West Sussex County Council

West Sussex County Council (WSCC) is the authority that governs the non-metropolitan county of West Sussex. The county also contains seven district and borough councils, and 159 town, parish and neighbourhood councils. The county council has 70 elected councillors. The Chief Executive and their team of Executive Directors are responsible for the day-to-day running of the council.

West Sussex County Council
Council logo
Chair of the Council
Cllr Pete Bradbury, Conservative
since May 2019
Leader of the Council
Cllr Paul Marshall[1], Conservative
since 18 October 2019[2]
Chief Executive
Becky Shaw (jointly with East Sussex County Council)
since 6 January 2020[3]
Seats70 councillors
Political groups
Administration (48)
  Conservative (48)
Other parties (22)
  Liberal Democrat (10)
  Labour (9)
  Green (1)
  Independent (1)
  Local Alliance (1)
Length of term
4 years
First past the post
Last election
6 May 2021
Next election
May 2025
Meeting place
County Hall, Chichester

The county elects eight members of parliament (MPs) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.[4]

Since 1997, West Sussex County Council has been controlled by the Conservative Party. In 2019, the council's Children Services department was described in a Children's Commissioner's report as "clearly failing across all domains in the strongest terms" leading to the resignation of then council leader Louise Goldsmith.