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Borough of Darlington
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Region||North East England|
|Combined Authority||Tees Valley|
|Ceremonial county||County Durham|
|• Type||Darlington Borough Council|
|• Leadership:||Leader & Cabinet|
|• Tees Valley Mayor||Ben Houchen|
|• MPs:|| Paul Howell (C) |
Peter Gibson (C)
|• Total||76.3 sq mi (197.5 km2)|
|• Rank||Ranked 224th|
|• Density||1,400/sq mi (540/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+1 (British Summer Time)|
|ONS code||00EH (ONS)|
|Ethnicity||93.7% White, 2.8% S.Asian, 3.5% other Non-White|
The Borough of Darlington is a unitary authority type borough in County Durham, Northern England. The borough town is Darlington and, in 2011, had a resident population of 106,000.
It is in the Tees Valley mayoralty. The borough borders three local authority areas; County Durham is to the north and west, Stockton-on-Tees to the east and North Yorkshire to the south, the River Tees as a border for the latter.
The current borough boundaries were formed on 1 April 1974, by the creation of a new non-metropolitan district of Darlington by the Local Government Act 1972, covering the previous county borough of Darlington along with nearly all of Darlington Rural District (the Newton Aycliffe parts of which went to Sedgefield). It remained part of County Durham for administrative purposes until reconstituted as a unitary authority on 1 April 1997. For ceremonial purposes it remains part of County Durham, with whom it continues to share certain local services, such as Fire and Rescue and Police. It is included within the Tees Valley area for both cultural and regional government administration.
It is made up of 20 council wards, sixteen within the town of Darlington itself, which are also covered by the Darlington parliamentary constituency and four rural wards of Heighington & Coniscliffe, Hurworth, Middleton St George and Sadberge & Whessoe (part of the Sedgefield parliamentary constituency.
As well as Darlington itself the borough includes the surrounding villages of:
It is also home to Teesside International Airport (previously known as Durham Tees Valley Airport), of which the borough council shares joint ownership with the other four Tees Valley councils and Peel Holdings.
The council operates a Leader and Cabinet model of political leadership although a group of local residents aimed to force a referendum on moving to a system with directly-elected executive Mayor.Their bid was unsuccessful.
The political composition of the council, as of a May 2019 local elections, is Conservative 22;Labour 20; Liberal Democrats 3; Independent 3 and Green Party 2. Since then, one Labour councillor has declared he is now an Independent.
This is a chart of trend of regional gross value added of Darlington at current basic prices published (pp. 240–253) by Office for National Statistics with figures in millions of British Pounds Sterling.
|Year||Regional Gross Value Added 4||Agriculture 1||Industry 2||Services 3|
^1 includes hunting and forestry
^2 includes energy and construction
^3 includes financial intermediation services indirectly measured
^4 Components may not sum to totals due to rounding
The following people and military units have received the Freedom of the Borough of Darlington.
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