Salisbury District

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Coordinates: 51°04′01″N 1°47′53″W / 51.067°N 1.798°W / 51.067; -1.798

Salisbury District
Salisbury
Salisbury District shown within non-metropolitan Wiltshire
Area
 • 2001387 sq. miles (1,004.13 km²)
Population
 • 2001115,000
History
 • OriginMunicipal Borough of New Sarum (or Salisbury) and Municipal Borough of Wilton, Amesbury Rural District, Mere and Tisbury Rural District, Salisbury and Wilton Rural District.
 • Created1974
 • Abolished2009
 • Succeeded byWiltshire Council
StatusNon-metropolitan district
ONS code46UD
GovernmentSalisbury District Council
 • HQSalisbury

Salisbury was a local government district in Wiltshire, England from 1974 to 2009. Its main urban area was the city of Salisbury.

The district was formed on 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972 and the pursuant The English Non-metropolitan Districts (Definition) Order 1972 as a merger of the previous municipal boroughs of Salisbury and Wilton, along with Amesbury Rural District, Mere and Tisbury Rural District and Salisbury and Wilton Rural District.[1][2]

On 1 April 2009, the district was abolished as part of the 2009 structural changes to local government in England, when its functions were taken over by the new Wiltshire Council unitary authority.[3] At the same time, a parish council serving only Salisbury and its suburbs was formed, called Salisbury City Council.

Political control[edit]

Salisbury District Council
Type
Type
History
Founded1 April 1974
Disbanded1 April 2009
Preceded by
Borough councils
  • New Sarum City Council
  • Wilton Borough Council
Rural district councils
  • Amesbury Rural District Council
  • Mere and Tisbury Rural District Council
  • Salisbury and Wilton Rural District Council
Succeeded byWiltshire Council
Structure
Seats58 councillors (from 1973)
55 councillors (from 2003)
Length of term
4 years
Elections
First past the post
First election
7 June 1973
Last election
3 May 2007
Meeting place
City Hall, Salisbury

The political control of the council was as follows:[4]

  • 1976–1979 NOC (No Overall Control)
  • 1979–1983 NOC
  • 1983–1987 NOC
  • 1987–1991 Conservative
  • 1991–1995 Conservative
  • 1995–1999 Liberal Democrat
  • 1999–2003 NOC
  • 2003–2007 Conservative
  • 2007–2009 NOC (administration by coalition of Liberal Democrat and Labour)

The political composition of the authority when it came to an end on 1 April 2009 was 22 Conservatives, 19 Liberal Democrats, ten Labour members, and four Independents.

Composition[edit]

All members of the council were elected at an "all out" election held once every four years, on the first Thursday in May.

Election CON LD LAB OTH Control Ref.
1973 15 8 13 20 No overall control
1976 21 7 9 21 No overall control
1979 23 8 7 20 No overall control
1983 25 10 4 19 No overall control
1987 32 9 3 14 Conservative
1991 30 9 5 14 Conservative
1995 8 31 11 8 Liberal Democrat
1999 27 16 11 4 No overall control [5]
2003 31 9 11 4 Conservative [6]
2007 22 19 10 4 No overall control [7]
Notes

Wards[edit]

In 1975 a statutory instrument established the wards to be used by Salisbury District Council.[8] These boundaries would be in use from the 1976 council elections (with some minor alternations) until 2003, when new ward boundaries came into effect.

Ward Seats
Alderbury 1
Amesbury 3
Bemerton 3
Bishopdown 1
Bulford 2
Chalke Valley 1
Downhead 1
Downton 2
Durrington 3
Ebble 1
Fisherton and Bemerton Village 2
Fonthill 1
Fovant 1
Harnham 3
Idmiston 1
Knoyle 1
Laverstock 2
Mere 1
Milford 2
Nadder 1
Redlynch 2
St. Edmund 2
St. Mark 3
St. Martin 2
St. Paul 3
Stratford 1
Till Valley 1
Tisbury 1
Upper Bourne 1
Western 1
Whiteparish 1
Wilton 2
Winterbourne 1
Winterslow 1
Woodford Valley 1
Wylye 2
Total 58

In 1998, the Local Government Commission for England began a review of ward boundaries in Salisbury district. After an initial draft proposal and a period of consultation it recommended a reduction in councillors from 58 to 55, and a redrawing of ward boundaries reducing the number to 28. Final recommendations for Salisbury were made in 1999, and were implemented under the District of Salisbury (Electoral Changes) Order 1999.[9] The new boundaries were first used in the 2003 local elections and remained in use until 2009, when the council was dissolved.

Ward Seats
Alderbury and Whiteparish 3
Amesbury East 3
Amesbury West 1
Bemerton 3
Bishopdown 2
Bulford 2
Chalke Valley 1
Donhead 1
Downton and Redlynch 3
Durrington 3
Ebble 1
Fisherton and Bemerton Village 2
Fonthill and Nadder 1
Harnham East 2
Harnham West 2
Knoyle 1
Laverstock 2
Lower Wylye and Woodford Valley 1
St. Edmund and Milford 2
St. Mark and Stratford 3
St. Martin and Milford 2
St. Paul 2
Till Valley and Wylye 2
Tisbury and Fovant 2
Upper Bourne, Idmiston and Winterbourne 2
Western and Mere 2
Wilton 2
Winterslow 2
Total 55

Places[edit]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ Local Government Act 1972
  2. ^ The English Non-metropolitan Districts (Definition) Order 1972, SI 1972/2039
  3. ^ The Wiltshire (Structural Change) Order 2008, SI 2008/490
  4. ^ "English local elections 2007 – Salisbury". BBC News. 4 May 2007. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  5. ^ "Locals 99 – Salisbury". BBC News. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  6. ^ "Local elections – Salisbury". BBC News. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  7. ^ "English local elections 2007 – Salisbury". BBC News. 4 May 2007. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  8. ^ The District of Salisbury (Electoral Arrangements) Order 1975, SI 1975/1815
  9. ^ The District of Salisbury (Electoral Changes) Order 1999, SI 1999/2924.