- City of Winchester
City of Winchester — Non-metropolitan district, Borough, City — Sovereign state United Kingdom Constituent country England Region South East England Non-metropolitan county Hampshire Status Non-metropolitan district, Borough, City Admin HQ Winchester Incorporated 1 April 1974 Government - Type Non-metropolitan district council - Body Winchester City Council - Leadership Leader & Cabinet (Conservative (council NOC)) - MPs Steve Brine Area - Total 255.2 sq mi (660.97 km2) Area rank 59th (of 326) Population (2010 est.) - Total 114,300 - Rank 188th (of 326) - Density 447.9/sq mi (172.9/km2) - Ethnicity 97.8% White Time zone GMT (UTC0) - Summer (DST) BST (UTC+1) ONS code 24UP OS grid reference SU485295 Website winchester.gov.uk
Winchester ( //) is a local government district in Hampshire, England, with city status. It covers an area of central Hampshire including the city of Winchester itself, and neighbouring towns and villages including New Alresford, Colden Common and Bishops Waltham.
The current city boundaries were set on 1 April 1974 when the City of Winchester merged with Droxford Rural District and part of Winchester Rural District.
Other than Gosport and Eastleigh, Winchester is the only non Unitary Authority, council District in Hampshire not to border another county and is the only one that neither borders another county nor the coast. The two Unitary Authorities in Hampshire that don't border another county are Portsmouth and Southampton, Portsmouth and Southampton are the only Unitary Authorities in Hampshire.
Elections to the council are held in three out of every four years, with one third of the seats on the council being elected at each election. From 1995 to the 2004 election the Liberal Democrats had a majority on the council, but after 2 years when no party held a majority the 2006 election saw the Conservative party gain control. The elections on 6 May 2010 saw the Liberal Democrats re take control of the council.
The make up of the council as of May 2011 is:
- Liberal Democrats - 27
- Conservatives - 27
- Independent Group - 2
- Labour - 1
Settlements and parishes
Settlements in the district include:
- Badger Farm, Beauworth, Bighton, Bishops Sutton, Bishops Waltham, Boarhunt, Bramdean, Brockwood Park
- Cheriton, Chilcomb, Colden Common, Compton and Shawford, Corhampton, Crawley, Curdridge
- Denmead, Droxford, Durley
- Easton, Exton
- Hambledon, Headbourne Worthy, Hinton Ampner, Hursley
- Itchen Abbas, Itchen Stoke, Itchen Valley
- Kilmeston, Kings Worthy
- Littleton and Harestock
- Martyr Worthy, Meonstoke, Micheldever
- New Alresford, Northington
- Old Alresford, Olivers Battery, Otterbourne, Ovington, Owslebury
- Shedfield, Soberton, Southwick, South Wonston, Sparsholt, Sutton Scotney, Swanmore
- Tichborne, Twyford
- Warnford, West Meon, Whiteley (part), Wickham, Widley, Winchester, Winnall, Wonston
- ^ "Local elections: Winchester". BBC News Online. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/bsp/hi/vote2006/locals/html/24up.stm. Retrieved 2010-02-04.
- ^ "City Councillors". Winchester City Council. http://www.winchester.gov.uk/CouncilAndDemocracy/ElectedRepresentatives/CityCouncillors/. Retrieved 29 May 2010.
- ^ "Election Results May 2011" (HTML). Winchestert City Council. 2011. http://www.winchester.gov.uk/General.asp?id=SX9452-A785D7C9&cat=8172. Retrieved 2011-05-08.
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