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Warrington Borough Council
Mayor of Warrington
Cllr Wendy Johnson, Liberal Democrats
since 21 May 2019
Leader of the Council
Cllr Russ Bowden, Labour
since 30 November 2018
Deputy Leader
Cllr Cathy Mitchell, Labour
Leader of the Opposition
Cllr Bob Barr[1], Liberal Democrats
Chief Executive
Steven Broomhead
Seats58 councillors[2]
Political groups
Administration (36)
  Labour (36)
Other Parties (22)
  Conservative (11)
  Liberal Democrats (8)
  Independent (3)
Length of term
4 years
Last election
5 May 2016
Next election
7 May 2020
Meeting place
Town Hall, Warrington

Warrington Borough Council is the local authority of Warrington, Cheshire, 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.

In September 2016, Warrington Borough Council became one of the first local councils in the UK to buy clean-tech bonds in Swindon Solar Park through its owner, specialist investment management firm Rockfire Capital.[3]

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, the Warrington is within a non-metropolitan area of England. As a unitary authority, Warrington Borough 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 collecting Council Tax and business rates, it processes local planning applications, it 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.


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  3. ^ "Solar farm deal to generate council cash". Retrieved 27 September 2016.