About the Council
The local authority area sits over two parliamentary constituencies, Rossendale and Darwen in the South and Blackburn in the North; in the 2017 general election they were returned Conservative and Labour respectively.
The Local Government Boundary Commission have recently undertaken a review of the borough which will see the Council move from 23 electoral wards and 64 elected members to 17 wards and 51 elected members. A reduction of 13 elected members. The Council has all-out elections on 3rd May.
The area also has six parish councils and these are:
- Darwen Town Council
- Eccleshill and Waterside Parish Council
- Livesey Parish Council
- North Turton Parish Council
- Pleasington Parish Council
- Tockholes Parish Council
- Yate and Pickup Bank Parish Council
The Council has been Labour controlled for the last eight years, regaining control in 2010. The Council operates a Leader and Executive model of governance with the main party taking all seats on the authority’s Executive Board.
The current political composition is available here. Please check back on the council’s website for the new political composition from 4th May 2018. Leader and Executive Board roles will be confirmed later in the month.
Chief Officer Leadership
The Council has 10 Chief Officer posts led by the Chief Executive and Deputy Chief Executive. Directors are supported by Heads of Service. The Council Structure chart and Chief Officer responsibilities are here.
For further information on the Council and democracy, click here.