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Stroud District

Stroud District
Non-metropolitan district
Stroud shown within Gloucestershire
Stroud shown within Gloucestershire
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region South West England
Non-metropolitan county Gloucestershire
Status Non-metropolitan district
Admin HQ Stroud
Incorporated 1 April 1974
Government
 • Type Non-metropolitan district council
 • Body Stroud District Council
 • Leadership Leader & Cabinet (Liberal Democrat (council NOC))
 • MPs Neil Carmichael
Geoffrey Clifton-Brown
Area
 • Total 177.9 sq mi (460.7 km2)
Area rank 285th (of 326)
Population (mid-2014 est.)
 • Total 63,176
 • Rank 309th (of 326)
 • Density 360/sq mi (140/km2)
 • Ethnicity 98.7% White
Time zone GMT (UTC0)
 • Summer (DST) BST (UTC+1)
ONS code 23UF (ONS)
E07000082 (GSS)
OS grid reference
Website .uk.gov.stroudwww

Stroud is a local government district in Gloucestershire, England. It is named after its largest town, Stroud, and has its administrative headquarters in Ebley Mill, in the Ebley area on the outskirts of the town.

Ebley Mill. Headquarters of Stroud District Council

The district is mixed and consists of part of the Cotswolds and the Vale of Berkeley, an area of the flat, fertile valley of the River Severn. The town of Stroud is by some way the largest in the area. The southern portion of the district is served mostly by its own market towns, chief among which are Dursley and Wotton-under-Edge. It was formed under the Local Government Act 1972, on 1 April 1974, by a merger of Nailsworth and Stroud urban districts, Dursley Rural District, Stroud Rural District, and parts of Gloucester Rural District, Sodbury Rural District and Thornbury Rural District.

The area is rich in Iron Age and Roman remnants and is of particular interest to archaeologists for its Neolithic burial grounds, of which there are over 100. Much of its wealth was built on the cloth industry during the Victorian era, and its many mills, most of which are now listed buildings, survive as testament to this.

Much of the landscape in this area is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The esteemed Cotswold Way walk leads through the area. There are gliding clubs at Aston Down and Nympsfield.

Politics

Elections to the district council are held in three out of every four years, with one third of the seats on the council being elected at each election. At the 2011 election, the Conservatives lost its overall control of the council following four Labour gains, including that of former Stroud MP David Drew after he won in the Farmhill and Paganhill ward. Following the 2012 election, the council is composed of the following councillors:[1]

Year Conservative Labour Liberal Democrat Green Independent
2011 21 16 6 5 3
Current 20 19 3 6 1

References

  1. ^ http://www.stroud.gov.uk/opendata/councillors.asp

External links

  • The web site of Stroud District Council
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