Exeter City Council
City and non-metropolitan district councilof Exeter
|Founded||1 April 1974|
Trish Oliver, Labour
Leader of the Council
Philip Bialyk, Labour
Laura Wright, Labour
Leader of the Opposition
Diana Moore, Green;, Kevin Mitchell, Liberal Democrats (Progressive Group, Co-Leaders)
25 / 39
5 / 39
5 / 39
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2 / 39
|First past the post|
|6 May 2021|
|Civic Centre, Dix's Field|
Exeter City Council is the council and local government of the city of Exeter, Devon.
The City Council provides a range of services within the city including housing, refuse collections and recycling, planning, economic development, tourism, leisure and arts facilities and activities. The Council also provides housing and council tax benefits as well as collecting the council tax on behalf of the city council, county council, police and fire services. Services such as education, social services, transport and highways are provided in the city by Devon County Council.
See also: Local Government Act 2010
The government proposed that the city should become an independent unitary authority within Devon, much like neighbouring Plymouth and Torbay. The statutory orders to set up the unitary authority were passed in Parliament and a new unitary city council was due to start in Exeter on 1 April 2011. However, following the 2010 general election the new government announced in May 2010 that the reorganisation would be blocked. Planned elections for seats on the City Council due to be held May 2010 were cancelled and new elections were held on 9 September 2010.
The Local Government Boundary Commission for England published its final recommendations in September 2015 for changes to the wards in Exeter. The aim was to reduce the city's high levels in electoral inequality. The number of wards was reduced to 13; each electing three councillors for a total of 39. Following parliamentary approval, it came into effect at the 2016 election.
The wards of the city for City Council purposes are listed below. Most of these correspond to traditional divisions of the city that would be recognised by local inhabitants. One or two, inevitably, are somewhat artificial creations:
All city wards return three councillors to the Council. The council holds elections by thirds over a four-year cycle - one third of seats being contested in each of three years, and elections to Devon County Council taking place in the fourth.
As of May 2022, the current political control of the council is as follows:
The Green Party, Liberal Democrats and one Independent (Jemima Moore, Newtown and St Leonard's) sit as a single Progressive Group on the Council, and they are currently the largest Opposition group, with Cllr. Diana Moore (Green, St David's) and Cllr. Kevin Mitchell (Liberal Democrat, Duryard and St James) acting as co-leaders of the group.
Following the May 2022 elections, Cllr. David Harvey (Pinhoe) left the Labour group, and subsequently sits as an Independent.
|Duryard & St James||Liberal Democrats||Kevin Mitchell||2022|
|Liberal Democrats||Michael Mitchell||2019|
|Mincinglake & Whipton||Labour||Naima Allcock||2022|
|Newtown & St Leonards||Labour||Richard Branston||2021|
|St Davids||Green||Diana Moore||2019|
|St Loyes||Conservative||Yolonda Henson||2019|
|St Thomas||Labour||Rob Hannaford||2021|
Main article: Exeter City Council elections