Swindon Borough Council

Swindon Borough Council is the local authority of the Borough of Swindon in Wiltshire, England. It is a unitary authority, having the powers of a non-metropolitan county and district council combined. As such, it is administratively separate from the rest of Wiltshire. It was formed in 1997, replacing Thamesdown Borough Council.

Swindon Borough Council
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Type
Type
History
Founded1 April 1997[a]
Preceded byThamesdown Borough Council
Wiltshire County Council
Leadership
Mayor
Cllr Junab Ali, Labour
since 18 May 2018
Leader of the Council
Cllr David Renard, Conservative
since 11 April 2013
Chief executive
Susie Kemp
since 13 July 2018
Structure
Seats57 councillors
Swindon Borough Council composition
Political groups
Administration
     Conservative (29)
Other parties
     Labour (25)
     Liberal Democrat (2)
     Independent (1)
Length of term
4 years
Elections
Plurality-at-large
Last election
3 May 2018 (19 seats)
Next election
2 May 2019 (19 seats)
Meeting place
Civic Offices at Swindon
Civic Offices, Swindon
Website
www.swindon.gov.uk

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, Swindon Borough is a non-metropolitan area of England. As a unitary authority, Swindon 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.

Operations

The council is responsible for numerous operations in Swindon. These include schools, libraries, waste disposal and road maintenance. Since 2010, many schools in the area have become academies, with the council losing control. It was also the owner of Swindon's main bus operator, Thamesdown Transport, until 2017 when it sold them to the Go-Ahead Group due to issues with funding.[1] Maintenance services are typically contracted to Swindon Commercial Services (SCS), who work in partnership with the council.[2]

Notes

  1. ^ Borough council gained unitary authority functions.

References

  1. ^ "Swindon council sells loss-making Thamesdown Transport bus firm". BBC News. 3 February 2017.
  2. ^ Swindon Borough Council. "Tenders and contract opportunities". Swindon Borough Council. Retrieved 9 February 2017.

External links

1998 Swindon Borough Council election

The 1998 Swindon Borough Council election took place on 7 May 1998 to elect members of Swindon Unitary Council in Wiltshire, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Labour party stayed in overall control of the council.After the election, the composition of the council was

Labour 40

Liberal Democrat 9

Conservative 5

1999 Swindon Borough Council election

The 1999 Swindon Borough Council election took place on 6 May 1999 to elect members of Swindon Unitary Council in Wiltshire, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Labour party stayed in overall control of the council.After the election, the composition of the council was

Labour 39

Liberal Democrat 10

Conservative 5

2000 Swindon Borough Council election

The 2000 Swindon Borough Council election took place on 6 May 2000 to elect members of Swindon Unitary Council in Wiltshire, England. The whole council was up for election with boundary changes since the last election in 1999 increasing the number of seats by 5. The Labour party lost overall control of the council to no overall control.

2002 Swindon Borough Council election

The 2002 Swindon Borough Council election took place on 2 May 2002 to elect members of Swindon Unitary Council in Wiltshire, 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

Labour 29

Conservative 22

Liberal Democrat 8

2003 Swindon Borough Council election

The 2003 Swindon Borough Council election took place on 1 May 2003 to elect members of Swindon Unitary Council in Wiltshire, 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 29

Labour 22

Liberal Democrat 8

2004 Swindon Borough Council election

The 2004 Swindon Borough Council election took place on 10 June 2004 to elect members of Swindon Unitary Council in Wiltshire, 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 33

Labour 19

Liberal Democrat 7

2006 Swindon Borough Council election

The 2006 Swindon Borough Council election took place on 4 May 2006 to elect members of Swindon Unitary Council in Wiltshire, 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 40

Labour 14

Liberal Democrat 3

Independent 2

2007 Swindon Borough Council election

The 2007 Swindon Borough Council election took place on 4 May 2007 to elect members of Swindon Unitary Council in Wiltshire, 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 43

Labour 13

Liberal Democrat 3

2008 Swindon Borough Council election

The 2008 Swindon Borough Council election took place on 4 May 2008 to elect members of Swindon Unitary Council in Wiltshire, 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 43

Labour 12

Liberal Democrat 3

Independent 1

2010 Swindon Borough Council election

The 2010 Swindon Borough Council election took place on 6 May 2010 to elect members of Swindon Unitary Council in Wiltshire, 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 41

Labour 13

Liberal Democrat 4

Independent 1

2011 Swindon Borough Council election

The 2011 Swindon Borough Council election took place on 5 May 2011 to elect members of Swindon Unitary Council in Wiltshire, 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 38

Labour 17

Liberal Democrat 4

2012 Swindon Borough Council election

Elections to Swindon Borough Council were held on 3 May 2012, with every ward up for election after the implementation of boundary changes. The Conservatives were the largest party on the council going into the elections, and were looking to hold on to power, while Labour were aiming to oust the Conservatives and take control of the council. The election resulted in the Conservatives maintaining control of the council with a majority of one seat, while Labour made gains but not enough to win control.

Following this election, the Borough Council will be elected a third at a time. The candidates who finished third in their three-seat ward in 2012 will serve a two-year term before facing re-election in 2014. Those who finished second will face re-election in 2015, and those who finished first will serve until 2016. In the two-seat Chiseldon & Lawn Ward, the candidate who finished second will face re-election in 2014, and the first place candidate the following year, while the single councillor for Ridgeway Ward will sit until 2016.

2014 Swindon Borough Council election

The 2014 Swindon Borough Council election took place on 22 May 2014 to elect members of Swindon Borough Council in England. This was on the same day as other local elections. The Conservatives gained 1 seat to retain control of the council.

2015 Swindon Borough Council election

The 2015 Swindon Borough Council election took place on 7 May 2015, to elect members of Swindon Borough Council in England. This was on the same day as other local elections. The Conservative Party increased their majority after gaining two seats.

Of the 19 seats up for election, four seats changed hands to leave the Conservatives (32) with a majority of seven seats over Labour (23) and the Lib Dems (2).

2016 Swindon Borough Council election

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

The Conservatives held on to their majority on the council but it was lowered to three after losing councillors to Labour in Lydiard & Freshbrook and Liden, Eldene & Park South.

2018 Swindon Borough Council election

The 2018 Swindon Borough Council election took place on 3 May 2018, to elect members of Swindon Borough Council in England. This was on the same day as other local elections.

The Conservatives held on to their majority on the council but it was lowered to one after losing a councillor to the Liberal Democrats in Wroughton & Wichelstowe. The Liberal Democrats lost a councillor to Labour in Eastcott, so the election's net gain of one was to Labour from the Conservatives. Labour had had high hopes of winning control of the council, and the Party's leader Jeremy Corbyn had visited Swindon on five occasions during the local election campaign. The Party was reported to be 'deeply disappointed' with the result.

The Conservative Council leader David Renard described himself as "absolutely delighted" that his Party "fended off a significant challenge from the Labour Party". The BBC's West of England politics editor Paul Barltrop felt Labour's failure to take the council would be more than disappointing to party members, noting that Swindon tends to give an idea of what will happen at the next general election.Swindon was one of the boroughs subject to a trial of voter ID restrictions requiring the production of polling cards.

Borough of Swindon

The Borough of Swindon is a local government authority in South West England. It is centred on the town of Swindon and forms part of the ceremonial county of Wiltshire. It was formed in 1974 as the Thamesdown district of Wiltshire, from former areas of the municipal borough of Swindon (created 1900) and Highworth Rural District (created 1894).

On 1 April 1997 it was made administratively independent of Wiltshire County Council (with its council becoming a unitary authority). It adopted the name Swindon on 24 April 1997. The former Thamesdown name and logo were used by the main local bus operator, Thamesdown Transport Limited, until it was bought out and renamed to "Swindon's Bus Company".

Swindon Borough Council elections

Swindon is a unitary authority in Wiltshire, England. Until 1 April 1998 its area was a non-metropolitan district called Thamesdown Borough Council, with Wiltshire County Council providing the county-level services. In 1998 all such powers were transferred to the new Borough of Swindon.

The Ridgeway School and Sixth Form College

The Ridgeway School & Sixth Form College is a mixed secondary school and sixth form located in Wroughton in the English county of Wiltshire.The school was established in 1967 and was the first purpose-built comprehensive school in Wiltshire. Previously a foundation school administered by Swindon Borough Council, it converted to academy status in August 2011 and is part of the White Horse Federation, a multi-academy trust. The school continues to coordinate with Swindon Borough Council for admissions.

The school's catchment area includes Bishopstone, Hinton Parva, Wanborough, Liddington, Coate, Badbury, Chiseldon, Hodson, Bassett Down, Uffcott, Broad Hinton and Winterbourne Bassett. The school offers GCSEs and BTECs as programmes of study for pupils, while students in the sixth form have the option to study from a range of A-levels and further BTECs.

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