North Somerset Council

North Somerset Council
Whole council elected every four years.
Houses Unicameral
Term limits
Founded 1 April 1996 (1996-04-01)
Nigel Ashton, Conservative
Since 3 May 2007
Seats 50 councillors
36 / 50
6 / 50
4 / 50
3 / 50
1 / 50
Council last election
7 May 2015
Council next election
Meeting place
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

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

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 political composition of the council after the 2015 election is:

Party Councillors
Conservative 36
Independent 6
Liberal Democrats 4
Labour 3
Green 1

Current Councillors

Ward Party Councillor
Backwell Conservative Karen Barclay
Banwell and Winscombe Conservative Ann Harley
Banwell and Winscombe 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
Hutton and Locking Conservative Terry Porter
Long Ashton Conservative Charles Cave
Long Ashton 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
Portishead East Conservative David Pasley
Portishead North Conservative Reyna Knight
Portishead South Conservative Peter Burden
Portishead West Conservative Felicity Baker
Portishead West Conservative David Jolley
Weston-super-Mare Central Liberal Democrats Mike Bell
Weston-super-Mare Central Conservative Richard Nightingale
Weston-super-Mare Hillside Liberal Democrats Mark Canniford
Weston-super-Mare Hillside Liberal Democrats John Crockford-Hawley
Weston-super-Mare Kewstoke Conservative Lisa Pilgrim
Weston-super-Mare Kewstoke Conservative Roz Willis
Weston-super-Mare Mid Worle Conservative Robert Cleland
Weston-super-Mare Milton Labour Richard Tucker
Weston-super-Mare Milton Conservative Martin Williams
Weston-super-Mare North Worle Independent Derek Mead
Weston-super-Mare North Worle Conservative Marcia Pepperall
Weston-super-Mare South Labour James Clayton
Weston-super-Mare South Labour Ian Parker
Weston-super-Mare South Worle Conservative Peter Crew
Weston-super-Mare South Worle Conservative David Hitchins
Weston-super-Mare Uphill Conservative Peter Bryant
Weston-super-Mare Uphill Independent John Ley-Morgan
Weston-super-Mare Winterstoke Conservative Sarah Codling
Weston-super-Mare Winterstoke 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
Yatton Conservative Jill Iles

See also

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