Rutland County Council
Rutland County Council
|Founded||1 April 1997[a]|
|Preceded by||Rutland District Council|
Leicestershire County Council
Chairman of the Council
Cllr Kenneth Bool, Conservative
since 1 June 2015
Leader of the Council
Cllr Oliver Hemsley, Conservative
since 5 February 2017
Length of term
|First past the post|
|7 May 2015|
|2 May 2019|
|Catmose House, Oakham|
Rutland County Council is a unitary authority responsible for local government in the historic county of Rutland in the East Midlands of England. The current council was created in April 1997. The population of the Council at the 2011 census was 37,369.
As a unitary authority, the council is responsible for almost all local services in Rutland, with the exception of the Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service and Leicestershire Police, which are run by joint boards with Leicestershire County Council and Leicester City Council.
The unitary is seen as a re-creation of the Rutland County Council that was established in 1889 by the Local Government Act 1888 and ended in 1974 by the Local Government Act 1972, when Rutland was reconstituted as a district of Leicestershire. The Local Government Commission for England in 1994 recommended that Rutland District (and Leicester City) should become unitaries and leave the two-tier Leicestershire. Rutland unitary authority came into existence on 1 April 1997.
The Council consists of 26 councillors, representing sixteen electoral wards of the county. It has all-out elections on a four-year cycle and follows a district pattern, with elections held in May 2007, May 2011 and May 2015.
The ceremonial head of the Council is the Chairman, and the executive follows the leader and cabinet model.
|2015 election||Current seats|
The county is divided into electoral wards, returning one, two or three councillors. The current wards were first adopted for the 2003 local elections.
|Braunston & Belton||1||Parishes of Ayston, Belton, Braunston, Brooke, Leighfield, Preston, Ridlington, & Wardley|
|Cottesmore||2||Parishes of Barrow, Cottesmore, Market Overton & Teigh|
|Exton||1||Parishes of Ashwell, Burley, Egleton, Exton, Hambleton, Horn & Whitwell|
|Greetham||1||Parishes of Clipsham, Greetham, Pickworth, Stretton & Thistleton|
|Ketton||2||Parishes of Barrowden, Ketton, Tinwell & Tixover|
|Langham||1||Parish of Langham|
|Lyddington||1||Parishes of Bisbrooke, Caldecott, Glaston, Lyddington, Seaton, Stoke Dry & Thorpe By Water|
|Martinsthorpe||1||Parishes of Gunthorpe, Lyndon, Manton, Martinsthorpe, Morcott, Pilton & Wing|
|Normanton||2||Parishes of Edith Weston, Empingham, Normanton, North Luffenham, South Luffenham|
|Oakham North East||2||Oakham Northwest of Burley Road/Mill Street/South Street and East of the railway|
|Oakham North West||2||Oakham North of Braunston Road and West of the railway
|Oakham South East||2||Oakham Southeast of Burley Road/Mill Street/South Street and East of the railway|
|Oakham South West||2||Oakham South of Braunston Road and West of the railway|
|Ryhall & Casterton||2||Parishes of Essendine, Great Casterton, Little Casterton, Ryhall & Tickencote|
|Uppingham||3||Parishes of Uppingham & Beaumont Chase|
|Whissendine||1||Parish of Whissendine|
2016 EU Referendum
On 23 June 2016 Rutland voted in only the third major UK-wide referendum on the issue of the United Kingdom's membership of the European Union in the 2016 EU Referendum under the provisions of the European Union Referendum Act 2015 where voters were asked to decide on the question “Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union” by voting for either “Remain a member of the European Union” or “Leave the European Union”. The county produced one of the narrowest results in the country by voting to “Leave the European Union” by a majority of just 260 votes. The result went against the views of the local MP Alan Duncan who had campaigned for a "Remain" vote.
The result was declared in Oakham early on 24 June 2016 by the "Counting officer" (CO) Helen Briggs.
|United Kingdom European Union membership referendum, 2016 |
|Leave the European Union||11,613||50.57%|
|Remain a member of the European Union||11,353||49.43%|
|Invalid or blank votes||18||0.08%|
|Registered voters and turnout||29,390||78.20%|
- District council gained unitary authority functions.
- "Unitary Authority population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 23 June 2016.
- LGCE Final Recommendations for the Future Local Government of Leicestershire. December 1994.
- The Leicestershire (City of Leicester and District of Rutland) (Structural Change) Order 1996 SI 1996/507
- 2007 Local Election results for RCC
- "Local election results 2015 in full". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media Limited. 15 May 2015. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
- "Your Councillors by Party". Rutland County Council. Retrieved 23 March 2018.