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 District shown within non-metropolitan Wiltshire
 • 2001387 sq. miles (1,004.13 km²)
 • 2001115,000
 • 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]

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.



  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.