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Warwick is a local government district of central Warwickshiremarker in Englandmarker. The current leader of the district council is Conservative Party member Michael Doody.

The district comprises the towns of Warwickmarker itself, Leamington Spamarker, Kenilworthmarker and Whitnashmarker, and also includes the surrounding rural areas. The district is bordered to the south and west by Stratford districtmarker to the north-east by Rugby boroughmarker and to the north by Coventrymarker City Council.

Politics and History

Despite being named after Warwick, the district council headquarters are in Leamington Spa. It employs more than 500 people in a four storey building near to the River Leammarker. Warwick hosts the county council headquarters. The district council deal with issues such as waste management, council tax, planning/building regulations, council housing and council house repairs. The county council looks after such matters as education, social services, culture and highways.

The district was created on 1 April 1974, by a merger of the former Leamington Spa and Warwick municipal boroughs, the Kenilworth urban district and the Warwick Rural Districtmarker. The council claimed to have the 33rd cheapest council tax out of the 238 shire districts in the country.


In 2007 the district began trialling a WiMAX scheme which would eventually allow all residents, for a fee, to connect to wireless broadband internet anywhere in the district, indoors or out. This is the first such scheme in Europe .


On 6 August 2007 on-street parking charges were introduced in certain parts of central Leamington, Warwickmarker and Kenilworthmarker for the first time. At this time parking also became decriminalised which meant that the district council and not the police were responsible for enforcing parking regulations.

Tourism and Leisure

Two of the most well known tourist attractions in the district are Warwick Castlemarker and Kenilworth Castlemarker, the latter being preserved the second ruined during the English Civil War. Also of interest are the National Trust property Baddesley Clintonmarker and Wroxall Abbeymarker. All three of the districts main towns, Leamington, Warwick and Kenilworth have many hotels, two of the better known ones being The Regent Hotelmarker and a Hilton Hotel at Warwick. Warwick Racecoursemarker hosts televised meetings several times a year and the English women's lawn bowls championships takes place in Leamington each year.

There are three public swimming pools and three leisure centres in the district as well as many public open spaces, the most well known being Leamington's Jephson Gardensmarker and Newbold Comynmarker. There are two public pay-per-play golf courses, one in Leamington and one in Warwick. The biggest football teams in the area are Leamington F.C.marker and Racing Club Warwickmarker. All three towns have their own theatres including the Royal Spa Centremarker, Loft Theatre Company, Playbox Theatre Company and The Bridge House Theatre.


The district has these five railway stations Warwickmarker, Warwick Parkwaymarker, Leamingtonmarker, Hatton, and Lapworthmarker. The Grand Union Canalmarker flows through the district and the M40 motorway also passes through. Right on the edge of the district is found Coventry Airportmarker at Bagintonmarker.

Parishes and settlements

The Warwick district includes the settlements and Parishes of:

For a list of wards in Warwick district by population click here.

Electoral wards

This is a guide to the size of the wards in Warwick Districtmarker based on the data from the 2001 UK Census. The entire population of the district was 125,929.

Rank Ward Population
1 Brunswick 9,299
2 Willes 8,601
3 Warwickmarker South 8,569
4 Warwickmarker North 8,488
5 Warwickmarker West 8,377
6 Milverton 8,269
7 Manor 8,162
8 Park Hill 8,124
9 Whitnashmarker 7,796
10 Abbey 7,552
11 St Johns 7,543
12 Crown 5,829
13 Cubbingtonmarker 5,777
14 Budbrookemarker 5,223
15 Clarendon 4,954
16 Stoneleighmarker 3,049
17 Lapworthmarker 2,870
18 Bishop's Tachbrookmarker 2,514
19 Radford Semelemarker 2,494
20 Leek Woottonmarker 2,439

N.B. Ward populations will differ from the village population which they are named after and which they are linked to as ward boundaries very rarely match village boundaries exactly.


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