Borough of South Tyneside
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|County||Tyne and Wear|
|Established||1 April 1974|
|Admin HQ||South Shields|
|• Type||Leader and Cabinet|
|• Body||South Tyneside Council|
|• MPs||Kate Osborne (L)|
Emma Lewell-Buck (L)
|• Total||24.88 sq mi (64.43 km2)|
|• Land||24.87 sq mi (64.41 km2)|
|• Water||0.008 sq mi (.02 km2)|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||6,178/sq mi (2,385.5/km2)|
| • Ethnicity |
|95.1% White |
1.7% South Asian
|Time zone||UTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+1 (British Summer Time)|
It is bordered by three other boroughs – Gateshead to the west, Sunderland in the south and North Tyneside to the north. The border county of Northumberland lies further north. The borough was formed on 1 April 1974 by the merger of the County Borough of South Shields along with the municipal borough of Jarrow and the urban districts of Boldon and Hebburn from County Durham.
Part of the Tyneside conurbation, the sixth largest in the United Kingdom, South Tyneside has a geographical area of 64.43 km2 (24.88 sq mi) and an estimated population of 153,700 (Mid-year 2010), measured at the 2011 Census as 148,127. It is bordered to the east by the North Sea and to the north by the River Tyne. A Green Belt of 23.64 km2 (9.13 sq mi) is at its southern boundary.
The main administrative centre and largest town is South Shields. Other riverside towns are Jarrow and Hebburn, while the villages of Cleadon, Whitburn and The Boldons border the South Tyneside green belt, with Wearside to the south at Sunderland.
South Tyneside is represented by two Members of Parliament with two constituencies: South Shields (including Whitburn) and Jarrow (which also serves Hebburn, the Urban Fringe villages and eastern parts of Gateshead).
Mr. Martin Swales has been Chief Executive at South Tyneside Council since 3 December 2009. Mr. Swales previously served as Strategic Director of Development at North Tyneside Council.