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Borough of Allerdale
Shown within Cumbria
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Region||North West England|
|• Type||Borough Council|
|• Leadership||Leader & Cabinet|
|• Executive||Conservative Party/Independents|
|• MPs:||Sue Hayman, Rory Stewart|
|• Leader||Marion Fitzgerald|
|• Total||480 sq mi (1,242 km2)|
|• Rank||Ranked 248th|
|• Density||200/sq mi (79/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+1 (British Summer Time)|
|ONS code||16UB (ONS) E07000026 (GSS)|
Allerdale is a non-metropolitan district of Cumbria, England, with borough status. Its council is based in Workington and the borough has a population of 93,492 according to the 2001 census, increasing to 96,422 at the 2011 Census.
The Borough of Allerdale was formed under the Local Government Act 1972, on 1 April 1974 by the merger of the municipal borough of Workington, the urban districts of Maryport, Cockermouth and Keswick; and the rural districts of Cockermouth and Wigton, all of which were within the administrative county of Cumberland. In 1995 Allerdale was granted borough status.
The name derives from the ancient region of Allerdale, represented latterly by the two wards of Cumberland, called Allerdale above Derwent and Allerdale below Derwent, the present borough corresponding largely to the latter with parts of the former. Much of the area during the medieval period was a Royal Forest subject to forest law.
Elections to the borough council are held every four years with 49 councillors being elected from 23 wards. No party has had a majority on the council since Labour lost their majority at the 2003 election. As of the 2019 election, the council is jointly administered by the Conservative Party and independents. The current leader is Cllr Marion Fitzgerald, an Independent, and the deputy leader is Cllr Mark Jenkinson of the Conservative Party.
Workington is the largest settlement in the borough, and is the seat of the borough council. Allerdale House in Workington is the meeting place and primary office space used by the council. The building is known locally as "Perry's Palace" after former council leader Tony Perry, who was responsible for its construction. Other settlements in the borough include: Abbeytown, Allonby, Aspatria, Bolton Low Houses, Bothel, Brigham, Broughton, Clifton, Cockermouth, Crosby, Dean, Dearham, Fletchertown, Flimby, Ireby, Keswick, Kirkbride, Maryport, Mawbray, Plumbland, Seaton, Silloth, Tallentire, Thursby, Waverton, Westnewton, and Wigton.
Freedom of the BoroughEdit
The following people and military units have received the Freedom of the Borough of Allerdale.
- Ben Stokes: 25 September 2019.  
- Rt Hon Lord Campbell-Savours of Allerdale.
- William Lowther.
- Malcolm Wilson OBE.
- "Local Authority population 2011". Retrieved 16 June 2015.
- Raymond Grant (1991). The royal forests of England. Wolfeboro Falls, NH: Alan Sutton. ISBN 0-86299-781-X. 086299781X. See table, p221
- "Your Councillors". Allerdale Borough Council. Retrieved 10 September 2019.
- "England local election results 2019". BBC News. Retrieved 10 September 2019.
- "Political structure of the council". Allerdale Borough Council. Retrieved 10 September 2019.
- Democratic Services, democratic services@allerdale gov uk (23 March 2018). "Allerdale Borough Council – Your Councillors". Government of the United Kingdom. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
- "New councillors elected". Times and Star.
- firstname.lastname@example.org, Democratic Services,. "Political makeup – Allerdale Borough Council". Government of the United Kingdom. Archived from the original on 16 April 2018. Retrieved 23 March 2018.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
- "Contact Us". Allerdale Borough Council. Retrieved 10 September 2019.
- "Fomer Allerdale council chief Tony Perry dies". Times & Star. Retrieved 10 September 2019.
- "Town and Parish Council boundaries". Allerdale Borough Council. Retrieved 10 September 2019.