Salisbury City Council

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Salisbury City Council
Coat of arms or logo
Andrew Roberts
Cllr. Derek Brown, OBE[1]
Seats 23
10 / 23
7 / 23
3 / 23
2 / 23
1 / 23
Plurality-at-large voting
Last election
Meeting place
The Guildhall - - 780829.jpg
Guildhall, Salisbury

Salisbury City Council is an English city council in which the Conservatives currently have the largest number of members but there is no overall control.

The council came into being in April 2009 to serve the city of Salisbury, Wiltshire, as part of the 2009 structural changes to local government in England, although its first elections were not held until June 2009. It is based in the city's historic Guildhall, following the adaptation of the building. Until that was completed it had its offices and meetings at 22, Bedwin Street, Salisbury.


The civil parish of Salisbury - which excludes some of the city's suburbs such as Laverstock, Ford, Britford, Harnham and Odstock - had a population of 40,302 at the 2011 census.[2]

City status[edit]

Salisbury has been ranked as a city since "time immemorial", and the status was preserved after 1974 by the Charter Trustees of the City of New Sarum, a body which was dissolved at the time of the new grant.[3] The parish was once again granted city status by letters patent dated 1 April 2009.[4]

Coat of arms[edit]

On 23 March 2010, the city council was granted a royal licence, transferring to it the armorial bearings of the previous City of New Sarum. The arms and supporters were originally recorded at the heraldic visitations of Wiltshire in 1565 and 1623.[5] The blazon of the arms is:

Barry of eight Azure and Or. Supporters: On either side an eagle displayed with two heads Or, ducally gorged Azure.[6][7]

There do not appear to be any meanings attached to the design.[8] The traditional explanation that the blue stripes represent the rivers that meet in the city is now discounted.[8][9] It has also been suggested that the eagles derive from the arms of the Bouverie family, Earls of Radnor, benefactors of the city. However, this also can be discounted, as the arms of the city were recorded before the family was connected with it.[8][9]


The council consists of twenty-three councillors, elected in eight wards, seven of which have three councillors each, while one (St Mark's and Bishopdown) has only two. Elections to the city council took place on Thursday, 2 May 2013. Soon after them Jo Broom, who had been elected in Fisherton & Bemerton Village as a Liberal Democrat, joined the Conservatives. Following the resignation of a Conservative, there was a by-election in the St Martin's & Cathedral ward on 9 January 2014, won by Patricia Fagan for Labour. The city councillors are now as follows:

Ward Councillor Party
Bemerton Caroline Corbin Labour
Thomas Corbin Labour
Mike Osment Labour
Fisherton & Bemerton Village John Walsh Labour
Margaret Ann Wilmott Independent
Vanessa Jo Broom[10] Conservative
Harnham Brian Edward Dalton Liberal Democrat
John Malcolm Collier Conservative
Grahame William Henry Alexander Liberal Democrat
St Edmund & Milford James Robertson Liberal Democrat
Michael Robert Pope Green
Mark Frank Timbrell Labour
St Francis & Stratford Derek William Brown Conservative
Atikul Hoque Conservative
Charles Rogers Conservative
St Mark's & Bishopdown Penelope Brown Conservative
Colin Froude Conservative
St Martin's & Cathedral Ian Robert Tomes Labour
Sven Hocking Conservative
Patricia Ann Fagan Labour
St Paul's Matthew Jonathan Anthony Dean Conservative
Andrew Charles Righton Roberts Independent
John Lindley Conservative


The council is initially responsible for the following properties and services:

  • Parks and associated public conveniences
  • Car parks
  • Cemeteries
  • Play areas
  • Sports pitches
  • Open spaces
  • Guildhall
  • Allotments
  • Salisbury Crematorium
  • Charter market etc.
  • Charter fair
  • Bemerton Heath Neighbourhood centre
  • General fund shops and garages owned by the city prior to 1974
  • Events: Christmas Lights, St George's Day, Salisbury Food Festival, Music in the Parks, Britain in Bloom
  • City Centre management
  • General Community Fund

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Mayor of Salisbury". Salisbury City Council. Retrieved 1 July 2013. 
  2. ^ Office for National Statistics
  3. ^ "Civic History Its Charters and Silver". The Guildhall Salisbury. Salisbury City Council. 2009. Archived from the original on December 23, 2008. Retrieved 25 November 2009. 
  4. ^ "no. 59250". The London Gazette. 24 November 2009. p. 20329. The QUEEN has been pleased by Letters Patent under the Great Seal bearing date 1 April 2009 to confer on the Parish of Salisbury the status of a City. 
  5. ^ "no. 59398". The London Gazette. 21 April 2010. p. 7045. 
  6. ^ Briggs, Geoffrey (1971). Civic and Corporate Heraldry: A Dictionary of Impersonal Arms of England, Wales and N. Ireland. London: Heraldry Today. p. 346. ISBN 0-900455-21-7. 
  7. ^ Fox-Davies, A C (1915). The Book of Public Arms, 2nd edition. London: T C & E C Jack. p. 690. 
  8. ^ a b c "What is the symbolism behind Salisbury's coat of arms?". Wiltshire History Questions. Wiltshire Council. 19 November 2004. Retrieved 11 June 2010. 
  9. ^ a b Scott-Giles, C Wilfrid (1953). Civic Heraldry of England and Wales, 2nd edition. London: J M Dent & Sons. p. 384. 
  10. ^ Broom was elected as a Liberal Democrat and became leader of the council's Liberal Democrats, but she joined the Conservatives at the first council meeting. This followed the refusal of the other Liberal Democrats to support her nomination by the Conservatives as Leader of the Council. Subsequently, the Independent Councillor Andrew Roberts was elected Leader with the support of the remaining Liberal Democrats, Labour, Green and one other Independent. The nomination was opposed by the Conservatives. See "Row as councillor switches parties". Salisbury Journal. 13 June 2013. Retrieved 1 July 2013. 

External links[edit]

  • Salisbury City Council
  • "Views sought on new city council". BBC News Online. 5 March 2008. Retrieved 15 May 2015. Under the new system of local government, the city council would have the same powers and functions as a town or parish council. These include looking after allotments, burial ground, cemeteries and crematoria, bus shelters, community centres, the arts, public footpaths and public toilets.