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Elections

Voting system

First past the post

Last election

4 May 2017

Next election

6 May 2021

Motto

Floreat Salopia (May Shropshire
Shropshire
Flourish)

Meeting place

Shirehall, Shrewsbury

Website

www.shropshire.gov.uk

Shropshire
Shropshire
Council is the local authority of Shropshire
Shropshire
(excluding Telford
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
Shropshire
on 1 April 2009, which involved its immediate predecessor, Shropshire
Shropshire
County Council, and five non-metropolitan district councils – Bridgnorth
Bridgnorth
District Council, North Shropshire
Shropshire
District Council, Oswestry
Oswestry
Borough Council, Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury
and Atcham Borough Council and South Shropshire
Shropshire
District Council. These districts and their councils were abolished in the reorganisation.[3] The area covered by Shropshire
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
Telford and Wrekin
Council, which was established as a unitary authority in 1998. Shropshire
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
Ludlow
and Bridgnorth. The area covered by Shropshire
Shropshire
Council is rural, with the second largest town being Oswestry
Oswestry
with a population of just 16,600. Prior to the 2009 reorganisation, Shropshire
Shropshire
was the least populated two-tier area in England.

Contents

1 History

1.1 Background

2 The council

2.1 Main positions 2.2 Political groupings 2.3 Elections

3 Administration 4 Sub-divisions 5 See also 6 References 7 External links

History[edit] Shropshire
Shropshire
Council came into being when the area for which Shropshire County Council was previously responsible for converted to unitary status. The replacement of the two-tier system, which had been established in 1974, of five district councils and one county council, was part of the 2009 structural changes to local government in England. The county council became the continuing authority, though the change to unitary status led to the council dropping the word "County" from its title. Similar conversions occurred in 2009 in Cornwall, Wiltshire, County Durham
County Durham
and Northumberland. The logo for Shropshire
Shropshire
Council is the former county council coat of arms with " Shropshire
Shropshire
Council" written to the side, in white and blue.[4] Background[edit]

The ceremonial county and unitary authorities from 1 April 2009; the larger "Shropshire" unitary authority (1) and Telford and Wrekin
Telford and Wrekin
(2)

In 2006 a local government white paper supported proposals for new unitary authorities to be set up in England in certain areas. Existing non-metropolitan counties with small populations, such as Cornwall, Northumberland
Northumberland
and Shropshire, were favoured by the government to be covered by unitary authorities in one form or another (the county either becoming a single unitary authority, or be broken into a number of unitary authorities). For the counties in the 2009 reorganisation, existing unitary authority areas within the counties' ceremonial boundaries (such as Telford
Telford
and Wrekin) were not to be affected and no boundary changes were planned. Shropshire
Shropshire
County Council, supported by South Shropshire
Shropshire
District Council and Oswestry
Oswestry
Borough Council, proposed to the government that the non-metropolitan county of Shropshire
Shropshire
become a single unitary authority. This was opposed by the other 3 districts in the county, with Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury
& Atcham Borough Council taking their objection to the High Court in a judicial review. The proposal to create a Shropshire
Shropshire
unitary authority, covering the area of the existing non-metropolitan county, was supported by the DCLG and 1 April 2009 was set as the date for the re-organisation to take place. The first elections to Shropshire
Shropshire
Council did not take place however until 4 June 2009 (the councillors of Shropshire
Shropshire
County Council became the councillors of the new Shropshire
Shropshire
Council in the interim period). The new council inherited almost all of the properties and assets of the former district councils and county council (some assets were handed to the newly established Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury
Town Council). The council[edit] The council, which is elected in full every four years, consists of 74 councillors from 53 single-member electoral divisions, nine 2-member divisions and one 3-member electoral division. In most instances the electoral division boundaries follow civil parish boundary lines, with the main exceptions being in the larger towns, where the parish contains more than one electoral division. Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury
for example, which was parished in 2008 as part of the change in local governance, contains 16 electoral divisions, one of which is the sole 3-member division that also encompasses the parish of Bayston Hill. Main positions[edit] The council has three major positions to which councillors may be appointed:

Chairman – the ceremonial head of the council Speaker – who chairs full council meetings Leader – the leader of the controlling political group

The Leader and nine additional portfolio holders form the Cabinet. This is effectively the executive branch of the authority. Political groupings[edit] As of 2016, the council has five political groupings: the Conservatives (46 members), the Liberal Democrats (13 members), Labour (9 members), Greens (1 member) and Independents (5 members); the Independent Community and Health Concern councillor sits with the independents.[5] Elections[edit]

Shropshire
Shropshire
local elections (including results of by-elections)

Shropshire
Shropshire
Council election, 2009 Shropshire
Shropshire
Council election, 2013

The 2013 election resulted in a Conservative majority of 22; a by-election in 2014 resulted in a gain by the Liberal Democrats; a further by-election in 2016 resulted in a gain by the Greens, so the current Conservative majority is 18. Administration[edit] The permanent head of the administration of the council is the chief executive – currently Clive Wright. The employees of the council are structured within services, which are themselves structured as part of directorates, each of which is headed by a permanent member of staff. There are two corporate directors – that for people and another for places, with a further three area directors, for the county's geographical subdivisions. Beneath director level there are a number of group managers, who oversee the councils individual service managers. It is the service managers who then oversee much of the council's day to day administrative functions and, with the help of their officers, provide its frontline services. Currently the service managers at Shropshire
Shropshire
Council have responsibility for policy areas such as Shared Services, Planning and Education. The council employs around 6,500 staff, of which around 900 are based at their main Shirehall site. Further sites used by the council are spread across the county and include, amongst others, the Guildhall in Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury
and former district council properties in lesser market towns such as Bridgnorth, Wem, Oswestry
Oswestry
and Ludlow. With major reductions in staff numbers in recent years, a re-organisation is taking place, which will see the eventual closure of the Shirehall and other local moves including planning staff moved from Ludlow
Ludlow
to Craven Arms. The former offices of South Shropshire
Shropshire
District Council in Ludlow
Ludlow
(Stone House on Corve Street) closed in 2014. Sub-divisions[edit]

The 63 electoral divisions of Shropshire, principally used for the electing of councillors.

See also: List of civil parishes in Shropshire The area covered by the unitary authority is sub-divided into 63 electoral divisions, which are equivalent to wards. Shropshire
Shropshire
Council has established three area committees which deal with town and country planning (originally other functions were dealt with, or were planned to be dealt with, by area committees). The area committees cover a geographical area based on the former (pre-2009 reforms) districts of Shropshire
Shropshire
and which consist of electoral divisions with a combined representation of 24 or 25 councillors. The councillors who represent an area's electoral divisions then form the area committee for that area.

Sub-divisions of Shropshire
Shropshire
Council

Area committee Former districts Meeting locations Land area (km²) Population (2007 est.) Electoral divisions Number of councillors Parliamentary constituencies

North North Shropshire
Shropshire
and Oswestry Oswestry
Oswestry
and Wem 935.25 100400 19 divisions 25 North Shropshire

Central Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury
and Atcham Shrewsbury 601.63 96200 22 divisions 24 Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury
and Atcham

South Bridgnorth
Bridgnorth
and South Shropshire Bridgnorth
Bridgnorth
and Ludlow 1660.43 94300 22 divisions 25 Ludlow
Ludlow
and The Wrekin (part)

Committee meetings in the North and South areas did rotate between two meeting places in each of these areas, which were the headquarters of the former district councils, from 2009 to 2013. The Central area had just one meeting location, Shirehall, though some staff are at The Guildhall in Shrewsbury, which was the headquarters of the former borough council. Since 2013 all meetings take place at Shrewsbury's Shirehall. The area committee setup is similar to the arrangements at the neighbouring Powys County Council, where the area covered is sub-divided into three areas, which were the previous (pre-merger) administrative divisions. The areas also correspond to the Westminster Parliament constituencies of Shropshire, with the North and Central areas being exactly coextensive with constituencies. The county is entirely parished, with the formerly unparished area of Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury
having been parished in 2008, with a single parish covering the town. Most parishes have a parish council, with the towns having a town council (with a mayor chairing), and some less populated parishes having parish meetings instead of a council. 28 "local joint committees" exist, which consist of councillors from both Shropshire
Shropshire
Council and the parish council(s) for the locality they cover (often a market town and its hinterland, or a part of Shrewsbury). These committees deal with a variety of very local matters.[6] See also[edit]

2009 structural changes to local government in England Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury
Town Council Telford
Telford
and Wrekin List of Parliamentary constituencies in Shropshire Flag of Shropshire

References[edit]

^ [1] ^ [2] ^ Shropshire
Shropshire
(Structural Change) Order 2008 ^ "County's new logo design chosen". BBC
BBC
News. 10 September 2008. Retrieved 6 July 2009.  ^ "Your Councillors by Party – Shropshire
Shropshire
Council". Shropshire.gov.uk. Retrieved 2014-05-24.  ^ Shropshire
Shropshire
Local Joint Committees official website

External links[edit]

Shropshire
Shropshire
Council – Official website Electoral Commission – Shropshire

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Local authorities in Shropshire

Shropshire
Shropshire
Council Telford and Wrekin
Telford and Wrekin
Council

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Unitary authorities of England

Districts

Bath and North East Somerset Bedford Blackburn with Darwen Blackpool Bournemouth Bracknell Forest Brighton and Hove Bristol Central Bedfordshire Cheshire
Cheshire
East Cheshire
Cheshire
West and Chester Cornwall County Durham Darlington Derby East Riding of Yorkshire Halton Hartlepool Herefordshire Isle of Wight Kingston upon Hull Leicester Luton Medway Middlesbrough Milton Keynes North East Lincolnshire North Lincolnshire North Somerset Northumberland Nottingham Peterborough Plymouth Poole Portsmouth Reading Redcar and Cleveland Rutland Shropshire Slough Southampton Southend-on-Sea South Gloucestershire Stockton-on-Tees Stoke-on-Trent Swindon Telford
Telford
and Wrekin Thurrock Torbay Warrington West Berkshire Wiltshire Windsor and Maidenhead Wokingham York

Councils

Bath and North East Somerset Bedford Blackburn with Darwen Blackpool Bournemouth Bracknell Forest Brighton and Hove Bristol Central Bedfordshire Cheshire
Cheshire
East Cheshire
Cheshire
West and Chester Cornwall Derby Durham Darlington East Riding of Yorkshire Halton Hartlepool Herefordshire Isle of Wight Kingston upon Hull Leicester Luton Medway Middlesbrough Milton Keynes North East Lincolnshire North Lincolnshire North Somerset Northumberland Nottingham Peterborough Plymouth Poole Portsmouth Reading Redcar and Cleveland Rutland Shropshire Slough Southampton Southend-on-Sea South Gloucestershire Stockton-on-Tees Stoke-on-Trent Swindon Telford
Telford
and Wrekin Thurrock Torbay Warrington West Berkshire Wiltshire Windsor and Maidenhead Wokingham York

Local elections

Bath and North East Somerset Bedford Blackburn with Darwen Blackpool Bournemouth Bracknell Forest Brighton and Hove Bristol Central Bedfordshire Cheshire
Cheshire
East Cheshire
Cheshire
West and Chester Cornwall County Durham Darlington Derby East Riding of Yorkshire Halton Hartlepool Herefordshire Isle of Wight Kingston upon Hull Leicester Luton Medway Middlesbrough Milton Keynes North East Lincolnshire North Lincolnshire North Somerset Northumberland Nottingham Peterborough Plymouth Poole Portsmouth Reading Redcar and Cleveland Rutland Shropshire Slough Southampton Southend-on-Sea South Gloucestershire Stockton-on-Tees Stoke-on-Trent Swindon Telford
Telford
and Wrekin Thurrock Torbay Warrington West Berkshire Wiltshire Windsor and Maidenhead Wokingham York

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2009 structural changes to local government in England

Bedfordshire

Abolished

Bedford Mid Bedfordshire South Bedfordshire

New

Bedford Central Bedfordshire

Existing (1990s)

Luton

Cheshire

Abolished

Chester Congleton Crewe and Nantwich Ellesmere Port and Neston Macclesfield Vale Royal

New

Cheshire
Cheshire
West and Chester Cheshire
Cheshire
East

Existing (1990s)

Warrington Halton

Cornwall

Abolished

Caradon Carrick Kerrier North Cornwall Penwith Restormel

New

Cornwall

Existing (1890s)

Isles of Scilly

County Durham

Abolished

Chester-le-Street Derwentside Durham Easington Sedgefield Teesdale Wear Valley

New

Durham

Existing (1990s)

Hartlepool Darlington Stockton-on-Tees

Northumberland

Abolished

Alnwick Berwick-upon-Tweed Blyth Valley Castle Morpeth Tynedale Wansbeck

New

Northumberland

Existing (1990s)

None

Shropshire

Abolished

Bridgnorth North Shropshire Oswestry Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury
and Atcham South Shropshire

New

Shropshire

Existing (1990s)

Telford
Telford
and Wrekin

Wiltshire

Abolished

Salisbury West Wiltshire Kennet North Wiltshire

New

Wiltshire

Existing (1990s)

Swindon

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Ceremonial county of Shropshire

Unitary authorities

Shropshire
Shropshire
Council Telford and Wrekin
Telford and Wrekin
Council

Major settlements

Bishop's Castle Bridgnorth Broseley Church Stretton Cleobury Mortimer Clun Craven Arms Ellesmere Ludlow Market Drayton Much Wenlock Newport Oswestry Shifnal Shrewsbury Telford
Telford
(Dawley Madeley Oakengates Wellington) Wem Whitchurch See also: List of civil parishes in Shropshire

Rivers

Camlad Clun Corve Ledwyche Onny Perry Rea Rea Brook Redlake Roden Severn Teme Tern Unk Vyrnwy Worfe

Canals

Llangollen Canal Montgomery Canal Shrewsbury
Shrewsbury
Canal Shropshire
Shropshire
Union Canal

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