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North Somerset Council
North Somerset Council.svg
Founded1 April 1996 (1996-04-01)
Preceded byAvon County Council
Woodspring District Council
Chair of the Council
David Shopland, Independent
since 10 May 2019
Leader of the Council
Steve Bridger, Independent
since 10 May 2022[1]
Deputy Leader of the Council
Mike Bell, Liberal Democrats
since 17 October 2018
Chief executive
Jo Walker
Seats50 councillors
United Kingdom North Somerset Council 2019.svg
Political groups
Administration (37)
  Independent (13)
  Liberal Democrat (11)
  Labour (6)
  Portishead Independents (4)
  Green (3)
Opposition (13)
  Conservative (13)
Length of term
Whole council elected every four years
Last election
2 May 2019
Next election
4 May 2023
Meeting place
Town Hall, Weston-super-Mare
Weston-super-Mare Town Hall

North Somerset Council is the local authority of North Somerset, England. It is a unitary authority, having the powers of a non-metropolitan county and district council combined. It provides a full range of local government services including Council Tax billing, libraries, social services, processing planning applications, waste collection and disposal, and it is a local education authority. The council meets at Weston-super-Mare Town Hall.

Powers and functions

The local authority derives its powers and functions from the Local Government Act 1972 and subsequent legislation. For the purposes of local government, North Somerset is within a non-metropolitan area of England. As a unitary authority, North Somerset Council has the powers and functions of both a non-metropolitan county and district council combined. In its capacity as a district council, it is a billing authority that collects Council Tax and business rates, processes local planning applications and is responsible for housing, waste collection and environmental health. In its capacity as a county council, it is a local education authority, responsible for social services, libraries and waste disposal.

Political composition

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North Somerset unitary council is elected every four years, electing a total of 50 councillors in 20 single-member wards and 15 two-member wards. Since the first election to the unitary authority in 1995, the council has either been under Conservative party control, or no party has held a majority. The Conservatives gained a majority at the 2007 election and retained control until the 2019 election.

The current political composition of the council is:

Political group Councillors
2003 2007 2011 2015 2019 Current
Conservative 24 43 42 36 13 13
Independent 3 6 7 6 12 12
Liberal Democrat 23 5 6 4 10 10
Labour 10 3 5 3 6 6
Green 1 1 1 1 4 4
Portishead Independents - - - - 4 4
Total 61 61 61 50 50 50

See also


  1. ^ Williams, Charlie (11 May 2022). "Council elects Steve Bridger as new leader". Weston Mercury. Retrieved 11 May 2022.