, lost to Kylie Minogue. Sam Beeton has supported The Script, Sandi Thom, James Morrison, Scouting for Girls and Charlie Simpson on full UK tours and has completed one UK tour in his own right.
Beeton's first single had an unprecedented run as "record of the week" on the two shows Jo Whiley and Scott Mills of BBC Radio One consecutively.. First Takes: released 5 March 2007 Sam Beeton's Record Club: released November 2010 - December 2011 Sam Beeton's Record Club: released May 2012 - Thrills, Adrian. "The next big thing: Sam Beeton". Daily Mail. Retrieved 16 September 2008. Easlea, Daryl. "Sam Beeton: No Definite Answer". BBC Pop & Chart Review. Retrieved 16 September 2008. Sullivan, Caroline. "Pop review: Sam Beeton, No Definite Answer". Guardian, The. Retrieved 16 September 2008. Levine, Nick. "Sam Beeton". Digital Spy. Retrieved 16 September 2008