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Wychavon District
Droitwich Spa is the largest settlement in the district.
Droitwich Spa is the largest settlement in the district.
Wychavon shown within Worcestershire
Wychavon shown within Worcestershire
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionWest Midlands
Non-metropolitan countyWorcestershire
StatusNon-metropolitan district
Admin HQPershore
Incorporated1 April 1974
Government
 • TypeNon-metropolitan district council
 • BodyWychavon District Council
 • LeadershipLeader & Cabinet (Conservative)
 • MPsHarriett Baldwin
Nigel Huddleston
Rachel Maclean
Area
 • Total256.2 sq mi (663.5 km2)
 • Rank50th (of 296)
Population
 (2021)
 • Total133,100
 • Rank176th (of 296)
 • Density520/sq mi (200/km2)
 • Ethnicity
97.9 White
0.9% Mixed Race
0.6% S.Asian
0.2% Black
0.5% Chinese or Other
Time zoneUTC0 (GMT)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (BST)
ONS code47UF (ONS) />E07000238 (GSS)
OS grid referenceSO9445346235
Websitewww.wychavon.gov.uk
Evesham is the second-largest settlement in the district

Wychavon is a local government district in Worcestershire, England, with a population size of 132,500 according to the 2021 census.[1] Its council is based in the town of Pershore, and the other towns in the district are Droitwich Spa and Evesham. The district extends from the southeast corner of Worcestershire north and west. It borders all the other districts of Worcestershire, as well as the counties of Gloucestershire and Warwickshire.

The district was created under the Local Government Act 1972, on 1 April 1974. It was a merger of the boroughs of Droitwich and Evesham along with Evesham Rural District and most of Droitwich Rural District and most of Pershore Rural District. The district's name, which was invented in 1973, contains two elements. "Wych" recalls the Saxon Kingdom of Hwicca, and "Avon" is for the River Avon. Wychavon District Council was a joint 'Council of the Year 2007', along with High Peak Borough Council. It was also featured as the 'Best Council to work for by the Sunday Times. It increasingly shares management and staff with neighbouring Malvern Hills District Council.[2]

In December a Roman Road was unearthed by Severn Trent workmen digging up the road while completing sewerage work in the area. Aidan Smyth, archaeology advisor for Wychavon District Council, believed it to be a Roman ford, which could hold global significance.[3]

Governance

Pershore, known for Pershore Abbey is the third-largest settlement and the administrative centre of the district.

For historical political control and leadership, see Wychavon District Council elections.

Wychavon District Council is elected every four years, with currently 45 councillors being elected at each election. Since gaining a majority on the council in 1987 the Conservatives have had control apart from a period between 1995 and the 1999 election when no party had a majority. As of the 2019 election the council was composed of the following councillors:

Party Councillors
Conservative Party 36
Liberal Democrats 6
Green Party 2
Independent 1

As of the 2023 Wychavon District Council election, the Conservatives retain a majority on the council.[4]

Wards

The Wychavon district spreads across the 3 Parliamentary constituencies[5] of Mid Worcestershire, West Worcestershire and Redditch County and comprises 31 wards (represented by 45 councillors) containing 73 Civil parishes.

Parliamentary Constituency Wards Seats
Mid Worcestershire Hartlebury 1
Mid Worcestershire Lovett & North Claines 2
Mid Worcestershire Dodderhill 1
Mid Worcestershire Ombersley 1
Mid Worcestershire Droitwich Central 1
Mid Worcestershire Droitwich West 2
Mid Worcestershire Droitwich East 2
Mid Worcestershire Droitwich South West 2
Mid Worcestershire Droitwich South East 2
Mid Worcestershire Bowbrook 1
Mid Worcestershire Upton Snodsbury 1
Mid Worcestershire Norton & Whittington 1
Mid Worcestershire Drakes Broughton 1
Mid Worcestershire Pinvin 1
Mid Worcestershire Fladbury 1
Mid Worcestershire Harvington & Norton 1
Mid Worcestershire The Littletons 1
Mid Worcestershire Honeybourne & Pebworth 1
Mid Worcestershire Bretforton & Offenham 1
Mid Worcestershire Badsey 1
Mid Worcestershire Evesham North 2
Mid Worcestershire Great Hampton (Evesham) 1
Mid Worcestershire Bengeworth (Evesham) 2
Mid Worcestershire Little Hampton (Evesham) 2
Mid Worcestershire Evesham South 2
Mid Worcestershire Broadway & Wickhamford 2
Redditch County Inkberrow 2
West Worcestershire Pershore 3
West Worcestershire Eckington 1
West Worcestershire Elmley Castle & Somerville 1
West Worcestershire Bredon 1
West Worcestershire South Bredon Hill 1

Civil parishes

The Wychavon district includes the following civil parishes:

References

  1. ^ "How the population changed in Wychavon, Census 2021 – ONS". ons.gov.uk. Retrieved 13 November 2022.
  2. ^ Malvern Hills District Council Council structure
  3. ^ https://www.worcesternews.co.uk/news/23074530.roman-road-potentially-world-important-discovery-made-near-evesham/
  4. ^ "Wychavon result - Local Elections 2023". BBC News. Retrieved 7 May 2023.
  5. ^ "Election maps". Ordnance Survey.