Rutland County Council

Rutland County Council
Rutland County Council District Council
Coat of arms or logo
Terry King, Conservative
Kenneth Bool
Seats 26
Political groups
 Conservative Party
 Liberal Democrats
First past the post
Last election
7 May 2015
Meeting place
Catmose House, Catmose Street, Oakham, Rutland
Topiary to mark the independence of Rutland at Clipsham Yew Tree Avenue; the Rutland horseshoe, the initials RCC and the date 1997

Rutland County Council is a unitary authority responsible for local government in the historic county of Rutland in the East Midlands of England. The current council was created in April 1997. The population of the Council at the 2011 census was 37,369.[1]

Formally it is a unitary district with the full legal title of Rutland County Council District Council. As a unitary authority, the council is responsible for almost all local services in Rutland, with the exception of the Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service and Leicestershire Police, which are run by joint boards with Leicestershire County Council and Leicester City Council.

The unitary is seen as a re-creation of the Rutland County Council that was established in 1889 by the Local Government Act 1888 and ended in 1974 by the Local Government Act 1972, when Rutland was reconstituted as a district of Leicestershire. The Local Government Commission for England in 1994 recommended that Rutland District (and Leicester City) should become unitaries and leave the two-tier Leicestershire.[2] Rutland unitary authority came into existence on 1 April 1997.[3]

The Council consists of 26 councillors, representing sixteen electoral wards of the county. It has all-out elections on a four-year cycle and follows a district pattern, with elections held in May 2007,[4] May 2011 and May 2015.

The ceremonial head of the Council is the Chairman, and the executive follows the leader and cabinet model.

The current council is led by the Conservatives, with an opposition of Independents, and Liberal Democrats.

The political composition is as follows.

Party Seats[5]
Conservative 17
Independent 7
Liberal Democrat 2

Local election results

Rutland County Council election, 2015


Rutland wards

The county is divided into electoral wards, returning one, two or three councillors. The current wards were first adopted for the 2003 local elections.

Ward Councillors Description
Braunston & Belton1Parishes of Ayston, Belton, Braunston, Brooke, Leighfield, Preston, Ridlington, & Wardley
Cottesmore2Parishes of Barrow, Cottesmore, Market Overton & Teigh
Exton1Parishes of Ashwell, Burley, Egleton, Exton, Hambleton, Horn & Whitwell
Greetham1Parishes of Clipsham, Greetham, Pickworth, Stretton & Thistleton
Ketton2Parishes of Barrowden, Ketton, Tinwell & Tixover
Langham1Parish of Langham
Lyddington1Parishes of Bisbrooke, Caldecott, Glaston, Lyddington, Seaton, Stoke Dry & Thorpe By Water
Martinsthorpe1Parishes of Gunthorpe, Lyndon, Manton, Martinsthorpe, Morcott, Pilton & Wing
Normanton2Parishes of Edith Weston, Empingham, Normanton, North Luffenham, South Luffenham
Oakham North East2Oakham Northwest of Burley Road/Mill Street/South Street and East of the railway
Oakham North West2Oakham North of Braunston Road and West of the railway

Barleythorpe Parish

Oakham South East2Oakham Southeast of Burley Road/Mill Street/South Street and East of the railway
Oakham South West2Oakham South of Braunston Road and West of the railway
Ryhall & Casterton2Parishes of Essendine, Great Casterton, Little Casterton, Ryhall & Tickencote
Uppingham3Parishes of Uppingham & Beaumont Chase
Whissendine1Parish of Whissendine


  1. "Unitary Authority population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 23 June 2016.
  2. LGCE Final Recommendations for the Future Local Government of Leicestershire. December 1994.
  3. The Leicestershire (City of Leicester and District of Rutland) (Structural Change) Order 1996 SI 1996/507
  4. 2007 Local Election results for RCC
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