West Midlands County Council


West Midlands County Council

Infobox UK local authority
name = West Midlands County Council
hq = WMCC County Hall, Lancaster Circus, Birmingham
area = West Midlands
start = 1974
end = 1986
lawstart = Local Government Act 1972
lawend = Local Government Act 1985
arms=


type = County council
The West Midlands County Council (WMCC) was, from 1974 to 1986, the upper-tier administrative body for the West Midlands county, a metropolitan county in England.

The WMCC existed for a total of twelve years. It was established on April 1, 1974, by the Local Government Act 1972 and was abolished on the 31 March 1986. It was abolished along with five other metropolitan county councils and the Greater London Council by the government of Margaret Thatcher by the Local Government Act 1985.

The WMCC was a strategic authority running regional services such as transport, emergency services, and strategic planning. Elections were held to the council in 1973, 1977 and 1981. Elections were due to be held in 1985 but were cancelled due to the council's abolition.

The Labour Party controlled the council from 1974-77, with the Conservatives controlling it 1977-81. It reverted to Labour control for the last term 1981-1986.

When it existed the council's headquarters (County Hall) were based at Lancaster Circus in central Birmingham, in a building that is now occupied, but not as its headquarters, by Birmingham City Council.

Upon its abolition, most of the functions of the council such as planning were devolved to the metropolitan district councils of Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall, and Wolverhampton. Some of its functions were taken over by joint-boards and continued to be run on a county-wide basis, these included policing, fire and rescue and public transport.

Its assets were split between the West Midlands Residuary Body and the West Midlands boroughs councils.

Leaders of the WMCC

ee also

*West Midlands Passenger Transport Executive


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