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North Somerset Council
Founded1 April 1996 (1996-04-01)
Preceded byAvon County Council
Woodspring District Council
Chair of the Council
Cllr David Shopland, Independent
since 10 May 2019
Leader of the Council
Cllr Donald Davies, Independent
since 10 May 2019
Deputy Leader of the Council
Cllr Mike Bell, Liberal Democrats
since 17 October 2018
Chief executive
Jo Walker
Seats50 councillors
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
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

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 11 10
Labour 10 3 5 3 6 6
Green 1 1 1 1 3 4
Portishead Independents - - - - 4 4
Total 61 61 61 50 50 50

Current Councillors

Ward Party Councillor
Backwell Green Bridget Petty
Banwell and Winscombe Conservative Ann Harley
Green Karin Haverson
Blagdon and Churchill Liberal Democrat Patrick Keating
Clevedon East Independent David Shopland
Clevedon South No Description Mark Crosby
Clevedon Walton Liberal Democrat Caroline Cherry
Clevedon West Liberal Democrat Geoffrey Richardson
Clevedon Yeo Labour Richard Westwood
Congresbury and Puxton Green Phil Neve
Gordano Valley Conservative Nigel Ashton
Hutton and Locking Independent Mike Solomon
Conservative Terry Porter
Long Ashton Liberal Democrats Ashley Cartman
Green Stuart McQuillian
Nailsea Golden Valley Independent Andy Cole
Nailsea West End Independent James Tonkin
Nailsea Yeo Independent Mike Bird
Nailsea Youngwood Independent Sandra Hearne
Pill Independent Donald Davies
Portishead East Portishead Independents Caritas Charles
Portishead Independents Paul Gardner
Portishead North Portishead Independents Timothy Snaden
Portishead South Liberal Democrat Huw James
Portishead West Portishead Independents Nicola Holland
Independent John Cato
Weston-super-Mare Central Liberal Democrats Mike Bell
Liberal Democrat Robert Payne
Weston-super-Mare Hillside Liberal Democrats Mark Canniford
Liberal Democrats John Crockford-Hawley
Weston-super-Mare Kewstoke Conservative Lisa Pilgrim
Conservative Roz Willis
Weston-super-Mare Mid Worle Conservative Gill Bute
Weston-super-Mare Milton Labour Richard Tucker
Labour Catherine Gibbons
Weston-super-Mare North Worle Conservative Marc Aplin
Conservative Marcia Pepperall
Weston-super-Mare South Labour James Clayton
Labour Ian Parker
Weston-super-Mare South Worle Conservative Peter Crew
Conservative David Hitchins
Weston-super-Mare Uphill Conservative Peter Bryant
Independent John Ley-Morgan
Weston-super-Mare Winterstoke Conservative Sarah Codling
Labour Ciaran Cronnelly
Wick St Lawrence and St Georges Conservative Ruth Jacobs
Winford Independent Hugh Gregor
Wrington Independent Steve Hogg
Yatton Independent Steve Bridger
Liberal Democrat Wendy Griggs

See also