Poole Borough Council

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Borough of Poole
Whole council elected every four years
Borough of Poole logo.png
Council logo
Type
Type
History
Founded1 April 1974
Leadership
Mayor
Cllr Lindsay Wilson
Since 16 May 2017
Leader of the Council
Cllr Janet Walton, Conservative
Since 20 May 2015
Structure
Seats42 councillors
Poole Borough Council composition
Political groups
Administration
     Conservative (31)
Other parties
     Liberal Democrat (7)
     Poole People (3)
     UKIP (1)
Length of term
4 years
Elections
Plurality-at-large
Last election
7 May 2015
Meeting place
Poole Civic Centre.jpg
Civic Centre, Poole
Website
www.poole.gov.uk

Borough of Poole is the unitary authority responsible for local government in the Poole, Dorset, England. It was created on 1 April 1997 following a review by the Local Government Commission for England (1992), becoming administratively independent from Dorset County Council.[1] Its council comprises 16 wards and 42 councillors and is controlled by a Conservative administration.

In February 2018 the 'Future Dorset' plan was approved by the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government Sajid Javid, which means that Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole borough councils will be merged into one singular unitary authority in April 2019.[2]

Composition[edit]

For local elections, 42 councillors are elected across 16 wards[3] and elections take place every four years. The last election took place in May 2015, resulting in a Conservative majority.[4] The Mayor is Ann Stribley, a Conservative councillor for Parkstone ward since 1977.[5] The Council is made up of 32 Conservative, 6 Liberal Democrat 3 Poole People and 1 UKIP councillors. Following these elections, a Conservative administration was formed [6] with a cabinet of seven councillors who are responsible for deciding how the Council's strategies and policies are implemented and how the budget is spent. The Council Leader is Janet Walton (Conservative).[7] The Mayor is Ann Stribley, a Conservative councillor for Parkstone ward since 1977.[8] The Sheriff, a position created by the town's charter of 1568 and just one of 15 Sheriffs in the country, is Conservative councillor Xena Dion.

Wards[edit]

Ward Number of seats
Alderney 3
Branksome East 2
Branksome West 2
Broadstone 3
Canford Cliffs 3
Canford Heath East 2
Canford Heath West 2
Creekmoor 3
Hamworthy East 2
Hamworthy West 2
Merley and Bearwood 3
Newtown 3
Oakdale 3
Parkstone 3
Penn Hill 3
Poole Town 3

References[edit]

  1. ^ "History of Poole". Borough of Poole. 2009. Archived from the original on 2010-01-05. Retrieved 2009-05-08.
  2. ^ Dorset For You (26 February 2018). "Government approves unitary councils for Dorset" (Press release). Dorset: Dorset County Council. Retrieved 2018-02-28.
  3. ^ "Borough of Poole - Wards". Retrieved 12 May 2011.
  4. ^ "Borough of Poole- Results of 2015 Local Elections in Poole". Retrieved 16 July 2015.
  5. ^ "Introducing Poole Welcomes 767th Mayor". Borough of Poole. Retrieved 16 July 2015.
  6. ^ "Borough of Poole- Results of 2015 Local Elections in Poole". Retrieved 16 July 2015.
  7. ^ "Borough of Poole- New council leader for Poole". Retrieved 16 July 2015.
  8. ^ "Introducing Poole Welcomes 767th Mayor". Borough of Poole. Retrieved 16 July 2015.

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