Borough of Darlington

The Borough of Darlington is a unitary authority area in the lieutenancy area of County Durham and a part of the Tees Valley region, Northern England. The borough town is Darlington and, in 2011, had a resident population of 106,000.

Borough of Darlington
Darlington Town Hall
Coat of Arms
Darlington shown within County Durham and England
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionNorth East England
City regionTees Valley
Ceremonial countyCounty Durham
Admin. HQDarlington
  TypeDarlington Borough Council
  Leadership:Leader & Cabinet
  Tees Valley MayorBen Houchen
  MPs:Paul Howell (C)
Peter Gibson (C)
  Total76.3 sq mi (197.5 km2)
Area rank160th
 (mid-2019 est.)
  RankRanked 224th
  Density1,400/sq mi (540/km2)
Time zoneUTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)
  Summer (DST)UTC+1 (British Summer Time)
ONS code00EH (ONS)
E06000005 (GSS)
Ethnicity93.7% White, 2.8% S.Asian, 3.5% other Non-White

It borders the unitary authority of County Durham to the north and west, Stockton-on-Tees to the east and North Yorkshire to the south, along the line of the River Tees.


An alternative view of the town hall in 2006, the entrance is now to the right of this.

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.[1] 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.

Political party make-up of Darlington Borough Council
   Party Seats[2][3] Current council
  Conservative 22                                                                      
  Labour 19                                                                    
  Lib Dems 3                                                                      
  Independent 4                                                                        
  Green Party 2                                                                      


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.

YearRegional Gross Value Added4Agriculture1Industry2Services3

^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

Freedom of the Borough

The following people and military units have received the Freedom of the Borough of Darlington.


  • John Williams MBE DL: 24 November 2011.
  • Alasdair MacConachie OBE DL FRSA: 24 November 2011.


Military Units


  1. "Pro-mayor group halfway to securing a referendum". The Northern Echo. 29 August 2006. Retrieved 29 August 2007.
  2. "Local Election Results 2011 Summary". Association of Liberal Democrat Councillors. Archived from the original on 23 December 2012. Retrieved 22 July 2011.
  3. "Borough and Parish Elections results - Thursday 2 May 2019".
  4. "Darlington Borough Council" (PDF).
  5. Live, Teesside (17 September 2010). "Thousands of people flocked to Darlington to honouring our heroes".

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