The District Council
The majority of the council’s employees are based in offices in central Coalville on two sites, at the Council Offices on Whitwick Road and our Depot on Linden Way. We operate and manage two leisure centres in conjunction with an external partner Everyone Active at Hood Park in Ashby-de-la-Zouch and Hermitage in Whitwick.
We have around 540 directly employed staff - a significant proportion of services are directly provided by in-house teams with the majority of service areas tested for efficiency through a robust service transformation programme. We have a shared Revenues and Benefits service with Hinckley and Bosworth Borough and Harborough District Councils.
The district council is currently controlled by 38 councillors representing 38 wards, who are elected every four years; the last election took place in May 2019 and saw the Conservatives retain control.
The political split is shown below:
- Conservative - 21 seats
- Labour - 9 seats
- Liberal Democrat - 4 seats
- Green Party - I seat
- Vacancy – 1 seat
The Leader of the Council is Councillor Richard Blunt (Conservative) and the Deputy Leader is Councillor Robert Ashman (Conservative).
We operate Cabinet-style governance with separation of executive and scrutiny functions. These arrangements have been improved and developed, particularly those for scrutiny. All Cabinet members have been allocated a specific portfolio and are responsible for driving forward the council’s key strategic aims.