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Cambridge City Council
Coat of arms or logo
Coat of arms
Non-metropolitan district council
Houses Unicameral
Lewis Herbert, Labour
Seats 42 councillors
Cambridge City Council Current Composition 2021.svg
Political groups


First past the post
Last election
Meeting place
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Cambridge Guildhall

Cambridge City Council is a district council in the county of Cambridgeshire, which governs the City of Cambridge.


Cambridge was granted a Royal Charter by King John in 1207, which permitted the appointment of a Mayor, although the first recorded Mayor, Harvey FitzEustace, served in 1213. Cambridge was granted its city charter in 1951 in recognition of its history, administrative importance and economic success. Responsible for services including school education, social care and highways, since 2013 the County Council has had No Overall Control. There are a number of ceremonial items used by the Council which date to different periods of history.


The council provides various facilities and services within the city. These include parks and open spaces, waste collection, council housing and local planning.

The Council also organises numerous events throughout the year, including the Cambridge Folk Festival and a program of free summer entertainment entitled Summer in the City. It runs the Cambridge Guildhall, on the south side of the Market Square in the centre of Cambridge, where various events are held.


The council funds its activities through a combination of money from Central Government, Council Tax, parking fines, charges from services like sports centres and through sale of housing stock. In common with other local councils, Cambridge City Council does not succeed in collecting all its Council Tax, requiring use of Courts, Enforcement Officers, subcontracted Bailiffs (currently employing the company Phoenix) and use of prison to attempt to obtain funds from 'customers'/residents.

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