Bath and North East Somerset Council
Bath and North East Somerset Council
|Founded||1 April 1996|
|Preceded by||Avon County Council|
Chair of the Council
Cllr Cherry Beath, Liberal Democrat
since 18 May 2017
Leader of the Council
Cllr Tim Warren, Conservative
since 21 May 2015
since June 2016
Length of term
|7 May 2015|
|2 May 2019|
Bath and North East Somerset Council is the local council for the district of Bath and North East Somerset in Somerset, England.
It is a unitary authority, with the powers and functions of a non-metropolitan county and district council combined. The council consists of 65 councillors, 32 from Bath, 6 each from the Norton Radstock and Keynsham areas, and 21 others.
Historically part of the county of Somerset, Bath was made a county borough in 1889 so being independent of the newly created administrative Somerset county council, which covered the rest of the area that became Bath and North East Somerset. The area that would become Bath and North East Somerset became part of Avon when that non-metropolitan county was created in 1974. Since the abolition of Avon in 1996, Bath has been the main centre of the district of Bath and North East Somerset, one of the four authorities that replaced Avon County Council and the six district councils of Avon. The authority covers the combined areas of the non-metropolitan districts (that existed 1974 to 1996) of Wansdyke and Bath.
Before the Reform Act of 1832 Bath elected two members to the unreformed House of Commons. Bath now has a single parliamentary constituency, with Liberal Democrat Wera Hobhouse as Member of Parliament. The rest of the area falls within the North East Somerset constituency. Previously most of the area was in the Wansdyke constituency, which covers the part of Bath and North East Somerset that is not in the Bath constituency. It also contained four wards or parts of wards from South Gloucestershire Council. It was named after the former Wansdyke district.
From the creation of the authority in 1995, no political party had overall control of the council until 2015. The Liberal Democrats quickly became the dominant party, but in the 2007 local elections the Conservative Party won 31 seats becoming the largest party, though they did not have a majority. In the 2015 local elections, the Conservatives won 37 seats gaining overall control of the council, with the Liberal Democrats holding 15 seats and the Labour and Labour Co-operative parties jointly winning 6 seats.
In May 2017 following a recommendation from the Local Government Boundary Commission for England, the council resolved to reduce the number of councillors from 65 to 59 for future elections, giving 2,365 electors per councillor.
The number of councillors by party was:
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