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
Chair of the Council
Cllr Brian Roberts, Conservative
since 5th June 2019
Leader of the County Council
Cllr Martin Tett, Conservative
since May 2011
Chief executive
Rachael Shimmin OBE
since 19th April 2016
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]

In March 2018 Sajid Javid, the Communities Secretary at the time, backed proposals[2] to replace the county council and the four district councils (Aylesbury Vale, Chiltern, South Bucks, and Wycombe) with a single unitary authority, named Buckinghamshire Council.[3] As of January 2019, Chiltern, South Bucks and Wycombe district councils had launched legal action against the "undemocratic" plans for how the unitary authority was to be set-up.[4] Nevertheless, the Buckinghamshire Structural Changes Order 2019 was enacted,[5] which will as of 1 April 2020 abolish the County Council and the four district councils and create a single district council as a unitary authority, to be called 'Buckinghamshire Council'.


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 Democrats 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.[6]


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[7] which became known as "Fred's Fort"[8] and less flatteringly as "Pooley's Folly".

Notable membersEdit


  1. ^ "The Buckinghamshire (Electoral Changes) Order 2012". Legislation.gov.uk. Retrieved 19 April 2013.
  2. ^ "Unitary plan for Buckinghamshire backed". 12 March 2018. Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Cabinet gives green light to Government blueprint for new unitary Council for Buckinghamshire | Buckinghamshire County Council". www.buckscc.gov.uk. Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  4. ^ Rapson, Jasmine (25 January 2019). "District council joins plans to take legal action over 'undemocratic' unitary authority". Bucks Free Press. Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  5. ^ [https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukdsi/2019/9780111183717 The Buckinghamshire (Structural Changes Order 2019
  6. ^ Election results by electoral divisions County Council Election - Thursday 4 May 2017 at democracy.buckscc.gov.uk
  7. ^ Aylesbury Town Council history
  8. ^ The Guardian dated 24 March 1998, p. 14

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