South Norfolk

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This article is about "South Norfolk District Council". For "South Norfolk Parliament constituency", see South Norfolk (UK Parliament constituency).
South Norfolk District
South Norfolk Council Offices, Long Stratton - - 349860.jpg
Shown within Norfolk
Shown within Norfolk
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region East of England
Administrative county Norfolk
Formed 1 April 1974
Local Government Act 1972
Admin. HQ Long Stratton
 • Type North Norfolk District Council
 • Leadership: Leader & Cabinet
 • Executive: Conservative
 • MPs: Richard Bacon (C),
George Freeman (C),
Simon Wright (LD)
 • Total 350.5 sq mi (907.7 km2)
Area rank 34th
Population (mid-2014 est.)
 • Total 129,226
 • Rank Ranked 163rd
 • Density 370/sq mi (140/km2)
Time zone Greenwich Mean Time (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) British Summer Time (UTC+1)
ONS code 33UH (ONS)
E07000149 (GSS)
Ethnicity 98.9% White

South Norfolk is a local government district in Norfolk, England. Its council is based in Long Stratton.


The district was formed on 1 April 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972, as a merger of Diss Urban District, Wymondham Urban District, Depwade Rural District, Forehoe and Henstead Rural District and Loddon Rural District.

History of governance[edit]

The below table outlines the composition of South Norfolk Council from 1973 to 2015.[1]

Year Conservative Lib Dems Labour Other Governance
1973 6 1 7 33 Independent
1976 38 2 1 6 Conservative
1979 38 1 2 6 Conservative
1983 33 5 1 8 Conservative
1987 26 16 0 5 Conservative
1991 22 22 0 3 No overall control
1995 12 30 3 2 Liberal Democrat
1999 16 27 2 2 Liberal Democrat
2003 18 28 0 0 Liberal Democrat
2007 39 7 0 0 Conservative
2011 38 8 0 0 Conservative
2015 40 6 0 0 Conservative

Recent elections[edit]

2011 saw the Conservatives win 57.2% of the vote and 38 seats in total. They lost a seat (Forncett) to the Liberal Democrats, who held their other 7 seats despite falling to 29.3% of the vote. The other parties standing received 13.5% of the total vote, but won no seats. Notable results for minor parties came in:

  • Chedgrave and Thurton - UKIP secured 19.3%
  • Thurlton - the Green Party secured 25.4%
  • Wymondham Northfields - Labour took 26.1%.
South Norfolk election results, May 2011
Party Votes Votes % Seats Seats %
Conservative 33,647 57.2 38 82.6
Liberal Democrat 17,223 29.3 8 17.4
Green 2,313 3.9 0 0
Labour 4,672 7.9 0 0
Others [1] 982 1.7 0 0
Totals 58,837 46

[1] Others: Independents, UKIP and EDP.

Political composition[edit]

Elections are held every four years, with the last elections occurring in May 2011. The next elections are due to take place in May 2015.[2]

Party Councillors Change
(on 2007)
Conservative 38 -1
Liberal Democrat 8 +1
Total 46 -
Source: South Norfolk Council

Since 2011 three Conservative councillors have left the Party and now sit as Independents.

Electoral divisions[edit]

Ward Parishes Councillor(s) Elected 2011
Abbey Wymondham Conservative Robert Savage
Beck Vale Pulham Market; Pulham St Mary; Starston Conservative Keith Tilcock
Bressingham and Burston Bressingham & Fersfield; Burston & Shimpling; Gissing; Heywood; Shelfanger; Winfarthing Independent Keith Weeks
Brooke Bergh Apton; Brooke; Howe; Kirstead; Mundham; Seething Conservative John Fuller
Bunwell Aslacton; Bunwell; Carleton Rode; Tibenham Conservative Beverley Spratt
Chedgrave and Thurton Ashby St Mary; Carleton St Peter; Chedgrave; Claxton; Langley with Hardley; Thurton Conservative Derek Blake
Cringleford Bawburgh; Colney; Cringleford; Keswick & Intwood; Little Melton Conservative Christopher Kemp
Conservative Garry Wheatley
Cromwells Wymondham Conservative Neil Ward
Dickleburgh Dickleburgh & Rushall; Great Moulton; Tivetshall St Margaret; Tivetshall St Mary Conservative Martin Wilby
Diss Diss Conservative Glyn Walden
Conservative Tony Palmer
Conservative Keith Kiddie
Ditchingham and Broome Broome; Ditchingham; Hedenham; Thwaite Liberal Democrat Pauline Allen
Earsham Alburgh; Denton; Earsham; Topcroft; Wortwell Liberal Democrat Murray Gray
Easton Barford; Easton; Great Melton; Marlingford & Colton; Wramplingham Conservative Margaret Dewsbury
Forncett Ashwellthorpe; Fundenhall; The Forncetts; Tacolneston Liberal Democrat Bob McClenning
Gillingham Ellingham; Geldeston; Gillingham; Hales; Heckingham; Kirby Cane; Raveningham; Stockton Conservative Kay Billig
Harleston Redenhall with Harleston Conservative Brian Riches
Conservative Jeremy Savage
Hempnall Bedingham; Hempnall; Morningthorpe; Shelton & Hardwick; Woodton Conservative Michael Windridge
Hethersett Hethersett Conservative David Bills
Conservative Leslie Dale
Hingham and Deopham Deopham; Hingham Conservative Yvonne Bendle
Loddon Loddon; Sisland Conservative Colin Gould
Mulbarton Bracon Ash & Hethel; East Carleton; Ketteringham; Mulbarton; Swardeston Independent Jon Herbert
Conservative Nigel Legg
New Costessey Costessey Liberal Democrat Gerard Watt
Liberal Democrat Yan Hardinge
Newton Flotman Flordon; Newton Flotman; Swainsthorpe; Wreningham Conservative Laura Webster
Northfields Wymondham Conservative Joe Mooney
Old Costessey Costessey Liberal Democrat Tim East
Liberal Democrat Vivienne Bell
Poringland and the Framinghams Framingham Earl; Framingham Pigot; Poringland Conservative John Overton
Conservative Lisa Neal
Rockland Alpington; Hellington; Holverston; Kirby Bedon; Rockland St Mary; Surlingham; Yelverton Conservative Sue Thomson
Roydon Roydon Conservative David Goldson
Rustens Conservative Colin Foulger
Scole Brockdish; Needham; Scole Conservative Jenny Wilby
Stoke Holy Cross Bixley; Caistor St Edmund; Dunston; Stoke Holy Cross; Trowse with Newton Conservative Trevor Lewis
Stratton Long Stratton; Tharston; Hapton; Wacton Independent Terry Blowfield
Conservative Andrew Pond
Tasburgh Saxlingham Nethergate; Shotesham; Tasburgh Conservative Florence Ellis
Thurlton Aldeby; Burgh St Peter; Haddiscoe; Norton Subcourse; Thurlton; Toft Monks; Wheatacre Conservative William Kemp
Town Wymondham Conservative Lee Hornby
Wicklewood Barnham Broom; Kimberley & Carleton Forehoe; Morley; Runhall; Wicklewood Conservative Michael Edney

Geographical composition[edit]

The district is entirely parished, and is made up of 119 civil parishes. At the time of the 2001 census, the district had an area of 909 km², with a population of 110,710 in 46,607 households.[3]

The district contains the following civil parishes:

Neighbouring districts[edit]


  1. ^ "South Norfolk District Council Election Statistics". South Norfolk Council. Retrieved 11 June 2010. 
  2. ^ South Norfolk Council - Types of elections Dates of previous and future district council elections. Retrieved 14 April 2013.
  3. ^ Office for National Statistics & Norfolk County Council (2001). Census population and household counts for unparished urban areas and all parishes. Retrieved 2 December 2005.

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Coordinates: 52°29′31″N 1°13′52″E / 52.4920°N 1.2312°E / 52.4920; 1.2312