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Poole Borough Council
Coat of arms or logo.
Type Non-metropolitan district council of Poole
Leader Brian Leverett, Conservative
Members 42
Voting system First past the post
Last election 3 May 2007
Meeting place
Civic Centre, Poole

Poole Borough Council is the local authority for the borough of Poole in Dorset, England. Poole was first given borough status in 1342, and in 1568, it was granted legal independence from Dorchester and Dorset jurisdiction when made a county corporate by Elizabeth I. Following the Local Government Act 1972 the borough became a non-metropolitan district on 1 April 1974 and once again fell under the jurisdiction of Dorset, although a charter granted by Queen Elizabeth II allowed the council to retain its historic titles and privileges. On 1 April 1997, the council was made a unitary authority following a review by the Local Government Commission for England (1992) and became once again administratively independent from Dorset.[1]



The local authority for the borough of Poole is Poole Borough Council. For local elections, 42 councillors are elected across 16 wards and elections take place every four years.[2] The last election took place in May 2007, resulting in the Conservatives retaining overall control.[3] The Council is made up of 25 Conservative and 17 Liberal Democrat councillors. The Council has a single party cabinet of ten Conservative 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 Brian Leverett (Conservative).[2] The town's Sheriff, a position created by the town's charter of 1568 and just one of 15 Sheriffs in the country, is Charles Meachin, a Liberal Democrat councillor since 1996. The Mayor is Conservative councillor Joyce Lavender.[4]

Party political make-up of Poole Borough Council
   Party Seats Poole Borough Council 2007–2011
  Conservative 25                                                                                    
  Lib Dems 17                                                                                    
  Labour 0                                                                                    


The Council has 16 wards across Poole:[5]


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