East Riding of Yorkshire Council

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East Riding of Yorkshire
Arms of East Riding of Yorkshire Council
East Riding of Yorkshire Council.svg
Founded1 April 1996
Chair of the Council
John Whittle, Independent
Leader of the Council
Jonathan Owen, Conservative
Chief executive
Caroline Lacey
Seats67 councillors
East Riding of Yorkshire Council political makeup
Political groups
  Conservative (43)
Other parties
  Liberal Democrats (12)
  Independent (9)
  Yorkshire Party (2)
First past the post
Last election
2 May 2019
Next election
May 2023
Meeting place
County Hall, Beverley.jpg
County Hall, Beverley
www.eastriding.gov.uk Edit this at Wikidata

East Riding of Yorkshire Council is the local authority of the East Riding of Yorkshire. It is a unitary authority, having the powers of a non-metropolitan county and district council combined. It provides a full range of local government services including Council Tax billing, libraries, social services, processing planning applications, waste collection and disposal, and it is a local education authority.

Powers and functions[edit]

The local authority derives its powers and functions from the Local Government Act 1972 and subsequent legislation. For the purposes of local government, the East Riding of Yorkshire is within a non-metropolitan area of England. As a unitary authority, East Riding of Yorkshire Council has the powers and functions of both a non-metropolitan county and district council combined. In its capacity as a district council it is a billing authority collecting Council Tax and business rates; it processes local planning applications; and it is responsible for housing, waste collection and environmental health. In its capacity as a county council it is a local education authority, responsible for social services, libraries and waste disposal.


Elections to the authority are held every four years, with all of the 67 seats, representing 26 wards, on the council being filled. It was under no overall control from 1995 to 2007; the Conservative Party regained a majority at the 2007 election, which it then increased in 2011.[1] The composition of the council after the latest election on 2 May 2019, and subsequent by-elections,[2][3][4] and defections[5] is as follows:

Year Conservative Liberal Democrat Independent Yorkshire Party
2019 42 13 8 2


The council consists of 67 councillors who are elected every four years from 26 wards, each ward returning up to three councillors.[6] The council was led by Steven Parnaby of the Conservative Party from its creation until his retirement at the 2019 election,[7][8] when Richard Burton was elected as his replacement.[9] On 13 May 2021, Jonathan Owen was elected as the new leader of the council.[10] John Whittle is the chairman of the authority.[11]

East Riding of Yorkshire wards
Ward Councillors Map location
Beverley Rural 3 20
Bridlington North 3 26
Bridlington South 3 24
Bridlington Central and Old Town 2 25
Cottingham North 2 12
Cottingham South 2 11
Dale 3 6
Driffield and Rural 3 22
East Wolds and Coastal 3 23
Goole North 2 3
Goole South 2 2
Hessle 3 8
Howden 1 4
Howdenshire 3 5
Mid Holderness 3 17
Minster and Woodmansey 3 13
North Holderness 2 21
Pocklington Provincial 3 18
Snaith, Airmyn, Rawcliffe and Marshland 2 1
South East Holderness 3 15
South Hunsley 2 7
South West Holderness 3 16
St Mary's 3 14
Tranby 2 9
Willerby and Kirk Ella 3 10
Wolds Weighton 3 19


  1. ^ "Election 2011 - England council elections - East Riding of Yorkshire". BBC News. 10 May 2011. Retrieved 27 March 2014.
  2. ^ "Election Results". East Riding of Yorkshire Council. 11 July 2019. Retrieved 14 July 2019.
  3. ^ "Election Results". East Riding of Yorkshire Council. 7 April 2022. Retrieved 8 April 2022.
  4. ^ "Election Results". East Riding of Yorkshire Council. 26 August 2022. Retrieved 26 August 2022.
  5. ^ "East Riding Conservative defects to Liberal Democrats". BBC News. 14 May 2022. Retrieved 19 May 2022.
  6. ^ "Ward councillors". East Riding of Yorkshire Council. Retrieved 29 January 2014.
  7. ^ "Parnaby OBE, Cllr Stephen". Local Government Association. Archived from the original on 12 May 2014. Retrieved 12 May 2014.
  8. ^ "East Riding Council leader Stephen Parnaby to retire from politics". Hull Daily Mail. 22 February 2018. Retrieved 14 May 2019.
  9. ^ Wood, Alex (8 May 2019). "New East Riding Council leader elected". The Yorkshire Post. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  10. ^ "Councillor Jonathan Owen elected leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council". East Riding of Yorkshire Council. 13 May 2021. Retrieved 13 May 2021.
  11. ^ "Councillor John Whittle elected as new chairman of East Riding of Yorkshire Council". East Riding of Yorkshire Council. 13 May 2022. Retrieved 14 May 2022.

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