The name of the non-metropolitan district and district council was changed to "North Somerset" by resolution of the council 11 July 1995. However this did not change the name of the county which had the same area. The Local Government Changes for England (Miscellaneous Provision) Regulations 1995 gave district councils in a "county for which there is no county council and in which there is not more than one district" the additional power to change the name of the county. This was, however, not done until 2005.[43]

Avon, as a non-metropolitan county, was abolished in 1996, in accordance with Avon (Structural Change) Order 1995. [44]


In Wales there was not a distinction between metropolitan and non-metropolitan counties, with all upper tier areas designated "counties".[45] The Local Government (Wales) Act 1994 amended the 1972 Act, abolishing the Welsh counties and creating instead new Welsh principal areas, some of which are also designated "counties". For the purposes of lieutenancy the counties constituted in 1974 were preserved.

See also


  1. ^ Jones, B. et al., Politics UK, (2004)
  2. ^ Davis, Howard (1997) 'Reviewing the review', Local Government Studies, 23:3, 5 - 17
  3. ^ Local Government Act 1972 (c.70), S.1(1)
  4. ^ Hansard, Written Answers, 31 March 1995, col.830
  5. ^ Local Government Act 1972 (c.70), Schedule I, Part II
  6. ^ a b c d "The Avon (Structural Change) Order 1995". Legislation.gov.uk. 21 April 2016. Retrieved 9 January 2017.