Bridgwater Town Council

Mayor Leigh Redman

Bridgwater Town Council was re-established in 2003 and  is Labour controlled. Until 1974 Bridgwater had a historic ,always radical and mainly socialist Borough Council, but this was destroyed in the local government reforms  of that year which saw it subsumed by Sedgemoor District Council – better known as ‘direct rule from Cheddar’. From 1974 until 2003 Bridgwater existed solely as a group of ‘Charter Trustees’ which comprised of the Bridgwater Councillors who were elected to represent Sedgemoor simply sitting as an advisory board for the town. This was a totally powerless body and designed to keep Bridgwater subservient to Sedgemoor. Full powers were regained in 2003 (although Tory councillors voted against this) and the town has been Labour controlled ever since.

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Kathy Pearce (Deputy Leader) and Brian Smedley (Leader)

The Mayor of Bridgwater is elected every year from amongst the 16 town councillors. In 2019-20 it was Tony Heywood.  The current Mayor (since November 2020) is Leigh Redman

The role of Mayor is a ‘civic and ceremonial ‘ one and includes the role of chairing Council meetings.

The list of Mayors is here.

The Leader of the Town Council is Brian Smedley and the Deputy Leader is Kath Pearce.

Bridgwater Town Council operates on a Forum system which involves members of the public in it’s decision making with named councillors taking the lead. This includes



Click here for Leader’s report on new council

Click here for Town Council web site

Full list of town councillors

Your town councillors are grouped by wards (see map), Click on the link to find how to contact them



Brian Smedley (Labour) Kath Pearce (Labour) Li Gibson (Labour


Liz Leavy (Labour) Leigh Redman (Labour)


Tony Heywood (Labour) Glen Burrows (Labour)


Mick Lerry (Labour) Julie Cordiner (Labour)

Fairfax West

Graham Granter (Labour)

Fairfax East

Mike Creswell (Con) Diogo Rodrigues (Elected LAB, then IND 06.2019- 03.2020  then Con since March 2020)

Dunwear North

Dave Loveridge (Labour)

Dunwear South

Sulia Aujla (Con)


Rachel Lilley (Con) Gill Slocombe (Con)


Dunwear North Ward

Dave Loveridge (Dunwear North)

BARNES, Pele James (Con) 101

KING, Lorna Ann Phillipa (Lib Dem) 62

LOVERIDGE, Dave (Lab) 177 duly elected

The total electorate was 2,010 and the turnout was 20.11%


Dunwear South Ward

Julie Cordiner VICTORIA

AUJLA, Suria (Con) – 209 duly elected

TUCKER, Gary Andrew Derek (Lab) – 202

The total electorate was 1,600 and the turnout was 30.94%


Eastover Ward

Glen Burrows (Eastover)

BRISTOWE, Sue (Con) – 177

BURROWS, Glen (Lab) – 412 duly elected

FRASER-HOWELLS, Jonathan (Con) – 155

HEYWOOD, Tony (Lab) – 375 duly elected

The total electorate was 3,386 and the turnout was 22.12%


Fairfax East Ward

Tony Heywood Eastover

BAKER, Arah Victoria (Lib Dem) – 148

CRESSWELL, Mike (Con) – 227 duly elected

GLASSFORD, Alex (Lab) – 226

NICKOLLS, Adrian David (Lib Dem) – 151

RODRIGUES, Diogo (Lab) – 294 duly elected (went IND June 2019 went CON Jan 2020)

The total electorate was 3,536 and the turnout was 21.19%


Fairfax West Ward

Graham Granter (Fairfax West)

GRANTER, Graham John (Lab) – 192 duly elected

MARSH, Helen Julia (Con) – 90

The total electorate was 1,756 and the turnout was 18.19%


Hamp Ward

AUSTEN, Stephen Barry – 216

Leigh Redman HAMP

LEAVY, Elizabeth Ann (Lab)  0 280 duly elected

MOORE, Adrian John 244

NICHOLSON, Julie Stenner (Con) 96

REDMAN, Leigh Paul (Lab) 352 duly elected

The total electorate was 5,360 and the turnout was14.12%

Victoria Ward

Liz Leavy (Hamp)

CORDINER, Julie Marie (Lab) – 268 duly elected

DUDDRIDGE, Lance John (Con) – 238

HARWOOD, John (Con) – 180

LERRY, Mick (Lab) – 246 duly elected

The total electorate was 3,084 and the turnout was 20.60%

Westover Ward


ASHER, Michael (Con) – 231

BOLT, Brian James (Con) – 240

GIBSON, Li (Lab) – 377 duly elected

LEE, Roland (Lib Dem) – 143

LEWIS, Gareth Edwin (Con) – 244

NICKOLLS, Antony (Lib Dem) – 191

Li Gibson (Westover)

PEARCE, Kathryn Elizabeth (Lab) – 482 duly elected

SMEDLEY, Brian David (Lab) – 461 duly elected

The total electorate was 4,072 and the turnout was 25.63%

Wyndham Ward

JOHNSTONE, Peter Ian (Lib Dem) – 237

LILLEY, Rachael (Con) – 531 duly elected

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Kathy Pearce & Brian Smedley (Westover)

PALARAM, Inika Raine (Lab) – 180

RIDEWOOD, Stuart (Lab) – 178

SLOCOMBE, Gill (Con) – 611 duly elected

WAGHORN, Dean (Lib Dem) – 211

The total electorate was 4,863

Labour representatives on Bridgwater Town Council: