Aylesbury Vale

Aylesbury Vale District
Part of Aylesbury Vale taken from the top of Coombe Hill, looking towards Aylesbury
Part of Aylesbury Vale taken from the top of Coombe Hill, looking towards Aylesbury
Aylesbury Vale shown within Buckinghamshire
Aylesbury Vale shown within Buckinghamshire
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionSouth East England
Non-metropolitan countyBuckinghamshire
StatusNon-metropolitan district
Admin HQAylesbury
Incorporated1 April 1974
Government
 • TypeNon-metropolitan district council
 • BodyAylesbury Vale District Council
 • LeadershipLeader & Cabinet (Conservative)
 • MPsJohn Bercow (Speaker)
David Lidington (Conservative)
Area
 • Total348.55 sq mi (902.75 km2)
Area rank36th (of 326)
Population
(mid-2017 est.)
 • Total196,000
 • Rank91st (of 326)
 • Density560/sq mi (220/km2)
 • Ethnicity
92.3% White
3.7% S.Asian
1.5% Black
1.5% Mixed
1.0% Chinese or Other
Time zoneUTC0 (GMT)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (BST)
ONS code11UB (ONS)
E07000004 (GSS)
www.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk

The Aylesbury Vale (or Vale of Aylesbury) is a large area of gently rolling agricultural landscape located in the northern half of Buckinghamshire, England. Its boundary is marked by the Borough of Milton Keynes and South Northamptonshire to the north, Central Bedfordshire and the Borough of Dacorum (Hertfordshire) to the east, the Chiltern Hills and Wycombe to south, and South Oxfordshire to the west.

The vale is named after Aylesbury, the county town of Buckinghamshire. The two other towns which lie within the vale are Winslow and Buckingham.

The bed of the vale is largely made up of clay that was formed at the end of the ice age. Also at this time the vast underground reserves of water that make the water table in the Vale of Aylesbury higher than average, were created. In the 2011 UK census the population of Aylesbury Vale was 174,900.In the 2001 UK census the population of Aylesbury Vale was 165,748, representing an increase since 1991 of 18,600 people.[1] About half of those live in the county town Aylesbury.

Government

Aylesbury Vale is a local government district of northern Buckinghamshire, administered by a district council.[2] The district was formed on 1 April 1974 by the merger of the boroughs of Aylesbury and Buckingham, Aylesbury Rural District, Buckingham Rural District, Wing Rural District and part of Winslow Rural District. The district offices are based in Aylesbury. The district council's logo includes the historical figure of John Hampden.

There are 111 civil parishes: 84 with a parish council, including three town councils (Aylesbury, Buckingham and Winslow), and a further 27 operating with a Parish meeting, see list of civil parishes in Aylesbury Vale.

Elections to the district council take place every 4 years, with 59 councillors being elected from 36 wards. Since winning a majority at the 2003 election the Conservative party has held control of the council. Following the latest election in 2015, and subsequent vacancies, by-elections and defections as of the 3rd May 2018, party strengths are as follows:[3]

Year Con LD UKIP Lab Ind Vac
2015 43 8 4 2 1 0
2018 40 12 0 2 4 1
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