Borough of Swale
Swale is a local government district with borough status in Kent, England and is bounded by Medway to the west, Canterbury to the east, Ashford to the south and Maidstone to the south west. Its council is based in Sittingbourne. The district is named after the narrow channel called The Swale, that separates the mainland of Kent from the Isle of Sheppey, and which occupies the central part of the district.
Borough of Swale
Swale shown within Kent
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Region||South East England|
|Incorporated||1 April 1974|
|• Type||Non-metropolitan district council|
|• Body||Swale Borough Council|
|• Leadership||Leader & Cabinet (Conservative)|
|• MPs||Helen Whately (C)|
Gordon Henderson (C)
|• Total||144.2 sq mi (373.4 km2)|
|Area rank||106th (of 317)|
|• Rank||140th (of 317)|
|• Density||1,000/sq mi (400/km2)|
|• Ethnicity||96.1% White|
1.0% Mixed Race
|Time zone||UTC0 (GMT)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+1 (BST)|
|ONS code||29UM (ONS)|
|OS grid reference|
The Roman Watling Street passed through the area, as witness the straightness of the A2 main road, now by-passed by the M2 motorway. Apart from the northern coast of the Isle of Sheppey, and the town of Sittingbourne, it is a mainly rural borough, containing a high proportion of the UK's apple, pear, cherry and plum orchards (the North Kent Fruit Belt), as well as many of its remaining hop gardens. Most of the southern half of the Borough lies within the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, whilst Sittingbourne and the Isle of Sheppey forms the concluding part of the Thames Gateway growth area.
The district was formed in 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972, from the Borough of Faversham; the Borough of Queenborough-in-Sheppey, which covered the whole of Sheppey; the Sittingbourne and Milton Urban District; and Swale Rural District.
The district contains the following civil parishes:
- Lower Halstow
- Milton Regis
- Norton, Buckland and Stone
- Sheldwich, Badlesmere and Leaveland
- Office for National Statistics: Neighbourhood Statistics: Swale
- "Swale". Protecting Kent's Countryside. CPRE Kent. Retrieved 14 August 2015.
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