Herefordshire Council

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Herefordshire Council
Herefordshire Council logo
Chair of the Council
Cllr Sebastian Bowen, Herefordshire Independents
Leader of the Council
Cllr David Hitchiner, Herefordshire Independents
since May 2019
Chief Executive
Alistair Neill
since December 2012
Seats53 councillors
Political groups
Administration (10)
     Herefordshire Independents (10)
Opposition (42)
     Conservative (13)
     It's our County! (7)
     Green (7)
     Liberal Democrat (7)
     True Independents (5)
     Independent (3)
Vacant (1)
First past the post
Last election
2 May 2019
Next election
May 2023
Meeting place
Shire Hall and war memorial - - 844672.jpg
Shirehall, Hereford

Herefordshire Council is the local government authority for the county of Herefordshire in England. It is a unitary authority, combining the powers of a non-metropolitan county and district.


The Council was formed on 1 April 1998 following the split of Hereford and Worcester back into two separate counties. The Council initially had its headquarters at Brockington House, 35 Hafod Road, Hereford[1] but moved to Plough Lane in Hereford in 2009.[2][3] Formal meetings of the council are held at the Shirehall in Hereford.[4]


It has adopted the Leader and Cabinet constitutional model.[5] It was run by the Conservatives until 2019.[6] The 2019 election resulted in the Conservative Party losing its majority on the council for the first time since 2007, winning 13 seats. Independents made gains and became the largest group on the council after winning 18 seats, 9 seats short of a majority. The Liberal Democrats and Greens also made gains at the expense of the Conservatives, winning 7 seats each. Following disagreements in the Herefordshire Independents group, five councillors left to form a new group, True Independents.[7] Following this change and the postponed election in Ross North, the Conservatives are the largest group with 13 councillors, Herefordshire Independents have 10, It’s Our County, the Green party and the Liberal Democrats have seven each and the True Independents five. There are also three non-aligned Independents. One seat in Whitecross ward is vacant.[8]

Outsourced services[edit]

Herefordshire Council has outsourced the following services:

  • Human Resources & Finance – outsourced to a limited company named "Hoople", which is wholly owned by the Council and Wye Valley NHS Trust
  • Leisure – Halo Leisure (A not-for-profit trust which operates all leisure services)
  • Social Housing – Herefordshire Housing (A not-for-profit trust which operates all housing and accommodation services)
  • Commercial Services – Amey Wye Valley Services (A commercial venture which maintains roads, grounds, street lighting, etc.)
  • Waste Management – Severn Waste Management (Responsible for bin collection, sorting and recycling)



  1. ^ "New £12m Hereford care community opens to the public". Healthcare Business. 29 April 2019. Retrieved 29 September 2019.
  2. ^ Council, Herefordshire. "Contact us".
  3. ^ "Herefordshire Council scales back HQ plan". Hereford Times. 2 October 2011. Retrieved 29 September 2019.
  4. ^ "Agenda and minutes Council". Herefordshire Council. 12 July 2019. Retrieved 29 September 2019.
  5. ^ "Committee details - Cabinet". 16 March 2019.
  6. ^ "Your Councillors". 16 March 2019.
  7. ^ Garcia, Carmelo (2019-06-05). "Eastern bypass spat splits ruling group". Hereford Times. Retrieved 2019-06-08.
  8. ^ "Your Councillors by Party". Herefordshire Council. Retrieved 2019-06-08.

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Coordinates: 52°03′11″N 2°41′38″W / 52.053°N 2.694°W / 52.053; -2.694