Bridgwater Town Council

Bridgwater Councillors

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.

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

wards

Westover

Brian Smedley (Labour) Kath Pearce (Labour) Tim Mander (Labour)

Hamp

Liz Leavy (Labour) Leigh Redman (Labour)

Eastover

Tony Heywood (Labour) Jacqui Solomon (Labour)

Victoria

Mick Lerry (Labour) Liz Marsh (Labour)

Fairfax West

Irena Hubble (Labour)

Fairfax East

Alex Glassford (Labour) Richard Morgan (Labour)

Dunwear North

Dave Loveridge (Labour)

Dunwear South

Sulia Aujla (Con)

Wyndham

Rachel Lilley (Con) Gill Slocombe (Con)

TOWN COUNCIL ELECTION RESULTS 2022

Bridgwater Town Council –

Dunwear North ward – 17.39%

1 LOVERIDGE, Dave (Lab)

RODRIGUES, Diogo Jose (Con)

194 elected

131

Bridgwater Town Council –

Duwear South ward – 33.1% turnout

1 AUJLA, Suria (Con)

BAKER, Sarah (Lib Dem)

FALKINGHAM, Jon (Lab)

275 elected

80

158

Bridgwater Town Council –

Eastover ward – 19.65 %

2 GUSMAO, Januario (Con)

HEYWOOD, Tony (Lab)

NICKOLLS, Antony (Lib Dem)

SOLOMON, Jacqui (Lab)

231

336 elected

204

283 elected

Bridgwater Town Council –

Fairfax East ward – 20.95%

2 BARNES, Pelè James (Con)

DINGWALL, Andrew (Con)

GLASSFORD, Alex (Lab)

KING, Lorna (Lib Dem)

MORGAN, Richard (Lab)

267

274

305 elected

167

277 elected

Bridgwater Town Council –

Fairfax West ward – 16.05% turnout

1 HUBBLE, Irena (Lab)

NICKOLLS, Adrian (Lib Dem)

ROGERS, Christine (Con)

103 elected

66

91

Bridgwater Town Council –

Hamp ward – 17.93 % turnout

2 FERMOR, Matthew (Con)

GALEITZKE, Klaus Detlef (Con)

LEAVY, Liz (Lab and Co-Op)

REDMAN, Leigh (Lab)

218

176

346 elected

392 elected

Bridgwater Town Council –

Victoria ward – 18.33% turnout

2 DUDDRIDGE, Lance (Con)

HAYSHAM, Taz (Lib Dem)

LERRY, Mick (Lab)

MARSH, Liz (Lab)

STEVENSON, John (Con)

214

109

246 elected

261 elected

156

Bridgwater Town Council –

Westover ward 21.58 % turnout

3 BOLT, Brian James (Con)

MANDER, Tim (Lab)

PEARCE, Kathy (Lab)

SMEDLEY, Brian David (Lab)

308

508 elected

562 elected

536 elected

Bridgwater Town Council –

Wyndham ward 33.85% turnout

2 BOUCHER, Meg (Lab)

Di CAMPO, Elaine (Lab)

LILLEY, Rachael Helen (Con)

SLOCOMBE, Gill (Con)

WAGHORN, Dean (Lib Dem)

WAY, Nathan Philip (Lib Dem

347

303

567 elected

699 elected

215

172

Labour representatives on Bridgwater Town Council: