West Yorkshire County Council

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West Yorkshire County Council
West Yorkshire Metropolitan County Council
West Yorkshire
Coat of arms or logo
Coat of arms of the West Yorkshire County Council
Type
Type
History
Established 1 April 1974
Disbanded 31 March 1986
Preceded by Various authorities, including West Riding County Council
Succeeded by Various agencies, including West Yorkshire Joint Services
Seats 88
Elections
Last election
1973
last election
1977
Last general election
1981
Meeting place
County Hall (1898), Wood Street, Wakefield.jpg
County Hall, Wakefield, England

West Yorkshire County Council (WYCC) — also known as West Yorkshire Metropolitan County Council (WYMCC)[1] — was the top-tier local government administrative body for West Yorkshire from 1974 to 1986. A strategic authority, with responsibilities for public transport, planning, emergency services and waste disposal, it was composed of 88 members drawn from the five metropolitan boroughs of West Yorkshire. West Yorkshire County Council shared power with five lower-tier district councils, each of which directed local matters.

Established with reference to the Local Government Act 1972, elections in 1973 brought about the county council's launch as a shadow authority, several months before West Yorkshire (its zone of influence) was officially created on 1 April 1974. The West Yorkshire County Council operated from County Hall, Wakefield, until it was abolished 31 March 1986, following the Local Government Act 1985. Its powers were passed to the five district councils of West Yorkshire (which had shared power with WYCC): City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council, Calderdale Council, Kirklees Council, Leeds City Council and Wakefield Metropolitan District Council. Some powers of the county council were restored when the district councils delegated strategic responsibilities (such as emergency services and public transport) to the county-wide West Yorkshire Joint Services and joint boards.

Its headquarters were County Hall in Wakefield. This was built in 1888 for West Riding County Council, which occupied it until its abolition in 1974. The building is now the home of Wakefield Metropolitan District Council.

The council's 88 members were first elected on 12 April 1973, to take office on 1 April 1974. They were elected for four years, and elections were held each four years thereafter.

The Coat of arms of West Yorkshire Metropolitan County Council was granted by letters patent in 1975.

A former West Yorkshire Metropolitan County Council sign found outside the West Yorkshire Archives, Wakefield, West Yorkshire

Election results[edit]

Year Labour Conservative Liberals Others
1973 (period of office 1974-78)[2] 51 25 11 1
1977 (for 1978-82)[3] 30 54 4 0
1981 (for 1982-86)[4] 63 14 11 0

Successor bodies[edit]

After the council was abolished in 1986, power was devolved to the five constituent district councils of Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield. Some council functions including archive services and Trading Standards continued to be provided jointly, through West Yorkshire Joint Services, and the West Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive and West Yorkshire Police continue to operate across the county.

In 2012, plans to revive a top-tier administrative combined authority for West Yorkshire were revealed, with Peter McBride, cabinet member for housing and investment and councillor for Kirklees, stating "what we are recreating in effect is the West Yorkshire County Council in another form, which the government abolished in 1986 but has come to realise that you need a body of that size".[5] The West Yorkshire Combined Authority is to be created in April 2014.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "County Hall, Wakefield". Wakefield Metropolitan District Council. Retrieved 6 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "Labour take over metropolitan counties and 11 other councils". The Times. 14 April 1973. p. 3. Retrieved 6 April 2012.  (available online to subscribers)
  3. ^ "Conservatives triumphant in Greater London and Metropolitan counties". The Times. 6 May 1977. p. 4. Retrieved 6 April 2012.  (available online to subscribers)
  4. ^ "GLC results in full: big Labour gains in the counties". The Times. 8 May 1981. p. 4. Retrieved 6 April 2012.  (available online to subscribers)
  5. ^ Council plans depend on a new authority - Dewsbury Reporter
  6. ^ http://www.wyita.gov.uk/NR/rdonlyres/0E5528D5-7F97-46CC-951C-1863A2CD82C9/0/EB27JULY2012ITEM10StrategicUpdate.pdf