City of Winchester

City of Winchester
Non-metropolitan district, Borough, City

Winchester Guildhall

Winchester shown within Hampshire
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region South East England
Non-metropolitan county Hampshire
Status Non-metropolitan district, Borough, City
Admin HQ Winchester
Incorporated 1 April 1974
  Type Non-metropolitan district council
  Body Winchester City Council
  Leadership Leader & Cabinet (Conservative)
  MPs Steve Brine
  Total 255.20 sq mi (660.97 km2)
Area rank 59th (of 326)
Population (mid-2014 est.)
  Total 119,218
  Rank 185th (of 326)
  Density 470/sq mi (180/km2)
  Ethnicity 97.8% White
Time zone GMT (UTC0)
  Summer (DST) BST (UTC+1)
ONS code 24UP (ONS)
E07000094 (GSS)
OS grid reference SU485295

Winchester (/ˈwɪnstər/) is a local government district in Hampshire, England, with city status. It covers an area of central Hampshire including the city of Winchester itself, and neighbouring towns and villages including New Alresford, Colden Common and Bishops Waltham.

The current city boundaries were set on 1 April 1974 when the City of Winchester merged with Droxford Rural District and part of Winchester Rural District.


Elections to the council are held in three out of every four years, with one third of the seats on the council being elected at each election. From 1995 to the 2004 election the Liberal Democrats had a majority on the council, but after 2 years when no party held a majority the 2006 election saw the Conservative party gain control.[1] The elections on 6 May 2010 saw the Liberal Democrats re take control of the council, however the council soon switched to NOC a year later in 2011. In 2012, the Conservative Party made their only Council gain of the entire English local elections and won a majority in Winchester once again.[2] Subsequently, two Conservative councillors defected to the Liberal Democrat group, placing the council under No Overall Control.[3] Following local elections on 7 May 2015, the Conservatives re-gained majority control of the council. [4]

The council is currently led by a Conservative administration. The make up of the council as of May 2015 is:[5]

2014 David McLean Bishops Waltham
2015 Tom Ruffell Bishops Waltham
2012 Steve Miller Bishops Waltham
2012 Neil Cutler Boarhunt and Southwick
2015 Amber Thacker Cheriton and Bishops Sutton
2015 Susan Cook Colden Common and Twyford
2014 Richard Izard Colden Common and Twyford
2012 Peter Kent Mason Colden Common and Twyford
2012 Mike Southgate Compton and Otterbourne
2015 Jan Warwick Compton and Otterbourne
2014 Kirk Phillips Denmead
2012 Michael Read Denmead
2015 Patricia Stallard Denmead
2014 Caroline Dibden Droxford Soberton and Hambledon
2015 Kim Gottlieb Itchen Valley
2012 Robert Johnston Kings Worthy
2014 Jane Rutter Kings Worthy
2012 James Byrnes Littleton and Harestock
2015 Paul Twelftree Littleton and Harestock
2014 Patrick Fancett Oliver's Battery and Badger Farm
2012 Brian Laming Oliver's Battery and Badger Farm
2015 Robert Humby Owlesbury and Curdridge
2014 Laurence Ruffell Owlesbury and Curdridge
2012 Linda Gemell Shedfield
2014 Roger Huxstep Shedfield
2014 Caroline Horrill Sparsholt
2015 Eileen Berry St Barnabas
2014 Helen Osborne St Barnabas
2012 Anne Weir St Barnabas
2014 Dominic Hiscock St Bartholomew
2012 Jim/James Maynard St Bartholomew
2015 Rosemary Burns St Bartholomew
2012 Janet Berry St John & All Saints
2014 Clive Gosling St John & All Saints
2015 Jonathan Scowen St John & All Saints
2014 Rose Prowse St Luke
2011 Jamie Scott St Luke
2012 Derek Green St Luke
2011 Fiona Mather St Michael
2012 Robert Sanders St Michael
2014 Ian Tait St Michael
2015 Liz Hutchison St Paul
2014 Lucille Thompson St Paul
2012 Martin Tod St Paul
2015 Frank Pearson Swanmore and Newtown
2014 Victoria Weston Swanmore and Newtown
2012 Simon Cook The Alresfords
2015 Ernest Jeffs The Alresfords
2014 Margot Power The Alresfords
2015 Norma Bodtger Upper Meon Valley
2012 Vivian Achwal Whiteley
2015 Sam Newman-McKie Whiteley
2015 Angela Clear Wickham
2012 Therese Evans Wickham
2015 Malcolm Wright Wonston and Micheldever
2012 Barry Lipscomb Wonston and Micheldever
2014 Stephen Godfrey Wonston and Micheldever

Winchester in elections every four years elects three representatives to Hampshire County Council, currently:

2013 Fiona MatherWinchester Eastgate
2013 Phil BaileyWinchester Downlands
2013 Martin TodWinchester Westgate


A Legatum Prosperity Index published by the Legatum Institute in October 2016 showed the City of Winchester as the third most prosperous council area in the United Kingdom, after the Borough of Waverley and Mole Valley.[7]

Settlements and parishes

Settlements in the district include:


  1. "Local elections: Winchester". BBC News Online. Retrieved 2010-02-04.
  2. "City Councillors". Winchester City Council. Retrieved 29 May 2010.
  3. . Winchester Liberal Democrats. 2014 Retrieved 2014-01-22. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. 1 2 . Winchester City Council. 2015 Retrieved 2015-08-05. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. . Winchester City Council. 2015 Retrieved 2015-08-05. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. Hampshire County Councillors. Retrieved 2012-05-30
  7. Emily Chan, Jessica Duncan, It's wonderful in Waverley but hell in Hull! League table of most prosperous places to live show it's grim up north - but how does your town rate? in Daily Mail online dated 22 October 2016, accessed 22 October 2016

Coordinates: 51°03′43″N 1°19′01″W / 51.062°N 1.317°W / 51.062; -1.317

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