Portsmouth City Council
Portsmouth City Council is the local authority of the city of Portsmouth, Hampshire, England. It is a unitary authority, having the powers of a non-metropolitan county and district council combined. It provides a full range of local government services including Council Tax billing, libraries, social services, processing planning applications, waste collection and disposal, and it is a local education authority.
Portsmouth City Council
|Founded||7 June 1973(Non-metropolitan district) |
1 April 1997 (Unitary authority)
Cllr Lee Mason
since 15 May 2018
Leader of the Council
Length of term
|3 May 2018|
|2 May 2019|
|Civic Offices, Guildhall Walk, Portsmouth|
Powers and functionsEdit
The local authority derives its powers and functions from the Local Government Act 1972 and subsequent legislation. For the purposes of local government, Portsmouth is within a non-metropolitan area of England. As a unitary authority, Portsmouth City Council has the powers and functions of both a non-metropolitan county and district council combined. In its capacity as a district council it is a billing authority collecting Council Tax and business rates, it processes local planning applications, it is responsible for housing, waste collection and environmental health. In its capacity as a unitary council it is a local education authority, responsible for social services, libraries, and waste disposal.
Portsmouth City Council consists of 42 councillors with one third of the council being elected every four years, electing one out of three councillors for each of the city's 14 wards.
Since the first election to the council in 1973 political control of the council has been held by the following parties:
|Party in control|
|No overall control||1990-1995|
|No overall control||2000-2009|
|No overall control (Conservative Administration)||2014–2018|
|No overall control (Liberal Democrat Administration)||2018–present|
Councillors and wardsEdit
List of Portsmouth city councillors by ward:
|Baffins||Darren Sanders||2016-20||Sanders was his party's candidate in the 2001, 2010, 2015, and 2017 General Elections in the Portsmouth North constituency, and his party's candidate in the 2005 general election in the Streatham constituency. Cabinet Member for Housing.|
|Baffins||Jeanette Smith||2018-22||Cabinet Member for Resources.|
|Baffins||Lynne Stagg||2019-23||Cabinet Member for Traffic & Transportation.|
|Central Southsea||Steve Pitt||2016-20||Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport & Deputy Leader.|
|Central Southsea||George Fielding||2018-22|
|Central Southsea||Suzy Horton||2019-23||Cabinet Member for Education.|
|Charles Dickens||Stephen Morgan||2016-20||Labour Party group leader, Member of Parliament for Portsmouth South|
|Charles Dickens||Claire Udy||2018-22|
|Charles Dickens||Cal Corkery||2019-23|
|Cosham||Lee Mason||2019-23||Lord Mayor of Portsmouth|
|Drayton & Farlington||Steve Wemyss||2016-20|
|Drayton & Farlington||Simon Bosher||2018-22|
|Drayton & Farlington||Terry Norton||2019-23|
|Eastney & Craneswater||Matthew Winnington||2016-20||Winnington was his party's candidate for the Fareham constituency in the 2015 and 2017 General Elections. Cabinet Member for Health, Wellbeing and Social Care.|
|Eastney & Craneswater||Luke Stubbs||2018-22||Deputy Conservative Group Leader.|
|Eastney & Craneswater||Linda Symes||2019-23|
|Fratton||David Fuller||2016-20||Deputy Lord Mayor|
|Fratton||Dave Ashmore||2019-23||Cabinet Member for Environment and Community Safety.|
|Hilsea||Donna Jones||2016-20||Conservative group and former Leader of the Council from 2014 to 2018.|
|Hilsea||Frank Jonas BEM||2018-22|
|Milton||Ben Dowling||2018-22||Cabinet Member for Planning, Regeneration and Economic Development.|
|2019-23||Liberal Democrats group leader and leader of the council since 2018. Vernon-Jackson was his party's candidate for Portsmouth South in the 2015 and 2017 General Elections. Former Portsmouth Council Leader from 2004 to 2014.|
|Nelson||Leo Madden||2016-20||Former Leader of the Council from 1994-2000, and again from 2001-2002.|
|Paulsgrove||John Ferrett||2016-20||Former leader of the Labour group; although a member of Renew Britain, Ferrett sits as a Non Aligned Independent.|
|St Jude||Hugh Mason||2016-20|
|St Jude||Judith Smyth||2018-22|
|St Jude||Graham Heaney||2019-23|
|St Thomas||Tom Wood||2016-20|
|St Thomas||Rob Wood||2018-22||Cabinet Member for Children and Families.|
|St Thomas||Chris Attwell||2019-23|
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