Tees Valley is a combined authority area in the north of England around the River Tees. The combined authority was established in 2016, after public consultation in 2015. The area is not a geographical valley.
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combined authority region
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Region||North East England|
|Counties||County Durham (North Tees)|
North Yorkshire (South Tees)
|Established||2011 (as a Local enterprise partnership)|
|• Type||Combined authority|
Local enterprise partnership
|• Body||Tees Valley Combined Authority|
Tees Valley Unlimited
|• Mayor||Ben Houchen, (Conservative)|
|• Total||306.93 sq mi (794.95 km2)|
|• Density||2,300/sq mi (880/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+1 (British Summer Time)|
The area covers five boroughs: Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland and Stockton-on-Tees. Middlesbrough is the smallest of the five at only 20.8 square miles and a population of 138,400. Stockton-on-Tees borough is the largest with a population of 194,000.
Before the region, from 1968 until 1974, parts had been under the County Borough of Teesside authority. This was replaced by Cleveland county, it consisted of four districts which become unitary authorities after the county was abolished in 1996. The Darlington district in the Durham county council area became a unitary authority in 1997.