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Cornwall Council is the unitary authority for Cornwallmarker, in the United Kingdommarker. The council has a tradition of large groups of independents, having been controlled by independents in the 1970s and 1980s.

Cornwall Council provides a wide range of services to more than half a million residents, has an annual budget of more than £1 billion and is the biggest employer in Cornwall with a staff of over 22,000. It is responsible for schools, social services, rubbish collection, roads, planning and more.

Establishment of the unitary authority

Before April 2009, Cornwall was administered as a non-metropolitan county of England by Cornwall County Council withsix districts, Caradonmarker, Carrickmarker, Kerriermarker, North Cornwallmarker, Penwithmarker, and Restormelmarker. The Council of the Isles of Scillymarker was and remains a separate unitary authority.

On 5 December 2007 the Government confirmed that Cornwall would move to unitary status. This was enacted by statutory instrument as part of the 2009 structural changes to local government in England, despite being defeated in a referendum.

The changes took effect on 1 April 2009. On that date the six districts and Cornwall County Council were abolished and were replaced by Cornwall Council.

Logo controversy

The proposed new logo, dropped in January 2009
The original proposals for a new logo and motto for Cornwall's new unitary authority were met with widespread criticism from the general public with demands that the old logo and motto be kept.
On 29 January 2009 the Cornwall Council Implementation Executive decided to revert to using the former County Council logo with just a change in name from "Cornwall County Council" to "Cornwall Council".

In March 2009 the leader of Cornwall County Council David Whalley announced he would be standing down as a councillor, complaining of personal attacks against him.

2009 Cornwall Council elections

Elections for the new unitary Cornwall Council were held on 4 June 2009 and there were 123 members elected, replacing the previous 82 councillors on Cornwall County Council and the 249 on the six district councils. The outgoing Cornwall County Council had 48 Liberal Democrat members, nine Conservatives, five Labour, one from the small Liberal Party with the remaining 19 seats held by Independent candidates. Mebyon Kernow had no county councillors, but nine district councillors, before the two-tier system was abolished.

2009 Cornwall Council results

The Lib Dems lost overall control of Cornwall Council to 'no overall control' - this means that no single party has overall control of the new council despite the Conservatives have the largest number of councillors, however they do not have enough for a majority control. The Conservatives received 34% of the vote (50 seats), followed by the Liberal Democrats on 28% (38 seats), the Independents on 23% (32 seats) and Mebyon Kernow on 4% (3 seats). The turnout was 41%. Labour, the Green Party, UKIP and the BNP failed to secure any seats in Cornwall.

Party Councillors
Total 123

Council history

The following table shows party control of the Cornwall Council and its predecessor Cornwall County Council, following each election since 1973.

Year Control











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