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Buckinghamshire County Council

Buckinghamshire County Council is the upper-tier local authority for the non-metropolitan county of Buckinghamshire, in England, the United Kingdom established in 1889 following the Local Government Act 1888. The county council's offices are in Aylesbury.

Buckinghamshire County Council
Arms of Buckinghamshire County Council
Non-metropolitan council
Cllr Patricia Birchley, Conservative
Since May 2017
Vice chairman
Cllr Netta Glover, Conservative
Since May 2017
Leader of the County Council
Cllr Martin Tett, Conservative
Seats49 councillors
Buckinghamshire County Council composition
Political groups
     Conservative (41)
Other parties
     Liberal Democrat (4)
     Independent (3)
     Labour (1)
Length of term
4 years
Last election
4 May 2017
Next election
6 May 2021
Meeting place
Buckinghamshire County Hall, Aylesbury.jpg
County Hall
United Kingdom

The borders of the ceremonial county and county council have changed several times and no longer align, with the last reorganisation in 1997 when the Borough of Milton Keynes became a unitary authority.

The council consists of 49 councillors, and is controlled by the Conservative Party, which has 41 councillors. It has been controlled by the Conservatives since the reorganisation of local government in 1973. For the 2013 elections, the number of seats was reduced from 57 to 49 following the 2012 changes in division boundaries.[1]



Elections are held every four years, interspersed by three years of elections to the four district councils in the county.

Party Councillors Change (vs. 2013)
Conservative 41 +5
UKIP 0 -6
Liberal Democrat 4 -1
Independent 3 +2
Labour 1 -
Source: Buckinghamshire County Council summary of election results May 2017

Conservative councillors represent most of the county, both in terms of number of seats and geographic area. Four seats in Aylesbury are held by the Liberal Democrats, and the sole Labour member was elected in Booker, Cressex & Castlefield, in the suburbs of High Wycombe. Independents hold the divisions of Ryemead & Micklefield, Totteridge & Bowerdean, and West Wycombe, also in the High Wycombe area.[2]


Year Control
1973 Conservative
1977 Conservative
1981 Conservative
1985 Conservative
1989 Conservative
1993 Conservative
1997 Conservative
2001 Conservative
2005 Conservative
2009 Conservative
2013 Conservative
2017 Conservative

County architect Fred Pooley designed the Council's 12-storey tower block at Aylesbury built in 1966[3] which became known as "Fred's Fort"[4] and less flatteringly as "Pooley's Folly".

Notable membersEdit


  1. ^ "The Buckinghamshire (Electoral Changes) Order 2012". Retrieved 19 April 2013.
  2. ^ Election results by electoral divisions County Council Election - Thursday 4th May 2017 at
  3. ^ Aylesbury Town Council history
  4. ^ The Guardian dated 24 March 1998, p. 14

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