Leckhampton is represented at four levels of government:
- Leckhampton is part of the Cheltenham parliamentary constituency. In Parliament, Cheltenham’s MP is Conservative Alex Chalk , a London barrister. His Liberal Democrat opposite number is former local journalist, campaigner and parliamentary candidate Max Wilkinson who came within a thousand votes of taking the seat in 2019. Alex Chalk can be contacted at the House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA and on 020 7219 3000. You can read more about his voting record on the independent website theyworkforyou.com.
- Gloucestershire County Council is responsible for road and pavement maintenance and traffic management, on-street parking and parking charges, schools, social services and libraries among other local services), the Leckhampton and Warden Hill Division is represented by Liberal Democrat Iain Dobie who was first elected in 2013. Iain is Deputy Leader of the Lib Dem opposition. The council and its services are currently run by a Conservative administration. You can read more about Liberal Democrat plans for the county and the county council here.
- On Cheltenham Borough Council, Leckhampton ward is represented by two councillors: Liberal Democrat Martin Horwood and Conservative Stephen Cooke. Both were elected in an extremely close election fight between the Tories and LibDems in May 2018. Stephen’s seat is up for election again in 2021, Martin’s in 2022. Martin can be contacted on Cheltenham 216995 or by emailing email@example.com. Cheltenham Borough Council is responsible for housing, recycling and rubbish collections, parks and gardens, local car parks, environmental health and most local planning decisions and has been run by the Liberal Democrats since 2010.
- Leckhampton with Warden Hill Parish Council includes ward members from both Warden Hill and Leckhampton – including Martin who is also a parish councillor – and is involved in local planning decisions, local footpaths, play areas and green spaces. The Parish is also actively monitoring traffic and air pollution and is preparing its own Neighbourhood Plan to guide future development in the area. There are councillors of several parties on the Parish Council but all sit as independents. It’s also on Facebook. And don’t believe the Vicar of Dibley – it is an elected neighbourhood local government body and nothing to do with vicars!