Northumberland County Council

Northumberland County Council is a unitary authority in North East England. The population of the Non-Metropolitan Unitary Authority at the 2011 Census was 316,028.[1]

Northumberland County Council
Arms of Northumberland County Council
Type
Type
History
Founded1 April 2009[a]
Preceded by
Leadership
Civic Head
Cllr Jeffrey George Watson, Conservative
since 24 May 2017
Chairman of the Council
Cllr Richard Robert Dodd, Conservative
since 24 May 2017
Leader of the Council
Cllr. Peter Alan Jackson, Conservative
since 24 May 2017
Structure
Seats67 councillors
Northumberland County Council composition
Political groups
Administration
     Conservative (33)
Other parties
     Labour (24)
     Liberal Democrats (3)
     Non Aligned (4)
     Bedlington Independents (3)
Elections
First past the post
Last election
4 May 2017
Next election
6 May 2021
Meeting place
County Hall, Morpeth
Website
northumberland.gov.uk
Northumberland UK location map
Northumberland proper, as administered by the Council

History

It was formed in 1889 as the council for the administrative county of Northumberland and reformed, downsized in 1974 to cover the newly formed non-metropolitan county of Northumberland, which for the first time excluded the City of Newcastle upon Tyne conurbation. As part of the 2009 structural changes to local government in England it became a unitary authority with the same boundaries, this disregarded the referendum held in 2005 in which the population voted against the forming of a Unitary authority.[2]

Its elections have been in May 2008, 2013, and 2017 to be at four yearly intervals, the expected length of office of each councillor. The next local election is expected in May 2021.

Naming of the new Unitary Authority

Throughout 2008, the people of Northumberland were consulted about the new name of the unitary authority. The choice was between having the name of the incumbent county council as the name for the new unitary authority - Northumberland County Council or whether a brand new name should be given - Northumberland Council. Online polls were held and the votes of staff within the former district councils were collated and overall, the name of the incumbent county council was preferred on a ratio of nearly 2:1.[3]

On 17 December 2008 it was decided that the new name would be Northumberland County Council. The Chairman of the Council stated that:

Having considered the findings of this consultation, it has been decided to call the new authority Northumberland County Council. It is important to reiterate that whilst the single unitary will adopt the name of an existing council, this is emphatically not a County Council takeover. As of 1 April 2009, all existing Northumberland councils will be abolished to make way for a brand new organisation, with new vision, values, and behaviours.

Legally however, the County Council remains the same body as at present, simply assuming the functions of the districts.[4]

Council Leadership

Civic Leadership and Offices of Honour

Offices(s) Name
Civic Head of Northumberland County Council

First Citizen of Northumberland

Coun. Jeffrey George Watson
Deputy Civic Head of Northumberland County Council

Second Citizen of Northumberland

Coun. James Ian Hutchinson
Father of the Council Coun. Ian Carr Fry Swithenbank CBE
Baby of the Council Coun. Gregah Alan Roughead FRSA

Presiding Officers

Offices(s) Name
Chairman of the Council Coun.Richard Robert Dodd
Deputy Chairman of the Council Coun. Barry Malcolm Flux

Leader of the Council and Cabinet

Following the election of May 2017, Northumberland County Council has no overall control, however the Conservative Party are the largest group on the Council being one seat short of an overall majority so form the Council's current Administration.

Offices(s) Name
Leader of the Council

Leader of the Conservative Group

Coun. Peter Alan Jackson
Deputy Leader of the Council

Cabinet Member for Children's Services

Deputy Leader of the Conservative Group

Coun. Wayne Daley
Cabinet Secretary

Cabinet Member for Corporate Resources

Coun. Nicholas Oliver
Cabinet Member for Adult Well-being and Health

Secretary of the Conservative Group

Coun. Veronica Jones
Cabinet Member for Economic Development

Chairman of Arch Group

Coun. Richard Watson Wearmouth
Cabinet Member for Culture, Arts and Leisure

Non-Executive Board Member of Active Northumberland

Coun. Catherine Homer
Cabinet Member for Planning, Housing and Resilience

Chairman of Northumberland Fire Authority

Coun. John Robert Riddle
Cabinet Member for Environment and Local Services Coun. Hugh Glen Howard Sanderson JP

Leader of the Official Opposition and Shadow Cabinet

Offices(s) Name
Leader of the Official Opposition

Leader of the Labour Group

Coun. James Grant Davey
Deputy Leader of the Official Opposition

Deputy Leader of the Labour Group

Coun. David Ledger
Chairman of Northumberland Labour Group Coun. Scott James Dickinson

Composition

Following the election of 2017, Northumberland County Council has no overall control, with the Conservative Party being the largest group on the Council.[5]

Affiliation Members
Conservative Group 33
Labour Group 24
Independent Group
7
Liberal Democrat Group 3
 Total
67

Other uses

Eurostat statistical area

For Eurostat purposes the area under the jurisdiction of Northumberland County Council is a NUTS 3 region (code UKC21) and is one of five (?) boroughs or unitary districts that comprise the "Northumberland and Tyne and Wear" NUTS 2 region.

Notes

  1. ^ Creation of unitary authority.

References

  1. ^ "Non-metropolitan unitary population 2011". Retrieved 28 January 2016.
  2. ^ http://www.northumberland.gov.uk/BB_News.asp?BB_Bulletin_ID=4108
  3. ^ http://www.northumberland.gov.uk/BB_News.asp?BB_Bulletin_ID=4100
  4. ^ "The Northumberland (Structural Change) Order 2008". www.opsi.gov.uk. Retrieved 6 April 2018.
  5. ^ "Local Election Results 2017". Northumberland County Council. Retrieved 5 May 2017.

External links

Coordinates: 55°09′13″N 1°41′03″W / 55.15361°N 1.68417°W

1973 Northumberland County Council election

Local elections to Northumberland County Council, a county council in the north east of England, were held on 12 April 1973, resulting in a council with no party forming a majority.

1977 Northumberland County Council election

Local elections to Northumberland County Council, a county council in the north east of England, were held on 5 May 1977, resulting in a council with no party forming a majority.

1981 Northumberland County Council election

Local elections to Northumberland County Council, a county council in the north east of England, were held on 7 May 1981, resulting in a council with Labour members forming a majority.

1985 Northumberland County Council election

Local elections to Northumberland County Council, a county council in the north east of England, were held on 2 May 1985. The Labour Party lost overall control of the council, which fell under no overall control.

1989 Northumberland County Council election

Local elections to Northumberland County Council, a county council in the north east of England, were held on 4 May 1989, resulting in a council with Labour members forming a majority.

1993 Northumberland County Council election

Local elections to Northumberland County Council, a county council in the north east of England, were held on 6 May 1993, resulting in a council with Labour members forming a majority.

1997 Northumberland County Council election

Local elections to Northumberland County Council, a county council in the north east of England, were held on 1 May 1997, resulting in a council with Labour members forming a majority.

2001 Northumberland County Council election

Local elections to Northumberland County Council, a county council in the north east of England, were held on 7 June 2001. It was the first election to be held under new ward boundaries that increased the number of seats from 66 to 67. The Labour retained overall control of the council.

2005 Northumberland County Council election

Local elections to Northumberland County Council, a county council in the north east of England, were held on 5 May 2005, resulting in a council with Labour members forming a majority.

2007 Tynedale District Council election

Elections to Tynedale District Council were held for the final time on 3 May 2007. The whole council was up for election and the Conservative party kept overall control of the council. The council was abolished in 2009 when Northumberland County Council became a unitary authority.

2008 Northumberland County Council election

Local elections to Northumberland County Council, a county council in the north east of England, were held on 1 May 2008, resulting in a council with no overall control and with Liberal Democrat members forming the largest political group on the new Council.

2013 Northumberland County Council election

Elections to Northumberland County Council were held on 2 May 2013. The full council was up for election, with each successful candidate serving a four-year term of office, expiring in 2017.

The council remained in no overall control with the Labour Party becoming the largest party, holding 32 out of 67 seats on the council. Of the remaining 35 seats on the council, the Conservative Party won the 21 seats, the Liberal Democrats won 11 seats and Independents won 3 seats.

2017 Northumberland County Council election

The 2017 Northumberland County Council election took place on 4 May 2017 as part of the 2017 local elections in the United Kingdom. All 67 councillors were elected from 66 electoral divisions which returned either one or two county councillors each by first-past-the-post voting for a four-year term of office.

The results saw the Conservative Party win 33 seats, one short of a majority. In South Blyth there was a tie between the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats who decided the results by drawing straws, which the Liberal Democrats won. The Conservatives made significant gains in medium-sized towns, gaining seats in Prudhoe, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Alnwick, Morpeth and Cramlington.

Barry Rowland

Barry Alan Rowland (born August 1961) is an English administrator and the current Chief Executive of the Falkland Islands. He previously served as Executive Director for Northumberland County Council and Chief Executive of Newcastle City Council.

Blyth Valley

Blyth Valley was a Local government district and borough in south-east Northumberland, England, bordering the North Sea and Tyne and Wear. The two principal towns were Blyth and Cramlington. Other population centres include Seaton Delaval, and Seaton Sluice.

The borough was formed on 1 April 1974 by the merger of the borough of Blyth, Seaton Valley urban district, and part of the borough of Whitley Bay.

The district council was abolished as part of the 2009 structural changes to local government in England effective from 1 April 2009 with responsibilities being transferred to Northumberland County Council, a unitary authority.

Morpeth, Northumberland

Morpeth is a historic market town in Northumberland, North East England, lying on the River Wansbeck. Nearby villages include Mitford and Pegswood. In the 2011 census, the population of Morpeth was given as 14,017, up from 13,833 in the 2001 census. The earliest record of the town is believed to be from the Neolithic period. The meaning of the town's name is uncertain, but it may refer to its position on the road to Scotland and a murder which occurred on that road. The de Marley family was granted the Barony of Morpeth in c. 1080 and built two castles in the town in the late 11th century and the 13th century. The town was granted its coat of arms in 1552. By the mid 1700s it had become one of the main markets in England, having been granted a market charter in 1199, but the opening of the railways in the 1800s led the market to decline. The town's history is celebrated in the annual Northumbrian Gathering.

Morpeth is governed by Northumberland County Council and Morpeth Town Council. The town is split into three wards – North, Kirkhill and Stobhill – for the purposes of parish elections. In 2008 the town suffered a severe flood, which was repeated in 2012, resulting in the construction of new flood defences. Morpeth railway station is on the east coast line and a curve to the south of it has caused several rail crashes. Several sports teams compete in Morpeth, with Morpeth Town A.F.C. having been the winner of the FA Vase in 2016. The town hosted its own Olympics from 1873 to 1958. Two middle schools, a high school and seven first schools are situated in Morpeth, as well as several churches of Anglican, Roman Catholic, United Reformed and Methodist denominations. Morpeth's Carlisle Park, the recipient of several awards, contains one of the four floral clocks in England.

Northumberland County, Ontario

Northumberland County is an upper tier level of municipal government situated on the north shore of Lake Ontario, east of Toronto in Central Ontario.

The Northumberland County headquarters are located in Cobourg.

Northumberland County Council elections

Northumberland County Council is elected every four years.

Wansbeck District Council elections

Wansbeck was a non-metropolitan district in Northumberland, England. It was abolished on 1 April 2009 and replaced by Northumberland County Council.

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