Warwick District

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Warwick District
Non-metropolitan district
Shown within Warwickshire
Shown within Warwickshire
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region West Midlands
Administrative county Warwickshire
Admin. HQ Leamington Spa
Government
 • Leadership: Leader and cabinet
 • MPs: Chris White (C)
Jeremy Wright (C)
Area
 • Total 109.2 sq mi (282.9 km2)
Area rank 144th
Population (2011 est.)
 • Total 137,700
 • Rank Ranked 146th
 • Density 1,300/sq mi (490/km2)
Time zone Greenwich Mean Time (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) British Summer Time (UTC+1)
ONS code 44UF (ONS)
E07000222 (GSS)
Ethnicity 89.2% White (83.4% White British)
7.2% Asian
0.7% Black
2.1% Mixed Race
0.9% Other [1]
Website warwickdc.gov.uk

Warwick is a local government district of central Warwickshire in England. The current leader of the district council is Conservative Party member Andrew Mobbs.[2] The council is currently controlled by the Conservative group, who hold 22 of the 46 council seats. Labour has 8 councillors, the Liberal Democrats have 9 councillors, the remaining 7 councillors sitting as independents.[3]

The district comprises the towns of Warwick itself, Leamington Spa, Kenilworth and Whitnash, and also includes the surrounding rural areas. The district is bordered to the south and west by Stratford-on-Avon district to the north-east by Rugby borough and to the north by the metropolitan borough of Coventry.

Politics and history[edit]

The district council headquarters are in Leamington Spa. It employs more than 500 people in a four storey building near to the River Leam. The district council deal with issues such as waste management, the collection of council tax, planning/building regulations, council housing and council house repairs.

The district was created on 1 April 1974, by a merger of the former Leamington Spa and Warwick municipal boroughs, the Kenilworth urban district and the Warwick Rural District. The council claimed to have the 33rd cheapest council tax out of the 238 shire districts in the country.[4]

Parking[edit]

On 6 August 2007 on-street parking charges were introduced in certain parts of central Leamington, Warwick and Kenilworth for the first time. At this time parking also became decriminalised which meant that the district council and not the police were responsible for enforcing parking regulations.

Tourism and leisure[edit]

Two of the most well known tourist attractions in the district are Warwick Castle and Kenilworth Castle, the first being well-preserved and the second now a ruin as a result of the English Civil War. Also of interest are the National Trust properties Baddesley Clinton and Wroxall Abbey. The Royal Pump Rooms in Leamington is a cultural and tourist attraction with services including Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum and there are several museums in Warwick.

All three of the district's main towns, Leamington, Warwick and Kenilworth, have many hotels, two of the better known ones being The Regent Hotel and a Hilton Hotel at Warwick. Warwick Racecourse hosts televised meetings several times a year and the English men and women's lawn bowls championships takes place in Leamington each year.

There are three public swimming pools and three leisure centres in the district as well as many public open spaces, the most well known being Leamington's Jephson Gardens and Newbold Comyn. There are two public pay-per-play golf courses, one in Leamington and one in Warwick. The biggest football teams in the area are Leamington F.C. and Racing Club Warwick.

All three towns have their own amateur theatres including the Talisman (Kenilworth), the Loft Theatre Company (Leamington), and The Bridge House Theatre (Warwick School). In addition, Playbox Theatre Company based in Warwick, works specifically with young people and Heartbreak Productions runs a programme of outdoor events, mainly in the summer months.

The Royal Spa Centre is the district's large scale professional theatre and runs a programme of theatre, drama, comedy, film and community events in its 794 seat main house and 160 seat studio theatre.

Travel[edit]

The district has five railway stations Warwick, Warwick Parkway, Leamington, Hatton, and Lapworth. The Grand Union Canal flows through the district and the M40 motorway also passes through. Right on the edge of the district is found Coventry Airport at Baginton.

Freedom of district[edit]

On 26 November 2013 the freedom of the district was bestowed on the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers following a parade through Royal Leamington Spa.[5]

Parishes and settlements[edit]

The Warwick district includes the settlements and Parishes of:

For a list of wards in Warwick district by population click here.

Electoral wards[edit]

This is a guide to the size of the wards in Warwick District based on the data from the 2001 UK Census. The entire population of the district was 125,929.

Rank Ward Population
1 Brunswick 9,299
2 Willes 8,601
3 Warwick South 8,569
4 Warwick North 8,488
5 Warwick West 8,377
6 Milverton 8,269
7 Manor 8,162
8 Park Hill 8,124
9 Whitnash 7,796
10 Abbey 7,552
11 St John's 7,543
12 Crown 5,829
13 Cubbington 5,777
14 Budbrooke 5,223
15 Clarendon 4,954
16 Stoneleigh 3,049
17 Lapworth 2,870
18 Bishop's Tachbrook 2,514
19 Radford Semele 2,494
20 Leek Wootton 2,439

N.B. Ward populations will differ from the village population which they are named after and which they are linked to as ward boundaries very rarely match village boundaries exactly.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/census/2011-census/key-statistics-for-local-authorities-in-england-and-wales/rft-table-ks201ew.xls
  2. ^ "Warwick DC". Retrieved 27 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "Political structure". Warwick District Council. Retrieved 5 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "Warwick DC". Retrieved 27 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "Fusiliers granted freedom of Warwick District". BBC News (BBC). 26 November 2013. Retrieved 27 November 2013. 

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Coordinates: 52°17′22″N 1°32′37″W / 52.2894°N 1.5435°W / 52.2894; -1.5435