Bath and North East Somerset Council

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Bath and North East Somerset Council
Whole council elected every four years
Bath & North East Somerset Council logo.gif
Council logo
Houses Unicameral
Term limits
Founded 1 April 1996
Preceded by Bath Borough Council
Wansdyke District Council
Chief Executive
Jo Farrar[1], n/a
Leader of Council
Tim Warren, Conservative
Leader of the opposition
Robin Moss, Labour
Since 2015-
Last election
7 May 2015
Next election
Meeting place
Bath Guildhall, Council chamber, toward chair.jpg
Guildhall, Bath

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.[2]


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 B&NES.[3] The area that would become B&NES 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 (B&NES), one of the four authorities that replaced Avon County Council and the six district councils of Avon. B&NES covers the combined areas of the non-metropolitan districts (that existed 1974 to 1996) of Wansdyke and Bath.[4]

Before the Reform Act of 1832 Bath elected two members to the unreformed House of Commons.[5] Bath now has a single parliamentary constituency, with Conservative Ben Howlett as Member of Parliament. The rest of the area falls within the North East Somerset constituency.[6] Previously most of the area was in the Wansdyke constituency, which covers the part of B&NES 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.

Following a successful petition, there is to be a referendum held in 2016 proposing a directly elected mayor for the Bath and North East Somerset district.[7]

Political control[edit]

Since B&NES was created 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.

The number of councillors by party was:

Party 2015[8] 2011[9] 2007[2] 2003[10] 1999[11]
Conservative Party 37 +8 29 -3 31 +5 26 +10 16
Liberal Democrats 15 -14 29 +3 26 -3 29 -1 30
Labour Party 5 +1 4 -1 5 -1 6 -11 17
Labour Co-op 1 = 1 +1 0 = 0 = 0
Independent Labour 0 -2 2
Green 2 +2 0 = 0 = 0 = 0
Independent 3 +1 2 = 2 -2 4 +4 0
No party, just Peasedown 2 +2
No party 0 -1 1 +1
Control: Conservative NOC (Con/LD
Joint 1st)
NOC (Con 1st) NOC (LD 1st) NOC (LD 1st)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Meet the Board,
  2. ^ a b "Local Election – Thursday, 3rd May, 2007". Bath & North East Somerset Council. Retrieved 3 May 2011. 
  3. ^ Keane, Patrick. "An English County and Education: Somerset, 1889–1902". The English Historical Review 88 (347): 286–311. doi:10.1093/ehr/LXXXVIII.CCCXLVII.286. 
  4. ^ "The Avon (Structural Change) Order 1995". The National Archives. Retrieved 19 March 2011. 
  5. ^ "Parliamentary Constituencies in the unreformed House". United Kingdom Election Results. Archived from the original on 5 November 2007. Retrieved 9 December 2007. 
  6. ^ "Somerset North East: New Boundaries Calculation". Electoral Calculus: General Election Prediction. Retrieved 19 September 2007. 
  7. ^ Bristol Post Referendum to go ahead in Banes to decide on elected mayor (7 September 2015)
  8. ^ "Bath and North East Somerset Council (All Wards) - Thursday, 7th May, 2015". Bath and North East Somerset. Retrieved 14 May 2015. 
  9. ^ "Local Election – Thursday, 5th May, 2011". Bath & North East Somerset Council. Retrieved 6 May 2011. 
  10. ^ "Local Election – Thursday, 1st May, 2003". Bath & North East Somerset Council. Retrieved 3 May 2011. 
  11. ^ "Local Election – Thursday, 6th May, 1999". Bath & North East Somerset Council. Retrieved 3 May 2011. 

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