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Poole Borough Council

Borough of Poole
Whole council elected every four years
Council logo
Houses Unicameral
Term limits
Founded 1 April 1974
New session started
19 May 2015 (Municipal year 2015/2016)
Janet Walton, Conservative
Since 20 May 2015
Ann Stribley
Since 19 May 2015
Seats 42 councillors
32 / 42
6 / 42
Poole People
3 / 42
1 / 42
Last election
7 May 2015
Next election
Meeting place
Civic Centre, Poole

Borough of Poole is the unitary authority responsible for local government in the Poole, Dorset, England. It was created on 1 April 1997 following a review by the Local Government Commission for England (1992), becoming administratively independent from Dorset County Council.[1] Its council comprises 16 wards and 42 councillors and is controlled by a Conservative administration.


For local elections, 42 councillors are elected across 16 wards[2] and elections take place every four years. The last election took place in May 2015, resulting in a Conservative majority.[3] The Mayor is Ann Stribley, a Conservative councillor for Parkstone ward since 1977.[4] The Council is made up of 32 Conservative, 6 Liberal Democrat 3 Poole People and 1 UKIP councillors. Following these elections, a Conservative administration was formed [5] with a cabinet of seven councillors who are responsible for deciding how the Council's strategies and policies are implemented and how the budget is spent. The Council Leader is Janet Walton (Conservative).[6] The Mayor is Ann Stribley, a Conservative councillor for Parkstone ward since 1977.[7] The Sheriff, a position created by the town's charter of 1568 and just one of 15 Sheriffs in the country, is Conservative councillor Xena Dion.

Party political make-up of Poole Borough Council
   Party Seats Poole Borough Council 2011–2015
  Conservative 21                                                                                    
  Lib Dems 18                                                                                    
  Poole People 3                                                                                    


Sortable table
Ward Number of seats
Alderney 3
Branksome East 2
Branksome West 2
Broadstone 3
Canford Cliffs 3
Canford Heath East 2
Canford Heath West 2
Creekmoor 3
Hamworthy East 2
Hamworthy West 2
Merley and Bearwood 3
Newtown 3
Oakdale 3
Parkstone 3
Penn Hill 3
Poole Town 3


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