Borough of Tewkesbury

Coordinates: 52°0′0″N 2°10′0″W / 52.00000°N 2.16667°W / 52.00000; -2.16667
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Tewkesbury Borough
Tewkesbury Abbey in the town of Tewkesbury which the district is named after and governed from
Tewkesbury Abbey in the town of Tewkesbury which the district is named after and governed from
Tewkesbury shown within Gloucestershire
Tewkesbury shown within Gloucestershire
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionSouth West England
Non-metropolitan countyGloucestershire
StatusNon-metropolitan district
Admin HQTewkesbury
Incorporated1 April 1974
 • TypeNon-metropolitan district council
 • BodyTewkesbury Borough Council
 • LeadershipAlternative – Sec.31 (Conservative)
 • MPsMark Harper
Laurence Robertson
 • Total160.0 sq mi (414.4 km2)
 • Rank96th (of 309)
 • Total94,884
 • Rank257th (of 309)
 • Density590/sq mi (230/km2)
 • Ethnicity
98.6% White
Time zoneUTC0 (GMT)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (BST)
ONS code23UG (ONS)
E07000083 (GSS)
OS grid referenceSO8855933566

Tewkesbury is a local government district and borough in Gloucestershire, England. Named after its main town, Tewkesbury,[1] the borough had a population of 85,800 in 2015.[2] Other places in the borough include Ashchurch, Bishop's Cleeve, Churchdown and Winchcombe. It is administratively distinct from the parish of Tewkesbury, which is served by Tewkesbury Town Council.[3]

It was formed on 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972,[4] from the municipal borough of Tewkesbury, along with Cheltenham Rural District and part of Gloucester Rural District. Prior to assuming its borough charter the district was intended to be referred to as North Gloucestershire, and consultations have taken place in an attempt to change the name to avoid confusion with Tewkesbury proper.

Gloucestershire Airport is in the borough, near to Gloucester and Cheltenham. The borough is also served by Ashchurch for Tewkesbury on the mainline as well as a number of Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway stations.

Tewkesbury Borough Council
Coat of arms or logo
Ian Yates, Liberal Democrats (UK)
since 16 May 2023[5]
Rob Bird, Conservative
since 15 May 2018
Seats38 councillors
United Kingdom Tewkesbury Borough Council 2019.svg
Political groups
  Liberal Democrat (16)
  Conservative (9)
  Independents and Others (9)
  Green Party (4)
First past the post
Last election
4 May 2023
Meeting place
Council Offices, Gloucester Road, Tewkesbury, GL20 5TT

Tewkesbury Borough Council elects 38 Councillors from 20 wards. Following the May 2023 local elections, Tewkesbury Borough Council councillors include 16 Liberal Democrat, 10 Conservative, four Brockworth First independent, four Green Party, two Tewkesbury and Twyning independent and one independent.[6] The leader of the council is Richard Stanley, a Liberal Democrat, who has held the post since 2023. The borough mayor (a ceremonial role) for 2023–2024 is Ian Yates.


Tewkesbury Borough Council carries out a variety of district council functions including:

  • Benefits - Housing and Council Tax
  • Car Parking
  • Concessionary Travel
  • Council Tax - Administration and Collection
  • Elections and Electoral Registration
  • Environmental Health (includes Domestic and Commercial Premises)
  • Food Safety and Hygiene Complaints
  • Noise Pollution and Pest Control
  • Housing Administration
  • Licensing
  • Caravan Sites
  • Planning, including Planning Applications, Advice and Appeals
  • Public Conveniences (in some locales)
  • Health and Leisure Centres
  • Refuse Collection
  • Recycling
  • Tourism and Visitor Information.


Tewkesbury Borough Council has 38 councillors grouped as part of the Conservative Party, Liberal Democrats, Brockworth First, the Green Party, or Tewkesbury and Twyning Independents. As of May 2023, the councillors are:[7]

Ward Councillor Party
Badgeworth Robert Vines Conservative
Brockworth East Charlotte Mills Brockworth First
Jason Mills Brockworth First
Brockworth West Craig Carter Brockworth First
Deborah Harwood Brockworth First
Churchdown Brookfield with Hucclecote Paul Smith Liberal Democrats
Richard Smith Liberal Democrats
Ian Yates Liberal Democrats
Churchdown St John's Stewart Dove Liberal Democrats
Mary Jordan Liberal Democrats
Liz Skelt Liberal Democrats
Cleeve Grange Thomas Budge Liberal Democrats
Cleeve Hill Nigel Adcock Liberal Democrats
Cheryl Agg Liberal Democrats
Cleeve St Michael's Alex Hegenbarth Liberal Democrats
Kashan Pervaiz Liberal Democrats
Cleeve West Richard Stanley Liberal Democrats
Murray Stewart Liberal Democrats
Highnam with Haw Bridge Paul McLain Conservative
Jill Smith Conservative
Innsworth Sarah-Jane Hands Liberal Democrats
Paul Ockelton Liberal Democrats
Isbourne Christopher Coleman Independent
Mel Gore Conservative
Northway Pauline Godwin Conservative
Elaine MacTiernam Conservative
Severn Vale North Heather McLain Conservative
Severn Vale South Mark Williams Conservative
Shurdington George Porter Liberal Democrats
Tewkesbury East Hilarie Bowman Green
Helena Sundarajoo Green
Tewkesbury North and Twyning Mike Sztymiak Tewkesbury & Twyning Independent
Philip Workman Tewkesbury & Twyning Independent
Tewkesbury South Matt Diamond-Brown Green
Cate Cody Green
Winchcombe David Gray Conservative
Gemma Madle Independent
Jim Mason Conservative


  1. ^ "The borough of Tewkesbury: Introduction Pages 110-118 A History of the County of Gloucester: Volume 8". Victoria County History. Archived from the original on 5 June 2020. Retrieved 24 August 2020 – via British History Online.
  2. ^ "Understanding Tewkesbury Borough 2015" (PDF). Gloucestershire County Council. Archived (PDF) from the original on 24 August 2020. Retrieved 24 August 2020.
  3. ^ "Tewkesbury Town Council". Tewkesbury Town Council. Archived from the original on 30 January 2019. Retrieved 24 August 2020.
  4. ^ "Local Government Act 1972". Legislation. Archived from the original on 1 August 2020. Retrieved 24 August 2020.
  5. ^ "Mayor of Tewkesbury Borough".
  6. ^ "Your Councillors by Party". Retrieved 9 May 2023.
  7. ^ "Your Councillors by Ward". Retrieved 9 May 2023.

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