Borough of Stockton-on-Tees

The Borough of Stockton-on-Tees, commonly called Stockton Borough, is a local authority and borough which extends from County Durham to North Yorkshire. It is also part of the wider Tees Valley, in Northern England. The main town is Stockton, which lies on the north bank of the River Tees. The town and borough have a population of 82,880 and 191,600 respectively, both shown in the 2011 census.[2]

Borough of Stockton-on-Tees

Stockton Borough
Stockton Town House
Stockton Town House
Official logo of Borough of Stockton-on-Tees
Coat of Arms of Stockton-on-Tees
the part of Stockton-on-Tees within County Durham
the part of Stockton-on-Tees within County Durham
the part of Stockton-on-Tees within North Yorkshire
the part of Stockton-on-Tees within North Yorkshire
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
RegionNorth East England
City regionTees Valley
Lieutenancy areaDurham and North Yorkshire
Admin. HQStockton-on-Tees
 • TypeStockton-on-Tees Borough Council
 • Leadership:Leader & Cabinet
 • Executive:Labour
 • Tees Valley MayorBen Houchen
 • MayorCouncillor Mohammed Javed[1]
 • MPs:Alex Cunningham (L)
Matt Vickers (C)
 • Total79.2 sq mi (205.0 km2)
Area rank158th
 (mid-2019 est.)
 • Total197,348
 • RankRanked 95th
 • Density2,500/sq mi (960/km2)
Time zoneUTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (British Summer Time)
ONS code00EF (ONS)
E06000004 (GSS)
Ethnicity97.2% White
1.7% S.Asian

The borough is governed by the unitary authority of Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council and the Mayor is Cllr Mohammed Javed.[1] The borough is in Teesside, with the conurbation‘s largest number of residents by borough, and is split between lieutenancy areas of County Durham (north) and North Yorkshire (south).

All river Tees bridges from Yarm Viaduct to Transporter Bridge are in or cross into the Borough of Middlesbrough from Middlesbrough. Teesside International Airport is shared with Borough of Darlington.

Other settlements, that are north of the Tees, include Billingham, Eaglescliffe, Roseworth and Norton-on-Tees. Large settlements south of the river are Ingleby Barwick, Thornaby-on-Tees and Yarm.


Municipal authorityEdit

Stockton previously held borough status as the Municipal Borough of Stockton-on-Tees. It was in historic Durham county.

Loss of statusEdit

In 1968, it was merged into Teesside County Borough, this civil parish was a part of the unadministrative North Riding county until its abolishment.

District authorityEdit

The town regained a borough on 1 April 1974 as a result of the Local Government Act 1972. At that time it was designated as a non-metropolitan district of the Cleveland county, itself established at the same time. Multiple parishes and boroughs merged into Stockton's newly formed district borough:

  • Teesside county borough's area covering the former Stockton, Billingham and Thornaby municipal boroughs
  • Hilton, Ingleby Barwick, Kirklevington, Maltby and Yarm parishes of the previous North Riding county administrated Stokesley Rural District
  • Part of the County Durham administrated Stockton Rural District parishes.

Unitary authorityEdit

The borough with the county boundary (the River Tees) shown

The district became a unitary authority on 1 April 1996. The borough is ceremonially split between County Durham and North Yorkshire, to the north and south of the Tees. It is the only council in the UK to be split between two ceremonial counties of England. Although the former districts and boroughs of Durham now form the unitary authority of County Durham. This means that County Durham now has four unitary authorities.


The Borough has 26 wards with either one, two or three Councillors representing each. There are 56 Councillors in total in the Borough of Stockton, following the elections that took place in May 2015:

  • 32 Councillors are Labour
  • 13 Conservatives
  • 5 belong to IBIS (Ingleby Barwick Independent Society)
  • 3 Thornaby Independent Association
  • 2 West Words
  • 1 Liberal Democrat.[3]


This is a chart of trend of regional gross value added of Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees at current basic prices published (pp. 240–253) by Office for National Statistics with figures in millions of British Pounds Sterling.

Year Regional Gross Value Added4 Agriculture1 Industry2 Services3
1995 2,804 9 1,443 1,352
2000 3,252 6 1,359 1,887
2003 3,364 6 1,037 2,320

^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

Local Nature ReservesEdit

The council maintains a number of Local Nature Reserves including Barwick Pond, Charlton's Pond, Greenvale, Hardwick Dene and Elm Tree Woods, Norton Grange Marsh, Quarry Wood (Eaglescliffe) and Stillington Forest Park.


  1. ^ a b "Stockton-on-Tees has a new Mayor..." Stockton Borough Council. Retrieved 17 October 2020.
  2. ^ "Table P07 2011 Census: Number of usual residents living in households and communal establishments, local authorities in England and Wales". 2011 Census, Population and Household Estimates for England and Wales. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 17 July 2012.
  3. ^ "Councillors and Council Meeting Information (Egenda)". Archived from the original on 20 August 2009. Retrieved 2 July 2009.

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Coordinates: 54°33′N 1°20′W / 54.550°N 1.333°W / 54.550; -1.333