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Sedgemoor
Sedgemoor
is a low-lying area of land in Somerset, England. It lies close to sea level south of the Polden Hills, historically largely marsh (or "moor" in its older sense).[1] The eastern part is known as King's Sedgemoor, and the western part West Sedgemoor. Sedgemoor
Sedgemoor
is part of the area now known as the Somerset
Somerset
Levels and Moors. Historically the area was known as the site of the Battle of Sedgemoor. Sedgemoor
Sedgemoor
has given its name to a local government district formed on 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, by a merger of the municipal borough of Bridgwater, the Burnham-on-Sea
Burnham-on-Sea
urban district, Bridgwater
Bridgwater
Rural District and part of Axbridge
Axbridge
Rural District. The district covers a larger area than the historical Sedgemoor, extending north of the Polden Hills
Polden Hills
across the Somerset
Somerset
Levels and Moors to the Mendip
Mendip
Hills.

Contents

1 Toponymy 2 Towns 3 Parishes 4 Rivers 5 Battles 6 Industry 7 Governance

7.1 Sedgemoor
Sedgemoor
District Council 7.2 Members of UK parliament 7.3 European parliament

8 Education 9 See also 10 References 11 External links

Toponymy[edit] Sedgemoor
Sedgemoor
does not mean "sedge moor", but is instead "marsh of a man called Sicga" from the Old Norse
Old Norse
personal name Sicga and Old English mor "moor".[2] The name was recorded as Secgamere in 1165. Towns[edit]

Bridgwater
Bridgwater
– the administrative centre Burnham-on-Sea North Petherton Highbridge Axbridge

Parishes[edit]

Image Name Status Population[3] Former local authority Coordinates Refs

Ashcott Civil parish 1,186 Bridgwater
Bridgwater
Rural District 51°07′N 2°49′W / 51.12°N 2.81°W / 51.12; -2.81 (Ashcott) [4][5]

Axbridge Town 2,057 Axbridge
Axbridge
Rural District 51°17′N 2°49′W / 51.29°N 2.82°W / 51.29; -2.82 (Axbridge) [4][6]

Badgworth Civil parish 525 Axbridge
Axbridge
Rural District 51°16′N 2°52′W / 51.27°N 2.87°W / 51.27; -2.87 (Badgworth) [4][6]

Bawdrip Civil parish 506 Bridgwater
Bridgwater
Rural District 51°09′N 2°56′W / 51.15°N 2.94°W / 51.15; -2.94 (Bawdrip) [4][5]

Berrow Civil parish 1,534 Axbridge
Axbridge
Rural District 51°16′N 3°01′W / 51.27°N 3.01°W / 51.27; -3.01 (Berrow, Somerset) [4][6]

Brean Civil parish 635 Axbridge
Axbridge
Rural District 51°18′N 3°01′W / 51.30°N 3.01°W / 51.30; -3.01 (Brean) [4][6]

Brent Knoll Civil parish 1,271 Axbridge
Axbridge
Rural District 51°15′N 2°57′W / 51.25°N 2.95°W / 51.25; -2.95 (Brent Knoll) [4][6]

Bridgwater Town 35,886 Bridgwater
Bridgwater
Municipal Borough 51°08′N 2°59′W / 51.13°N 2.99°W / 51.13; -2.99 (Bridgwater) [4][5]

Bridgwater
Bridgwater
Without Civil parish 428 Bridgwater
Bridgwater
Rural District 51°08′N 2°58′W / 51.14°N 2.97°W / 51.14; -2.97 ( Bridgwater
Bridgwater
Without) [4][5]

Broomfield Civil parish 249 Bridgwater
Bridgwater
Rural District 51°05′N 3°07′W / 51.08°N 3.11°W / 51.08; -3.11 (Broomfield, Somerset) [4][5]

Burnham on Sea and Highbridge Town 19,576 Burnham on Sea Urban District 51°14′N 2°59′W / 51.24°N 2.99°W / 51.24; -2.99 ( Burnham-on-Sea
Burnham-on-Sea
and Highbridge) [4][7]

Burnham Without Civil Parish 1,636 Axbridge
Axbridge
Rural District 51°14′N 2°58′W / 51.23°N 2.96°W / 51.23; -2.96 (Burnham Without) [4][6]

Burtle Civil parish 388 Bridgwater
Bridgwater
Rural District 51°10′N 2°52′W / 51.17°N 2.87°W / 51.17; -2.87 (Burtle) [4][5]

Cannington Civil parish 2,271 Bridgwater
Bridgwater
Rural District 51°09′N 3°04′W / 51.15°N 3.07°W / 51.15; -3.07 (Cannington, Somerset) [4][5]

Catcott Civil parish 531 Bridgwater
Bridgwater
Rural District 51°09′N 2°52′W / 51.15°N 2.87°W / 51.15; -2.87 (Catcott) [4][5]

Chapel Allerton Civil parish 401 Axbridge
Axbridge
Rural District 51°15′N 2°51′W / 51.25°N 2.85°W / 51.25; -2.85 (Chapel Allerton, Somerset) [4][6]

Cheddar Civil parish 5,755 Axbridge
Axbridge
Rural District 51°17′N 2°47′W / 51.28°N 2.78°W / 51.28; -2.78 (Cheddar) [4][6]

Chedzoy Civil parish 404 Bridgwater
Bridgwater
Rural District 51°08′N 2°57′W / 51.13°N 2.95°W / 51.13; -2.95 (Chedzoy) [4][5]

Chilton Polden Civil parish 698 Bridgwater
Bridgwater
Rural District 51°09′N 2°54′W / 51.15°N 2.90°W / 51.15; -2.90 (Chilton Polden) [4][5]

Chilton Trinity Civil parish 260 Bridgwater
Bridgwater
Rural District 51°09′N 3°01′W / 51.15°N 3.01°W / 51.15; -3.01 (Chilton Trinity) [4][5]

Compton Bishop Civil parish 620 Axbridge
Axbridge
Rural District 51°18′N 2°52′W / 51.30°N 2.87°W / 51.30; -2.87 (Compton Bishop) [4][6]

Cossington Civil parish 564 Bridgwater
Bridgwater
Rural District 51°10′N 2°55′W / 51.16°N 2.92°W / 51.16; -2.92 (Cossington, Somerset) [4][5]

Durleigh Civil parish 548 Bridgwater
Bridgwater
Rural District 51°07′N 3°02′W / 51.12°N 3.04°W / 51.12; -3.04 (Durleigh) [4][5]

East Brent Civil parish 1,302 Axbridge
Axbridge
Rural District 51°16′N 2°56′W / 51.26°N 2.94°W / 51.26; -2.94 (East Brent, Somerset) [4][6]

East Huntspill Civil parish 1,146 Bridgwater
Bridgwater
Rural District 51°12′N 2°59′W / 51.20°N 2.98°W / 51.20; -2.98 (Huntspill) [4][5]

Edington Civil parish 372 Bridgwater
Bridgwater
Rural District 51°09′N 2°53′W / 51.15°N 2.88°W / 51.15; -2.88 (Edington, Somerset) [4][5]

Enmore Civil parish 247 Bridgwater
Bridgwater
Rural District 51°07′N 3°05′W / 51.11°N 3.09°W / 51.11; -3.09 (Enmore, Somerset) [4][5]

Fiddington Civil parish 298 Bridgwater
Bridgwater
Rural District 51°10′N 3°07′W / 51.16°N 3.12°W / 51.16; -3.12 (Fiddington) [4][5]

Goathurst Civil parish 193 Bridgwater
Bridgwater
Rural District 51°06′N 3°04′W / 51.10°N 3.06°W / 51.10; -3.06 (Goathurst) [4][5]

Greinton Civil Parish 71 Bridgwater
Bridgwater
Rural District 51°07′N 2°50′W / 51.12°N 2.84°W / 51.12; -2.84 (Greinton) [5]

Lympsham Civil parish 960 Axbridge
Axbridge
Rural District 51°17′N 2°57′W / 51.29°N 2.95°W / 51.29; -2.95 (Lympsham) [4][6]

Lyng Civil parish 338 Bridgwater
Bridgwater
Rural District 51°03′N 2°58′W / 51.05°N 2.96°W / 51.05; -2.96 (Lyng, Somerset) [4][5]

Mark Civil parish 1,478 Axbridge
Axbridge
Rural District 51°14′N 2°53′W / 51.23°N 2.89°W / 51.23; -2.89 (Mark, Somerset) [4][6]

Middlezoy Civil parish 725 Bridgwater
Bridgwater
Rural District 51°05′N 2°53′W / 51.09°N 2.89°W / 51.09; -2.89 (Middlezoy) [4][5]

Moorlinch Civil parish 408 Bridgwater
Bridgwater
Rural District 51°08′N 2°52′W / 51.13°N 2.86°W / 51.13; -2.86 (Moorlinch) [4][5]

Nether Stowey Civil parish 1,373 Bridgwater
Bridgwater
Rural District 51°09′N 3°09′W / 51.15°N 3.15°W / 51.15; -3.15 (Nether Stowey) [4][5]

North Petherton Town 6,730 Bridgwater
Bridgwater
Rural District 51°05′N 3°01′W / 51.09°N 3.01°W / 51.09; -3.01 (North Petherton) [4][5]

Othery Civil parish 642 Bridgwater
Bridgwater
Rural District 51°05′N 2°53′W / 51.08°N 2.88°W / 51.08; -2.88 (Othery) [4][5]

Otterhampton Civil parish 831 Bridgwater
Bridgwater
Rural District 51°11′N 3°05′W / 51.18°N 3.08°W / 51.18; -3.08 (Otterhampton) [4][5]

Over Stowey Civil parish 352 Bridgwater
Bridgwater
Rural District 51°09′N 3°09′W / 51.15°N 3.15°W / 51.15; -3.15 (Over Stowey) [4][5]

Pawlett Civil Parish 1,038 Bridgwater
Bridgwater
Rural District 51°11′N 3°00′W / 51.18°N 3.00°W / 51.18; -3.00 (Pawlett, Somerset) [4][5]

Puriton Civil parish 1,068 Bridgwater
Bridgwater
Rural District 51°10′N 2°58′W / 51.17°N 2.97°W / 51.17; -2.97 (Puriton) [4][5]

Shapwick Civil parish 536 Bridgwater
Bridgwater
Rural District 51°08′N 2°50′W / 51.14°N 2.83°W / 51.14; -2.83 (Shapwick, Somerset) [4][5]

Shipham Civil parish 1,087 Axbridge
Axbridge
Rural District 51°19′N 2°48′W / 51.31°N 2.80°W / 51.31; -2.80 (Shipham) [4][6]

Spaxton Civil parish 1,012 Bridgwater
Bridgwater
Rural District 51°08′N 3°07′W / 51.13°N 3.11°W / 51.13; -3.11 (Spaxton) [4][5]

Stawell Civil parish 386 Bridgwater
Bridgwater
Rural District 51°08′N 2°55′W / 51.14°N 2.91°W / 51.14; -2.91 (Stawell, Somerset) [4][5]

Stockland Bristol Civil parish 165 Bridgwater
Bridgwater
Rural District 51°11′N 3°05′W / 51.19°N 3.08°W / 51.19; -3.08 (Stockland Bristol) [4][5]

Thurloxton Civil parish 153 Bridgwater
Bridgwater
Rural District 51°04′N 3°02′W / 51.07°N 3.04°W / 51.07; -3.04 (Thurloxton) [4][5]

Weare Civil parish 658 Axbridge
Axbridge
Rural District 51°16′N 2°50′W / 51.27°N 2.84°W / 51.27; -2.84 (Weare, Somerset) [4][6]

Wedmore Civil Parish 3,318 Axbridge
Axbridge
Rural District 51°14′N 2°49′W / 51.23°N 2.81°W / 51.23; -2.81 (Wedmore) [4][6]

Wembdon Civil parish 3,613 Bridgwater
Bridgwater
Rural District 51°08′N 3°01′W / 51.13°N 3.02°W / 51.13; -3.02 (Wembdon) [4][5]

West Huntspill Civil parish 1,414 Bridgwater
Bridgwater
Rural District 51°12′N 2°59′W / 51.20°N 2.98°W / 51.20; -2.98 (Huntspill) [4][5]

Westonzoyland Civil parish 1,801 Bridgwater
Bridgwater
Rural District 51°07′N 2°55′W / 51.11°N 2.92°W / 51.11; -2.92 (Westonzoyland) [4][5]

Woolavington Civil parish 2,115 Bridgwater
Bridgwater
Rural District 51°10′N 2°56′W / 51.17°N 2.93°W / 51.17; -2.93 (Woolavington) [4][5]

Rivers[edit]

River Parrett River Brue River Huntspill King's Sedgemoor
King's Sedgemoor
Drain

Battles[edit]

Battle of Sedgemoor
Battle of Sedgemoor
1685

Industry[edit] Light industry now predominates, but traditional trades including peat extraction, willow crafts and cider making may still be found, in addition to livestock farming. The River Parrett
River Parrett
provides a source of eels (anguilla anguilla) and elvers from January through to May. Also notable is the new Isleport trading estate at Highbridge, which houses many global businesses such as Geest (Isleport Foods) who make yoghurt under franchise to Ski & Muller, Brake Brothers who supply the catering trade, BFP wholesale who supply dry goods to bakeries etc., Woodbury & Haines who supply furniture globally, Polybeam Limited who supply GRP radio masts to customers such as Marconi, and also AT&T whose centre there controls all internet cable traffic to and from the US. Industry in Bridgwater
Bridgwater
has also seen major growth recently with the opening of "Express Park" which houses Gerber Foods (a global fruit juice supplier), NHS Logistics depot and Eddie Stobart depot. South of Bridgwater, at Huntworth, is a large Somerfield depot which supplies their Somerfield and former Kwik Save stores in the south west. Governance[edit] Sedgemoor
Sedgemoor
District Council[edit] Sedgemoor
Sedgemoor
District Council has traditionally been Conservative run since its creation in 1974 when it was merged with the old Bridgwater & Burnham-On-Sea Urban District Councils. Past voting trends have placed strong cores of Labour voters in Bridgwater
Bridgwater
Town, with Conservative support coming from the Villages such as Pawlett, Wedmore and Shipham. Liberal Democrats fared well in Burnham and Highbridge areas. In 1995, the Liberal Democrats and Labour took 26 seats together, out-numbering the Conservatives 24 seats, and they formed a coalition. This continued until 1999, when the Conservatives re-took Sedgemoor, crushing the Liberal Democrats from 12 seats, to just 2. The Liberal Democrats lost even their safe seat of Highbridge to Labour. In 2000, a Conservative Councillor died, and a By-Election was called in his seat of Huntpsill and Pawlett. Previous Liberal Democrat Councillor Marilyn Wallace fought the seat, and re-took it with 56% of the vote, bringing the Liberal Democrats back up to 3 seats. In 2003, the Conservatives extended their majority to 35 seats of 50, leaving the Liberal Democrats on just 1 Seat, Which was held by long term veteran Liberal Democrat, Mike Mansfield, who actually took the seat from the Conservatives in Burnham South, a previously Liberal Democrat safe seat. Labour remained on 14. In 2007, the Conservatives held a status quo of 35 seats, however the Liberal Democrats gained 3 up to 4 total, all of which were in their traditional safe seat of Highbridge. This included the election of their youngest Councillor in the South west, Councillor Joe Leach, who was aged just 19 years. Mike Mansfield was elected Leader of the Liberal Democrat group, until the untimely death of his wife. Newly elected Councillor Danny Titcombe then was elected leader of the Group. on 14 April 2008, Cllr. Danny Titcombe announced his defection to the Conservative Party, effectively boosting their majority to 36 seats. Despite calls of resignation from all sides, Cllr. Titcombe continued in his role. At 20 Years old, Cllr Joe Leach became the youngest group Leader in the Country, and still continues to lead his party on the Council at 23. The Labour Party dropped to 11 seats, losing 2 in highbridge to the Liberal Democrats, and 1 in Bridgwater Bower to the Conservatives. The Conservatives lost 1 in Highbridge to the Liberal Democrats (before defection). In 2010, Woolavington Councillor Roger Lavers, who was the Labour Group Leader, died suddenly of a brain haemorrhage, triggering a by-election in the 1 Member ward, which saw Labour drop from holding the seat, to third behind the Liberal Democrats who hadn't stood in the seat since 1991, and the Conservatives gain the seat, boosting their total number to 37 of 50 councillors. Labour dropped to 10. Councillor Kathy Pearce, Labour member for Bridgwater
Bridgwater
Hamp, was elected as the new Labour group Leader. In the 2011 Local Council elections, The Conservatives held the council with a reduced number of seats. Labour took back all Bridgwater
Bridgwater
seats except the Windham ward, and the Independents gained 2 seats at the expense of the Liberal Democrats, who held their leader's seat in Highbridge & Burnham Marine, and Burnham Central. Notable casualties included Vice-Chairman of the Council Mike Creswell, in Bridgwater
Bridgwater
Fairfax. After the elections, Labour Leader Kathy Pearce stood down as Leader of the Opposition and Labour group, and was replaced by newly elected Councillor, Mick Lerry. In 2012, Liberal Democrat Leader, Joe Leach, resigned his seat on the council to pursue a new career path in Banking. His replacement was Councillor Helen Groves, who was the newly elected LibDem for Highbridge & Burnham Marine in the following by-election. The Conservative Leader is Cllr. Duncan McGinty, who is also leader of council. He succeeded Cllr. John Lang in 2006. The Labour Leader is Cllr. Mick Lerry, who succeeded Cllr. Kathy Pearce in 2011. The Liberal Democrat Leader is Cllr. Helen Groves, who succeeded Cllr. Joe Leach in 2012.

Sedgemoor
Sedgemoor
District Council By-Election, 2010: Woolavington

Party Candidate Votes % ±

Conservative Alison Hamlin 264 44.8 −4.0

Liberal Democrat Tina Marsh 184 31.2 +31.2

Labour Ian Tucker 141 23.9 −27.2

Majority 80 14.8

Turnout 589 33

Conservative gain from Labour Swing 12.8

Sedgemoor
Sedgemoor
District Council By-Election, 2013: Highbridge & Burnham Marine

Party Candidate Votes % ±

Liberal Democrat Helen Groves 379 30.6 +4.5

Conservative Bill Hancock 288 23.3 +6.1

Independent Sally Williams 253 20.5 +20.5

Labour Ricky Holcombe 249 20.1 +5.1

Independent Purple Watkins 68 5.5% +5.5

Majority 91 7.3

Turnout 1287 22.1

Liberal Democrat hold Swing

Members of UK parliament[edit] The area is falls within the Bridgwater
Bridgwater
and West Somerset
Somerset
and Wells county constituencies which are represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom
Parliament of the United Kingdom
by the first past the post system of election. The current MP for Bridgewater and West Somerset
Somerset
is Ian Liddell-Grainger,[8] a Conservative; for Wells the MP is James Heappey, also a Conservative, who won the seat in 2015 from Tessa Munt, a Liberal Democrat.[9] European parliament[edit] Residents of Sedgemoor
Sedgemoor
also form part of the electorate for the South West England constituency for elections to the European Parliament.[10] Education[edit] Main article: List of schools in Somerset Schools (those which are not independent) in Sedgemoor
Sedgemoor
are operated the Children & Young People's Directorate of Somerset
Somerset
County Council, although some such as The Kings of Wessex School
The Kings of Wessex School
in Cheddar have distanced themselves from the county council by opting for foundation status. See also[edit]

Somerset
Somerset
portal

List of Grade I listed buildings in Sedgemoor List of Scheduled Monuments in Sedgemoor

References[edit]

^ Robert Dunning (Editor) (2004). "Introduction". A History of the County of Somerset: Volume 8: The Poldens and the Levels. Institute of Historical Research. Retrieved 1 August 2011. CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link) ^ " Sedgemoor
Sedgemoor
District Council". Ethnic Multicultural Media Academy. Retrieved 4 August 2008.  ^ Somerset
Somerset
County Council. Sedgemoor
Sedgemoor
parish population estimates for 2002; 2002 [archived 21 November 2009; Retrieved 17 October 2009]. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av aw ax ay az ba "Statistics for Wards, LSOAs and Parishes – SUMMARY Profiles" (Excel). Somerset
Somerset
Intelligence. Retrieved 4 January 2014.  ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al "Brdigwater RD". A vision of Britain Through Time. University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 4 January 2014.  ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o " Axbridge
Axbridge
RD". A vision of Britain Through Time. University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 4 January 2014.  ^ "Burnham UD". A vision of Britain Through Time. University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 4 January 2014.  ^ "Alphabetical List of Constituencies and Members of Parliament". House of Commons Information Office. Archived from the original on 17 January 2008. Retrieved 19 January 2008.  ^ "Wells". Election 2010. BBC News. Retrieved 7 May 2010.  ^ "UK MEPs for the South West". European Parliament
European Parliament
UK Office. Archived from the original on 17 December 2007. Retrieved 11 January 2008. 

External links[edit]

Sedgemoor
Sedgemoor
District Council Somerset
Somerset
by the Sea (tourism website)

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Towns, villages and hamlets in the Sedgemoor
Sedgemoor
district of Somerset, England

Ashcott Axbridge Badgworth Bawdrip Berrow Brean Brent Knoll Bridgwater Broomfield Burnham-on-Sea Burtle Cannington Catcott Chapel Allerton Cheddar Chedzoy Chilton Polden Chilton Trinity Compton Bishop Cossington Durleigh East Brent East Huntspill Edington Edithmead Enmore Fiddington Goathurst Greinton Highbridge Huntspill Lympsham Lyng Mark Middlezoy Moorlinch Nether Stowey North Petherton Othery Otterhampton Over Stowey Pawlett Puriton Shapwick Shipham Spaxton Stawell Stockland Bristol Thurloxton Weare Wedmore Wembdon Westonzoyland Woolavington

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Ceremonial county of Somerset

Somerset
Somerset
Portal

Unitary authorities

Bath and North East Somerset North Somerset

Boroughs or districts

Mendip Sedgemoor South Somerset Taunton
Taunton
Deane West Somerset

Major settlements

Axbridge Bath Bridgwater Bruton Burnham-on-Sea Castle Cary Chard Clevedon Crewkerne Dulverton Frome Glastonbury Highbridge Ilminster Keynsham Langport Midsomer Norton Minehead Nailsea North Petherton Portishead Radstock Shepton Mallet Somerton Taunton Watchet Wellington Wells Weston-super-Mare Wincanton Wiveliscombe Yeovil See also: List of civil parishes in Somerset

Rivers

Alham Aller Avill Avon Axe (Bristol Channel) Axe (Lyme Bay) Badgworthy Water Banwell Barle Brue Cam Brook Cary Chew East Lyn Exe Fivehead Frome Haddeo Hoar Oak Water Holford Horner Huntspill Isle Land Yeo Mells Midford Brook Oare Water Parret Severn Estuary Sheppey Somer Sowy Tone Washford Wellow Brook West Lyn Whitelake Yeo (Congresbury) Yeo (South Somerset)

Topics

Country houses County Council Culture of Somerset Economy of Somerset Flag Geography of Somerset Geology of Somerset Grade I listed buildings Grade II* listed buildings High Sheriff of Somerset History of Somerset Local nature reserves Lord Lieutenant of Somerset Museums National nature reserves Parliamentary constituencies Places Population of major settlements Scheduled monuments Schools SSSIs Transport in Somerset Geographic areas: Blackdown Hills Brendon Hills Chew Valley Exmoor Mendip
Mendip
Hills Polden Hills Quantock Hills Somerset
Somerset
Levels South West Coast Path West Somerset
Somerset
Coast Path

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Districts of South West England

Devon

East Devon Exeter Mid Devon North Devon South Hams Teignbridge Torridge West Devon

Dorset

Christchurch East Dorset North Dorset Purbeck District West Dorset Weymouth and Portland

Gloucestershire

Cheltenham Cotswold District Forest of Dean District Gloucester Stroud District Tewkesbury Borough

Somerset

Mendip Sedgemoor South Somerset Taunton
Taunton
Deane West Somerset

Unitary authorities

Bath and North East Somerset Bournemouth Bristol Cornwall Isles of Scilly North Somerset Plymouth Borough of Poole South Gloucestershire Borough of Swindon Torbay Wiltshire

Authority control

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