Watford Borough Council

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Watford Borough Council
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Type
Type
Leadership
Structure
Seats1 executive mayor
36 councillors
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Political groups
Executive (26)

Opposition (10)

Elections
Plurality voting system
Last election
2018 United Kingdom local elections
Meeting place
Town Hall, Hempstead Road, Watford, WD17 3EX
Website
http://www.watford.gov.uk/

Watford Borough Council is the local authority for the Watford non-metropolitan district of England, the United Kingdom. Watford is located in the south-west of Hertfordshire, in the East of England region. The council is based in the town hall on Hempstead Road.

Watford Town & Borough in England

Watford is a town and borough in Hertfordshire, England, 15 miles (24 km) northwest of central London.

Non-metropolitan district Type of local government district in England

Non-metropolitan districts, or colloquially "shire districts", are a type of local government district in England. As created, they are sub-divisions of non-metropolitan counties in a two-tier arrangement.

England Country in north-west Europe, part of the United Kingdom

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The council consists of 36 elected members as well as a directly elected mayor, representing twelve electoral wards following a Boundary Commission review which came into effect in 1999. [1] Each ward returns three councillors to serve four-year terms.

The coat of arms of Watford Borough Council features a fasces.

Fasces is a bound bundle of wooden rods, sometimes including an axe with its blade emerging. The fasces had its origin in the Etruscan civilization and was passed on to ancient Rome, where it symbolized a magistrate's power and jurisdiction. The axe originally associated with the symbol, the Labrys the double-bitted axe, originally from Crete, is one of the oldest symbols of Greek civilization. To the Romans, it was known as a bipennis. Commonly, the symbol was associated with female deities, from prehistoric through historic times.

Responsibilities

Watford Borough Council carries out a variety of district council functions including:

Composition

Watford Borough Council has 36 councillors and an elected mayor, each of whom is elected for a four-year term to represent the people of Watford.

There are three councillors for each of the 12 wards within Watford.

The mayor is elected by all residents within the Borough.

Peter Taylor of the Liberal Democrats is the elected mayor of Watford.

The Mayor of Watford is the head of the borough council of Watford, Hertfordshire, England. The holder of the position is a directly-elected mayor using the supplementary vote every four years. The current Mayor of Watford is Peter Taylor, who was elected in May 2018 for the Liberal Democrats.

The council is led by the Liberal Democrats, who hold 26 of the 36 seats. The Labour Party comprises the only other group on the council, with 10 councillors in total.

The Labour Party is a centre-left political party in the United Kingdom that has been described as an alliance of social democrats, democratic socialists and trade unionists. The party's platform emphasises greater state intervention, social justice and strengthening workers' rights.

Wards

Watford consists of twelve wards. [1]

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References

  1. 1 2 "The Borough of Watford (Electoral Changes) Order 1998". Legislation.gov.uk. The National Archives . Retrieved 22 January 2013.