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Cheltenham Borough Council is the local authority for Cheltenham, which is split into 20 wards, with a total of 40 councillors elected to serve on the borough council. Since 2002, elections have been held every two years with half of the councillors elected at each election. Following the last election in 2018, there were 32 Liberal Democrat members, 6 Conservatives and 2 representing the People Against Bureaucracy group.[1]

Cheltenham Borough Council
Coat of arms or logo
Seats40 councillors
Cheltenham Borough Council composition.svg
Political groups
Administration (32)
     Liberal Democrat (32)
Opposition (8)
     Conservative (6)
     People Against Bureaucracy (2)
First past the post
Last election
3 May 2018


The district was formed on 1 April 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972.


Cheltenham Borough Council carries out a variety of district council functions including:

  • Benefits - Housing and Council Tax
  • Car Parking
  • Concessionary Travel
  • Council Tax - Administration and Collection
  • Elections and Electoral Registration
  • Environmental Health (includes Domestic and Commercial Premises)
  • Food Safety and Hygiene Complaints
  • Noise Pollution and Pest Control
  • Housing Administration
  • Licensing
  • Caravan Sites
  • Planning, including Planning Applications, Advice and Appeals
  • Public Conveniences
  • Health and Leisure Centres
  • Refuse Collection
  • Recycling
  • Tourism and Visitor Information


  1. ^ "Cheltenham Borough Council Elections 2016 - Thursday, 5th May, 2016". Retrieved 10 May 2016.