Council Information

Mendip is a rural district situated in the north of the county of Somerset, covering an area of 738 square kilometres and containing five principal towns: Frome, Glastonbury, Shepton Mallet, Street and Wells (which is actually a city; the smallest in England).

Around two thirds of the 109,279 residents (source: Census 2011) live in the five main centres, with the rest of the population distributed among more than 100 smaller rural settlements of varying size. The principal towns all perform traditional market town roles offering employment, services, cultural and community facilities as well as high street shopping.

Mendip's natural and man-made environments are a highly diverse and distinctive feature of the district. The Mendip Hills look down over the Somerset Levels and Moors, with the Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs fringing the east of the district. Together they have had a direct bearing on the varied pattern of settlement and communication within Mendip and generate a varied sense of place and true local distinctiveness to the district's towns and villages.

You can view a map detailing Icon for pdf Mendip parishes [1.55MB] and find out further information about Mendip on our Local Statistics page.

The Council's Constitution sets out how the Council operates and how decisions are made.
Mendip District Council consists of 47 Councillors in 34 Wards
Breakdown of the Corporate Management team, Council departments and responsibilities.
Details of Mendip's electoral sub-divisions (wards)
As well as the county and district councils in Somerset there is another tier of local government - the parish and town councils.
The early years of austerity presented the Council with an extremely difficult set of operating conditions. To meet these challenges, we moved away from a model of cost reduction, and towards a new strategic mixed economy service delivery model.
Peer challenge is a proven tool for improvement and Mendip District Council is committed to continuous improvement.
The Council welcome petitions from anyone who lives, works or studies in the area, including under 18s. Your petition should contain 50 signatures or more.