Telford and Wrekin Council

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Telford and Wrekin Council
Telford & Wrekin Co-operative Council logo RGB.svg
Mayor of the Borough of Telford & Wrekin
Cllr Raj Mehta,
since 19 May 2022[1]
Cllr Shaun Davies,
since 26 May 2016[2]
Chief Executive
David Sidaway
since January 2020
Seats54 councillors
Telford and Wrekin Council composition
Political groups
  • Administration
  •   Labour (35)
  • Other Parties
  •   Conservative (14)
  •   Liberal Democrats (4)
  •   Independent (1)
Length of term
4 years
First past the post
Last election
2 May 2019
Next election
"Protect care and invest to create a better Borough"

Telford and Wrekin Council is the local authority of Telford and Wrekin in Shropshire, England. It is a unitary authority, having the powers of a non-metropolitan county and district council combined. The district of Telford and Wrekin was granted borough status in 2002, though the council does not ordinarily include "Borough" in its name.

Powers and functions[edit]

The local authority derives its powers and functions from the Local Government Act 1972 and subsequent legislation. For the purposes of local government, the Telford and Wrekin is within a non-metropolitan area of England.

As a unitary authority, Telford and Wrekin Council has the powers and functions of both a non-metropolitan county and district council combined. In its capacity as a district council it is a billing authority collecting Council Tax and business rates, it processes local planning applications, 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.

The council is currently made up of 35 Labour councillors, 14 Conservative councillors, 4 Liberal Democrats councillors and 1 Independent councillor. There are currently no councillors elected for any other political party.

There are seven roles within the council. A councillor apart from the party under administration of the Council (Labour) may be appointed to:

  • Leader of the Council
  • Deputy leader of the Council
  • Mayor of the Borough of Telford and Wrekin
  • Deputy mayor of the Borough of Telford and Wrekin
  • Speaker of the Council
  • Deputy Speaker of the Council
  • A Council cabinet member

The cabinet is the main decision-making body of the Council with executive powers for all matters, except those held by the full council or those reserved to regulatory committees (such as planning and licensing applications). The cabinet has a key role in budget proposal and policy framework for the Council to adopt.

As of June 2022, the cabinet is chaired by Cllr Shaun Davies (Leader of the Council), with ten cabinet members each having responsibility for a particular area of the Council's work.[3]

  • Cllr Shaun Davies – Leader of the Council
  • Cllr Richard Overton – Deputy leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Housing, Enforcement and Transport
  • Cllr Andy Burford – Cabinet member for adult Social Care and Health, Integration and Transformation
  • Cllr Eileen Callear – Cabinet Member for Visitor Economy, Employment and Skills
  • Cllr Lee Carter – Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood Services, Regeneration and the High Street
  • Cllr Rae Evans – Cabinet Member for Finance, Governance and Customer Services
  • Cllr Carolyn Healy – Cabinet Member for Climate Change, Green Spaces, Natural and Historic Environment and Cultural Services
  • Cllr Kelly Middleton – Cabinet Member for Leisure, Public Health and Well-Being, Equalities and Partnerships
  • Cllr Shirley Reynolds – Cabinet Member for Children, Young People, and Families
  • Cllr Paul Watling – Cabinet Member for Stronger and Safer Communities


  1. ^ "Council minutes, 19 May 2022" (PDF). Telford and Wrekin Council. Retrieved 18 September 2022.
  2. ^ "Council minutes, 26 May 2016". Telford and Wrekin Council. Retrieved 18 September 2022.
  3. ^ "Your Councillors". 15 June 2022.