Gloucester City Council
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Type
Type
Leadership
Mayor
Howard Hyman, Liberal Democrat
since 23 May 2022
Richard Cook, Conservative
since 21 November 2019
Structure
Seats39 councillors[1]
24 / 39
11 / 39
3 / 39
1 / 39
Elections
First past the post
Last election
6 May 2021
Meeting place
North Warehouse, The Docks, Gloucester, GL1 2EP
Website
www.gloucester.gov.uk

Gloucester City Council is the local authority for Gloucester, which is split into 18 wards, with a total of 39 councillors elected to serve on the City Council.

History

See also: Gloucester City Council elections

The district was formed from the County Borough of Gloucester on 1 April 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972. The parish of Quedgeley was subsequently added in 1991.

Responsibilities

Gloucester City Council carries out a variety of district council functions including:

Premises

The Guildhall at 23 Eastgate Street was built in 1892 for the old Gloucester City Council (also known as Gloucester Corporation), the body which governed the County Borough of Gloucester from 1889 to 1974. Following the local government reorganisation of 1974, the new Gloucester City Council continued to use the Guildhall as its headquarters until 1986.[2]

North Warehouse, The Docks: Council's meeting place
North Warehouse, The Docks: Council's meeting place

In 1985 the council purchased North Warehouse at Gloucester Docks, which had been built in 1826.[3] North Warehouse was reconfigured internally to provide a civic suite and council chamber, as well as office space for the council. The council vacated Guildhall and moved to North Warehouse in 1986.[4][5] Around the same time, the council also leased from the Canal & River Trust three nearby warehouses called Herbert Warehouse, Kimberley Warehouse and Philpotts Warehouse, which had all been built in 1846. The former Kimberley and Philpotts warehouses were incorporated into Herbert Warehouse via glazed linking sections being added between them, with a public house and retail uses on the ground floor and additional council offices on the upper floors.[6][7][8] The Herbert Warehouse building was completed in 1988.[9]

In 2019 the council vacated Herbert Warehouse, instead leasing office space for its staff within Shire Hall and also acquiring a former shop at 92–96 Westgate Street to be the council's main public reception, called "The Gateway". The council's meeting place remains the council chamber and civic suite in North Warehouse.[10][11]

References

  1. ^ "Councillors - Gloucester City Council".
  2. ^ Historic England. "Guildhall, 23 Eastgate Street (1271663)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 27 June 2022.
  3. ^ Land Registry title number GR76944: North Warehouse, The Docks, Gloucester, GL1 2FB. Purchased by Gloucester City Council on 23 August 1985.
  4. ^ Historic England. "North Warehouse, The Docks (1245466)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 27 June 2022.
  5. ^ "City Council moves out - to the docks". Gloucester News. 11 July 1986. Retrieved 27 June 2022.
  6. ^ Historic England. "Herbert Warehouse, The Docks (1245605)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 27 June 2022.
  7. ^ Historic England. "Kimberley Warehouse, The Docks (1245606)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 27 June 2022.
  8. ^ Historic England. "Phillpotts Warehouse, The Docks (1245467)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 27 June 2022.
  9. ^ "Office hand-over". Gloucester News. 6 October 1988. Retrieved 28 June 2022.
  10. ^ "Cabinet report, 6 November 2019" (PDF). Gloucester City Council. Retrieved 27 June 2022.
  11. ^ "New gateway to Gloucester City Council to open in the city centre". Gloucester City Council. 26 July 2019. Retrieved 27 June 2022.