Stratford-on-Avon District Council covers a large rural area, some 979 km2 (378 square miles), right in the middle of England. Nearly 125,000 people live in the district, the largest town being Stratford-upon-Avon with more than 30,000 residents.
The Council’s policies on how it delivers its services to the communities of south Warwickshire are decided by 36 councillors, who are elected every four years.
The District Council’s headquarters are in Stratford-upon-Avon, with seven Customer Access Terminals (CATs) elsewhere in the district allowing residents to talk one-to-one with a customer service advisor at the headquarters.
The District Council is structured as follows providing services to the public:
Chief Executive – including Business, Enterprise and Tourism and Planning Policy
Governance and Democracy – including Democratic Services (including Elections), Legal Services and Licensing
Deputy Chief Executive – including Streetscene (including Refuse and Recycling and Street Cleaning), Building Control, Environmental Health and Leisure
Planning and Housing – including Planning Applications, Enforcement and Housing Services
ICT and Revenues – including Council Tax and Benefits, Business Rates, Customer Services and ICT
Financial Services – Finanace & Accountancy and Assets.
The District Council is proud of its achievements and is committed to working together in partnership with other organisations to deliver services that match its customers’ needs.
With an international reputation for culture and history the District Council is proud of its heritage. The district welcomes around 6 million visitors every year and residents are positive about the thriving place in which they live. The District Council continues to focus firmly on delivering transformation and innovation for the district.
Incidentally, the Council often gets asked if there is a difference between the terms ‘Stratford-on-Avon’ and ‘Stratford-upon-Avon’. Simply put, Stratford-upon-Avon is the town and Stratford-on-Avon is the district - a name that keeps the instantly recognised tag of Stratford while reflecting that we cover a much larger area than the town itself.