Chair of the Council
Cllr Sebastian Bowen, Herefordshire Independents
Leader of the Council
Cllr David Hitchiner, Herefordshire Independents
since May 2019
since December 2012
|First past the post|
|2 May 2019|
It is a relatively new council, formed on 1 April 1998 following the split of Hereford and Worcester back into two separate counties.
It has adopted the Leader and Cabinet constitutional model. It was run by the Conservatives until 2019. The 2019 election resulted in the Conservative Party losing its majority on the council for the first time since 2007, winning 13 seats. Independents made gains and became the largest group on the council after winning 18 seats, 9 seats short of a majority. The Liberal Democrats and Greens also made gains at the expense of the Conservatives, winning 7 seats each. Following disagreements in the Herefordshire Independents group, five councillors left to form a new group, True Independents. Following this change and the postponed election in Ross North, the Conservatives are the largest group with 13 councillors, Herefordshire Independents have 10, It’s Our County, the Green party and the Liberal Democrats have seven each and the True Independents five. There are also three non-aligned Independents. One seat in Whitecross ward is vacant.
Herefordshire Council has outsourced the following services:
- Human Resources & Finance – outsourced to a limited company named "Hoople", which is wholly owned by the Council and Wye Valley NHS Trust
- Leisure – Halo Leisure (A not-for-profit trust which operates all leisure services)
- Social Housing – Herefordshire Housing (A not-for-profit trust which operates all housing and accommodation services)
- Commercial Services – Amey Wye Valley Services (A commercial venture which maintains roads, grounds, street lighting, etc.)
- Waste Management – Severn Waste Management (Responsible for bin collection, sorting and recycling)
- "Committee details - Cabinet". councillors.herefordshire.gov.uk. 16 March 2019.
- "Your Councillors". councillors.herefordshire.gov.uk. 16 March 2019.
- Garcia, Carmelo (2019-06-05). "Eastern bypass spat splits ruling group". Hereford Times. Retrieved 2019-06-08.
- "Your Councillors by Party". Herefordshire Council. Retrieved 2019-06-08.
- Council, Herefordshire. "Contact us". www.herefordshire.gov.uk.
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