Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council is the local authority of Blackburn with Darwen. It is a unitary authority, having the powers of a non-metropolitan county and district council combined.

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council
Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council COA
Type
Type
Leadership
Mayor of Blackburn with Darwen
Cllr Pat McFall [1], Labour
since May 2018
Leader of the Council
Cllr Mohammed Khan OBE, Labour
since 19th May 2015
Chief executive
Harry Catherall
Structure
Seats51 councillors
Political groups
Administration
     Labour (36)
Other Parties
     Conservative (13)
     Liberal Democrat (2)
Length of term
4 years
Elections
First-past-the-post
Last election
5 May 2016
Next election
3 May 2018
Motto
Arte et Labore
Website
www.blackburn.gov.uk

Political control

Since 1997 political control of the council has been held by the following parties:[2]

Party in control Years
Labour 1997–2007
No overall control 2007–2011
Labour 2011–present

References

  1. ^ https://www.blackburn.gov.uk/
  2. ^ "Blackburn With Darwen". BBC News Online. 19 April 2008. Retrieved 5 February 2010.
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Hammersmith and Fulham
LGC Council of the Year
2011
Succeeded by
Southend-on-Sea
2004 Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council election

Elections to Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council in June 2004 heralded a shock result as Labour council leader Sir Bill Taylor lost his seat to Liberal Democrat Zamir Khan. "This morning as I was shaving I thought I could get beat and that is what happened", commented Taylor after the result. "I canvassed more for this election than for any other. I spoke to more than a thousand people on their doorsteps and was not given any suggestion there were any difficulties." Liberal Democrat leader Paul Browne blamed the defeat on dissatisfaction with British foreign policy, particularly in areas with high numbers of Muslim voters: "Sir Bill has gone because of what has happened in Iraq. Simple." Only 63 of the 64 seats on the council were filled as the Earcroft ward by-election took place a month after due to the death of Mayor Mike Barratt. Yusuf Sidat was elected as an independent in Queen's Park Ward.

2006 Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council election

Elections to Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council were held in 2006 on 4 May - the same day as other local elections in the UK.

2007 Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council election

Elections to Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council were held in 2007 on 3 May - the same day as other local elections in the UK.

2008 Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council election

Elections to Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council were held in 2008 on 1 May along with all other local elections in the UK.

2014 Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council election

The 2014 Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council election took place on 22 May 2014 to elect members of Blackburn with Darwen Council in England. This was on the same day as other local elections.

2015 Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council election

The 2015 Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council election took place on 7th May 2015 to elect members of Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council in England. This was on the same day as other local elections.

2016 Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council election

The 2016 Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council election took place on 5 May 2016 to elect members of Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council in England. This was the same day as other local elections.

The elections saw a gain of two seats by the Conservative Party from the Labour Party.

The resulting balance on the council after the elections was:

Labour 44

Conservative 16

Liberal Democrat 3

Independent 1

2018 Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council election

The 2018 Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council election took place on 3 May 2018 to elect members of Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council in England. This was the same day as other local elections.

2019 Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council election

The 2019 Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council election took place on 2 May 2019 to elect members of Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council in England. This was the same day as other local elections.

Blackburn

Blackburn (listen) is a town in Lancashire, England, north of the West Pennine Moors on the southern edge of the Ribble Valley, 9 miles (14 km) east of Preston and 20.9 miles (34 km) NNW of Manchester. Blackburn is bounded to the south by Darwen, with which it forms the unitary authority of Blackburn with Darwen; Blackburn is its administrative centre.

At the 2001 census, Blackburn had a population of 105,085, whilst the wider borough of Blackburn with Darwen had a population of 140,700. Blackburn had a population of 117,963 in 2011.

A former mill town, textiles have been produced in Blackburn since the middle of the 13th century, when wool was woven in people's houses in the domestic system. Flemish weavers who settled in the area in the 14th century helped to develop the woollen cottage industry. James Hargreaves, inventor of the spinning jenny, was a weaver in Oswaldtwistle near Blackburn, and the most rapid period of growth and development in Blackburn's history coincided with the industrialisation and expansion of textile manufacturing. Blackburn was a boomtown of the Industrial Revolution and amongst the first industrialised towns in the world.Blackburn's textile sector fell into decline from the mid-20th century and subsequently faced similar challenges to other post-industrial northern towns, including deindustrialisation, economic deprivation and housing issues. The town has experienced very high levels of immigration, with people of ethnic backgrounds other than white British making up 30.8% of the population. Blackburn has had significant investment and redevelopment since 1958 through government funding and the European Regional Development Fund.

Blackburn Central High School

Blackburn Central High School is a coeducational secondary school located in Blackburn, Lancashire.The school was formed from the merger of Beardwood High School and Blakewater College and relocated to a new combined campus in September 2012. Construction of the new school site was funded by the Building Schools for the Future programme.It is a foundation school which is administered by Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, and offers GCSEs as programmes of study for pupils. The school also shares a campus with Crosshill Special School.

Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery

The Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery is the local museum service for the borough of Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council. It is a museum with collections of Christian icons, Egyptian hieroglyphs, and local history, as well as those of the former Lewis Textile Museum.

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council elections

Blackburn with Darwen is a unitary authority in Lancashire, England. Until 1 April 1998 it was a non-metropolitan district.

For Darwen Party

The For Darwen Party was a local political party in Darwen, south of Blackburn, England, with a platform that Darweners were not properly represented on Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council.

Founded in 2007, the party had three Borough Councillors following the May elections and five in 2008. Councillors included former members of the Liberal Democrats, England First Party and the BNP. They formed a coalition administration with the Liberal Democrats and Conservatives from 2007 to 2010, and successfully campaigned for the creation of Darwen Town Council in 2009, on which they won seven seats.

In 2010 they suffered three defections and Labour regained control of the Borough Council. By 2012 For Darwen had lost all their seats and the party folded in 2014, most of the remaining membership joining UKIP.

King George's Hall, Blackburn

King George's Hall is a performance venue located on Northgate in Blackburn, Lancashire, England.

It contains three halls: the Concert Hall, seating up to 1800; the Windsor Suite (capacity 750), and Blakey’s Cafe Bar (capacity 500). It is also the location of Blackburn register office. It is operated by Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council.

Designed by architects Briggs, Wolstenholme & Thornely, construction of the hall began in 1913, but was interrupted by the First World War. It was officially opened in October 1921, and was extensively renovated in 1994. It is a Grade II listed building.Among the artists who have appeared there are David Bowie (Ziggy Stardust Tour, 1973).

Pleckgate High School

Pleckgate High School is a mixed, Ofsted rated Outstanding secondary school located in Blackburn, Lancashire, England.Previously a community school and Mathematics and Computing College administered by Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, in February 2016 Pleckgate High School converted to academy status. The school is now sponsored by The Education Partnership Trust, but continues to coordinate with Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council for admissions.

The first and current Headteacher of the Academy is Mark Cocker, who took up post in January 2016.

Upon being inspected by Ofsted, in January 2019, the school received a judgement of 'Outstanding' in all categories.

St Bede's Roman Catholic High School, Blackburn

St Bede’s RC High School is a coeducational Roman Catholic secondary school located in Blackburn in the English county of Lancashire.It is a voluntary aided school administered by Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council and the [[Roman Catholic Diocese of

Salford]]. The school offers GCSEs and BTECs as programmes of study for pupils, and was extensively refurbished in 2013.

St Wilfrid's Church of England Academy

St Wilfrid's Church of England Academy (formerly St Wilfrid's Church of England High School) is a mixed secondary school and sixth form located in Blackburn in the English county of Lancashire. It is named after Saint Wilfrid, a former Archbishop of Canterbury. Originally located over two sites on Duckworth and Byrom Streets, construction of a new combined campus on Duckworth Street began in December 2001 and was completed in January 2004.Previously a voluntary aided school administered by Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council and the Church of England Diocese of Blackburn, St Wilfrid's Church of England High School achieved academy status in July 2011, and was renamed St Wilfrid's Church of England Academy.The school is now independent of local authority, but still administered by the diocese. It continues to coordinate with Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council for admissions.

The Apprentice UK contender and Celebrity Big Brother 19 housemate Jessica Cunningham attended St Wilfrid's after switching from private School Westholme School, also in Blackburn.

The current principal is Catherine Huddleston, replacing David Whyte, who announced his retirement from the school in July 2013. In April 2015, a service was held at Blackburn Cathedral to recognise Whyte's contributions to the school, including its rebuilding.The school offers GCSE and BTEC programmes, while students in the sixth form may study from a range of A-levels and further BTECs.

Whitebirk

Whitebirk is a suburb in the east of Blackburn, in Lancashire, England. Most of the suburb is in Blackburn with Darwen, a unitary area, with the east of the suburb being in the borough of Hyndburn. Whitebirk is part of the Blackburn urban area.The area is largely industrial, and is the eastern terminus of the town's northern ring road, the A6119, where it meets Junction 6 of the M65. To the west of the ring road there is Burnley Road and the Greenbank Business Park, and to the east, across the boundary in Hyndburn, is the Peel Centre Blackburn, a retail park built in the 1980s on the site of Whitebirk Power Station, which was opened in 1921 and closed in 1976.The suburb also includes a council estate, which is situated between the A679 Accrington Road, A678 Burnley Road, and A6119 Whitebirk Road. The areas of Whitebirk are in different wards for local government: the residential area is in Shadsworth & Whitebirk, the industrial estate is in Little Harwood, and the retail park is in Rishton ward.

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