Exeter City Council

Exeter City Council is the council and local government of the city of Exeter, Devon.

Exeter City Council
Coat of arms or logo
Coat of arms of Exeter
City and non-metropolitan district council
of Exeter
Founded1 April 1974
Lord Mayor
Peter Holland[1], Conservative
since 2020/21
Leader of the Council
Cllr Philip Bialyk, Labour
Deputy Leader
Cllr Rachel Sutton, Labour
Leader of the Opposition
Cllr Andrew Leadbetter, Conservative
UK Exeter2 City Council 2019.svg
Political groups
Administration (29)
29 / 39
Other parties (10)
6 / 39
2 / 39
1 / 39
1 / 39
First past the post
Last election
5 May 2016
Meeting place
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Civic Centre, Dix's Field

The City Council provides a range of services within the city including housing, refuse collections and recycling, planning, economic development, tourism, leisure and arts facilities and activities. The Council also provides housing and council tax benefits as well as collecting the council tax on behalf of the city council, county council, police and fire services. Services such as education, social services, transport and highways are provided in the city by Devon County Council.


Proposed unitary authority statusEdit

The government proposed that the city should become an independent unitary authority within Devon, much like neighbouring Plymouth and Torbay. The statutory orders to set up the unitary authority were passed in Parliament and a new unitary city council was due to start in Exeter on 1 April 2011. However, following the 2010 general election the new government announced in May 2010 that the reorganisation would be blocked.[3][4] Planned elections for seats on the City Council due to be held May 2010 were cancelled and new elections were held on 9 September 2010.


The Local Government Boundary Commission for England published its final recommendations in September 2015 for changes to the wards in Exeter. The aim was to reduce the city's high levels in electoral inequality. The number of wards was reduced to 13; each electing three councillors for a total of 39. Following parliamentary approval, it came into effect at the 2016 election.[5]

Wards and councillorsEdit

The wards of the city for City Council purposes are listed below. Most of these correspond to traditional divisions of the city that would be recognised by local inhabitants. One or two, inevitably, are somewhat artificial creations:

  • Alphington - includes the Marsh Barton industrial estate
  • Duryard & St James
  • Exwick
  • Heavitree
  • Mincinglake & Whipton - covers parts of Stoke Hill and Beacon Heath, little used locally as the name of an area
  • Newtown & St Leonards - includes parts of the areas known locally as St Sidwells, St Leonards and Newtown itself.
  • Pennsylvania
  • Pinhoe
  • Priory - includes parts of the areas referred to locally as Wonford and Countess Wear. The ward takes its name from the former local secondary school now known as Isca College. Priory School had been built on the site of the former Priory of St James
  • St David's
  • St Loyes - includes areas referred to locally as Heavitree and Wonford, and most of the Sowton industrial estate
  • St Thomas
  • Topsham - the historic town of Topsham, plus parts of Countess Wear (principally the Golf and Country Club and the Southbrook estate).

All city wards return three councillors to the Council. The council holds elections by thirds over a four-year cycle - one third of seats being contested in each of three years, and elections to Devon County Council taking place in the fourth.

As of May 2019, the current political control of the council is as follows:

Party[6] Seats
Labour 29
Conservative 6
Liberal Democrats 2
Green 1
Independent 1
Current political composition of city's wards (Feb17)

Summary results of electionsEdit


  1. ^ "Lord Mayoralty". Exeter City Council. Retrieved 11 August 2016.
  2. ^ https://exeter.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/councillors-and-meetings/find-your-councillor/current-council-information/
  3. ^ "The Coalition: our programme for government" (PDF). HM Government, United Kingdom. 20 May 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on 12 June 2011. Retrieved 24 May 2010.
  4. ^ Hennessy, Patrick (22 May 2010). "The Queen's Speech: Bill by Bill". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 24 May 2010.
  5. ^ "Final recommendation on the new electoral arrangements for Exeter City Council: Summary report" (PDF). Local Government Boundary Commission for England. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 28 October 2015.
  6. ^ "Your city councillors". Exeter City Council. Retrieved 28 February 2017.

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