City of Winchester

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City of Winchester
Non-metropolitan district, Borough, City
Winchester Guildhall
Winchester Guildhall
Winchester shown within Hampshire
Winchester shown within Hampshire
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region South East England
Non-metropolitan county Hampshire
Status Non-metropolitan district, Borough, City
Admin HQ Winchester
Incorporated 1 April 1974
 • Type Non-metropolitan district council
 • Body Winchester City Council
 • Leadership Leader & Cabinet (Conservative)
 • MPs Steve Brine
 • Total 255.20 sq mi (660.97 km2)
Area rank 59th (of 326)
Population (mid-2014 est.)
 • Total 119,218
 • Rank 185th (of 326)
 • Density 470/sq mi (180/km2)
 • Ethnicity 97.8% White
Time zone GMT (UTC0)
 • Summer (DST) BST (UTC+1)
ONS code 24UP (ONS)
E07000094 (GSS)
OS grid reference SU485295

Winchester (/ˈwɪnɨstər/) is a local government district in Hampshire, England, with city status. It covers an area of central Hampshire including the city of Winchester itself, and neighbouring towns and villages including New Alresford, Colden Common and Bishops Waltham.

The current city boundaries were set on 1 April 1974 when the City of Winchester merged with Droxford Rural District and part of Winchester Rural District.


Elections to the council are held in three out of every four years, with one third of the seats on the council being elected at each election. From 1995 to the 2004 election the Liberal Democrats had a majority on the council, but after 2 years when no party held a majority the 2006 election saw the Conservative party gain control.[1] The elections on 6 May 2010 saw the Liberal Democrats re take control of the council, however the council soon switched to NOC a year later in 2011. In 2012, the Conservative Party made their only Council gain of the entire English local elections and won a majority in Winchester once again.[2] Subsequently, two Conservative councillors defected to the Liberal Democrat group, placing the council under No Overall Control.[3]

The council is currently led by a Conservative administration. The make up of the council as of August 2014 is:[4]

  • Conservatives - 28
  • Liberal Democrats - 25
  • Labour - 3
  • Independent - 1
Election Member[5] Ward
2011 Eileen Berry St Barnabas
2014 Helen Osborne St Barnabas
2012 Anne Weir St Barnabas
2014 Dominic Hiscock St Bartholomew
2012 Jim/James Maynard St Bartholomew
2011 Sue Nelmes St Bartholomew
2012 Janet Berry St John & All Saints
2014 Clive Gosling St John & All Saints
2011 Chris Pines St John & All Saints
2014 Rose Prowse St Luke
2011 Jamie Scott St Luke
2012 Derek Green St Luke
2011 Fiona Mather St Michael
2012 Robert Sanders St Michael
2014 Ian Tait St Michael
2011 Robert Hutchison St Paul
2014 Lucille Thompson St Paul
2012 Martin Tod St Paul

Winchester in elections every four years elects three representatives to Hampshire County Council, currently:

Election Member[6] Ward
2013 Fiona Mather Winchester Eastgate
2013 Phil Bailey Winchester Downlands
2013 Martin Tod Winchester Westgate

Settlements and parishes[edit]

Settlements in the district include:


  1. ^ "Local elections: Winchester". BBC News Online. Retrieved 2010-02-04. 
  2. ^ "City Councillors". Winchester City Council. Retrieved 29 May 2010. 
  3. ^ . Winchester Liberal Democrats. 2014 Retrieved 2014-01-22.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ "City Councillors". Winchester City Council. 2014. Retrieved 2014-08-11. 
  5. ^ City of Winchester members 2012/13
  6. ^ Hampshire County Councillors. Retrieved 2012-05-30

Coordinates: 51°03′43″N 1°19′01″W / 51.062°N 1.317°W / 51.062; -1.317