Cheltenham is governed at local level by a combination of councils:
Gloucestershire County Council (currently under a Conservative administration with the Liberal Democrats as the main opposition party) is responsible for major spending areas such as libraries, schools and education, social services, waste disposal (but not collection), on-street parking and transport and roads through their agency Gloucestershire Highways. Contact details:
01452 425000 (8.30am- 5pm, Monday – Friday)
Social care out-of-hours emergencies: 01452 614194
Glos Highways out-of-hours emergencies: 08000 514514
Minicom (for those with hearing difficulties): 01452 426460
County Councillors represent large ‘divisions’. To find your local county councillor, click here.
Next elections due May 2013 - the whole council is elected once every four years
Cheltenham Borough Council
Gloucestershire GL50 9SA
40 Borough Councillors represent 20 ‘wards’ much smaller than the county ‘divisions’. To find your local borough councilor, click here.
Next elections due May 2014 - one council seat in each ward (half the council) comes up for election every two years, the normal term of office being four years.
Some but not all parts of Cheltenham are also represented by one of five parish councils. They have important rights to be consulted on planning issues and can have powers to manage local pathways, green spaces, monuments and buildings. Don’t believe the Vicar of Dibley though – they are elected and have no connection to religious parishes or vicars! Each does have its own paid official, the Parish Clerk.
The five parish councils are:
Mrs A Winstone
Clerk to Leckhampton Parish Council
7 Aldershaw Close
Next elections due May 2014 - the whole council is elected once every four years.
Mrs K Oakey
Clerk to Up Hatherley Parish Council
15 Holmer Crescent
Mr A J Potts
Clerk to Charlton Kings Parish Council
26 Church Street
Mr K Thomas
Clerk to Prestbury Parish Council
c/o Cheltenham Racecourse
Mr S J Holley
Clerk to Swindon Parish Council
87 Curlew Road
Member of Parliament for Cheltenham
working for a fairer,
greener, safer community