Nuneaton and Bedworth

Coordinates: .mw-parser-output .geo-default,.mw-parser-output .geo-dms,.mw-parser-output .geo-dec{display:inline}.mw-parser-output .geo-nondefault,.mw-parser-output .geo-multi-punct,.mw-parser-output .geo-inline-hidden{display:none}.mw-parser-output .longitude,.mw-parser-output .latitude{white-space:nowrap}52°31′18″N 1°28′03″W / 52.5218°N 1.4676°W / 52.5218; -1.4676

Borough & Non-metropolitan district in England

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Nuneaton and Bedworth
Market Place in Nuneaton, the borough's largest town

Market Place in Nuneaton, the borough’s largest town
Shown within Warwickshire

Shown within Warwickshire
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region West Midlands
Administrative county Warwickshire
Admin. HQ Nuneaton

 • Type Non-metropolitan borough
 • MPs Marcus Jones
Craig Tracey
Mark Pawsey

 • Total 30.48 sq mi (78.95 km2)
 • Rank 218th

 • Total 134,291
 • Rank Ranked 173rd
 • Density 4,400/sq mi (1,700/km2)
Ethnicity (2021)

 • Ethnic groups
Religion (2021)

 • Religion
Time zone UTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+1 (British Summer Time)
CV7, CV10, CV11, CV12
ONS code 44UC (ONS)
E07000219 (GSS)

Nuneaton and Bedworth is a local government district with borough status in Warwickshire, England. It includes the towns of Nuneaton (where the council is based) and Bedworth, as well as a modest rural hinterland including the village of Bulkington.

The neighbouring districts are Rugby, Coventry, North Warwickshire and Hinckley and Bosworth.


The district was created on 1 April 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972, by a merger of two former districts which were both abolished at the same time, these were:[2]

The new district was initially named Nuneaton, after its largest town.[3] Nuneaton’s borough status, which it had held since 1907,[4] was transferred to the enlarged district, allowing the chair of the council to take the title of mayor.[5] Following a campaign from Bedworth residents the borough’s name was changed to “Nuneaton and Bedworth” with effect from 1 October 1980.[6][7]


Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council
Martin Walsh,
since 17 May 2023[8]
Kristofer Wilson,
since 19 May 2021
Brent Davis
since 2021[9]
Seats 34 councillors
Political groups
Administration (27)
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Other parties (7)
  Labour (5)
  Green (2)
First past the post
Last election
5 May 2022
Next election
2 May 2024
Meeting place
Town Hall, Coton Road, Nuneaton, CV11 5AA
Bedworth, the second town and second-largest settlement in the borough

Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council provides district-level services. County-level services are provided by Warwickshire County Council.[10] There are no civil parishes in the borough, which is an unparished area.[11]

Political control[edit]

The council has been under Conservative majority control since 2021.

Political control of the council since the 1974 reforms has been as follows:[12][13]

Party in control Years
Labour 1974–2008
Conservative 2008–2010
No overall control 2010–2012
Labour 2012–2018
No overall control 2018–2021
Conservative 2021–present


The role of mayor is largely ceremonial in Nuneaton and Bedworth. Political leadership is provided instead by the leader of the council. The leaders since 1974 have been:[14]

Councillor Party From To
John Haynes Labour May 1974 May 1982
Bill Olner Labour May 1982 May 1986
Dennis Harvey[15] Labour 1986 May 2008
Marcus Jones Conservative May 2008 May 2009
Peter Gilbert Conservative May 2009 12 May 2010
Dennis Harvey Labour 12 May 2010 6 May 2018
Julie Jackson Labour 16 May 2018 9 May 2021
Kristofer Wilson Conservative 19 May 2021


Following the 2022 election the composition of the council was:[16]

Party Councillors
Conservative 27
Labour 5
Green 2
Total 34

The next election is due in 2024.


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Since the last boundary changes in 2002 the council has comprised 34 councillors representing 17 wards, with each ward electing two councillors. Elections are held in alternate years, with half the council (one councillor for each ward) elected each time for a four-year term of office.[17] New ward boundaries have been drawn up to come into effect for the 2024 election, increasing the number of wards to 19 and councillors to 38.[18]


The council is based at Nuneaton Town Hall on Coton Road in Nuneaton. The building was purpose-built for the old Nuneaton Borough Council and opened in 1934.[19]


Bulkington, the third-largest settlement in the borough
Wards of Nuneaton and Bedworth

Nuneaton and Bedworth are divided into 17 wards, each represented by 2 councillors, giving a total of 34 councillors. The borough has no civil parishes.

Ward name Approximate coverage Population
(2001 census)
(2011 census)
Abbey Abbey Green, Nuneaton town centre 7,234 8,717
Arbury Heath End, Glendale, Bermuda, Arbury 5,482 6,736
Attleborough Attleborough, Maple Park, SW Whitestone 7,564 7,676
Bar Pool Black-a-Tree, Sunnyside, Stockingford (east) 7,451 7,452
Bede Collycroft (east), Furnace Fields (north), Bedworth town centre, Burnside, Water Tower estate 6,760 6,666
Bulkington Bulkington, Weston-in-Arden, Ryton, Marston Jabbett, Bramcote (west) 6,303 6,146
Camp Hill Camp Hill 7,325 7,321
Exhall Exhall (west), Ash Green, Neals Green, Keresley End 7,381 8,006
Galley Common Galley Common, Chapel End, Whittleford 7,593 8,233
Heath Bedworth Heath, Goodyers End, Market End 6,377 7,473
Kingswood Grove Farm, Robinson’s End, Stockingford (west) 6,878 6,878
Poplar Furnace Fields (south), Coalpit Field, Exhall (east), Hawkesbury Village 6,850 8,043
St Nicolas Horeston Grange, Hinckley Road, The Long Shoot, St Nicolas Park (south) 7,073 6,943
Slough Collycroft (west), Mount Pleasant, Bedworth Woodlands, Woodland Park 7,058 7,041
Weddington Weddington, St Nicolas Park (north) 7,286 7,256
Wem Brook Hill Top, Caldwell, Chilvers Coton 7,082 7,787
Whitestone Whitestone (except SW part), Attleborough Fields 7,435 6,877

For a sortable list of wards in Nuneaton and Bedworth by population, see List of wards in Nuneaton and Bedworth by population.


Nuneaton and Bedworth is twinned with:


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External links[edit]

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