Northumberland County Council


Northumberland County Council is a unitary authority in North East England. The population of the non-metropolitan unitary authority at the 2011 census was 316,028.[1]

Northumberland County Council
Type
Type
History
Founded1 April 2009[lower-alpha 1]
Preceded by
District councils
  • Berwick-upon-Tweed Borough Council
  • Blyth Valley Borough Council
  • Castle Morpeth Borough Council
  • Alnwick District Council
  • Tynedale District Council
  • Wansbeck District Council
Leadership
Civic Head
Cllr James Ian Hutchinson, Conservative
since 26 May 2021
Chairman of the Council
Cllr Barry Malcolm Flux, Conservative
since 26 May 2021
Leader of the Council
Cllr. Hugh Glen Howard Sanderson, Conservative
since 26 May 2021
Structure
Seats67 councillors
Political groups
Administration
  Conservative (34)
Other parties
  Labour (21)
  Non Aligned (7)
  Liberal Democrats (3)
  Green (2)
Elections
First past the post
Last election
6 May 2021
Next election
TBC
Meeting place
County Hall, Morpeth
Website
northumberland.gov.uk
Northumberland proper, as administered by the Council

History


It was formed in 1889 as the council for the administrative county of Northumberland and reformed, downsized in 1974 to cover the newly formed non-metropolitan county of Northumberland, which for the first time excluded the City of Newcastle upon Tyne conurbation. As part of the 2009 structural changes to local government in England it became a unitary authority with the same boundaries, this disregarded the referendum held in 2005 in which the population voted against the forming of a unitary authority.[2]

Its elections have been in May 2008, 2013, 2017 and 2021 at four-yearly intervals, the expected length of office of each councillor.

Naming of the new unitary authority

Throughout 2008, the people of Northumberland were consulted about the new name of the unitary authority. The choice was between having the name of the incumbent county council as the name for the new unitary authority – Northumberland County Council or whether a brand new name should be given – Northumberland Council. Online polls were held and the votes of staff within the former district councils were collated and overall, the name of the incumbent county council was preferred on a ratio of nearly 2:1.[3]

On 17 December 2008 it was decided that the new name would be Northumberland County Council. The chairman of the council stated that:

Having considered the findings of this consultation, it has been decided to call the new authority Northumberland County Council. It is important to reiterate that whilst the single unitary will adopt the name of an existing council, this is emphatically not a County Council takeover. As of 1 April 2009, all existing Northumberland councils will be abolished to make way for a brand new organisation, with new vision, values, and behaviours.

Legally, however, the council remains the same body as at present, simply assuming the functions of the districts.[4]

Council leadership


Civic leadership and offices of honour

Offices(s) Name
Civic Head of Northumberland County Council

First Citizen of Northumberland

Coun. James Ian Hutchinson
Deputy Civic Head of Northumberland County Council

Second Citizen of Northumberland

Coun. Trevor Cessford
Father of the Council  ?
Baby of the Council Coun. Holly Waddell

Presiding Officers

Offices(s) Name
Chairman of the Council Coun. Barry Malcolm Flux
Deputy Chairman of the Council -

Leader of the council and cabinet

Following the election of May 2017, Northumberland County Council has no overall control, however the Conservative Party are the largest group on the Council being one seat short of an overall majority so form the council's current administration.

Offices(s) Name
Leader of the Council

Leader of the Conservative Group

Coun. Hugh Glen Howard Sanderson
Deputy Leader of the Council

Cabinet Member for Corporate Services Deputy Leader of the Conservative Group

Coun. Richard Watson Wearmouth
Cabinet Member for Children's Services Coun. Guy Renner-Thompson
Cabinet Member for Adult Well-being Coun. Pamela Wendy Pattison
Cabinet Member for Business Coun. Wojciech Franciszek Ploszaj
Cabinet Member for Community Services Coun. Colin William Horncastle
Cabinet Member for Healthy Lives Coun. Jeffrey George Watson
Cabinet Member for Local Services Coun. John Robert Riddle

Leader of the official opposition and shadow cabinet

Offices(s) Name
Leader of the Official Opposition

Leader of the Labour Group

Coun. Scott James Dickinson
Deputy Leader of the Official Opposition

Deputy Leader of the Labour Group

Coun. Elizabeth M. Simpson
Chairman of Northumberland Labour Group Coun. Kath Nisbet

Composition


Following the election of 2021, Northumberland County Council the Conservative Party gained majority control of the Council [5] [6]

Affiliation Members
Conservatives 34
Labour 21
Independents 7
Liberal Democrats 3
Greens 2
 Total
67

Other uses


Eurostat statistical area

For Eurostat purposes the area under the jurisdiction of Northumberland County Council is a NUTS 3 region (code UKC21) and is one of six boroughs or unitary districts that comprise the "Northumberland and Tyne and Wear" NUTS 2 region.

Notes


  1. Creation of unitary authority.

References


  1. "Non-metropolitan unitary population 2011". Retrieved 28 January 2016.
  2. "Northumberland County Council". Archived from the original on 20 December 2008. Retrieved 3 January 2009.
  3. "Northumberland County Council". Archived from the original on 20 December 2008. Retrieved 3 January 2009.
  4. "The Northumberland (Structural Change) Order 2008". www.opsi.gov.uk. Retrieved 6 April 2018.
  5. "County Council election results". Northumberland County Council. 7 May 2021.
  6. "Northumberland County Council". BBC News. Retrieved 7 May 2021.