Who we are

Find out more about DCN below

Overview

The District Councils’ Network (DCN) is a cross-party member led network of 191 district councils. We are a Special Interest Group of the Local Government Association (LGA), and provide a single voice for district councils within the Local Government Association.

District councils in England deliver 86 out of 137 essential local government services to over 22 million people – 40% of the population – and cover 68% of the country by area. As the housing and planning authorities, we approve 90% of all planning applications and enabled over 91,000 dwellings in our areas last year. District councils have a proven track record of devising innovative solutions to transform public services, taking a lead role in improving services and outcomes for people and places through better collaboration.

District councils have a proven track record of building better lives and bigger economies in the areas that they serve. Districts protect and enhance quality of life by safeguarding our environment, promoting public health and leisure, whilst creating attractive places to live, raise families and build a bigger economy. By tackling homelessness and promoting wellbeing, District councils ensure no one gets left behind by addressing the complex needs of today whilst attempting to prevent the social problems of tomorrow.

You can read more about us by clicking here for our “Welcome Pack”

Our Team

Cllr John Fuller

LEADER, SOUTH NORFOLK DISTRICT COUNCIL

Chair of the DCN
Email: jfuller@s-norfolk.gov.uk

Cllr Tom Beattie

Leader, Corby Borough Council

Vice-Chair (Labour Group)
Email: tom.beattie@corby.gov.uk

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Cllr Sara Bedford

Leader, Three Rivers District Council

Vice-Chair (Liberal Democrat Group)
Email: sara.bedford@threerivers.gov.uk

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Cllr Jason Zadrozney

LEADER, ASHFIELD DISTRICT COUNCIL

Vice -Chair (Independent Group)
Email: cllr.j.zadrozny@ashfield.gov.uk

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Cllr Dan Humphreys

Leader, Worthing Borough Council

Email: daniel.humphreys@worthing.gov.uk

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Cllr John Mallison

Leader, Carlise City Council

Email: john.mallinson@carlisle.gov.uk

Cllr Mark Crane

Leader , Selby District Council

Email: mcrane@selby.gov.uk

Cllr John Clarke

Leader, Gedling Borough Council

Email: cllr.john.clarke@gedling.gov.uk

Cllr Sharon Taylor OBE

Leader, Stevenage Borough Council

Email: sharon.taylor@stevenage.gov.uk

Cllr Peter Fleming

Leader, Sevenoaks District Council

Email: Cllr.Fleming@sevenoaks.gov.uk

Cllr Isobel Darby

Leader, Chiltern District Council

Email: idcdc@chrisdarby.com

Cllr Bridget Smith

Leader, South Cambridgeshire District Council

Email: Cllr.BridgetSmith@scambs.gov.uk

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Cllr Jean Pearce

Leader, South Hams District Council

Email: Cllr.Judy.Pearce@southhams.gov.uk

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Cllr Mark Bayliss

Leader, Worcester City Council

Email: mbayliss@worcester-research.co.uk

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Cllr Philip King

Leader, Harborough District Council

Email: p.king@harborough.gov.uk

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Cllr Sam Champman-Allen

Leader, Breckland District Council

Email: sam.chapman-allen@breckland.gov.uk

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Cllr Doina Cornell

Leader, Stroud District Council

Email: cllr.doina.cornell@stroud.gov.uk

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Cllr Giles Archibald

Leader, South Lakeland District Council

Email:  g.archibald@southlakeland.gov.uk

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Cllr Joe Harris

Leader, Cotswold District Council

Email: joe.harris@cotswold.gov.uk

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Cllr Ben Ingham

Leader, East Devon District Council

Email: bingham@eastdevon.gov.uk

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Cllr Zoe Nicholson

Leader, Lewes District Council

Email: Zoe.Nicholson@lewes.gov.uk

Chair: Bill Cullen

Chief Executive of Hinkley and Bosworth Borough Council

East of England
Adrian Pritchard (Colchester Borough Council)
Rob Bridge (Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council)
Arthur Charvonia (Babergh and Mid Suffolk Borough Council)
Co-opted
Graham Soulsby (Kettering Borough Council)
Paul Shevlin (Craven District Council)
Trevor Holden (South Norfolk Council)
East Midlands
Ian Fytche (North Kestevan District Council)
Robert Mitchell (Ashfield District Council)
Bev Smith (North West Leicestershire District Council)
South East
Daryl Phillips (Hart District Council)
David Hughes (Gravesham Borough Council)
Nigel Lynn (Arun District Council)
Yvonne Rees (Cherwell District Council)
North West
Lawrence Conway (South Lakeland District Council)
Marshal Scott (Ribble Valley District Council)
Yorkshire and Humberside
Janet Waggott (Selby District Council)
West Midlands
Ian Miller (Wyre Forest District Council)
Andy O’Brien (East Staffordshire Borough Council)
South West
Stuart Brown (Mendip District Council)
Jon McGinty (Gloucester City Council)

Cllr John Fuller

LEADER, SOUTH NORFOLK DISTRICT COUNCIL

Chair of the DCN
Email: jfuller@s-norfolk.gov.uk

I was born in Great Yarmouth and have lived in Brooke near Norwich with wife Philippa and two daughters Susan and Laura since 1997.At University in Reading, I gained a first-class degree in Agriculture [1990] and later in 1995 a Nuffield Scholarship to study advanced farming techniques in the United States.

From 1998-2011, I was a Director of family firm of J & H Bunn in Great Yarmouth established as fertiliser manufacturers and agricultural merchants for over 190 years. Following sale of that business to new owners in March 2011, I am now responsible for managing the sellers’ remaining business interests.

I was first elected to South Norfolk Council in 2003 and led local Conservatives to take control of The Council in 2007 and in 2017 became Chair of the DCN

Bill Cullen

Chief Executive of hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council

Chairman of the Chief Executives’ Group

Bill was recently appointed Chair of the District Councils’ Network (DCN) Chief Executive Group. Bill is currently the Chief Executive at Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council (rated Excellent in a CPA judgement). Prior to this appointment he was Deputy Chief Executive responsible for Development Services, Strategic Partnerships, Culture/Regeneration, Sport, Housing and Community Safety.

Bill is a Director on Hinckley Town Centre BID and chairs the Borough’s Employment and Skills Task Force. Bill is a volunteer Chair of East Midlands Crimestoppers and is a member of the charity’s National Advisory Board. He also chairs the Hinckley & Bosworth Health & Wellbeing Partnership and the MIRA Enterprise Zone Steering Group.  Bill is a special advisor to Active Leicestershire – the County Sports Partnership. Bill is a Chartered Town Planner, with a strong track record in regeneration and development, and has spent much of his career leading major regeneration schemes, having worked in the North East, Hertfordshire, York City and Bedfordshire (where he led on major new settlement proposals).  He enjoys surfing, football and tennis.

Nick Porter

Director
Tel: 0207 664 3113
Email: Nick.porter@local.gov.uk

Nick joined the District Councils’ Network in June 2019 on secondment from the Local Government Association. He provides policy, strategic and operational oversight for the Network.

Nick has worked in local government for over 10 years. In this time he has led on a range of policy issues, including housing, planning and homelessness, youth unemployment and skills, high streets and EU structural funds

Vicki Eade

Senior Policy and Partnerships Officer

Tel: 0207 664 3176
Email: victoria.eade@local.gov.uk

Vicki joined the DCN in January 2020. In her role as Senior Policy and Partnerships Officer, Vicki provides support on a broad range of issues and has a particular focus on the role of district councils in building stronger economies, and district council finance. After graduating from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a in BA French Studies, Vicki moved into social policy, firstly with a regional development agency and then with a charity, before joining local government in 2007, where she led a team building local partnerships and supporting members in local decision making.

Jessica Cobbett

Policy and Partnerships Officer

Tel: 0207 664 3050
Email: jessica.cobbett@local.gov.uk

Jess joined the District Councils’ Network in February 2020. As the Policy and Partnerships Officer, Jess supports policy development in numerous areas including health, homelessness, waste management and welfare reform.

Jess studied MSc in Ethnicity and Multiculturalism at the University of Bristol and an MA in Politics and International Relations from the University of Aberdeen. After university Jess worked in criminal justice reform in Washington DC and Baltimore. Following her return to the UK, Jess worked as a policy and research officer for a Member of Parliament and supported Ministerial duties on legislation including the Agriculture Bill.

David Mills

Press Officer
Tel: 0207 664 3147
Email: david.mills@local.gov.uk

Stephen Froome

Events and Engagement Officer
Tel: 0207 664 3048
Email: Stephen.Froome@local.gov.uk

Stephen joined the DCN in June 2019 and works on our events and engagement with the districts, and is the DCN’s first point of contact. Having graduated with a politics degree, Stephen’s first role was in local government as a graduate planning officer at a county council working on major infrastructure projects and planning policy, and liaising with districts. After this role, he worked at a policy conference company for two years as a researcher, planning and researching senior-level conferences on a variety of topics including housing, devolution, regional development and infrastructure.

Members' board

Cllr John Fuller

LEADER, SOUTH NORFOLK DISTRICT COUNCIL

Chair of the DCN
Email: jfuller@s-norfolk.gov.uk

Cllr Tom Beattie

Leader, Corby Borough Council

Vice-Chair (Labour Group)
Email: tom.beattie@corby.gov.uk

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Cllr Sara Bedford

Leader, Three Rivers District Council

Vice-Chair (Liberal Democrat Group)
Email: sara.bedford@threerivers.gov.uk

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Cllr Jason Zadrozney

LEADER, ASHFIELD DISTRICT COUNCIL

Vice -Chair (Independent Group)
Email: cllr.j.zadrozny@ashfield.gov.uk

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Cllr Dan Humphreys

Leader, Worthing Borough Council

Email: daniel.humphreys@worthing.gov.uk

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Cllr John Mallison

Leader, Carlise City Council

Email: john.mallinson@carlisle.gov.uk

Cllr Mark Crane

Leader , Selby District Council

Email: mcrane@selby.gov.uk

Cllr John Clarke

Leader, Gedling Borough Council

Email: cllr.john.clarke@gedling.gov.uk

Cllr Sharon Taylor OBE

Leader, Stevenage Borough Council

Email: sharon.taylor@stevenage.gov.uk

Cllr Peter Fleming

Leader, Sevenoaks District Council

Email: Cllr.Fleming@sevenoaks.gov.uk

Cllr Isobel Darby

Leader, Chiltern District Council

Email: idcdc@chrisdarby.com

Cllr Bridget Smith

Leader, South Cambridgeshire District Council

Email: Cllr.BridgetSmith@scambs.gov.uk

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Cllr Jean Pearce

Leader, South Hams District Council

Email: Cllr.Judy.Pearce@southhams.gov.uk

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Cllr Mark Bayliss

Leader, Worcester City Council

Email: mbayliss@worcester-research.co.uk

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Cllr Philip King

Leader, Harborough District Council

Email: p.king@harborough.gov.uk

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Cllr Sam Champman-Allen

Leader, Breckland District Council

Email: sam.chapman-allen@breckland.gov.uk

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Cllr Doina Cornell

Leader, Stroud District Council

Email: cllr.doina.cornell@stroud.gov.uk

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Cllr Giles Archibald

Leader, South Lakeland District Council

Email:  g.archibald@southlakeland.gov.uk

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Cllr Joe Harris

Leader, Cotswold District Council

Email: joe.harris@cotswold.gov.uk

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Cllr Ben Ingham

Leader, East Devon District Council

Email: bingham@eastdevon.gov.uk

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Cllr Zoe Nicholson

Leader, Lewes District Council

Email: Zoe.Nicholson@lewes.gov.uk

Chief Executives’ Group

Chair: Bill Cullen

Chief Executive of Hinkley and Bosworth Borough Council

East of England
Adrian Pritchard (Colchester Borough Council)
Rob Bridge (Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council)
Arthur Charvonia (Babergh and Mid Suffolk Borough Council)
Co-opted
Graham Soulsby (Kettering Borough Council)
Paul Shevlin (Craven District Council)
Trevor Holden (South Norfolk Council)
East Midlands
Ian Fytche (North Kestevan District Council)
Robert Mitchell (Ashfield District Council)
Bev Smith (North West Leicestershire District Council)
South East
Daryl Phillips (Hart District Council)
David Hughes (Gravesham Borough Council)
Nigel Lynn (Arun District Council)
Yvonne Rees (Cherwell District Council)
North West
Lawrence Conway (South Lakeland District Council)
Marshal Scott (Ribble Valley District Council)
Yorkshire and Humberside
Janet Waggott (Selby District Council)
West Midlands
Ian Miller (Wyre Forest District Council)
Andy O’Brien (East Staffordshire Borough Council)
South West
Stuart Brown (Mendip District Council)
Jon McGinty (Gloucester City Council)
Leadership

Cllr John Fuller

LEADER, SOUTH NORFOLK DISTRICT COUNCIL

Chair of the DCN
Email: jfuller@s-norfolk.gov.uk

I was born in Great Yarmouth and have lived in Brooke near Norwich with wife Philippa and two daughters Susan and Laura since 1997.At University in Reading, I gained a first-class degree in Agriculture [1990] and later in 1995 a Nuffield Scholarship to study advanced farming techniques in the United States.

From 1998-2011, I was a Director of family firm of J & H Bunn in Great Yarmouth established as fertiliser manufacturers and agricultural merchants for over 190 years. Following sale of that business to new owners in March 2011, I am now responsible for managing the sellers’ remaining business interests.

I was first elected to South Norfolk Council in 2003 and led local Conservatives to take control of The Council in 2007 and in 2017 became Chair of the DCN

Bill Cullen

Chief Executive of hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council

Chairman of the Chief Executives’ Group

Bill was recently appointed Chair of the District Councils’ Network (DCN) Chief Executive Group. Bill is currently the Chief Executive at Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council (rated Excellent in a CPA judgement). Prior to this appointment he was Deputy Chief Executive responsible for Development Services, Strategic Partnerships, Culture/Regeneration, Sport, Housing and Community Safety.

Bill is a Director on Hinckley Town Centre BID and chairs the Borough’s Employment and Skills Task Force. Bill is a volunteer Chair of East Midlands Crimestoppers and is a member of the charity’s National Advisory Board. He also chairs the Hinckley & Bosworth Health & Wellbeing Partnership and the MIRA Enterprise Zone Steering Group.  Bill is a special advisor to Active Leicestershire – the County Sports Partnership. Bill is a Chartered Town Planner, with a strong track record in regeneration and development, and has spent much of his career leading major regeneration schemes, having worked in the North East, Hertfordshire, York City and Bedfordshire (where he led on major new settlement proposals).  He enjoys surfing, football and tennis.

Staff

Nick Porter

Director
Tel: 0207 664 3113
Email: Nick.porter@local.gov.uk

Nick joined the District Councils’ Network in June 2019 on secondment from the Local Government Association. He provides policy, strategic and operational oversight for the Network.

Nick has worked in local government for over 10 years. In this time he has led on a range of policy issues, including housing, planning and homelessness, youth unemployment and skills, high streets and EU structural funds

Vicki Eade

Senior Policy and Partnerships Officer

Tel: 0207 664 3176
Email: victoria.eade@local.gov.uk

Vicki joined the DCN in January 2020. In her role as Senior Policy and Partnerships Officer, Vicki provides support on a broad range of issues and has a particular focus on the role of district councils in building stronger economies, and district council finance. After graduating from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a in BA French Studies, Vicki moved into social policy, firstly with a regional development agency and then with a charity, before joining local government in 2007, where she led a team building local partnerships and supporting members in local decision making.

Jessica Cobbett

Policy and Partnerships Officer

Tel: 0207 664 3050
Email: jessica.cobbett@local.gov.uk

Jess joined the District Councils’ Network in February 2020. As the Policy and Partnerships Officer, Jess supports policy development in numerous areas including health, homelessness, waste management and welfare reform.

Jess studied MSc in Ethnicity and Multiculturalism at the University of Bristol and an MA in Politics and International Relations from the University of Aberdeen. After university Jess worked in criminal justice reform in Washington DC and Baltimore. Following her return to the UK, Jess worked as a policy and research officer for a Member of Parliament and supported Ministerial duties on legislation including the Agriculture Bill.

David Mills

Press Officer
Tel: 0207 664 3147
Email: david.mills@local.gov.uk

Stephen Froome

Events and Engagement Officer
Tel: 0207 664 3048
Email: Stephen.Froome@local.gov.uk

Stephen joined the DCN in June 2019 and works on our events and engagement with the districts, and is the DCN’s first point of contact. Having graduated with a politics degree, Stephen’s first role was in local government as a graduate planning officer at a county council working on major infrastructure projects and planning policy, and liaising with districts. After this role, he worked at a policy conference company for two years as a researcher, planning and researching senior-level conferences on a variety of topics including housing, devolution, regional development and infrastructure.

Member Councils

  • Adur District Council
  • Allerdale Borough Council
  • Amber Valley Borough Council
  • Arun District Council
  • Ashfield District Council
  • Ashford Borough Council
  • Aylesbury Vale District Council
  • Babergh District Council
  • Barrow-in-Furness Borough Council
  • Basildon Borough Council
  • Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council
  • Bassetlaw District Council
  • Blaby District Council
  • Bolsover District Council
  • Boston Borough Council
  • Braintree District Council
  • Breckland Council
  • Brentwood Borough Council
  • Broadland District Council
  • Bromsgrove District Council
  • Broxbourne Borough Council
  • Broxtowe Borough Council
  • Burnley Borough Council
  • Cambridge City Council
  • Cannock Chase District Council
  • Canterbury City Council
  • Carlisle City Council
  • Castle Point Borough Council
  • Charnwood Borough Council
  • Chelmsford City Council
  • Cheltenham Borough Council
  • Cherwell District Council
  • Chesterfield Borough Council
  • Chichester District Council
  • Chiltern District Council
  • Chorley Borough Council
  • Colchester Borough Council
  • Copeland Borough Council
  • Corby Borough Council
  • Cotswold District Council
  • Craven District Council
  • Crawley Borough Council
  • Dacorum Borough Council
  • Dartford Borough Council
  • Daventry District Council
  • Derbyshire Dales District Council
  • Dover District Council
  • East Cambridgeshire District Council
  • East Devon District Council
  • East Hampshire District Council
  • East Herts Council
  • East Lindsey District Council
  • East Northamptonshire Council
  • East Staffordshire Borough Council
  • East Suffolk Council
  • Eastbourne Borough Council
  • Eastleigh Borough Council
  • Eden District Council
  • Elmbridge Borough Council
  • Epping Forest District Council
  • Epsom and Ewell Borough Council
  • Erewash Borough Council
  • Exeter City Council
  • Fareham Borough Council
  • Fenland District Council
  • Forest of Dean District Council
  • Fylde Borough Council
  • Gedling Borough Council
  • Gloucester City Council
  • Gravesham Borough Council
  • Great Yarmouth Borough Council
  • Guildford Borough Council
  • Hambleton District Council
  • Harborough District Council
  • Harlow District Council
  • Harrogate Borough Council
  • Hart District Council
  • Hastings Borough Council
  • Havant Borough Council
  • Hertsmere Borough Council
  • High Peak Borough Council
  • Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council
  • Horsham District Council
  • Huntingdonshire District Council
  • Hyndburn Borough Council
  • Ipswich Borough Council
  • Kettering Borough Council
  • King’s Lynn & West Norfolk Borough Council
  • Lancaster City Council
  • Lewes District Council
  • Lichfield District Council
  • Lincoln City Council
  • Maidstone Borough Council
  • Maldon District Council
  • Malvern Hills District Council
  • Mansfield District Council
  • Melton Borough Council
  • Mendip District Council
  • Mid Devon District Council
  • Mid Suffolk District Council
  • Mid Sussex District Council
  • Mole Valley District Council
  • New Forest District Council
  • Newark & Sherwood District Council
  • Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council
  • North Devon District Council
  • North East Derbyshire District Council
  • North Hertfordshire District Council
  • North Kesteven District Council
  • North Norfolk District Council
  • North Warwickshire Borough Council
  • North West Leicestershire District Council
  • Northampton Borough Council
  • Norwich City Council
  • Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough Council
  • Oadby and Wigston Borough Council
  • Oxford City Council
  • Pendle Borough Council
  • Preston City Council
  • Redditch Borough Council
  • Reigate and Banstead Borough Council
  • Ribble Valley Borough Council
  • Richmondshire District Council
  • Rochford District Council
  • Rossendale Borough Council
  • Rother District Council
  • Rugby Borough Council
  • Runnymede Borough Council
  • Rushcliffe Borough Council
  • Rushmoor Borough Council
  • Ryedale District Council
  • Scarborough Borough Council
  • Sedgemoor District Council
  • Selby District Council
  • Sevenoaks District Council
  • Shepway District Council
  • Somerset West and Taunton Council
  • South Bucks District Council
  • South Cambridgeshire District Council
  • South Derbyshire District Council
  • South Hams District Council
  • South Holland District Council
  • South Kesteven District Council
  • South Lakeland District Council
  • South Norfolk District Council
  • South Northamptonshire District Council
  • South Oxfordshire District Council
  • South Ribble Borough Council
  • South Somerset District Council
  • South Staffordshire Council
  • Spelthorne Borough Council
  • St Albans City and District Council
  • Stafford Borough Council
  • Staffordshire Moorlands District Council
  • Stevenage Borough Council
  • Stratford-on-Avon District Council
  • Stroud District Council
  • Surrey Heath Borough Council
  • Swale Borough Council
  • Tamworth Borough Council
  • Tandridge District Council
  • Teignbridge District Council
  • Tendring District Council
  • Test Valley Borough Council
  • Tewkesbury Borough Council
  • Thanet District Council
  • Three Rivers District Council
  • Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council
  • Torridge District Council
  • Tunbridge Wells Borough Council
  • Uttlesford District Council
  • Vale of White Horse District Council
  • Warwick District Council
  • Watford Borough Council
  • Waverley Borough Council
  • Wealden District Council
  • Wellingborough Borough Council
  • Welwyn Hatfield Council
  • West Devon Borough Council
  • West Lancashire Borough Council
  • West Lindsey District Council
  • West Oxfordshire District Council
  • West Suffolk Council
  • Winchester City Council
  • Woking Borough Council
  • Worcester City Council
  • Worthing Borough Council
  • Wychavon District Council
  • Wycombe District Council
  • Wyre Borough Council
  • Wyre Forest District Council