Metropolitan Borough of Barnsley

The Metropolitan Borough of Barnsley is a metropolitan borough of South Yorkshire, England; its main town is Barnsley.

Borough of Barnsley
Arms of Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council
Barnsley Metropolitan Borough shown within South Yorkshire
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionYorkshire and the Humber
Ceremonial countySouth Yorkshire
Admin. HQBarnsley
  TypeBarnsley Metropolitan Borough Council
  Leadership:Leader & Cabinet
  MPs:John Healey (Lab.),
Dan Jarvis (Lab.),
Stephanie Peacock (Lab.),
Miriam Cates (Con.)
  Total127.1 sq mi (329.1 km2)
Area rank127th
 (mid-2019 est.)
  RankRanked 73rd
  Density1,900/sq mi (750/km2)
Time zoneUTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)
  Summer (DST)UTC+1 (British Summer Time)
ONS code00CC (ONS)
E08000016 (GSS)
Ethnicity97.9% White[1]

The borough is bisected by the M1 motorway; it is rural to the west, and largely urban/industrial to the east it is estimated that around 16% of the Borough is classed as Urban overall with this area being home to a vast majority of its residents. Additionally 68% of Barnsley's 32,863 hectares is green belt and 9% is national park land, the majority of which is west of the M1. In 2007 it was estimated that Barnsley had 224,600 residents, measured at the 2011 census as 231,221,[2] nine tenths of whom live east of the M1.

The borough was formed under the Local Government Act 1972, by a merger of the county borough of Barnsley with Cudworth, Darfield, Darton, Dearne, Dodworth, Hoyland Nether, Penistone, Royston, Wombwell and Worsborough urban districts, along with Penistone Rural District, part of Hemsworth Rural District and part of Wortley Rural District, all in the West Riding of Yorkshire.

The borough now forms part of both the Sheffield City Region and the Leeds City Region.


Elections to the council are held in three out of every four years, with one third of the 63 councillors being elected at each election. The council had been controlled by the Labour Party since the first election in 1973. As of the 2011 election the council is composed of the following councillors:-[3]

YearLabourBarnsley Independent GroupConservativeIndependent
201555440 [4]

Following the election in 2012 the council has 53 Labour, 5 Barnsley Independent Group and 5 Conservative councillors.[3] The borough council elects the mayor every year. On the day of the election, a parade takes place in front of the town hall in honour of the new mayor.

Barnsley borough is represented by four MPs: Dan Jarvis for Barnsley Central (Labour), Miriam Cates for Penistone & Stocksbridge (Conservative), Stephanie Peacock for Barnsley East (Labour) and John Healey for Wentworth and Dearne CC (Labour).

Towns, wards and villages


There are over 100 schools and colleges in the borough. State education is managed by Barnsley Local Education Authority. There are 14 state-run secondary schools and around 80 primary schools. There was an independent school, Hope House School. Post-16 education is provided at Barnsley College and the sixth form of Penistone Grammar School. An adult education college, Northern College, is located at Wentworth Castle in Stainborough. The University of Huddersfield has a campus in Barnsley town centre.

Places of interest

Places of concern

See also


  1. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-12-30. Retrieved 2014-12-30.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. "Metropolitan District population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 3 March 2016.
  3. "Labour's majority up to 23 - full election results here". Barnsley Chronicle. 6 May 2011. Retrieved 22 June 2011.
  4. "England council results". BBC News. Retrieved 23 May 2015.