East Staffordshire Borough
St Modwen's Church and the market place in Burton upon Trent
St Modwen's Church and the market place in Burton upon Trent
East Staffordshire shown within Staffordshire
East Staffordshire shown within Staffordshire
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionWest Midlands
Non-metropolitan countyStaffordshire
StatusNon-metropolitan district
Admin HQBurton upon Trent
Incorporated1 April 1974
 • TypeNon-metropolitan district council
 • BodyEast Staffordshire Borough Council
 • MPsKate Kniveton, Michael Fabricant
 • Total150.6 sq mi (390.0 km2)
 • Rank88th (of 296)
 • Total124,477
 • Rank190th (of 296)
 • Density830/sq mi (320/km2)
 • Ethnicity
93.9% White
Time zoneUTC0 (GMT)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (BST)
ONS code41UC (ONS)
E07000193 (GSS)
OS grid referenceSK2388023478

East Staffordshire is a local government district with borough status in Staffordshire, England. The council is based in Burton upon Trent. The borough also contains the town of Uttoxeter and numerous villages and surrounding rural areas.

The neighbouring districts are Lichfield, Stafford, Staffordshire Moorlands, Derbyshire Dales and South Derbyshire.


The district was created on 1 April 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972 covering four former districts, which were all abolished at the same time:[1]

The new district was named East Staffordshire, reflecting its position within the wider county.[2] The district received borough status in 1992, allowing the chair of the council to take the title of mayor.[3]

Since 2011, East Staffordshire Borough Council has been a member of the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership. In 2020, East Staffordshire also joined the Stoke and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership.


East Staffordshire Borough Council
Syed Hussain,
since 26 May 2023[4]
Mick Fitzpatrick,
since 24 May 2023
Andy O'Brien
since 2009[5]
Seats37 councillors
Political groups
Administration (21)
  Labour (21)
Other parties (16)
  Conservative (15)
  Independent (1)
First past the post
Last election
4 May 2023
Next election
6 May 2027
Meeting place
Town Hall, King Edward Place, Burton-on-Trent, DE14 2EB

East Staffordshire Borough Council provides district-level services. County-level services are provided by Staffordshire County Council. The whole district is also covered by civil parishes, which form a third tier of local government.[6][7]

Political control

The council has been under Labour majority control since the 2023 election.

The first elections were held in 1973, initially operating as a shadow authority alongside the outgoing authorities until the new arrangements came into effect on 1 April 1974. Political control of the council since 1974 has been as follows:[8]

Party in control Years
No overall control 1974–1976
Conservative 1976–1979
No overall control 1979–1995
Labour 1995–2003
Conservative 2003–2014
No overall control 2014–2015
Conservative 2015–2023
Labour 2023–present


The role of mayor is largely ceremonial in East Staffordshire. Political leadership is instead provided by the leader of the council. The leaders since 2009 have been:[9]

Councillor Party From To
Richard Grosvenor[10] Conservative 15 May 2009 24 Feb 2014
Julian Mott[11] Labour 24 Feb 2014 22 May 2015
Richard Grosvenor Conservative 22 May 2015 9 May 2019
Duncan Goodfellow Conservative 17 May 2019 28 Feb 2022
George Allen Conservative 21 Mar 2022 26 May 2023
Mick Fitzpatrick Labour 26 May 2023


Following the 2023 election the composition of the council was:[12]

Party Councillors
Labour 21
Conservative 15
Independent 1
Total 37

The next election is due in 2027.


See also: East Staffordshire Borough Council elections

Since the last boundary changes in 2023 the council has comprised 37 councillors representing 16 wards, with each ward electing one, two or three councillors. Elections are held every four years.[13]


The council is based at Burton upon Trent Town Hall. The building was originally built in 1878 as the St Paul's Institute and Liberal Club, before being given to the old Burton upon Trent Borough Council in 1891 and subsequently converted to become a town hall. Significant extensions were added in 1894 and 1939.[14][15]


Main roads within the borough include the A38 through Burton upon Trent and the A50 near Uttoxeter.

There are two railway stations in the borough, Burton-on-Trent on the Cross Country Route and Uttoxeter on the Crewe to Derby Line, There is also a station serving Tutbury, also on the Crewe to Derby Line called Tutbury and Hatton. This is in the South Derbyshire district.

Towns and parishes

See also: List of civil parishes in Staffordshire

The whole borough is covered by civil parishes. The parish council for Uttoxeter has declared that parish to be a town, allowing it to take the style "town council".[16] Between 1974 and 2003 the former county borough of Burton upon Trent was an unparished area. There were charter trustees for Burton which operated between 1974 and 1992, allowing Burton to continue to appoint a mayor. They ceased to operate when East Staffordshire was made a borough in 1992, allowing a district-wide mayor to be appointed instead.[14] The Burton area was divided into seven civil parishes in 2003.[17]

See also


  1. ^ "The English Non-metropolitan District (Definition) Order 1972", legislation.gov.uk, The National Archives, SI 1972/2039, retrieved 17 November 2023
  2. ^ "The English Non-metropolitan Districts (Names) Order 1973", legislation.gov.uk, The National Archives, SI 1973/551, retrieved 31 May 2023
  3. ^ Bulletin of changes of local authority status, names and areas (PDF). Department of the Environment. 1993. p. 16. Retrieved 27 December 2023.
  4. ^ "Council minutes, 26 May 2023" (PDF). East Staffordshire Borough Council. Retrieved 27 December 2023.
  5. ^ Dunton, Jim (20 February 2009). "O'Brien appointed in East Staffs". Local Government Chronicle. Retrieved 27 December 2023.
  6. ^ "Local Government Act 1972", legislation.gov.uk, The National Archives, 1972 c. 70, retrieved 31 May 2023
  7. ^ "Election Maps". Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 27 December 2023.
  8. ^ "Compositions calculator". The Elections Centre. Retrieved 9 September 2022.
  9. ^ "Council minutes". East Staffordshire Borough Council. Retrieved 15 September 2022.
  10. ^ Castle, Richard (11 May 2019). "Council leader of 10 years set to lose post as Tories vote him out". Derby Telegraph. Retrieved 15 September 2022.
  11. ^ "East Staffordshire Borough Council leader Richard Grosvenor ousted after vote". BBC News. 25 February 2014. Retrieved 15 September 2022.
  12. ^ "Local elections 2023: live council results for England". The Guardian.
  13. ^ "The East Staffordshire (Electoral Changes) Order 2021", legislation.gov.uk, The National Archives, SI 2021/1220, retrieved 27 December 2023
  14. ^ a b Tringham, Nigel J., ed. (2003). A History of the County of Stafford: Volume 9, Burton-upon-Trent. London: Victoria County History. pp. 85–97.
  15. ^ Historic England. "Town Hall, King Edward Place (Grade II) (1038703)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 27 December 2023.
  16. ^ "Parish Councils". East Staffordshire Borough Council. Retrieved 27 December 2023.
  17. ^ "The East Staffordshire (Parishes and Electoral Changes) Order 2002" (PDF). Local Government Boundary Commission for England. The National Archives. Retrieved 27 December 2023.

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