Telford and Wrekin Council

Telford and Wrekin Council is the local authority of Telford and Wrekin in Shropshire, England. It is a unitary authority, having the powers of a non-metropolitan county and district council combined. The district of Telford and Wrekin was granted borough status in 2002, though the council does not ordinarily include "Borough" in its name.

Telford and Wrekin Council
Mayor of Telford & Wrekin
Cllr Stephen Reynolds, Labour
since 23rd May 2019
Leader of the Council
Cllr Shaun Davies, Labour
since 27th May 2016
Managing Director
Richard Partington
since 14th December 2011
Seats54 councillors
Telford and Wrekin Council composition
Political groups
     Labour (36)
Other Parties
     Conservative (13)
     Liberal Democrats (4)
     Independent (1)
Length of term
4 years
First past the post
Last election
2 May 2019
Next election
"Creating a Better Borough - by Investing, Protecting and Caring

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, the Telford and Wrekin is within a non-metropolitan area of England.

As a unitary authority, Telford and Wrekin 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.

The council is currently made up of: 36 Labour councillors, 13 Conservative councillors, 4 Liberal Democrats councillors and 1 Independent councillors. There are currently no councillors elected for any other political party – UKIP, green, etc.

There are seven roles within the Council a Councillor apart of the party under administration of the Council (Labour) may be appointed to: Leader of the Council (Cllr Shaun Davies), Deputy leader of the Council (Cllr Richard Overton), Mayor of the Borough of Telford & Wrekin (Cllr Stephen Reynolds), Deputy mayor of the Borough of Telford & Wrekin (Cllr Amrik Jhawar), Speaker of the Council (Cllr Arnold England), Deputy Speaker of the Council (Cllr James Lavery) and a Council cabinet member.

The Cabinet is the main decision-making body of the Council with executive powers for all matters, except those held by the full Council or those reserved to regulatory committees (such as planning and licensing applications). The Cabinet has a key role in budget proposal and policy framework for the Council to adopt.

The Cabinet is chaired by Cllr Shaun Davies (Leader of the Council) with 8 cabinet members each having responsibility for a particular area of the Council's work; [1]

  • Cllr Shaun Davies – Leader of the Council & Cabinet member for new & stronger communities fund.
  • Cllr Richard Overton – Deputy leader of the Council & cabinet member for neighbourhood services, enforcement and the pride in our community programme.
  • Cllr Lee Carter – Cabinet member for Council finance, commercial services and the Borough economy (Cabinet member for the Local enterprise partnership).
  • Cllr Andy Burford - Cabinet member for health and social care.
  • Cllr Rae Evans – Cabinet member for customer, cultural & leisure services and partnerships.
  • Cllr David Wright - Cabinet member for housing, transport and infrastructure.
  • Cllr Shirley Reynolds – Cabinet member for children, young people and education.
  • Cllr Hilda Rhodes – Cabinet member for parks, green spaces and the natural environment.
  • Cllr Carolyn Healy - Cabinet member for visitor economy and the world heritage site.
  • Cllr Raj Mehta - Cabinet member for communities and inclusivity.


Political control

Party in control Years
     Labour 1997–2006
     No overall control 2006–2008
     Conservative 2008–2011
     Labour 2011 – Present


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2011 Telford and Wrekin Council election

Elections for the whole of Telford and Wrekin Council took place on 10 May 2011. 54 councillors were elected in 33 wards and the Labour Party took control from the Conservatives. There were no boundary changes taking effect at this election.

2015 Telford and Wrekin Council election

The 2015 Telford and Wrekin Council election took place on 7 May 2015 to elect members of the Telford and Wrekin Council in England. It was held on the same day as other local elections and the UK General Election 2015.


Allscott is a small village 3 miles (4.8 km) north west of Wellington, Shropshire. The River Tern flows by. It falls within the parish of Wrockwardine and the borough of Telford and Wrekin. Nearby is the small village of Walcot. The name derives of Aldescote which translates as Aldred's Cottage.There is also a hamlet in Shropshire with the same name, but to the northeast of Bridgnorth and in the parish of Worfield (grid reference SO737962).

In 1927, a sugar beet factory (which came to be owned by British Sugar), once stood in the village and was a major local employer. The factory buildings have been demolished since its closure and in 2015, an application to build 470 homes on the site was granted permission by Telford and Wrekin Council. Concerns about overcrowded roads have led to calls for a railway station to be opened on the site as it is adjacent to the Shrewsbury to Wolverhampton Line, but the developers have stated that a railway station is not in their plans.Allscott FC are a football club based at the Allscott Sports & Social Club in the village. The club have recently been accepted for promotion to the West Midlands Regional League Division One, after finishing third in the West Midlands Regional League Division Two (206-17 season). Allscott also finished runners-up in the Mercian Regional League Premier Division (2015-16 season). The club have also won the Shropshire County Challenge Cup on one occasion (2014-15), as well as the Shropshire County Football League Division One league title (2011-12).

Allscott CC play in division 1 of the Shropshire County Cricket League after being relegated from the Premier Division in 2014. They run 3 senior teams on a Saturday afternoon, a mid week team in the Shrewsbury and District League and have a thriving junior section.


Arthog (Welsh pronunciation) is a village, post town and community in the Meirionnydd area in Gwynedd, north Wales including the villages of Fairbourne and Friog. It is located on the A493, approximately 8 miles (13 km) west of Dolgellau, and had a population of 1,010 in 2001, increasing slightly to 1,031 at the 2011 census.It is well known for its outdoor activity centres and the nearby Llynnau Cregennen. The Arthog Outdoor Education Centre is owned by Telford and Wrekin Council and is primarily used in term-time by schools from the Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin Local Education Authorities. The other outdoor activity centre, Min Y Don, has been family owned and run since the 1950s. They too are primarily used in term-time by schools from the Midlands, but are also heavily involved with local community work.

In 1894, Solomon Andrews, a Cardiff entrepreneur, bought land overlooking the Mawddach estuary. On the site he completed Mawddach Crescent in 1902. The row of terraced properties was the start of a purpose-built holiday resort he intended for the area. However the planned development went no further because the surrounding land proved unsuitable for urban planning. During the Second World War, the Royal Marines commandeered Mawddach Crescent. It became known as Iceland Camp. The marines also built huts on nearby Fegla Fawr, the foundation bases can still be seen between the trees above the estuary.

The village was served by Arthog railway station (on the Barmouth - Ruabon line) until the complete closure of the line in 1964. The line is now a footpath known as the Llwybr Mawddach (English: Mawddach Trail), and is popular with both walkers and cyclists.

According to the 2011 census, 28.3% of the community's residents were able to speak Welsh. Consequently, Arthog had the lowest percentage of Welsh speakers of any community in Gwynedd. 70.6% of the community's residents were born outside Wales.

Brookside, Telford

Brookside is a housing estate and borough and parish council ward in Telford, Shropshire, England. The original settlement of Brookside is a Radburn estate built in the early 1970s as part of the development of Telford New Town and is entirely within the confines of Brookside Avenue, a 1.7 mile ring road. Significant development has taken place around the outside of Brookside Avenue since the estate was built, the majority of which is part of Stirchley Park but falls within the Brookside ward for both Telford and Wrekin Council and Stirchley and Brookside Parish Council.

Coalport branch line

The Coalport branch line was a standard gauge London and North Western Railway branch line in Shropshire, England, which ran between Hadley Junction near Oakengates on the Stafford to Shrewsbury line and a terminus at Coalport East railway station on the north bank of the River Severn at Coalport.

David Wright (politician)

David Wright (born 22 December 1966) is a British Labour Party politician who was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Telford from 2001 until 2015. He was an assistant government whip from June 2009 to May 2010. In May 2019 he was elected as a Labour member of the Telford and Wrekin Council representing St Georges East ward

Ercall Wood Technology College

Ercall Wood Technology College is a mixed secondary school located in Wellington in the English county of Shropshire.It is a foundation school administered by Telford and Wrekin Council. The school also has specialist status as a Technology College.

Madeley, Shropshire

Madeley is a town and civil parish in Shropshire, England, now part of the new town of Telford. The parish had a population of 17,935 at the 2001 census.Madeley is recorded in the Domesday Book, having been founded before the 8th century. Historically, Madeley's industrial activity has largely been in mining, and later, manufacturing, which is still a large employer in the town, along with service industries. Parts of the parish fall within the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ironbridge Gorge, the site of The Iron Bridge, and a key area in the development of Industry.

Madeley Academy

Madeley Academy (formerly Madeley Court School) is a mixed secondary school and sixth form located in Madeley in the English county of Shropshire.Previously a community school administered by Telford and Wrekin Council. Madeley Court School converted to academy status in April 2007 and was renamed Madeley Academy. The school relocated from its previous site on Court Street to a new campus on Castlefields Way in 2009.Madeley Academy offers GCSE and BTEC 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. The school also has a specialism in sports.

New Bucks Head

New Bucks Head is a stadium in Telford, England and the home of Conference National football club A.F.C. Telford United. It was originally built for Telford United to play at before they went bankrupt. The stadium is on the same site as the original Bucks Head, which had been home to Telford United and Wellington Town for over a century. The stadium was completed in 2003, and has a capacity of 6,300. It is covered on three out of four sides. The stadium lease and assets are currently held by Telford and Wrekin Council.

The stadium regularly hosts Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. reserve fixtures. When Steven Gerrard returned from injury in the Liverpool Reserves it attracted one of the biggest crowds the stadium has ever seen. The stadium played host to the National youth lions cup final in the 2006–07 season involving Sandiacre Town and Milton United. It has also been used for international football, hosting England U16's against Wales U16's in the Victory Shield.


Shrewsbury ( (listen) SHROHZ-bər-ee, (listen) SHROOZ-) is the county town of Shropshire, England. The town is on the River Severn and the 2011 census recorded a population of 71,715.Shrewsbury is a market town whose centre has a largely unspoilt medieval street plan and over 660 listed buildings, including several examples of timber framing from the 15th and 16th centuries. Shrewsbury Castle, a red sandstone fortification, and Shrewsbury Abbey, a former Benedictine monastery, were founded in 1074 and 1083 respectively by the Norman Earl of Shrewsbury, Roger de Montgomery. The town is the birthplace of Charles Darwin and is where he spent 27 years of his life.Located 9 miles (14 km) east of the Welsh border, Shrewsbury serves as the commercial centre for Shropshire and mid-Wales, with a retail output of over £299 million per year and light industry and distribution centres, such as Battlefield Enterprise Park, on the outskirts. The A5 and A49 trunk roads come together as the town's by-pass, and five railway lines meet at Shrewsbury railway station. The town is located 150 miles (240 km) north-west of London.

Shropshire Council

Shropshire Council is the local authority of Shropshire (excluding Telford and Wrekin) in England. It is a unitary authority, having the powers of a non-metropolitan county and district council combined.

It replaced the former two-tier local government structure in the non-metropolitan county of Shropshire on 1 April 2009, which involved its immediate predecessor, Shropshire County Council, and five non-metropolitan district councils – Bridgnorth District Council, North Shropshire District Council, Oswestry Borough Council, Shrewsbury and Atcham Borough Council and South Shropshire District Council. These districts and their councils were abolished in the reorganisation.The area covered by Shropshire Council is 3,197 square kilometres, or 1,234 square miles. This is 91.7% of the ceremonial county of Shropshire, with the remainder being covered by the other unitary authority in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Council, which was established as a unitary authority in 1998. Shropshire is located in the West Midlands region of England, on the border with Wales.

The council's seat is at Shirehall in Shrewsbury, the largest town (with a population of 70,600) in the unitary authority's area and historic county town of Shropshire. The council, however, has numerous offices across the county and area committees meet in the former district headquarters at Oswestry, Wem, Ludlow and Bridgnorth. The area covered by Shropshire Council is rural, with the second largest town being Oswestry with a population of just 16,600. Prior to the 2009 reorganisation, Shropshire was the least populated two-tier area in England.

Telford International Railfreight Park

Telford International Railfreight Park (known as TIRFP) is rail freight depot and construction development site located in Donnington to the north of Telford, on the former route of the Stafford to Shrewsbury Line. The terminal was opened in 2009.The development of TIRFP was initiated through a partnership between Telford and Wrekin Council, the Ministry of Defence, and the Homes and Communities Agency (then English Partnerships) in 2001. Located on the former Wellington to Stafford railway line of the Shropshire Union Railway, the 46 acres (0.19 km2) is located 2.5 miles (4.0 km) northeast of Wellington railway station and is connected to the (Network Rail) Wolverhampton to Shrewsbury Line just to the east of that station. Located on the former MoD Donnington stores, it is adjacent to existing manufacturing and warehousing facilities in Hadley Park and Hortonwood Industrial Estates. Located off Hortonwood Roundabout on the A518, it closest motorway access is via Junction 5 of the M54.With development started in 2008, TIRFP was officially opened by Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, Theresa Villiers MP, on Wednesday, 10 June 2009. Owned by Telford and Wrekin Council, the site, when opened, was operated under lease by John G Russell Transport Ltd.

In 2010 the sidings at the railfreight park have also been used to store redundant rolling stock, including Class 508 EMUs (taken to Telford using diesel locomotives), as the park is currently suffering from low freight usage. Wrockwardine Wood and Trench Parish Council approved the original planning application, forwarded to Telford and Wrekin Borough Council with only minor opposition.

In 2012, John G Russell pulled out of running the terminal and DB Schenker Rail (UK) were appointed to take over control of the terminal. DB Schenker have been running the only regular service into and out of the terminal since it reopened (that of a once-a-week MoD train.)Unused sections of the site have been utilised as long term van storage for hire firms. This has enabled the terminal to employ its first full-time worker. The vans arrived on site in March 2015 and DB Schenker Rail (UK) hope that incoming vehicles can be delivered via the rail connection.

Telford and Wrekin

Telford and Wrekin is a unitary district with borough status in the West Midlands region of England. The district was created in 1974 as The Wrekin, then a non-metropolitan district of Shropshire. In 1998 the district became a unitary authority and was renamed Telford and Wrekin. It remains part of the Shropshire ceremonial county and shares institutions such as the Fire and Rescue Service and Community Health with the rest of Shropshire.

The borough's major settlement is Telford, a new town designated in the 1960s incorporating the existing towns of Dawley, Madeley, Oakengates and Wellington. The next largest population centre is Newport, a market town to the north of Telford.

The borough borders Staffordshire, but is mostly surrounded by the non-metropolitan county of Shropshire, whose unitary authority is Shropshire Council. For Eurostat purposes it is a NUTS 3 region (code UKG21) and is one of four authority areas that comprise the "Shropshire and Staffordshire" NUTS 2 region.

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Telford and Wrekin is a unitary authority in Shropshire, England. Until 1 April 1998 it was a non-metropolitan district.

Withington, Shropshire

Withington is a village and parish in Shropshire, England.

The parish is very small (both in area covered and population – 220 people) and is located on the Shropshire Council/Telford and Wrekin Council boundary.

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