Cotswold District Council

Cotswold District Council is the local authority for the Cotswold District, which is located in East Gloucestershire in the South West of England. The council is based in Cirencester, the largest settlement in the district, but the district also includes the towns of Tetbury, Moreton-in-Marsh, Stow-on-the-Wold, Chipping Campden, Fairford, Lechlade and Northleach.

Cotswold District Council
Coat of arms or logo
Cllr Nigel Robbins (Liberal Democrats)
Cllr Joe Harris (Liberal Democrats)
Leader of the opposition
Cllr Richard Morgan (Conservatives)
Seats34 councillors
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First past the post
Last election
2 May 2019
Meeting place
Council Chamber, Cotswold District Council, Trinity Road, Cirencester

Cotswold District Council is composed of 34 councillors elected from 32 wards.


Cotswold District Council was formed on 1 April 1974 by the merger of the urban district of Cirencester with Cirencester Rural District, North Cotswold Rural District, Northleach Rural District and Tetbury Rural District.


The functions of the council include:

  • 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 (in some locales)
  • Health and Leisure Centres
  • Refuse Collection
  • Recycling
  • Tourism and Visitor Information.

Political controlEdit

Electoral Wards of Cotswold District Council

Since the foundation of the council in 1973 political control of the council has been held by the following parties:[1]

Party in control Years
Independent 1973 - 1999
No overall control 1999–2003
Conservative 2003–2019
Liberal Democrats 2019–present


Following the election of Joe Harris as Leader in May 2019 he appointed the following Cabinet.[2]

Office Party Name
Leader Liberal Democrats Joe Harris
Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance Liberal Democrats Mike Evemy
Cabinet Member for Planning Policy, Climate Change and Energy Liberal Democrats Rachel Coxcoon
Cabinet Member for Housing and Homelessness Liberal Democrats Lisa Spivey
Cabinet Member for Waste, Flooding and Environmental Health Liberal Democrats Andrew Doherty
Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Skills and Young People Liberal Democrats Tony Dale
Cabinet Member for Health, Well-Being and Public Safety Liberal Democrats Jenny Forde
Cabinet Member for Development Management, Landscape and Heritage Liberal Democrats Clive Webster
Cabinet Member for Car Parks and Town & Parish Councils Liberal Democrats Mark Harris

Current councillorsEdit

There are 34 councillors. After the May 2019 election, there are 18 Liberal Democrats, 14 Conservatives, one independent and one Green.

Ward Councillor Party
Abbey Mark Harris Liberal Democrats
Blockley Sue Jepson Conservative
Bourton Vale Richard Keeling Conservative
Bourton Village Nick Maunder Liberal Democrats
Campden and Vale Gina Blomefield Conservative
Mark Annett Conservative
Chedworth and Churn Valley Jenny Forde Liberal Democrats
Chesterton Roly Hughes Liberal Democrats
Coln Valley Ray Theodoulou Conservative
Ermin Julia Judd Conservative
Fairford North Andrew Doherty Liberal Democrats
Fosseridge Julian Beale Conservative
Four Acres Ray Brassington Liberal Democrats
Grumbolds Ash with Avening Richard Morgan Conservative
Kemble Tony Berry Conservative
Lechlade, Kempsford and Fairford South Stephen Andrews Conservative
Steve Trotter Conservative
Moreton East Rachel Coxcoon Liberal Democrats
Moreton West Clive Webster Liberal Democrats
New Mills Claire Bloomer Liberal Democrats
Northleach Tony Dale Liberal Democrats
Sandywell Robin Hughes Conservative
Siddington and Cerney Rural Mike Evemy Liberal Democrats
South Cerney Village Juliet Layton Liberal Democrats
St Michael's Joe Harris Liberal Democrats
Stow Dilys Neill Liberal Democrats
Stratton Patrick Coleman Liberal Democrats
Tetbury East and Rural Nikki Ind Independent
Tetbury Central Stephen Hirst Conservative
Tetbury with Upton Richard Norris Conservative
The Ampneys and Hampton Lisa Spivey Liberal Democrats
The Beeches Nigel Robbins OBE Liberal Democrats
The Rissingtons Andrew Maclean Green
Watermoor Gary Selwyn Liberal Democrats


  1. ^ "Cotswold". BBC News Online. Retrieved 2009-09-25.
  2. ^ "Liberal Democrat Cabinet". BBC News Online. Retrieved 2009-09-25.

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