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Nottinghamshire County Council - Proud of our past, ambitious for our future

About Nottinghamshire and the County Council

Nottinghamshire County Council is the 9th largest local authority in the UK employing 18,000 people, including those employed in schools. 

The Council administers an annual budget of £504 million to provide cost effective public services to over 796,200 people in the County.


The services provided touch the lives of everyone who lives, works or visits Nottinghamshire and include:

  • social care and day centres
  • country parks and libraries
  • fostering and adoption 
  • children’s centres 
  • homecare and extra care for older people 
  • landscaped public areas and cycleways 
  • bridleways, footpaths and rights of way 
  • public transport and pocket park and rides 
  • register offices
  • road maintenance, gritting and street lighting
  • household waste and recycling centres and refuse disposal
  • secondary and primary schools and school crossing patrols
  • the arts 
  • customer service centres 
  • trading standards 
  • youth clubs and activities 
  • emergency planning 
  • road safety. 


The Council has operational buildings and depots across the County. Our headquarters are in the south of the county at County Hall in West Bridgford, close to Trent Bridge. 


The Council has 67 County Councillors, who are elected by the people of Nottinghamshire every four years. Nottinghamshire County Council is currently under no overall control. This is because no single party has the 34 seats (County Councillors) required for an overall majority. The Labour Party is the largest party with 33 seats. All the other parties together have 34 Councillors.

The Leader of the Council works with the Committee chairs to set the policy direction for the Council. The Leader of the County Council is Councillor Alan Rhodes. 

Anthony May was appointed Chief Executive of Nottinghamshire County Council in April 2015. The Chief Executive is the Head of Paid Service and is responsible for making sure the Council’s Officers deliver the public services required.

The Chairman of the County Council is elected each year by county councillors. The Chairman of the County Council for 2015/16 is Councillor Sybil Fielding and the Vice Chairman is Councillor Yvonne Woodhead. 

The Chairman chairs meetings of the Full Council and attends a wide range of civic events around the county representing the County Council. 

Key information

  • The 9th largest local authority in the UK
  • Employs 18,000 people
  • Administers an annual budget of £487 million
  • 67 elected Councillors make decisions and set the Council’s policies
  • No overall political control
  • Chairman of the Council is the civic leader of the County


View information about the County Council as a series of factsheets.

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