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Wychavon is a local government district in Worcestershire, England. Its council is based in the town of Pershore, and the other towns in the district are Droitwich Spa and Evesham. The district extends from the south-east corner of Worcestershire north and west. It borders all the other districts of Worcestershire, as well as the counties of Gloucestershire and Warwickshire.

The district was created under the Local Government Act 1972, on 1 April 1974. It was a merger of the boroughs of Droitwich and Evesham along with Evesham Rural District and most of Droitwich Rural District and most of Pershore Rural District.

The district's name, which was invented in 1973, contains two elements. "Wych" recalls the Saxon Kingdom of Hwicca, and "Avon" is for the River Avon.

Wychavon District Council was joint 'Council of the Year 2007', along with High Peak Borough Council. It was also featured as the 'Best Council to work for' by the Sunday Times. It increasingly shares management and staff with neighbouring Malvern Hills District Council.[1]

Governance

Wychavon District Council is elected every four years, with currently 45 councillors being elected at each election. Since gaining a majority on the council in 1987 the Conservatives have had control apart from a period between 1995 and the 1999 election when no party had a majority. As of the 2015 election the council is composed of the following councillors:-[2]

Party Councillors
Conservative Party 39
Liberal Democrats 5
UK Independence Party 1

Wards

The Wychavon district spreads across the 3 Parliamentary constituencies[3] of Mid Worcestershire, West Worcestershire and Redditch County and comprises 31 wards (represented by 45 councillors) containing 73 Civil parishes.

Parliamentary Constituency Wards Seats
Mid Worcestershire Hartlebury 1
Mid Worcestershire Lovett & North Claines 2
Mid Worcestershire Dodderhill 1
Mid Worcestershire Ombersley 1
Mid Worcestershire Droitwich Central 1
Mid Worcestershire Droitwich West 2
Mid Worcestershire Droitwich East 2
Mid Worcestershire Droitwich South West 2
Mid Worcestershire Droitwich South East 2
Mid Worcestershire Bowbrook 1
Mid Worcestershire Upton Snodsbury 1
Mid Worcestershire Norton & Whittington 1
Mid Worcestershire Drakes Broughton 1
Mid Worcestershire Pinvin 1
Mid Worcestershire Fladbury 1
Mid Worcestershire Harvington & Norton 1
Mid Worcestershire The Littletons 1
Mid Worcestershire Honeybourne & Pebworth 1
Mid Worcestershire Bretforton & Offenham 1
Mid Worcestershire Badsey 1
Mid Worcestershire Evesham North 2
Mid Worcestershire Great Hampton (Evesham) 1
Mid Worcestershire Bengeworth (Evesham) 2
Mid Worcestershire Little Hampton (Evesham) 2
Mid Worcestershire Evesham South 2
Mid Worcestershire Broadway & Wickhamford 2
Redditch County Inkberrow 2
West Worcestershire Pershore 3
West Worcestershire Eckington 1
West Worcestershire Elmley Castle & Somerville 1
West Worcestershire Bredon 1
West Worcestershire South Bredon Hill 1

Civil parishes

The Wychavon district includes the following civil parishes:

References