The Borough of Stockton-on-Tees is a unitary authority with borough status in the counties of County Durham and North Yorkshire, England. The administrative centre is Stockton-on-Tees, which lies on the north bank of the River Tees. In the 2011 census, the town had a population of 82,880 and the borough a population of 191,600. The borough is part of Tees Valley with nearby boroughs of Darlington, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland and Hartlepool.
Borough of Stockton-on-Tees
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Region||North East England|
|Combined authority||Tees Valley|
|• Type||Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council|
|• Leadership:||Leader & Cabinet|
|• Tees Valley Mayor||Ben Houchen|
|• Mayor||Councillor Ross Patterson|
|• MPs:||Alex Cunningham (L)|
Matt Vickers (C)
|• Total||79.2 sq mi (205.0 km2)|
|• Rank||Ranked 95th|
|• Density||2,500/sq mi (960/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+1 (British Summer Time)|
|ONS code||00EF (ONS)|
All River Tees bridges from Yarm Viaduct to Transporter Bridge are in the borough at least on one side, with the Borough of Middlesbrough to the south downstream. Teesside International Airport is shared between the borough and the Borough of Darlington.
Stockton previously held borough status as the Municipal Borough of Stockton-on-Tees in historic County Durham.
Loss of statusEdit
In 1968, the borough was merged into Teesside County Borough; this civil parish was a part of the ceremonial (not administrative) North Riding county until its abolition.
The town regained borough status on 1 April 1974 as a result of the Local Government Act 1972. It became a non-metropolitan district of the County of Cleveland, 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, and
- Part of the County Durham-administrated Stockton Rural District parishes.
The borough became a unitary authority on 1 April 1996. It is ceremonially split between County Durham and North Yorkshire, to the north and south of the Tees respectively. It is the only council in England to be split between two ceremonial counties. The former districts and boroughs of Durham now form the unitary authority of County Durham, so ceremonial 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. Following the 2019 elections, the councillors are divided politically as follows:
and several smaller groups.
|Year||Regional Gross Value Added4||Agriculture1||Industry2||Services3|
^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.
- "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.
- "Meet the new Mayor of Stockton-on-Tees". Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council. Retrieved 26 May 2022.