Borough of Swindon

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Borough of Swindon
Unitary authority, Borough
Swindon-view crop.jpg
Shown within Wiltshire
Shown within Wiltshire
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Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region South West England
Ceremonial county Wiltshire
Status Unitary authority
Admin HQ Swindon
 • Type Unitary authority
 • Body Swindon Borough Council
 • Leadership Leader & Cabinet (Conservative)
 • MPs Robert Buckland (C)
Justin Tomlinson (C)
 • Total 88.84 sq mi (230.10 km2)
Area rank 158th (of 326)
Population (mid-2014 est.)
 • Total 215,799
 • Rank 75th (of 326)
 • Density 2,400/sq mi (940/km2)
 • Ethnicity 85.7% White British
5.4% Other White
4.9% Asian
1.7% Black British
1.8% Mixed Race
0.6% Other[1]
Time zone GMT (UTC0)
 • Summer (DST) BST (UTC+1)
ONS code 00HX (ONS) E06000030 (GSS)
OS grid reference SU164849

The Borough of Swindon is a local government authority in South West England. It is centred on the town of Swindon and forms part of the ceremonial county of Wiltshire. It was formed in 1974 as the Thamesdown district of Wiltshire, from former areas of the municipal borough of Swindon and Highworth Rural District.

On 1 April 1997 it was made administratively independent of Wiltshire County Council, with its council becoming a new unitary authority.[2] It adopted the name Swindon on 24 April 1997. The former Thamesdown name and logo are still used by the main local bus operator, Thamesdown Transport Limited.[3]


The borough of Swindon occupies an area in the north east corner of Wiltshire and is bordered by two other counties, Gloucestershire (to the north) and Oxfordshire (to the east). Also, West Berkshire is only a short distance from the borough’s south eastern tip. The landscape is marked by the River Thames guiding the northern border and the Marlborough Downs encroaching to the south.

Area covered

Map of the Borough of Swindon and major settlements

The borough encompasses the Swindon urban area and surrounding countryside to the north, east and south, including the town of Highworth. It comprises the former Swindon Municipal Borough and 16 civil parishes:


This is a chart of trend of regional gross value added of Swindon at current basic prices published (pp. 240–253) by Office for National Statistics with figures in millions of British Pounds Sterling.

Year Regional Gross Value Added[1] Agriculture[2] Industry[3] Services[4]
1995 2,654 13 1,023 1,618
2000 4,085 9 1,368 2,708
2003 4,259 8 1,185 3,067

^ includes hunting and forestry

^ includes energy and construction

^ includes Financial Intermediation Services Indirectly Measured

^ Components may not sum to totals due to rounding

Swindon Borough Council

The council follows a leader and cabinet model[4] and has 57 elected members. Elections are held in three out of every four years, with one third of the seats being elected at each election. From the first election in 1996 to the 2000 election, Labour had a majority on the council. Following a period where no party had a majority the Conservatives gained a majority at the 2003 election and have held control since then. As of the 2014 election the council is composed of the following councillors:-[5]

Party Councillors
  Conservative Party 30
  Labour Party 23
  Liberal Democrats 4


The following are the electoral wards within the Borough as at 2014.

  • Blunsdon & Highworth [3 Conservative Cllrs]
  • Central [3 Labour Cllrs]
  • Chiseldon & Lawn [2 Conservative Cllrs]
  • Covingham and Dorcan [3 Conservative Cllrs]
  • Eastcott [3 Lib Dem Cllrs]
  • Gorse Hill and Pinehurst [3 Labour Cllrs]
  • Haydon Wick [3 Conservative Cllrs]
  • Liden, Eldene & Park South [3 Labour Cllrs]
  • Lydiard & Freshbrook [2 Conservative & 1 Labour Cllr]
  • Mannington & Western [3 Labour Cllrs]
  • Old Town [2 Conservative & 1 Labour Cllr]
  • Penhill & Upper Stratton [3 Labour Cllrs]
  • Priory Vale [3 Conservative Cllrs]
  • Ridgeway [1 Conservative Cllr]
  • Rodbourne Cheney [3 Labour Cllrs]
  • Shaw [3 Conservative Cllrs]
  • St Andrews [3 Conservative Cllrs]
  • St Margaret & South Marston [3 Conservative Cllrs]
  • Walcot & Park North [3 Labour Cllrs]
  • Wroughton and Wichelstowe [2 Conservative & 1 Lib Dem Cllr]

See also