North Lincolnshire Council
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Founded1 April 1996
Preceded byHumberside County Council
Janet Longcake,
since 18 May 2023
Rob Waltham,
since 16 January 2017
Alison Barker
since 1 November 2023
Seats43 councillors
North Lincolnshire Council composition
Political groups
Administration (27)
  Conservative (27)
  Labour (16)
Last election
4 May 2023
Next election
Meeting place
Church Square House, 30–40 High Street, Scunthorpe, DN15 6NL

North Lincolnshire Council is the local authority of North Lincolnshire, England. It is a unitary authority, having the powers of a county council and district council combined. It provides a full range of local government services including Council Tax billing, libraries, social services, town planning, and waste collection and disposal. It is also a local education authority. The council is based in Scunthorpe.


North Lincolnshire Council was created on 1 April 1996. It took over county-level functions from the abolished Humberside County Council and district-level functions from the abolished Boothferry, Glanford and Scunthorpe councils.[1] The new district of North Lincolnshire was awarded borough status on 16 December 1996, allowing the chair of the council to take the title of mayor.[2]


As a unitary authority, North Lincolnshire provides the local government services of a non-metropolitan county council and non-metropolitan district council combined.[3] Some functions are still delivered covering the whole of the former county of Humberside, notably the Humberside Fire and Rescue Service. Such functions are managed by joint committees of the four unitary authorities which now cover the area.[1] Much of the borough is covered by civil parishes, which form a lower tier of local government. The only part of the borough not covered by civil parishes is Scunthorpe, which is an unparished area.[4]

Political control

The first election to the council was held in 1995, initially operating as a shadow authority alongside the outgoing authorities until coming into its powers on 1 April 1996. Political control of the council since 1995 has been as follows:[5]

Party in control Years
Labour 1996–2003
Conservative 2003–2007
Labour 2007–2011
Conservative 2011–present


The role of mayor is largely ceremonial in North Lincolnshire. Political leadership is instead provided by the leader of the council. The leaders since 2006 have been:[6]

Councillor Party From To
Liz Redfern Conservative 2006 2007
Mark Kirk Labour 2007 25 May 2011
Liz Redfern Conservative 25 May 2011 15 Jan 2017
Rob Waltham Conservative 16 Jan 2017


Following the 2023 election, the composition of the council was:[7]

Party Councillors
Conservative 27
Labour 16
Total 43

The next election is due in 2027.


Civic Centre, Scunthorpe: Council's headquarters until 2019

The council is based at Church Square House in the centre of Scunthorpe.

Until 2019 the council's main offices were at Scunthorpe Civic Centre on Ashby Road. The Civic Centre had been completed in 1962 for the former Scunthorpe Borough Council.[8] In 2019 the council extended its existing town centre office at Church Square House to become its main offices. The civic centre was then converted to become a campus of North Lindsey College, an associate college of the University of Lincoln.[9]


See also: North Lincolnshire Council elections

Since the last boundary changes in 2023 the council has comprised 43 councillors representing 19 wards, with each ward electing one, two or three councillors. Elections are held every four years.[10]

Wards and councillors

There are 19 wards, each represented by between one and three councillors. Following the 2023 election the councillors were:[11]

Parliamentary constituency Ward Councillor Party
Brigg and Goole
Axholme Central David Robinson Conservative
Tim Mitchell Conservative
Axholme North John Briggs Conservative
Julie Reed Conservative
Axholme South David Rose Conservative
Judy Kennedy Conservative
Brigg and Wolds Carl Sherwood Conservative
Nigel Sherwood Conservative
Rob Waltham Conservative
Broughton and Scawby Janet Lee Conservative
Carol Ross Conservative
Burringham and Gunness Josh Walshe Conservative
Burton upon Stather and Winterton Elaine Marper Conservative
Helen Rowson Conservative
Ralph Ogg Conservative
Barton Chris Patterson Conservative
Keith Vickers Conservative
Paul Vickers Conservative
Ferry David Wells Conservative
Peter Clark Conservative
Richard Hannigan Conservative
Ashby Central Mick Grant Labour
Andrea Davison Labour
Ashby Lakeside Max Bell Labour
Judith Matthews Labour
Bottesford John Davison Conservative
Margaret Armiger Conservative
Janet Longcake Conservative
Brumby Len Foster Labour
Steve Swift Labour
Susan Armitage Labour
Crosby and Park Naseer Ahmed Labour
Christine O'Sullivan Labour
Helen Yates Labour
Frodingham Darryl Southern Labour
Tony Ellerby Labour
Kingsway with Lincoln Gardens Helen Rayner Labour
Tony Gosling Labour
Messingham Neil Poole Conservative
Ridge David Garritt Conservative
Trevor Foster Conservative
Town Lorraine Yeadon Labour
Mashook Ali Labour


  1. ^ a b "The Humberside (Structural Change) Order 1995",, The National Archives, SI 1995/600, retrieved 4 July 2023
  2. ^ Bulletin of Changes of Local Authority Status, Names and Areas 1 April 1994 – 31 March 1997 (PDF). London: Department of the Environment. 1997. Retrieved 3 July 2023.
  3. ^ "Local Government Act 1972",, The National Archives, 1972 c. 70, retrieved 4 July 2023
  4. ^ "Election Maps". Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 4 July 2023.
  5. ^ "Council compositions". The Elections Centre. Retrieved 11 August 2022.
  6. ^ "Council minutes". North Lincolnshire Council. Retrieved 11 August 2022.
  7. ^ "Local elections 2023: live council results for England". The Guardian.
  8. ^ Historic England. "North Lincolnshire Council Offices formerly Scunthorpe Civic Centre, Ashby Road (Grade II) (1323702)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 4 July 2023.
  9. ^ Robinson, Calvin (8 February 2019). "Plans to transform Civic Centre into new university campus set to be given green light". Grimsby Live. Retrieved 4 July 2023.
  10. ^ "The North Lincolnshire (Electoral Changes) Order 2022",, The National Archives, SI 2022/1139, retrieved 4 July 2023
  11. ^ "Electoral wards".