Councils merger submission sent to parliament

Press Release

Published on 21 December 2021
Archived on 21 January 2022


Following last week's decision by Stratford-on-Avon and Warwick District Councils, a formal submission document has now been sent to the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, Michael Gove MP, to request his permission for a full political merger to create a South Warwickshire District Council.

SDC & Warwick DC at Longbridge Island - Councils merger submission sent to parliament To mark this historic event group leaders from across the political spectrum gathered at the Longbridge Island, which borders both districts and is a well-used crossing point.

Councillor Andrew Day, Leader of Warwick District Council said: "This is a momentous day for both authorities and I am proud and delighted that Councillors have given their overwhelming backing for us to start this journey together to build a strong and agile Council to serve all our residents. We are optimistic that if agreed this will lead to a bright future for local government in South Warwickshire."

Cllr Tony Jefferson, Leader of Stratford-on-Avon District Council said: "There have been a lot of changes in the almost 50 years since both District Councils were created. We need to adapt to a changing world. Both sets of Councillors recognised this. With this decision taken a lot of hard work will now begin to ensure the success of South Warwickshire and deliver benefits for residents. Exciting and challenging times ahead."

The submission document for the creation of a South Warwickshire District Council can be found on the Stratford-on-Avon District Council website - (Public Pack)Proposal to create a South Warwickshire District Council (report and appendices) Agenda Supplement for Council


Contact details

Stratford-on-Avon District Council
Elizabeth House, Church Street,
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire,
CV37 6HX
Tel: 01789 267575

Contact: the Communications team

Last updated on 21/12/2021