Borough of Stockton-on-Tees
The Borough of Stockton-on-Tees, commonly called Stockton Borough, is a local authority and borough which extends from County Durham to North Yorkshire. It is part of the Tees Valley in Northern England. The main town is Stockton, which lies on the north bank of the River Tees. In the 2011 census, the town and borough had a population of 82,880 and 191,600 respectively.
Borough of Stockton-on-Tees
Stockton Town House
the part of Stockton-on-Tees within County Durham
the part of Stockton-on-Tees within North Yorkshire
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Region||North East England|
|City region||Tees Valley|
|Lieutenancy area||Durham and North Yorkshire|
|• Type||Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council|
|• Leadership:||Leader & Cabinet|
|• Tees Valley Mayor||Ben Houchen|
|• Mayor||Councillor Kevin Faulks|
|• MPs:||Alex Cunningham (L)|
Matt Vickers (C)
|• Total||79.2 sq mi (205.0 km2)|
|• Rank||Ranked 95th|
|• Density||2,500/sq mi (960/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+1 (British Summer Time)|
|ONS code||00EF (ONS)|
The borough is governed by the unitary authority of Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, and the Mayor is Cllr Kevin Faulks. The borough has the Teesside conurbation‘s largest number of residents by borough, and is split between lieutenancy areas of County Durham (north) and North Yorkshire (south).
All River Tees bridges from Yarm Viaduct to Transporter Bridge are in the borough at least on one side, with the Borough of Middlesbrough to the south downstream. Teesside International Airport is shared between the borough and the Borough of Darlington.
Beside Stockton, settlements in the borough north of the Tees include Billingham, Eaglescliffe, Roseworth, and Norton-on-Tees. The largest settlements south of the river are Ingleby Barwick, Thornaby-on-Tees and Yarm.
Stockton previously held borough status as the Municipal Borough of Stockton-on-Tees in historic County Durham.
Loss of status
In 1968, the borough was merged into Teesside County Borough; this civil parish was a part of the unadministrative North Riding county until its abolishment.
The town regained borough status on 1 April 1974 as a result of the Local Government Act 1972. It became a non-metropolitan district of the County of Cleveland, itself established at the same time. Multiple parishes and boroughs merged into Stockton's newly formed district borough:
- Teesside County Borough's area covering the former Stockton, Billingham and Thornaby municipal boroughs,
- Hilton, Ingleby Barwick, Kirklevington, Maltby, and Yarm parishes of the previous North Riding County-administrated Stokesley Rural District, and
- Part of the County Durham-administrated Stockton Rural District parishes.
The borough became a unitary authority on 1 April 1996. It is ceremonially split between County Durham and the North Riding of Yorkshire, to the north and south of the Tees respectively. It is the only council in England to be split between two ceremonial counties. The former districts and boroughs of Durham now form the unitary authority of County Durham, so ceremonial County Durham now has four unitary authorities.
The Borough has 26 wards with either one, two or three councillors representing each. There are 56 councillors in total. Following the May 2015 elections, the councillors are divided politically as follows:
- 32 Labour
- 13 Conservative
- 5 Ingleby Barwick Independent Society
- 3 Thornaby Independent Association
- 2 West Words
- 1 Liberal Democrats (UK)
|Year||Regional Gross Value Added4||Agriculture1||Industry2||Services3|
^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.
Local Nature Reserves
The council maintains a number of local nature reserves including Barwick Pond, Charlton's Pond, Greenvale, Hardwick Dene and Elm Tree Woods, Norton Grange Marsh, Quarry Wood (Eaglescliffe), and Stillington Forest Park.
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- "Councillors and Council Meeting Information (Egenda)". www.stockton.gov.uk. Archived from the original on 20 August 2009. Retrieved 2 July 2009.