Poole Borough Council

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Poole Borough Council
Whole council elected every four years
Coat of Arms Poole.png
Borough of Poole logo.png
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Type
Type
Unitary authority council of Poole
Houses Unicameral
Term limits
None
History
Founded 1 April 1974
New session started
14 May 2013 (Municipal year 2013/2014)
Leadership
Elaine Atkinson, Conservative
since 14 May 2013
Mayor
Carol Evans
since 14 May 2013
Structure
Seats 42 councillors
21 / 42
18 / 42
3 / 42
Elections
Plurality-at-large
Last election
5 May 2011
Next election
2015
Meeting place
Poole Civic Centre.jpg
Civic Centre, Poole
Website
www.poole.gov.uk

Poole Borough Council is the unitary authority responsible for local government in the Borough of Poole in Dorset, England. It was created on 1 April 1997 following a review by the Local Government Commission for England (1992), becoming administratively independent from Dorset County Council.[1] Its council comprises 16 wards and 42 councillors and is controlled by a Conservative minority administration.

Composition[edit]

Further information: Poole local elections

For local elections, 42 councillors are elected across 16 wards[2] and elections take place every four years. The last election took place in May 2011, resulting in no overall control [3] The Council is made up of 21 Conservative, 18 Liberal Democrat and 3 Poole People councillors. Following these elections, a Conservative minority administration was formed [4][5] with a cabinet of seven councillors who are responsible for deciding how the Council's strategies and policies are implemented and how the budget is spent.[6] The Council Leader is Elaine Atkinson (Conservative).[7] The Mayor is Graham Wilson, a Liberal Democrat councillor for Newtown ward since 1996.[8] The Sheriff, a position created by the town's charter of 1568 and just one of 15 Sheriffs in the country, is Conservative councillor Carol Evans.

Party political make-up of Poole Borough Council
   Party Seats Poole Borough Council 2011–2015
  Conservative 21                                                                                    
  Lib Dems 18                                                                                    
  Poole People 3                                                                                    


Wards[edit]

Sortable table
Ward Number of seats
Alderney 3
Branksome East 2
Branksome West 2
Broadstone 3
Canford Cliffs 3
Canford Heath East 2
Canford Heath West 2
Creekmoor 3
Hamworthy East 2
Hamworthy West 2
Merley and Bearwood 3
Newtown 3
Oakdale 3
Parkstone 3
Penn Hill 3
Poole Town 3

References[edit]

  1. ^ "History of Poole". Borough of Poole. 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-08. 
  2. ^ "Borough of Poole - Wards". Retrieved 12 May 2011. 
  3. ^ "Local Election Results For Poole". Borough of Poole. Retrieved 2011-05-10. 
  4. ^ "Borough of Poole- Parties Agree On The Way Forward". Retrieved 14 May 2011. 
  5. ^ "Conservatives to run Poole as minority administration". BBC News. 13 May 2011. Retrieved 14 May 2011. 
  6. ^ "New Cabinet And Committee Teams For Poole". Borough of Poole. Retrieved 2011-05-20. 
  7. ^ "New Council Leader For Poole". Borough of Poole. 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-30. 
  8. ^ "Introducing Poole's New Mayor". Borough of Poole. Retrieved 2011-05-10. 

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