Nottinghamshire County Council

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Nottinghamshire County Council
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Chair of the Council
Cllr Kevin Rostance, Conservative
since May 2019
Leader of the Council
Cllr Ben Bradley MP, Conservative
since May 2021
Chief Executive
Anthony May
since April 2015
Seats66 councillors
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Political groups
Administration (37)
  Conservatives (37)
Other parties (29)
  Labour (15)
  Ashfield Independents (10)
  Independents (3)
  Liberal Democrats (1)
Length of term
4 years
First past the post
Last election
6 May 2021
Next election
Meeting place
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County Hall
Loughborough Road
West Bridgford,

Nottinghamshire County Council is the upper-tier local authority for the non-metropolitan county of Nottinghamshire in England. It consists of 66 county councillors, elected from 56 electoral divisions every four years. The most recent election was held in 2021.


The county council is based at County Hall in West Bridgford. The council does not have jurisdiction over Nottingham, which is a unitary authority governed by Nottingham City Council.


The council is responsible for public services such as education, transport, planning, social care, libraries, trading standards and waste management. [1]


The council was established in 1889 under the Local Government Act 1888, covering the administrative county which excluded the county borough of Nottingham. The first elections to the county council were held on 15 January 1889, with 51 councillors being elected. The first meeting of the council took place on 1 April 1889 and 17 aldermen were elected by the elected councillors to serve on the council. [2]

The Local Government Act 1894 created urban and rural districts with elected councils in England and Wales, forming a section tier of local government below county councils. In Nottinghamshire, The act created ten rural districts, ten urban districts and reconstituted three municipal boroughs. This system of local government continued until 1974.

The county council was reconstituted as a non-metropolitan county by the Local Government Act 1972 and the first elections were held in 1973. All urban districts, rural districts and municipal boroughs within the county were abolished and replaced with non-metropolitan districts. Whilst previously the City of Nottingham was an independent county borough and therefore not included within the administrative county of Nottinghamshire or involved in the election of county councillors, the new non-metropolitan county included Nottingham for the first time as a non-metropolitan district. [3]

The last major change to local government in Nottinghamshire took place in 1998, when Nottingham regained independent control over its affairs when it became a unitary authority. Since then the county council has had control over the county of Nottinghamshire, excluding the City of Nottingham. [4]


The Council is divided into four departments: [5]

Political makeup

The most recent elections to the council were held in 2021. The political makeup of the council following the election is shown in the table below. [6]

Conservative 37+6
Labour 15-8
Ashfield Independents 10+5
Independent 3+2
Liberal Democrats 10

Political control

Elections to the county council take place every four years, with the first election to the modern non-metropolitan county council taking place in 1973 (elections to the predecessor county council constituted by the Local Government Act 1888 were first held in 1889, and the final elections held in 1970 before it was abolished in 1974). Following each election, the county council has been controlled by the following parties:

1973 Labour Details
1977 Conservative Details
1981 Labour Details
1985 Labour Details
1989 Labour Details
1993 Labour Details
1997 Labour Details
2001 Labour Details
2005 Labour Details
2009 Conservative Details
2013 Labour Details
2017 Conservative
Mansfield Independent
2021 Conservative Details

Electoral Divisions

Nottinghamshire is divided into 56 divisions for electoral purposes. Current boundaries have been in place since 2017 following a review by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England. Each Councillor is allocated a locality budget, described as their "Councillors' Divisional Fund". [7]

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Map of the electoral divisions of Nottinghamshire.
Map No.Electoral divisionCouncillors
1Arnold North2
2Arnold South2
5Beeston Central & Rylands1
6Bingham East1
7Bingham West1
9Blyth & Harworth1
10Bramcote & Beeston North1
12Carlton East1
13Carlton West2
17Farndon & Trent1
18Greasley & Brinsley1
19Hucknall North1
20Hucknall South1
21Hucknall West1
23Kirkby North1
24Kirkby South1
25Leake & Ruddington2
26Mansfield East2
27Mansfield North2
28Mansfield South2
29Mansfield West2
31Muskham & Farnsfield1
32Newark East1
33Newark West1
35Nuthall & Kimberley1
37Radcliffe on Trent1
38Retford East1
39Retford West1
41Sherwood Forest1
43Stapleford & Broxtowe Central2
44Sutton Central & East1
45Sutton North1
46Sutton West1
47Toton, Chilwell & Attenborough2
50West Bridgford North1
51West Bridgford South1
52West Bridgford West1
53Worksop East1
54Worksop North1
55Worksop South1
56Worksop West1

District councils

The county council is the upper-tier of local government, below which are seven district councils with responsibility for local services such as housing, planning applications, licensing, council tax collection and rubbish collection. The districts of Nottinghamshire are;

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