Buckinghamshire County Council
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Arms of Buckinghamshire County Council
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Non-metropolitan council
Established1 April 1889
Disbanded31 March 2020
Preceded byCourt of Quarter Sessions
Succeeded byBuckinghamshire Council
Length of term
4 years
Last election
4 May 2017
Meeting place
County Hall
United Kingdom

Buckinghamshire County Council was the upper-tier local authority for the administrative county and later the non-metropolitan county of Buckinghamshire, in England, the United Kingdom established in 1889 following the Local Government Act 1888. The county council's offices were in Aylesbury.

The county council borders changed several times, most notably in 1974 when the council lost the territory of Colnbrook, Datchet, Eton, Horton, Slough and Wraysbury to Berkshire. In 1997 it lost the Borough of Milton Keynes, which became a unitary authority remaining within the ceremonial county of Buckinghamshire.

The council consisted of 49 councillors. It had been controlled by the Conservatives since the reorganisation of local government in 1974. For the 2013 elections, the number of seats was reduced from 57 to 49 following the 2012 changes in division boundaries.[1]

In March 2018 Sajid Javid, the Communities Secretary at the time, backed proposals[2] to replace the county council and the four district councils (Aylesbury Vale, Chiltern, South Bucks, and Wycombe) with a single unitary authority, named Buckinghamshire Council.[3] As of January 2019, Chiltern, South Bucks and Wycombe district councils had launched legal action against the "undemocratic" plans for how the unitary authority was to be set-up.[4] Nevertheless, the Buckinghamshire Structural Changes Order 2019 was enacted,[5] which as of 1 April 2020 abolished the County Council and the four district councils and created a single district council as a unitary authority, called 'Buckinghamshire Council'.


See also: Buckinghamshire County Council elections

Year Control
1973 Conservative
1977 Conservative
1981 Conservative
1985 Conservative
1989 Conservative
1993 Conservative
1997 Conservative
2001 Conservative
2005 Conservative
2009 Conservative
2013 Conservative
2017 Conservative

On 12 March 2020, the last meeting of the County Council took place, during which the council celebrated 131 years of service.[6]

County architect Fred Pooley designed the council's headquarters building, New County Hall, a 12-storey tower block at Aylesbury built in 1966[7] which became known as "Fred's Fort"[8] and less flatteringly as "Pooley's Folly".

Notable members


  1. ^ "The Buckinghamshire (Electoral Changes) Order 2012". Legislation.gov.uk. Retrieved 19 April 2013.
  2. ^ "Unitary plan for Buckinghamshire backed". 12 March 2018. Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Cabinet gives green light to Government blueprint for new unitary Council for Buckinghamshire | Buckinghamshire County Council". www.buckscc.gov.uk. Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  4. ^ Rapson, Jasmine (25 January 2019). "District council joins plans to take legal action over 'undemocratic' unitary authority". Bucks Free Press. Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  5. ^ "The Buckinghamshire (Structural Changes) Order 2019".
  6. ^ "Bucks County Council takes final curtain call after 131 years". Bucks Herald. 16 March 2020. Retrieved 21 August 2020.
  7. ^ Aylesbury Town Council history
  8. ^ The Guardian dated 24 March 1998, p. 14