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Sedgemoor District Council background information

Read about the Council's history, our political and management structure, our role and constitution.

The Role of Sedgemoor District Council

The District Council provides a varied range of services to local residents, business and visitors. Some services we have a duty to provide (known as statutory services) and some are provided because the Council and the areas population feel they are important. Many people will be unaware which authority is responsible for providing the services they receive, Sedgemoor along with the other local authorities in Somerset are working together to find ways of providing access to all services from any authorities outlets.

Your Councillors cannot be an expert in all the services, but they will be aware of them, even those the Council is not directly responsible for! Your Councillor should be able to answer questions from their constituents and ensure that the necessary help is received.

The main services currently provided by Sedgemoor District Council include:

Abandoned Vehicles; Beaches and Resorts; Benefits; Building Control; Car Parks; Care Centre; CCTV; Coastal and Land Drainage; Crime and Disorder; Community grants; Conservation; Council Tax; Dog Wardens; Economic Development; Elections; Environmental Services - food, health and noise; Homelessness; Housing; Land Charges; Landscaping; Legal Services; Museums; Parks and Open Spaces; Pest Control; Planning; Pollution Control; Public Conveniences; Refuse (rubbish collection); Street cleaning; Recycling; Regeneration projects;  Tourism; Tree Preservation Orders.

Management Structure

The senior staffing structure at Sedgemoor District Council is best portrayed in pictorial form, in the following diagram: pdf icon Management Structure [75kb]


  • 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.

  • Political Structure

    The Council consists of 48 Councillors elected every four years by qualifying residents of Sedgemoor. The current political make up is 31 Conservatives, 13 Labour, 2 Liberal Democrats and 2 Independents. The Area is split into 23 Wards, each electing one or more Councillors depending on the density of the ward's population.

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