Bridgwater Town Council was re-established in 2003 and is Labour controlled. Until 1974 Bridgwater had a historic ,always radical and mainly socialist Borough Council, but this was destroyed in the local government reforms of that year which saw it subsumed by Sedgemoor District Council – better known as ‘direct rule from Cheddar’. From 1974 until 2003 Bridgwater existed solely as a group of ‘Charter Trustees’ which comprised of the Bridgwater Councillors who were elected to represent Sedgemoor simply sitting as an advisory board for the town. This was a totally powerless body and designed to keep Bridgwater subservient to Sedgemoor. Full powers were regained in 2003 (although Tory councillors voted against this) and the town has been Labour controlled ever since.
The Mayor of Bridgwater is elected every year from amongst the 16 town councillors. In 2019-20 it is Tony Heywood. The list of Mayors ishere.
The Leader of the Town Council is Brian Smedley and the Deputy Leader is Kath Pearce.
Bridgwater Town Council operates on a Forum system which involves members of the public in it’s decision making with named councillors taking the lead. This includes
Click here for Leader’s report on new council
Click here for Town Council web site
Full list of town councillors
Your town councillors are grouped by wards (see map), Click on the link to find how to contact them
Graham Granter (Labour)
Mike Creswell (Con) Diogo Rodrigues (Elected LAB, then IND 06.2019- 03.2020 then Con since March 2020)
Dave Loveridge (Labour)
Sulia Aujla (Con)
Rachel Lilley (Con) Gill Slocombe (Con)