Southend-on-Sea Borough Council

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council is the local authority of Southend-on-Sea in Essex, England. It is a unitary authority, having the powers of a non-metropolitan county and district council combined. It is a member of the East of England Local Government Association.

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council
Arms of Southend-on-Sea Borough Council
Type
Type
Leadership
Mayor
Cllr John Lamb, Conservative
since 9 May 2019
Leader of the Council
Cllr Ian Gilbert, Labour
since 3 June 2019
Structure
Seats51 councillors
Southend council 2019
Political groups
Administration (31)
     Labour (14)
     Independent (12)
     Liberal Democrats (5)
Opposition (20)
     Conservative (20)
Elections
First-past-the-post
Last election
2 May 2019
Next election
7 May 2020
Website
www.southend.gov.uk

Politics

Seventeen wards each return three councillors, a total of 51. Councillors serve four years and one third of the council is elected each year, followed by one year without election. The current composition of the council is (as of 5 May 2019):[1]

Affiliation Councillors
Conservative 20
Labour 14
Independent 12
Liberal Democrat 5

The council is currently run by a rainbow coalition of Labour, Independent Group and Liberal Democrat councillors following a no confidence motion that was passed on 3 June 2019.[2] The council had previously been run by the same coalition between May 2014 - May 2016.[3] Apart from these occasions, since the 2000 election the council had been run by a Conservative administration.

Performance

In 2007, Southend Borough Council was criticised as one of the worst financially managed local authorities in England by the Audit Commission report for 2006/7, one of three to gain only one of four stars, the others being Liverpool and the Isles of Scilly.[4]

In March 2012, Southend Borough Council was awarded the title of 'Council of the Year 2012' by the Local Government Chronicle.[5]

References

  1. ^ "Your Councillors by Party". Southend-on-Sea Borough Council. Retrieved 9 May 2019.
  2. ^ Shaw, Steve. "Southend Council elects first ever Labour leader Ian Gilbert". Southend Echo. Retrieved 4 June 2019.
  3. ^ "Who will be running Southend Council? Take a look at your new cabinet members". Southend: Echo. 6 June 2014. Retrieved 13 July 2014.
  4. ^ Laura Smith (30 January 2008). "Echo News - Official: Council is wasting our cash". Retrieved 21 July 2008.
  5. ^ Uncited (14 March 2012). "Southend Council wins council of the year at Local Government Chronicle awards". Retrieved 8 April 2013.

External links

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Blackburn with Darwen
LGC Council of the Year
2012
Succeeded by
Greenwich
1999 Southend-on-Sea Borough Council election

The 1999 Southend-on-Sea Council election took place on 6 May 1999 to elect members of Southend-on-Sea Unitary Council in Essex, England. One third of the council was up for election and the council stayed under no overall control.After the election, the composition of the council was

Conservative 19

Liberal Democrat 12

Labour 8

2000 Southend-on-Sea Borough Council election

The 2000 Southend-on-Sea Council election took place on 4 May 2000 to elect members of Southend-on-Sea Unitary Council in Essex, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Conservative party gained overall control of the council from no overall control.After the election, the composition of the council was

Conservative 25

Liberal Democrat 9

Labour 5

2001 Southend-on-Sea Borough Council election

The 2001 Southend-on-Sea Council election took place on 7 June 2001 to elect members of Southend-on-Sea Unitary Council in Essex, England. The whole council was up for election with boundary changes since the last election in 2000 increasing the number of seats by 12. The Conservative party stayed in overall control of the council.

2002 Southend-on-Sea Borough Council election

The 2002 Southend-on-Sea Council election took place on 2 May 2002 to elect members of Southend-on-Sea Unitary Council in Essex, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Conservative party stayed in overall control of the council.After the election, the composition of the council was

Conservative 33

Labour 11

Liberal Democrat 7

2003 Southend-on-Sea Borough Council election

The 2003 Southend-on-Sea Council election took place on 1 May 2003 to elect members of Southend-on-Sea Unitary Council in Essex, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Conservative party stayed in overall control of the council.After the election, the composition of the council was

Conservative 32

Labour 10

Liberal Democrat 8

Independent 1

2004 Southend-on-Sea Borough Council election

The 2004 Southend-on-Sea Council election took place on 10 June 2004 to elect members of Southend-on-Sea Unitary Council in Essex, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Conservative party stayed in overall control of the council.After the election, the composition of the council was

Conservative 33

Labour 9

Liberal Democrat 7

Independent 2

2006 Southend-on-Sea Borough Council election

The 2006 Southend-on-Sea Council election took place on 4 May 2006 to elect members of Southend-on-Sea Unitary Council in Essex, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Conservative party stayed in overall control of the council.After the election, the composition of the council was

Conservative 30

Liberal Democrat 9

Labour 8

Alliance Southend 4

2007 Southend-on-Sea Borough Council election

The 2007 Southend-on-Sea Council election took place on 3 May 2007 to elect members of Southend-on-Sea Unitary Council in Essex, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Conservative party stayed in overall control of the council.After the election, the composition of the council was

Conservative 30

Liberal Democrat 10

Labour 7

Independent 4

2008 Southend-on-Sea Borough Council election

The 2008 Southend-on-Sea Council election took place on 1 May 2008 to elect members of Southend-on-Sea Unitary Council in Essex, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Conservative party stayed in overall control of the council.After the election, the composition of the council was

Conservative 27

Liberal Democrat 11

Independent 7

Labour 6

2012 Southend-on-Sea Borough Council election

The 2012 Southend-on-Sea Council election took place on 3 May 2012 to elect members of the Southend-on-Sea Borough Council in England. This was the same day as other 2012 United Kingdom local elections.

2014 Southend-on-Sea Borough Council election

The 2014 Southend-on-Sea Borough Council election took place on 22 May 2014 to elect members of Southend-on-Sea Borough Council in England. This was on the same day as other local elections.

After the election, the composition of the council was

Conservative 19

Independent 13

Labour 9

UKIP 5

Liberal Democrat 5

2015 Southend-on-Sea Borough Council election

The 2015 Southend-on-Sea Borough Council election took place on 7 May 2015 to elect members of Southend-on-Sea Borough Council in England. This was on the same day as the other local elections.

2016 Southend-on-Sea Borough Council election

The 2016 Southend-on-Sea Borough Council election took place on 5 May 2016 to elect members of Southend-on-Sea Borough Council in England. This was on the same day as other local elections.

2018 Southend-on-Sea Borough Council election

Elections to Southend-on-Sea Borough Council took place on 3 May 2018. This was on the same day as other local elections across the United Kingdom.

2019 Southend-on-Sea Borough Council election

Elections to Southend-on-Sea Borough Council took place on 2 May 2019. This was on the same day as other local elections across the United Kingdom.

Belton Hills

Belton Hills is a 22 hectare Local Nature Reserve in Leigh-on-Sea in Essex. It is owned and managed by Southend-on-Sea Borough Council.This steeply sloping site has large areas of scrub, and there are some rare plant and invertebrates species. Plants include Deptford pink (flowering June-August) and bithynian vetch (flowering May–June), and a survey in 2001 recorded 667 invertebrate taxa. ts.

There is access to the site from Marine Parade.

Great Wood and Dodd's Grove

Great Wood and Dodd's Grove is a 36.8 hectare biological Site of Special Scientific Interest in Leigh-on-Sea in Essex. It is also a Local Nature Reserve called Belfairs. Essex Wildlife Trust runs the Belfairs Woodland Centre and manages the site together with Southend-on-Sea Borough Council.This is a small remnant of the ancient Hadleigh Great Wood. It is coppiced oak woodland on sands, gravels and clay, and one of the largest areas of old woodland in the south of the county. Bramble and honeysuckle are the main ground plants. Other plants include the rare broad-leaved helleborine. The site has toilets, a café and trails.There is access from Poors Lane, which runs through the site.

List of Conservation Areas in Southend-on-Sea

As of October 2017, there are 14 listed Conservation Areas in the borough of Southend-on-Sea in Essex, England. Southend-on-Sea started out as a few fishermens' huts at the South End of Prittlewell, before becoming a holiday destination during the Victorian era.

In 1968 Southend Borough Council created the first conservation area in Clifftown, the home to the first Georgian and Victorian development of the town including its first park, Prittlewell Square.

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council elections

Southend-on-Sea is a unitary authority in Essex, England. Until 1 April 1998 it was a non-metropolitan district.

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