Councillor information

There are 38 councillors; each one is elected for a period of four years to represent the residents in part of the district known as a Ward. 

A Councillor's Political Group is not necessarily the same as the political party they stood for at election. 

View councillor details, including committee appointments, contact information and register of interests.

Councillor ward map

The role of the district councillor

Each elected Member serves on full Council, which determines strategic policy and approves certain matters "reserved" to Council, such as setting the budget and Council Tax.

Councillors also serve on one of two Area Development Management Committees, and may also serve on other committees, such as Executive Committee, Overview & Scrutiny or the Licensing and Appeals Committee.

An important part of the councillor's role takes place away from the Council itself and in their ward, where they act as a point of contact between the district council, parish and town councils and residents on a range of community matters. 

Many Councillors also serve on outside organisations, such as housing associations and school/college governing bodies, providing a valuable link between the Council and these organisations.

The Leader and Chairman of the Council

The Conservative Party is currently in the majority and so forms the administration. The Leader is Councillor David Chambers and the Deputy Leader is Councillor Melanie Baker.

In May 2017 Councillor Chris O'Donnell was elected as Chairman and will hold the title until May 2018. Councillor Andrea Morgan was elected to take on the role of Vice-Chairman.