South Norfolk

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South Norfolk District
Council headquarters in Long Stratton, built 1979
Council headquarters in Long Stratton, built 1979
Shown within Norfolk
Shown within Norfolk
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionEast of England
Administrative countyNorfolk
Formed1 April 1974
Local Government Act 1972
Admin. HQLong Stratton
 • TypeSouth Norfolk District Council
 • Leadership:Leader & Cabinet
 • Executive:Conservative
 • MPs:Richard Bacon (C),
George Freeman (C),
Clive Lewis (L)
 • Total350.5 sq mi (907.7 km2)
 • Rank37th
 (mid-2019 est.)
 • Total140,880
 • RankRanked 156th
 • Density400/sq mi (160/km2)
Time zoneUTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (British Summer Time)
ONS code33UH (ONS)
E07000149 (GSS)
Ethnicity98.9% White

South Norfolk is a local government district in Norfolk, England. Its council is based in Long Stratton. The population of the Local Authority District was 124,012 as taken at the 2011 Census.[1]


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 2019.[2]

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 Democrats
1999 16 27 2 2 Liberal Democrats
2003 18 28 0 0 Liberal Democrats
2007 39 7 0 0 Conservative
2011 38 8 0 0 Conservative
2015 40 6 0 0 Conservative
2019 35 10 1 0 Conservative

Recent elections[edit]

2019 saw the Conservatives lose five seats but retain overall control of the council. The boundaries used were new at this election and saw the Labour Party unexpectedly win a seat on the council for the first time since 2003 gaining Loddon (notionally) from the Conservatives. Liberal Democrat group leader Trevor Lewis, standing in a much changed ward, was not re-elected.

South Norfolk election results, May 2019
Party Votes Votes % Seats Seats %
Conservative 31,613 46.2 35 76.1
Liberal Democrats 20,311 29.7 10 21.7
Labour 13,134 19.2 1 2.2
Green 584 0.9 0 0
Others [1] 2,733 4.0 0 0
Totals 68,375 46

[1] Others: Independents and UKIP.

Political composition[edit]

Elections are held every four years, with the last elections occurring in May 2019. The next elections are due to take place in May 2023. The composition of the council, after by-elections and defections, is as follows

Party Councillors
Conservative 32 Liberal Democrats 10 Independent (UK) 3 Labour (UK) 1 Total 46
UK Youth Parliament

Although the UK Youth Parliament is an apolitical organisation, the elections are run in a way similar to that of the Local Elections. The votes come from 11 to 18 year olds and are combined to make the decision of the next, 2 year Member of Youth Parliament. The elections are run at different times across the country with South Norfolk's typically being in early Spring and bi-annually.

The current Member of Youth Parliament for South Norfolk is Ewan Brett MYP.[3][4][5]

Electoral divisions[edit]

Ward Parishes Councillor(s) Elected 2019
Beck Vale, Dickleburgh and Scole Pulham Market; Pulham St Mary; Starston; Dickleburgh & Rushall; Great Moulton; Tivetshall St Margaret; Tivetshall St Mary Conservative Clayton Hudson
Conservative Conservative Martin Wilby
Bressingham and Burston Bressingham & Fersfield; Burston & Shimpling; Gissing; Heywood; Shelfanger; Winfarthing Conservative James Easter
Brooke Bergh Apton; Brooke; Howe; Kirstead; Mundham; Seething Conservative John Fuller
Bunwell Aslacton; Bunwell; Carleton Rode; Tibenham Conservative Stephen Ridley
Cringleford Colney; Cringleford; Keswick & Intwood; Conservative William Kemp
Conservative Daniel Elmer
Diss and Roydon Diss; Roydon Conservative Jenny Wilby
Conservative Graham Minshull
Conservative Keith Kiddie
Ditchingham and Earsham Broome; Ditchingham; Hedenham; Thwaite; Alburgh; Denton; Earsham; Topcroft; Wortwell Liberal Democrats Brendon Bernard
Liberal Democrats Chris Brown
Easton Barford; Easton; Great Melton; Marlingford & Colton; Wramplingham Conservative Margaret Dewsbury
Forncett Ashwellthorpe; Fundenhall; The Forncetts; Tacolneston Conservative Barry Duffin
Harleston Redenhall with Harleston Conservative Fleur Curson
Conservative Jeremy Savage
Hempnall Bedingham; Hempnall; Morningthorpe; Shelton & Hardwick; Woodton Conservative Michael Edney
Hethersett Bawburgh; Little Melton; Hethersett Conservative Adrian Dearnley
Conservative David Bills
Conservative Conservative Phil Hardy
Hingham and Deopham Deopham; Hingham Conservative Yvonne Bendle
Loddon and Chedgrave Chedgrave; Langley with Hardley; Hales; Heckingham; Raveningham; Stockton; Loddon; Sisland; Norton Subcourse Conservative Kay Mason Billig
Labour Labour Jeremy Rowe
Mulbarton and Stoke Holy Cross Ashwellthorpe; Bracon Ash; East Carleton; Ketteringham; Mulbarton; Swardeston; Flordon; Wreningham; Stoke Holy Cross Conservative Nigel Legg
Conservative Gerald Francis
Liberal Democrats Liberal Democrats Vivienne Clifford-Jackson
New Costessey Costessey Liberal Democrats John Amis
Liberal Democrats Dan Burrill
Newton Flotman Flordon; Newton Flotman; Swainsthorpe; Wreningham Conservative Florence Ellis
Old Costessey Costessey Liberal Democrats Liberal Democrats Sharon Blundell
Liberal Democrats Libby Glover
Liberal Democrats Liberal Democrats Terry Laidlaw
Poringland, the Framinghams and Trowse Framingham Earl; Framingham Pigot; Poringland; Caistor St Edmund; Trowse with Newton; Bixley Conservative John Overton
Conservative Lisa Neal
Conservative Conservative Trevor Spruce
Rockland Alpington; Hellington; Holverston; Kirby Bedon; Rockland St Mary; Surlingham; Yelverton Conservative Vic Thomson
Stratton Long Stratton; Tharston; Hapton; Wacton Conservative Conservative Alison Thomas
Conservative Joshua Worley
Thurlton Gillingham; Aldeby; Burgh St Peter; Haddiscoe; Thurlton; Toft Monks; Wheatacre Conservative James Knight
South Wymondham Spooner Row; Wymondham Town (East Wymondham); Wymondham Town (South Wymondham) Liberal Democrats Liberal Democrats Julian Halls
Liberal Democrats Liberal Democrats Suzanne Nuri-Nixon
Central Wymondham Wymondham Town (Central)| style="width: 2px; background-color: #0087DC;" data-sort-value="Conservative Party (UK)" | Conservative Conservative Kevin Hurn
Conservative Conservative Robert Savage
North Wymondham Wymondham Town (North Wymondham)| style="width: 2px; background-color: #0087DC;" data-sort-value="Conservative Party (UK)" | Conservative Conservative Jack Hornby
Conservative Conservative Tony Holden
Wicklewood Barnham Broom; Kimberley & Carleton Forehoe; Morley; Runhall; Wicklewood Conservative Richard Elliott

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.[6]

The district contains the following civil parishes:


In October 2020, Private Eye reported a total of £594,000 was paid to two managers leaving South Norfolk council as a result of the merger[when?] of the management teams at South Norfolk and Broadland councils, which included £540,000 to outgoing chief executive Sandra Dinneen.[7] (A further £357,000 in termination payments was to be shared between three managers leaving Broadland council due to the merger.) The councils stated these so-called "golden goodbyes" would save them money, as they would have fewer highly paid senior officials after they departed.[8]

Neighbouring districts[edit]


Coat of arms of South Norfolk
Granted 23 July 1979.[9]
On a wreath of the colours a demi-boar Ermine langued Gules between two wings addorsed Argent resting the sinister hoof upon a hexagon Or enclosing a mullet Azure.
Per chevron lozengy Argent and Vert and barry wavy of six Azure and Argent in chief two garbs and in the fess point a hexagon [voided] Or.
Service Without Prejudice


  1. ^ "Local Authority District population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 26 July 2016.
  2. ^ "South Norfolk District Council Election Statistics". South Norfolk Council. Retrieved 11 June 2010.
  3. ^ "Members of Youth Parliament - Norfolk County Council".
  4. ^ "Your Norfolk -".
  5. ^ Cope, Lauren. "Norfolk's four new Members of Youth Parliament are announced". Eastern Daily Press.
  6. ^ Office for National Statistics & Norfolk County Council (2001). Census population and household counts for unparished urban areas and all parishes Archived 11 February 2017 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 2 December 2005.
  7. ^ "Eastern Daily Press".
  8. ^ Private Eye, Issue 1532, p. 21
  9. ^ "East of England Region". Civic Heraldry of England. Retrieved 9 March 2021.

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