Stroud District Council

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Stroud District Council
Coat of arms or logo
Seats51 councillors
Stroud District Council 2021.svg
Political groups
Administration (31)[1]
  Labour (15)
  Greens (13)
  Liberal Democrat (3)
Opposition (20)
  Conservative (20)
First past the post
Last election
6 May 2021
Meeting place
Ebley mill Stroud.jpg
Ebley Mill, Ebley Wharf, Stroud

Stroud District Council is the local authority for Stroud District. Stroud District is located in Central Gloucestershire in the South West of England region. The Council itself is based in the Council Offices in Stroud proper, but the borough also comprises Nailsworth, Dursley, Cam, and Wotton-under-Edge as well as a number of other settlements.[2] It is administratively distinct from Stroud Town Council, which serves the smaller parish of Stroud only.[3]

Stroud District Council elects 51 Councillors from 27 wards. Following the May 2021 local elections the Green Party and Liberal Democrats both increased their number of seats on the council. Since the Labour Party and the Green Party won enough seats to govern without the help of the Liberal Democrats, it is possible that they will be excluded from a coalition in this current administration. On the 18 May 2021 the Stroud News and Journal reported that "Stroud District Council will continue to be run by an alliance of Labour, Green and Liberal Councillors."


Stroud District Council was formed under the Local Government Act 1972, on 1 April 1974, by a merger of Nailsworth and Stroud urban districts, Dursley Rural District, Stroud Rural District, and parts of Gloucester Rural District, Sodbury Rural District and Thornbury Rural District. In 1991 following a boundary review the Parish of Hillesely and Tresham was transferred from Northavon District Council to Stroud. This area was formerly in the Chipping Sodbury Rural District Council area. At the same review the parish of Quedgeley (formerly in Gloucester Rural) was transferred from Stroud to Gloucester City.[4]

The inaugural meeting of the new Council following elections in June 1973 was on 29 June 1973 at Stroud Subscription Rooms.


Stroud District Council carries out a variety of district council functions including:

  • Benefits - Housing and Council Tax
  • Car Parking
  • Concessionary Travel
  • Council Tax - Administration and Collection
  • Elections and Electoral Registration
  • Environmental Health (includes Domestic and Commercial Premises)
  • Food Safety and Hygiene Complaints
  • Noise Pollution and Pest Control
  • Housing Administration
  • Licensing
  • Caravan Sites
  • Planning, including Planning Applications, Advice and Appeals
  • Public Conveniences (in some locales)
  • Health and Leisure Centres
  • Refuse Collection
  • Recycling
  • Tourism and Visitor Information.

Notable Members of Stroud District Council (and predecessors)[edit]

Margaret Hills (née Robertson) was the first Woman Elected to Stroud Urban District Council in 1928.[5] where she stood as a representative of the Stroud Women's Citizens Association (SWCA).[6] She remained a member until 1936 when the council was expanded to cover Cainscross and Rodborough.[7]

David Drew (politician) is also a former member of the Council originally representing the Stonehouse Ward and more recently the Paganhill and Farmhill Ward.[8] Tom Levitt is also a former member and served for a short time before moving to High Peak in the early 1990s.[9]


  1. ^ "Stroud - Your Councillors". Archived from the original on 21 May 2021. Retrieved 13 May 2021.
  2. ^ "Stroud District Council". Gloucestershire Live. Archived from the original on 6 July 2020. Retrieved 27 August 2020.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 9 October 2016. Retrieved 6 October 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "The Avon and Gloucestershire (County Boundaries) Order 1991". Legislation. Archived from the original on 27 August 2020. Retrieved 27 August 2020.
  5. ^ Womens Leader (formerly Common Cause) 27 April 1928
  6. ^ "Margaret Hills". Suffrage Pioneers. Archived from the original on 22 September 2019. Retrieved 27 August 2020.
  7. ^ Flowers, Sophie. "From political activists to singers, here's the women we think are some of the greatest in the county". Gloucestershire Live. Archived from the original on 22 September 2019. Retrieved 27 August 2020.
  8. ^ Boobyer, Leigh (10 May 2020). "Former Stroud MP David Drew in bid to be local councillor". Gloucestershire Live. Archived from the original on 13 March 2020. Retrieved 27 August 2020.
  9. ^ Railings, Colin; Thrasher, Michael. "Stroud District Council Election Results 1973-2012" (PDF). Elections Centre. Archived (PDF) from the original on 27 August 2020. Retrieved 27 August 2020.

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