Swindon Borough Council
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Swindon Borough Council
|Founded||1 April 1997[a]|
|Preceded by||Thamesdown Borough Council|
Wiltshire County Council
Mayor of Swindon
Abdul Amin, Labour
since 20 May 2022
Leader of the Council
David Renard, Conservative
since 11 April 2013
since 13 July 2018
Length of term
|5 May 2022 (19 seats)|
|4 May 2023|
|Civic Offices, Swindon|
Swindon Borough Council is the local authority of the Borough of Swindon in Wiltshire, England. It is a unitary authority, having the powers of a non-metropolitan county and district council combined. As such, it is administratively separate from the rest of Wiltshire. It was formed in 1997, replacing Thamesdown Borough Council.
Powers, functions and operations
The local authority derives its powers and functions from the Local Government Act 1972 and subsequent legislation. For the purposes of local government, Swindon Borough is a non-metropolitan area of England. As a unitary authority, Swindon Borough Council has the powers and functions of both a non-metropolitan county and district council. In its capacity as a district council it is a billing authority collecting Council Tax and business rates, it processes local planning applications, and it is responsible for housing, waste collection and environmental health. In its capacity as a county council it is a local education authority, responsible for social services, libraries and waste disposal.
Since 2010, many schools in the area have become academies, with the council losing control. It was also the owner of Swindon's main bus operator, Thamesdown Transport, until 2017 when it sold the business to the Go-Ahead Group due to issues with funding. Maintenance services are usually contracted to Swindon Commercial Services (SCS), who work in partnership with the council.
Fifty-seven councillors are elected by the borough's 20 wards for four-year terms. Approximately one-third of the council stands for election in rotation every year for three consecutive years, and in the fourth year there are no elections.
Wards and councillors
|Parliamentary constituency||Ward||Councillor||Party||Term of office|
|North Swindon||Blunsdon and Highworth||Steve Weisinger||Conservative||2022–26|
|Gorse Hill and Pinehurst||Carol Shelley||Labour||2022–26|
|Haydon Wick||Matt Lodge||Labour||2022–26|
|Penhill and Upper Stratton||Claire Crilly||Labour||2022–26|
|Priory Vale||Rob Heath||Labour||2022–26|
|Rodbourne Cheney||William Stone||Labour||2022–26|
|Sudha Sri Nukana||Conservative||2021–24|
|St Andrews||Jake Chandler||Conservative||2022–26|
|St Margaret and South Marston||Pam Adams||Labour||2022–26|
|Both constituencies||Covingham and Dorcan||Kevin Parry||Conservative||2022–26|
|Mannington and Western||Jim Robbins||Labour||2022–26|
|South Swindon||Central||Anabelle Pegado||Conservative||2022–26|
|Chiseldon and Lawn||Lawrence Elliott||Conservative||2022–26|
|Liden, Eldene and Park South||Janine Howarth||Labour||2022–26|
|Lydiard and Freshbrook||Sean Wilson||Labour||2022–26|
|Old Town||Nadine Watts||Labour||2022–26|
|Walcot and Park North||Abdul Amin||Labour||2022–26|
|Wroughton and Wichelstowe||David Martyn||Conservative||2022–26|
- Borough council gained unitary authority functions.
- "Swindon council sells loss-making Thamesdown Transport bus firm". BBC News. 3 February 2017.
- Swindon Borough Council. "Tenders and contract opportunities". Swindon Borough Council. Retrieved 9 February 2017.
- "Cabinet and administration". Swindon Borough Council. Retrieved 25 June 2022.
- "How to become a councillor". Swindon Borough Council. Retrieved 25 June 2022.