Herefordshire Council

Herefordshire Council is the local government authority for the county of Herefordshire in England. It is a unitary authority, combining the powers of a non-metropolitan county and district.

It is a relatively new council, formed on 1 April 1998 following the split of Hereford and Worcester back into two separate counties.

It has adopted the Leader and Cabinet constitutional model.[1] It was run by the Conservatives until 2019.[2] The 2019 election resulted in the Conservative Party losing its majority on the council for the first time since 2007, winning 13 seats. Independents made gains and became the largest group on the council after winning 18 seats, 9 seats short of a majority. The Liberal Democrats and Greens also made gains at the expense of the Conservatives, winning 7 seats each. Following disagreements in the Herefordshire Independents group, five councillors left to form a new group, True Independents.[3] Following this change and the postponed election in Ross North, the Conservatives are the largest group with 13 councillors, Herefordshire Independents have 10, It’s Our County, the Green party and the Liberal Democrats have seven each and the True Independents five. There are also three non-aligned Independents. One seat in Whitecross ward is vacant.[4]

The Council administers the county from a number of office locations, but its primary address and the home to its managerial and operational activity is Plough Lane, Hereford, HR4 0LE.[5]

Herefordshire Council
Herefordshire Council logo
Chair of the Council
Cllr Sebastian Bowen, Herefordshire Independents
Leader of the Council
Cllr David Hitchiner, Herefordshire Independents
since May 2019
Chief Executive
Alistair Neill
since December 2012
Seats53 councillors
Political groups
Administration (10)
     Herefordshire Independents (10)
Opposition (42)
     Conservative (13)
     It's our County! (7)
     Green (7)
     Liberal Democrat (7)
     True Independents (5)
     Independent (3)
Vacant (1)
First past the post
Last election
2 May 2019
Next election
May 2023
Meeting place
Shirehall, Hereford

Outsourced services

Herefordshire Council has outsourced the following services:

  • Human Resources & Finance – outsourced to a limited company named "Hoople", which is wholly owned by the Council and Wye Valley NHS Trust
  • Leisure – Halo Leisure (A not-for-profit trust which operates all leisure services)
  • Social Housing – Herefordshire Housing (A not-for-profit trust which operates all housing and accommodation services)
  • Commercial Services – Amey Wye Valley Services (A commercial venture which maintains roads, grounds, street lighting, etc.)
  • Waste Management – Severn Waste Management (Responsible for bin collection, sorting and recycling)


  1. ^ "Committee details - Cabinet". 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Your Councillors". 16 March 2019.
  3. ^ Garcia, Carmelo (2019-06-05). "Eastern bypass spat splits ruling group". Hereford Times. Retrieved 2019-06-08.
  4. ^ "Your Councillors by Party". Herefordshire Council. Retrieved 2019-06-08.
  5. ^ Council, Herefordshire. "Contact us".

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Coordinates: 52°03′11″N 2°41′38″W / 52.053°N 2.694°W

2000 Herefordshire Council election

The first election to Herefordshire Council occurred on 4 May 2000, following the council's reconstitution as a unitary authority in 1998; following Herefordshire's separation from the short lived administrative county of Hereford and Worcester formed by a merger of Herefordshire and Worcestershire in 1974. All 37 wards were contested - each electing either one or two members to the council.

Elections were held for all of the new authority's 53 seats and resulted in the council passing into "no overall control" with the Liberal Democrats, who held 21 seats, forming the largest group in the council chamber.

2003 Herefordshire Council election

Elections to Herefordshire Council were held on 1 May 2003, along with other local elections in England and Scotland. Due to prior boundary reviews, all 38 wards were contested - with each ward electing either one two or three members to the council, with each successful candidate serving a four-year term of office, expiring in 2007. The council remained in no overall control, with the Conservative party replacing the Liberal Democrats as the largest party on the council, winning 20 out of a total of 56 seats on the council.

2007 Herefordshire Council election

Elections to Herefordshire Council were held on 3 May 2007, along with the other local elections in England and Scotland. The entire council was up for election, with each successful candidate serving a four-year term of office, expiring in 2011. The Conservative Party gained a majority on the council, after seven years of the council being under no overall control.

2015 Herefordshire Council election

The 2015 Herefordshire Council election took place on 7 May 2015 to elect all members of the Herefordshire Council in England. It was held on the same day as other local elections.

2019 Herefordshire Council election

The 2019 Herefordshire Council election took place on 2 May 2019 to elect 52 of 53 members of Herefordshire Council in England. The election in Ross North ward was deferred until 6 June 2019 following the death of the UKIP candidate.

Ellie Chowns

Eleanor Elizabeth "Ellie" Chowns (born 7 March 1975) is a British politician, who has been the Green Party Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for the West Midlands since June 2019. She has been a councillor on Herefordshire Council since 2017, representing the Bishops Frome & Cradley ward, and is leader of the council's Green group.

Flag of Herefordshire

The Herefordshire flag refers to proposals for a flag of the English county of Herefordshire. No design has yet been registered with the Flag Institute.

HR postcode area

The HR postcode area, also known as the Hereford postcode area, is a group of nine postcode districts in England and Wales, which are subdivisions of six post towns. These postcode districts cover most of Herefordshire, including Hereford, Bromyard, Kington, Ledbury, Leominster and Ross-on-Wye, while the HR2, HR3 and HR5 districts extend across the border to cover a small part of Powys.

Hereford City Council elections

Hereford was a non-metropolitan district in Hereford and Worcester, England. It was abolished on 1 April 1998 and replaced by Herefordshire Council.

Hereford Racecourse

Hereford Racecourse is a horse racing venue located in Hereford, Herefordshire, England, owned by Herefordshire Council. Arena Racing Company held the lease for operating Thoroughbred racing fixtures there until December 2012. National Hunt Racing resumed in October 2016.

The course is almost square in shape with a circuit of about a mile-and-a-half. Opened in 1771 the course was greatly modernised in the 1960s, with also in 1966 a photo-finish camera being installed.Having failed to obtain a new lease from the Herefordshire Council, Arena Racing Company ceased operations there in December 2012. Hereford staged its final Thoroughbred race meeting on 16 December 2012, but continued to be used for Arabian racing. It was used by the North Herefordshire Hunt for a Point to point in May 2014 and was the venue for two point to points in 2015, and also in 2016 when point to points were staged by the North Ledbury in April and the North Herefordshire Hunt at the end of May.

The course reopened for National Hunt racing on 6 October 2016, with 3 more fixtures in 2016 scheduled.In 2017 the course staged 11 National Hunt Fixtures spread between January and March and October to December. The North Herefordshire Hunt and Ledbury Point to Points were due to be staged at the course in the spring of 2017 but both were abandoned after an exceptionally dry spring led to unsafe hard ground. Two National Hunt meetings in the autumn of 2017 were transferred to Worcester after a dry late summer and autumn coupled with an inability to sufficiently water the course meant the ground was too hard to ensure safe racing ground.

In 2018 the track was allocated 11 days racing and picked up an extra day in April after several meetings around the country were cancelled due to the exceptionally wet and cold spring. The North Ledbury Point to Point was held in April. This is now the only Point to Point held at the course following the decision of the North Herefordshire Hunt to switch venues after the cancellation of their 2017 meeting.

In August 2018 construction of a reservoir in the centre of the course commenced. This will enable the track to be watered without relying on a limited supply from a shared borehole.


Herefordshire () is a county in the West Midlands of England, governed by Herefordshire Council. It borders Shropshire to the north, Worcestershire to the east, Gloucestershire to the south-east, and the Welsh counties of Monmouthshire and Powys to the west.

Hereford is a cathedral city and is the county town; with a population of approximately 55,800 inhabitants it is also the largest settlement. Situated in the historic Welsh Marches, Herefordshire is one of the most rural and sparsely populated counties in England, with a population density of 82/km² (212/sq mi), and a 2017 population of 191,000 - the fourth-smallest of any ceremonial county in England. The land use is mostly agricultural and the county is well known for its fruit and cider production, and the Hereford cattle breed.

Herefordshire Council elections

Herefordshire is a unitary authority and ceremonial county in England. It was created on 1 April 1998 replacing Hereford, South Herefordshire, parts of Leominster and Malvern Hills and Hereford and Worcester County Council.

Herefordshire and Ludlow College

Herefordshire and Ludlow College is a college of further education (FE) based in Hereford, Herefordshire, and with a separate sixth form college campus in Ludlow, Shropshire.

The majority of students, mainly adults, follow courses in health, public services and care, preparation for life and work, and business administration. Of around 8,000 full-time and part-time students, approximately 1,150 of learners are aged 16 to 18. The college has recently had a £32M new campus development.

In 2007 the college merged with Holme Lacy College situated 5 miles outside the city. The 257 hectare Holme Lacy campus is dedicated to agriculture and horticulture, and comprises a mixed organic farm, which has its own pedigree herd of Hereford cattle, and includes a Centre for Rural Crafts with courses for blacksmiths and farriers provided by the National School of Blacksmithing, a working commercial farm, a sports academy, an equestrian centre, an animal care centre, a timber yard, specialist workshops, and an IT suite. The campus was part of the former Pershore Group of Colleges based in Pershore, Worcestershire, that was split in 2007, with the Pershore facility being merged with Warwickshire College.The college is funded by the Learning and Skills Council, the Government Office for the West Midlands, Advantage West Midlands, and Herefordshire Council for their support and development funding. A July 2006 Ofsted report assessed the overall effectiveness of the school with a Grade 2 (good).Ludlow College now also forms part of the college, though retains its identity and campus in the heart of the market town of Ludlow, Shropshire.

Kingstone High School

Kingstone High School is a mixed secondary school located in Kingstone in the English county of Herefordshire.Previously a community school administered by Herefordshire Council, Kingstone High School converted to academy status in August 2011. However the school continues to coordinate with Herefordshire Council for admissions, and mainly serves the areas of South Hereford and the Golden Valley.

Kingstone High School offers GCSEs and BTECs as programmes of study for pupils. The school building was built in the 1960s, with other buildings added later.

Leominster (district)

Leominster (district) was a local government district in England from 1 April 1974 to 1 April 1998 with its administrative seat in the town of Leominster.

It was one of two districts in a new county of Hereford and Worcester created in 1974, following the Local Government Act 1972) that merged the historical counties of Herefordshire and Worcestershire and crossed the traditional border, the range of Malvern Hills, between the two counties. It was formed from, in Herefordshire, the municipal borough of Leominster, the urban district of Kington, Kington Rural District, Leominster and Wigmore Rural District, Weobley Rural District, and from, in Worcestershire, the Tenbury Rural District.

In 1998, the district of Leominster was abolished, with the Herefordshire parts becoming part of the new unitary authority of Herefordshire and the Worcestershire parts becoming part of the newly defined Worcestershire district of Malvern Hills. Malvern Hills District now comprises remaining parts of its boundary and new additions while other parts were taken over by Herefordshire Council.

Leominster District Council elections

Leominster was a non-metropolitan district in Hereford and Worcester, England. It was abolished on 1 April 1998 and replaced by Herefordshire Council.

South Herefordshire District Council elections

South Herefordshire was a non-metropolitan district in Hereford and Worcester, England. It was abolished on 1 April 1998 and replaced by Herefordshire Council.

Weobley High School

Weobley High School is a mixed secondary school located in Weobley in the English county of Herefordshire.It is a community school administered by Herefordshire Council, and mainly admits pupils from Canon Pyon, Credenhill, Dilwyn, Staunton on Wye and Weobley. The school offers GCSEs and BTECs as programmes of study for pupils.

Whitecross Hereford High School

Whitecross Hereford High School is a mixed secondary school located in Hereford in the English county of Herefordshire.Previously a community school administered by Herefordshire Council, Whitecross Hereford High School converted to academy status in January 2013. However the school continues to coordinate with Herefordshire Council for admissions. The school moved into new buildings in 2006.

Whitecross Hereford High School offers GCSEs and BTECs as programmes of study for pupils. The school also has a specialism in sports, and is an accredited sports college. The school currently has a roll of around 800 students. A new Head Teacher, Tim Knapp was appointed in 2016.

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