Borough of Doncaster
Doncaster shown within South Yorkshire
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Region||Yorkshire and the Humber|
|Ceremonial county||South Yorkshire|
|• Type||Metropolitan district council|
|• Body||Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council|
|• Leadership:||Mayor and Cabinet|
|• Mayor||Ros Jones (Lab)|
|• MPs:|| Caroline Flint (Lab),|
Ed Miliband (Lab),
Rosie Winterton (Lab)
|• Total||219.3 sq mi (568.0 km2)|
|• Rank||Ranked 38th|
|• Density||1,400/sq mi (550/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+1 (British Summer Time)|
|ONS code||00CE (ONS)|
The Metropolitan Borough of Doncaster is a metropolitan borough of South Yorkshire in Yorkshire and the Humber Region of England.
In addition to the town of Doncaster, the borough covers the towns of Mexborough, Conisbrough, Thorne, Bawtry and Tickhill.
The borough was created on 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, as a merger of the former county borough of Doncaster along with the urban districts of Adwick le Street, Bentley with Arksey, Conisbrough, Mexborough, Tickhill along with Doncaster Rural District and Thorne Rural District, the parish of Finningley from East Retford Rural District and small parts of the parish of Harworth from Worksop Rural District from Nottinghamshire.
According to the 2011 census, the estimated population of the Metropolitan Borough of Doncaster is 302,400.
Verified population statistics per Ward from the 2001 census are shown as
|Bentley North Road||11,606||4,728|
|Edlington & Warmsworth||12,291||4,641|
A referendum was held in 2001 to decide if a directly elected mayor should be appointed. The first mayor, Martin Winter, representing the Labour Party, was elected in 2002 and successfully defended his post in 2005.
In 2009 the English Democrat candidate, Peter Davies, won the election for mayor.In January 2013 Davies left the English Democrats citing "a big influx of new members (of the English Democrats) joining from the British National Party". In the May 2013 mayoral election he was defeated by Labour's Ros Jones.
The council as a whole has been dominated by the Labour Party traditionally, but in the 2004 local elections, they lost overall control of the council (though they retained more councillors than any other single party). Labour regained overall control at the 2010 local elections.
In January 2010 the Audit Commission initiated a corporate governance inspection of Doncaster Council. This followed the sudden resignation of the Chief executive leading to a conflict between the mayor and council over the appointment of a successor. The Commission felt that this, along with evidence that the council had not been well run for 15 years, was leading to a loss of public confidence.
The Commission's report was issued in April 2010. It found that Doncaster was a dysfunctional authority and that there were three factors preventing the council from providing good governance:
On the recommendations of the commission, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, John Denham, used powers to appoint an acting chief executive and an advisory board to oversee the council.A Doncaster Recovery Board, comprising four appointed commissioners and seven other members including the mayor and chief executive held its first quarterly meeting on 10 September 2010.
Settlements in the Borough of Doncaster include:
Radio stations that can be received in Doncaster are Sine FM 102.6 (serving central districts of around 100,000 households in FM stereo), TMCR 95.3 (which serves Northeast Doncaster and other areas in FM stereo), Trax FM, Capital Yorkshire, Hallam FM and BBC Radio Sheffield, although both Viking FM and BBC Radio Humberside overlap into this area. Although the above stations can be received within various areas of Doncaster, the only stations actually owned by Doncaster-based companies are Sine FM 102.6 and TMCR 95.3.
The borough is also the base of Nova Productions who produce the syndicated TV series Walks Around Britain.
The following people and military units have received the Freedom of the Borough of Doncaster.
Conisbrough is a town within the Metropolitan Borough of Doncaster, in South Yorkshire, England. It is roughly midway between Doncaster and Rotherham, and is built alongside the River Don at. It has a ward population of 14,333.
Hatfield is a town and civil parish in the Metropolitan Borough of Doncaster in South Yorkshire, England. It had a population of 16,776 at the 2011 Census, with its population split between the Hatfield and Thorne wards.
Bessacarr is the south-east edge of Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England. Bessacarr is mostly private residential development from the 1960s onward. Bessacarr is largely interwoven with Cantley to the north-east having partially signposted ancient boundaries, upon which its population was approximately 19,803 at the 2001 census.
Rossington is a civil parish and former mining village in the Metropolitan Borough of Doncaster in South Yorkshire, England and is surrounded by countryside and the market towns of Bawtry and Tickhill.
A civil parish is a country subdivision, forming the lowest unit of local government in England. There are 93 civil parishes in the ceremonial county of South Yorkshire, most of the county being unparished. At the 2001 census, there were 360,191 people living in the 93 parishes, increasing to 369,220 in 2011, accounting for 27.5 per cent of the county's population.
Don Valley is a constituency in South Yorkshire represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 1997 by Caroline Flint of the Labour Party.
Doncaster Central is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 1997 by Rosie Winterton of the Labour Party. Since 2017 Winterton has served as Second Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means, one of three Deputy Speakers of the House; she is the second MP for the constituency to be a Deputy Speaker, after Harold Walker.
Doncaster North is a constituency in South Yorkshire represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2005 by Ed Miliband of the Labour Party.
TMCR or Today's More Choice Radio is a community radio station in Thorne, near Doncaster in South Yorkshire.
Community Group was a British political party in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, founded in 2001. The Community Group had four councillors serving on Doncaster Metropolitan Borough council in 2009. There were no Community Group councillors elected at the most recent election to Doncaster Council in 2017. The party deregistered in 2018.
Strafforth and Tickhill, originally known as Strafforth, was the southernmost wapentake in the West Riding of Yorkshire, England. The west of the district, plus a detached area in the east, constituted the Upper Division, while the central area and a detached part in the extreme east constituted the Lower Division.
Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council in South Yorkshire, England is elected every four years. The council also has a directly elected mayor since 2001.
While there are many castles in South Yorkshire, the majority are manor houses and motte-and-bailey which were commonly found in England after the Norman Conquest.
The High Sheriff of Hallamshire was a shrievalty title which was in existence from 1962 until 1974 in Yorkshire, United Kingdom.
Peter Davies is an English politician who was the Mayor of Doncaster from 2009 to 2013. He was initially elected for the English Democrats, but announced his resignation from the party on 5 February 2013 citing "a big influx of new members joining from the British National Party". He subsequently lost narrowly the 2013 election to Labour's Ros Jones.
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