Rutland County Council

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Rutland County Council
Coat of arms or logo
Kenneth Bool
Seats 26
17 / 26
7 / 26
1 / 26
First past the post
Last election
7 May 2015
Next election
2 May 2019
Meeting place
Catmose House, Catmose Street, Oakham, Rutland

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.[1]

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.[2] Rutland unitary authority came into existence on 1 April 1997.[3]


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,[4] May 2011 and May 2015.

The ceremonial head of the Council is the Chairman, and the executive follows the leader and cabinet model.

The current council is led by the Conservatives, with an opposition of Independents, and Liberal Democrats.[5]


Rutland wards

The county is divided into electoral wards, returning one, two or three councillors. The current wards were first adopted for the 2003 local elections.

Ward Councillors Description
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

Barleythorpe Parish

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[edit]

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
Choice Votes  %
Leave the European Union 11,613 50.57%
Remain a member of the European Union 11,353 49.43%
Vaild votes 22,966 99.92%
Invalid or blank votes 18 0.08%
Total votes 22,984 100.00%
Registered voters and turnout 29,390 78.20%
Rutland referendum result (without spoiled ballots):
11,613 (50.6%)
11,353 (49.4%)

See also[edit]

Rutland County Council election, 2015

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Unitary Authority population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 23 June 2016. 
  2. ^ LGCE Final Recommendations for the Future Local Government of Leicestershire. December 1994.
  3. ^ The Leicestershire (City of Leicester and District of Rutland) (Structural Change) Order 1996 SI 1996/507
  4. ^ 2007 Local Election results for RCC
  5. ^