North Somerset Council

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North Somerset Council
Whole council elected every four years.
Founded1 April 1996 (1996-04-01)
Preceded byAvon County Council
Woodspring District Council
Cllr Chris Blades
since 9 May 2017
Leader of the Council
Cllr Nigel Ashton, Conservative
since 3 May 2007
Chief executive
Jo Walker
since 16th October 2018
Seats50 councillors
North Somerset Council composition
Political groups
     Conservative (36)
Other parties
     Independent (5)
     Liberal Democrat (4)
     Labour (4)
     Green (1)
Length of term
4 years
Last election
7 May 2015
Next election
2 May 2019
Meeting place
Town Hall, Weston-super-Mare
Town Hall, Weston-super-Mare

North Somerset Council is the local authority of North Somerset. It is a unitary authority, having the powers of a non-metropolitan county and district council combined. It provides a full range of local government services including Council Tax billing, libraries, social services, processing planning applications, waste collection and disposal, and it is a local education authority. The council meets at Weston-super-Mare Town Hall.

Powers and Functions[edit]

The local authority derives its powers and functions from the Local Government Act 1972 and subsequent legislation. For the purposes of local government, North Somerset is within a non-metropolitan area of England. As a unitary authority, North Somerset Council has the powers and functions of both a non-metropolitan county and district council combined. In its capacity as a district council, it is a billing authority that collects Council Tax and business rates, processes local planning applications and is responsible for housing, waste collection and environmental health. In its capacity as a county council, it is a local education authority, responsible for social services, libraries and waste disposal.

Political Composition[edit]

North Somerset unitary council is elected every four years, electing a total of 50 councillors in 20 single-member wards and 15 two-member wards. Since the first election to the unitary authority in 1995, the council has either been under Conservative party control, or no party has held a majority. The Conservatives gained a majority at the 2007 election and have retained control since then.

The current political composition of the council is:

Political group Councillors
2003 2007 2011 2015 Current
Conservative 24 43 42 36 36
Independent 3 6 7 6 5
Liberal Democrat 23 5 6 4 4
Labour 10 3 5 3 4
Green 1 1 1 1 1
Total 61 61 61 50 50

Current Councillors[edit]

Ward Party Councillor
Backwell Conservative Karen Barclay
Banwell and Winscombe Conservative Ann Harley
Conservative Jerry O’Brien
Blagdon and Churchill Conservative Liz Wells
Clevedon East Independent David Shopland
Clevedon South Conservative Bob Garner
Clevedon Walton Conservative Colin Hall
Clevedon West Conservative Chris Blades
Clevedon Yeo Conservative Ericka Blades
Congresbury and Puxton Green Tom Leimdorfer
Gordano Valley Conservative Nigel Ashton
Hutton and Locking Conservative Elfan Ap Rees
Conservative Terry Porter
Long Ashton Conservative Charles Cave
Conservative Kate Stowey
Nailsea Golden Valley Independent Andy Cole
Nailsea West End Independent James Tonkin
Nailsea Yeo Conservative Mary Blatchford
Nailsea Youngwood Conservative Jan Barber
Pill Independent Donald Davies
Portishead East Conservative David Oyns
Conservative David Pasley
Portishead North Conservative Reyna Knight
Portishead South Conservative Peter Burden
Portishead West Conservative Felicity Baker
Conservative David Jolley
Weston-super-Mare Central Liberal Democrats Mike Bell
Conservative Richard Nightingale
Weston-super-Mare Hillside Liberal Democrats Mark Canniford
Liberal Democrats John Crockford-Hawley
Weston-super-Mare Kewstoke Conservative Lisa Pilgrim
Conservative Roz Willis
Weston-super-Mare Mid Worle Conservative Robert Cleland
Weston-super-Mare Milton Labour Richard Tucker
Conservative Martin Williams
Weston-super-Mare North Worle Labour Denise Hunt
Conservative Marcia Pepperall
Weston-super-Mare South Labour James Clayton
Labour Ian Parker
Weston-super-Mare South Worle Conservative Peter Crew
Conservative David Hitchins
Weston-super-Mare Uphill Conservative Peter Bryant
Independent John Ley-Morgan
Weston-super-Mare Winterstoke Conservative Sarah Codling
Conservative Dawn Payne
Wick St Lawrence and St Georges Conservative Ruth Jacobs
Winford Conservative Nick Wilton
Wrington Liberal Democrats Deborah Yamanaka
Yatton Conservative Judith Hadley
Conservative Jill Iles

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