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History and Background of Sedgemoor District Council


Sedgemoor District Council was formed in 1974 from Burnham-on-Sea Urban District Council; part of Axbridge Rural District Council; Bridgwater Rural District Council and Bridgwater Borough Council.

Geographically, Sedgemoor has an area of 56,790 hectares. There are 54 parish and town councils, containing a mixture of small towns and rural villages. The landscape includes seaside resorts, gently rolling hills, wetlands - Somerset Levels, rising to the steep limestone escarpment of Cheddar Gorge.

Demographically, the population is 111,500 and there are approximately 45,00 households. The main centres of population are Bridgwater Burnham on Sea and Highbridge and Cheddar

Economically, 78% of Somerset's industry is agriculture but there are thriving business parks along the M5 corridor within Sedgemoor.

Sedgemoor District Council works in a traditional three-tier system with Somerset County Council and Parish Councils. It has one main office, Bridgwater House,a works depot at Colley Lane in Bridgwater. Sedgemoor is one of only a handful of local authorities that is also a Port Authority, therefore employing a harbour master.

The Council is one of the largest employers in the district, providing employment for about 498 people, (74 of whom are casual or temporary), as of March 09.

The mission statement of the Council is:

"Working together we will make Sedgemoor a safer, cleaner,  more pleasant and vibrant district in which to live, work, invest or visit".