Cheltenham is governed at local level by a combination of councils and also has an elected Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC):
The county council, currently under a Conservative administration with the Liberal Democrats as the main opposition party, is responsible for major spending areas such as transport (including local roads, pavements and on-street parking), libraries, schools and education, social services and waste disposal (but not collection). Roads are managed through their agency Gloucestershire Highways. The county council spend £22.68 out of the average £30.59 weekly council tax bill in Cheltenham (2017-18).
51 county councillors represent large ‘divisions’, 10 of which cover Cheltenham. The next county elections are due in May 2021. The whole council is elected once every four years. To find your local county councillor, click here.
Gloucestershire County Council
Gloucester GL1 2TG
01452 425000 (8.30am- 5pm, Monday – Friday)
Social care out-of-hours emergencies: 01452 614194
Glos Highways emergencies: 08000 514 514
Cheltenham Borough Council is currently led by the Liberal Democrats (32 seats) with the Conservatives as the main opposition party (6 seats). The Borough Council is responsible for local planning permission, council housing (along with their agency Cheltenham Borough Homes), arts, entertainment and leisure facilities, environmental health, recycling and waste collection (but not disposal) and some car parks. The council has delegated the running of the Town Hall, Pittville Pump Room, Wilson art gallery & museum, Leisure@ and Prince of Wales Stadium to the new charitable Cheltenham Trust. Recycling and waste collection is shared with neighbouring councils through the jointly owned not-for-profit enterprise Ubico. Cheltenham Borough Council spends just £3.79 out of the average £30.59 weekly council tax bill in Cheltenham (2017-18).
40 Borough Councillors represent 20 neighbourhood ‘wards’ half the size of the county ‘divisions’ with two councillors for each ward. The next borough elections are in May 2020. Half the council (one council seat in each ward) comes up for election every two years, the normal term of office being four years. In Leckhampton ward two seats were elected in May 2018 due to a local by-election but only one will be up for re-election in 2020, restoring the usual election cycle. Martin was elected top of the poll so will represent Leckhampton for a full four-year term until 2022. The Conservative came second so his seat will be up for re-election in 2020. To find your current local borough councillor, click here.
The council’s contact details are:
Cheltenham Borough Council
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 next parish elections are due in May 2022 – the whole councils are elected once every four years although vacancies are sometimes filled by co-option between elections.
The five parish councils are:
Leckhampton with Warden Hill
Clerk to Leckhampton with Warden Hill Parish Council
The Gate House
Cheltenham GL53 7FB
Clerk to Up Hatherley Parish Council
Up Hatherley Village Hall
Cold Pool Lane
Cheltenham GL51 6JA
Clerk to Charlton Kings Parish Council
26 Church Street
Cheltenham GL53 8AR
Clerk to Prestbury Parish Council
New Barn Close
Cheltenham GL52 3LP
Clerk to Swindon Parish Council
Contact form provided on website instead of address or phone number
Police & Crime Commissioner
The Police & Crime Commissioner is not a police officer but an elected official responsible for Gloucestershire Constabulary’s policing budget, the appointment of the Chief Constable and general oversight of police work in the county. The PCC spends £4.12 out of the average £30.59 weekly council tax bill in Cheltenham (2017-18). Gloucestershire’s current Police & Crime Commissioner is a former police officer, the independent Martin Surl who was elected in 2012 and re-elected in 2016, defeating the Conservative candidate with the support of many Liberal Democrats including Martin. The next election is due in 2020.
The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner
No. 1 Waterwells
Gloucester GL2 2AN