Swindon (borough)

Swindon (borough)
Borough of Swindon
Status: Unitary, Borough
Region: South West England
Ceremonial County: Wiltshire
- Total
Ranked 158th
230.10 km²
Admin. HQ: Swindon
ONS code: 00HX
- Total (2010 est.)
- Density
Ranked 81st
877 / km²
Ethnicity[1]: 93.4% White
3.0% S.Asian
1.0% Black British
1.4% Mixed Race
1.2% Chinese or Other
Swindon Borough Council
Leadership: Leader & Cabinet
Executive: Conservative
MPs: Robert Buckland(C)
Justin Tomlinson (C)

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 company of Swindon, called Thamesdown Transport Limited.[3]

Swindon Borough Council is now a 2 star Council according to the Audit Commission.[4]



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


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 covers not just the town of Swindon, but surrounding countryside and the town of Highworth and villages including

Swindon Borough Council

The council follows a leader and cabinet model[5] and has 59 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 gaine a majority at the 2003 election and have held control since then. As of the 2011 election the council is composed of the following councillors:-[6]

Party Councillors
  Conservative Party 38
  Labour Party 17
  Liberal Democrats 4


The following are the Electoral Wards within the Borough.[7]

  • Abbey Meads [3 Conservative Cllrs]
  • Blunsdon [1 Conservative Cllr]
  • Central [3 Labour Cllrs]
  • Covingham and Nythe [3 Conservative Cllrs]
  • Dorcan [3 Conservative Cllrs]
  • Eastcott [3 Lib Dem Cllrs]
  • Freshbrook and Grange Park [3 Conservative Cllrs]
  • Gorse Hill and Pinehurst [3 Labour Cllrs]
  • Haydon Wick [3 Conservative Cllrs]
  • Highworth [3 Conservative Cllrs]
  • Moredon [2 Conservative, 1 Labour Cllrs]
  • Old Town and Lawn [3 Conservative Cllrs]
  • Parks [3 Labour Cllrs]
  • Penhill [1 Labour, 1 Lib Dem Cllrs]
  • Ridgeway [1 Conservative Cllr]
  • Shaw and Nine Elms [3 Conservative Cllrs]
  • St Margaret [3 Conservative Cllrs]
  • St Philips [2 Conservative, 1 Labour Cllrs]
  • Toothill and Westlea [1 Conservative, 1 Labour Cllrs]
  • Walcot [1 Conservative, 1 Labour Cllrs]
  • Western [3 Labour Cllrs]
  • Wroughton and Chiseldon [3 Conservative Cllrs]


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