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Borough of Allerdale
Shown within Cumbria
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Region||North West England|
|• Type||Borough Council|
|• Leadership||Leader & Cabinet|
|• Executive||Conservative Party/Independents|
|• MPs:||Mark Jenkinson, Trudy Harrison, Neil Hudson|
|• Leader||Marion Fitzgerald|
|• Total||480 sq mi (1,242 km2)|
|• Rank||Ranked 247th|
|• Density||200/sq mi (79/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+1 (British Summer Time)|
|ONS code||16UB (ONS) E07000026 (GSS)|
|Ethnicity||99.4% White British|
Allerdale is a non-metropolitan district of Cumbria, England, with borough status. Its council is based in Workington and the borough has a population of 93,492 according to the 2001 census, increasing to 96,422 at the 2011 Census.
The Borough of Allerdale was formed under the Local Government Act 1972, on 1 April 1974 by the merger of the municipal borough of Workington, the urban districts of Maryport, Cockermouth and Keswick; and the rural districts of Cockermouth and Wigton, all of which were within the administrative county of Cumberland. In 1995 Allerdale was granted borough status.
The name derives from the ancient region of Allerdale, represented latterly by the two wards of Cumberland, called Allerdale above Derwent and Allerdale below Derwent, the present borough corresponding largely to the latter with parts of the former. Much of the area during the medieval period was a Royal Forest subject to forest law.
Workington is the largest settlement in the borough, and is the seat of the borough council. Allerdale House in Workington is the meeting place and primary office space used by the council.The building is known locally as "Perry's Palace" after former council leader Tony Perry, who was responsible for its construction. Other settlements in the borough include: Abbeytown, Allonby, Aspatria, Bolton Low Houses, Bothel, Brigham, Broughton, Clifton, Cockermouth, Crosby, Dean, Dearham, Fletchertown, Flimby, Ireby, Keswick, Kirkbride, Maryport, Mawbray, Plumbland, Seaton, Silloth, Tallentire, Thursby, Waverton, Westnewton, and Wigton.
The following people and military units have received the Freedom of the Borough of Allerdale.
Elections to the borough council are held every four years with 49 councillors being elected from 23 wards.No party has had a majority on the council since Labour lost their majority at the 2003 election. As of the 2019 election, the council is jointly administered by the Conservative Party and independents. The current leader is Cllr Marion Fitzgerald, an Independent, and the deputy leader is Mike Johnson of the Conservative Party, who replaced Mark Jenkinson, when Jenkinson became the Member of Parliament (MP) for Workington.
The Derwent 7 Community Led Planning Group was set up in 2007 by the town and parish councils of Above Derwent, Bassenthwaite, Borrowdale, Keswick, St John's, Castlerigg and Wythburn, Threlkeld and Underskiddaw, with funding from Alerdale Borough Council, and was still in existence in 2017. It had four subgroups including one on transport, and a co-ordinating "Cluster group".
The term "Derwent Seven Parishes" is used in defining the collecting scope of Keswick Museum, as Keswick is at the heart of the area covered by these parishes.
A map illustrating the area of the parishes is included in an appendix to a document produced by Sustainable Keswick.
Workington is a coastal town and civil parish at the mouth of the River Derwent on the west coast of Cumbria, England, historically in Cumberland. At the 2011 Census it had a population of 25,207.
Cumberland is a historic county of North West England that had an administrative function from the 12th century until 1974. It was bordered by Northumberland to the east, County Durham to the southeast, Westmorland and Lancashire to the south, and the Scottish counties of Dumfriesshire and Roxburghshire to the north. It formed an administrative county from 1889 to 1974 and now forms part of Cumbria.
Cockermouth is an ancient market town and civil parish in the Borough of Allerdale in Cumbria, England, so named because it is at the confluence of the River Cocker as it flows into the River Derwent. The mid-2010 census estimates state that Cockermouth has a population of 8,204, increasing to 8,761 at the 2011 Census.
Maryport is a town and civil parish in the Allerdale borough of Cumbria, England, historically in Cumberland.
Workington is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2019 by Mark Jenkinson, a Conservative.
Bassenthwaite is a village and civil parish in the borough of Allerdale in Cumbria, historically part of Cumberland, within the Lake District National Park, England. According to the 2001 census it had a population of 412, increasing to 481 at the 2011 Census. There is a Church of England Church, St John's Bassenthwaite and a tiny Methodist chapel. The village contains many elements of the archetypal English village including a green, primary school and a stream that runs through it.
Broughton is a civil parish in the Borough of Allerdale in Cumbria, England, consisting of Great Broughton and Little Broughton. It is located on the River Derwent, about 6 miles (9.7 km) east of Workington and 3 miles (4.8 km) west of Cockermouth. According to the 2001 census it had a population of 1,727, decreasing slightly to 1,704 at the 2011 Census.
Broughton Moor is a village and civil parish in the Borough of Allerdale in Cumbria, England. It is situated on an extensive moor about 2 miles (3.2 km) north of Broughton, 5 miles (8.0 km) north west of Cockermouth, 2.5 miles (4.0 km) south of Maryport and 4.5 miles (7.2 km) north of Workington.
Crosby is a small village in the Allerdale district of the English county of Cumbria, historically within Cumberland, near the Lake District National Park. It's 3 miles (4.8 km) north-east of Maryport + 25.1 miles (40.4 km) south-west of Carlisle.on the A596 road. It has a population of approximately 1,000. The local primary school is Crosscanonby St. John's Church of England School.
Bridekirk is a township and a parish in the Allerdale district in the county of Cumbria, England. It is around 3.2 kilometres (2 mi) north of the Derwent river and about the same distance from the nearest large town of Cockermouth just south of the river. Bridekirk is just outside the Lake District National Park and is not far from the Maryport and Carlisle Railway.
Bothel is a small village in Cumbria, England, historically within Cumberland. The village has a public house, and a primary school.
Flimby is an English coastal village in the Borough of Allerdale in Cumbria. It was historically in Cumberland. It currently forms part of the civil parish of Maryport and the Flimby ward of Allerdale Council. It is included in the Maryport South county division of Cumbria County Council.
Ireby is a village in Cumbria, England, with a population of around 180. Historically it was in the county of Cumberland, since 1974 it has been in Cumbria.
Mealsgate is a village in Cumbria England, historically within Cumberland.
Bridgefoot is a village in Cumbria, historically part of Cumberland, near the Lake District National Park in England. It is situated at the confluence of the River Marron and Lostrigg Beck, approximately 1 mile south of the River Derwent. To the south it is seamlessly joined with the village of Little Clifton.
Dearham is a village and civil parish in the Allerdale district of Cumbria, historically part of Cumberland, near the Lake District National Park in England. It lies about 2 miles (3.2 km) east of Maryport and 5 miles (8.0 km) west of Cockermouth.
Great Broughton is an English village in the Cumbrian Borough of Allerdale and the civil parish of Broughton. It had an estimated population of 1,823 in 2017.
Birkby is an hamlet in the Allerdale district of the English county of Cumbria, historically within Cumberland, near the Lake District National Park. It is located on the on the A596 road, 1.6 miles (2.6 km) north-east of Maryport + 26.2 miles (42.2 km) south-west of Carlisle. In 1870-72 it had a population of 157.