Darlington Borough Council

Darlington Borough Council is the local authority for the town of Darlington and the surrounding villages in North East England. The authority is composed of 50 ward councillors. Following the local elections in May 2019 the largest party is the Conservative group with 22 councillors. Labour has 20 councillors, with three Liberal Democrats, three independents and two Green party councillors[4].

The Authority was originally a non-metropolitan district of Durham County Council but absorbed the powers of the County Council in 1997 upon becoming a separate unitary authority. As of 2011 Darlington Borough has a population of 406,000 residents.

Darlington Borough Council
Mayor of Darlington
Cllr Nick Wallis, Labour
since 23 May 2019
Leader of the Council
Cllr Heather Scott, Conservative
since 2019
Managing Director
Paul Wildsmith
Seats50 councillors
Political groups
Administration (22)[1]
     Conservative (22)
Confidence and supply (6)[2]
     Liberal Democrat (3)
     Independent (3)
Opposition (22)
     Labour (20)
     Green (2)
Last election
May 2019[3]
Next election
May 2023


  1. ^ Gullon, Nick (4 May 2019). "Conservatives biggest party in Darlington as Labour suffer significant losses". The Northern Echo. Retrieved 21 May 2019.
  2. ^ Minting, Stuart (10 May 2019). "Tories set to control Darlington council for first time in 40 years". The Northern Echo. Retrieved 21 May 2019.
  3. ^ https://www.darlington.gov.uk/your-council/democracy/elections-and-electoral-registration/current-and-future-elections/borough-and-parish-elections-thursday-2-may-2019/
  4. ^ https://democracy.darlington.gov.uk/mgMemberIndex.aspx?bcr=1

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2015 Darlington Borough Council election

The 2015 Darlington Borough Council election took place on 7 May 2015 to elect members of the Darlington Borough Council in England. It was held on the same day as other local elections.

2017 Tees Valley mayoral election

The inaugural Tees Valley mayoral election was held on 4 May 2017 to elect the mayor of the Tees Valley Combined Authority. The mayor was elected by the supplementary vote system. Subsequent elections will be held in May 2020 and every four years after.North East England is a Labour stronghold and prior to the election, the Labour candidate Sue Jeffrey was considered the overwhelming favourite. The eventual victory of the Conservative candidate Ben Houchen was reported as a shock and a poor result for Labour following their losses in the local elections that same day.

Borough of Darlington

Darlington is a unitary authority area in the ceremonial county of County Durham, north-east England. It borders the non-metropolitan county of County Durham to the north and west, Stockton-on-Tees to the east and North Yorkshire to the south along the line of the River Tees. The urban centre and the base of the borough is the town of Darlington. In 2011 it had a resident population of 106,000. The borough is a member of the Tees Valley combined authority area.


Carlbury is a hamlet in the civil parish of High Coniscliffe in County Durham, in England. It is situated a few miles to the west of Darlington, on the north bank of the River Tees between Piercebridge to the west, and High Coniscliffe to the east. High and Low Carlbury once constituted a slightly larger settlement, but most of the hamlet at Low Carlbury became derelict and was demolished by the late 1940s. A few buildings remain.

Croft Circuit

Croft Circuit is a motor racing circuit located near Dalton-on-Tees in North Yorkshire, England. The tarmac circuit is just over 2 miles (3 km) long and is based on the lands of an airfield, but has long since moved on from being a basic airfield circuit. The circuit holds meetings of the British Touring Car Championship, British Rallycross and Pickup Truck Racing race series.


Darlington is a large market town in County Durham, in North East England. With a population of 105,564 in 2011, the town lies on the River Skerne, a tributary of the River Tees. The town is administered as part of the Borough of Darlington. The town owes much of its development to the influence of local Quaker families in the Georgian and Victorian era, and who provided much of the finance and vision in creating the Stockton and Darlington Railway, the world's first steam locomotive powered, permanent passenger railway. The town is often colloquially referred to as 'Darlo'.

Darlington Borough Council elections

Darlington is a unitary authority in County Durham, England. Until 1 April 1997 it was a non-metropolitan district.

Darlington College

Darlington College is a further education college in Darlington, County Durham, England. The college campus is located at Central Park, Haughton Road. With support from Darlington Borough Council and Tees Valley Regeneration the college building was constructed by Shepherd Construction, starting in 2004.

Founded in 1897, it assumed its present form in September 2006 and was officially opened by the then-Prime Minister, Tony Blair, on 22 December 2006.


Faverdale is a suburb of Darlington in County Durham, England. It is situated in the north west of Darlington, north of Cockerton. The area was rural until the 20th century, a large wagon works was established in the 1920s, with housing development starting at the same time. The wagon works closed in the 1960s and further industrial and commercial development took place expanding from the brownfield site. As of 2012 the area has a mixture of industrial, residential and rural land use.

Haughton Academy

Haughton Academy (formerly Haughton Community School) is a coeducational secondary school located in the Haughton-le-skerne area of Darlington, County Durham, England.Previously a community school administered by Darlington Borough Council, Haughton Community School converted to academy status in April 2012 and was renamed Haughton Academy. The school is now part of the Education Village Academy Trust, but continues to coordinate with Darlington Borough Council for admissions.

Haughton Academy is part of the Education Village, a £27 million campus that opened in Haughton-le-skerne, Darlington, in April 2006 and has an enrolment of 1358. Haughton Academy has a capacity of 900, Springfield Primary has 210 and Beaumont Hill has 248 students.

All of which are part of the Education Village. The Academy Trust involves Gurney Pease Academy and Marchbank free school and are in separate locations in the town. All together the Education Village Academy Trust has an enrolment of 1600. This also includes Beaumont Hill Academy and Springfield Academy.

Later in the year Lord Theodore Agnew visited the school after it was selected to take part in a £24 million government initiative to improve education at the school.

The parliamentary Lord was shown plans for a new multi-use outdoor sport pitch to be built at the Education Village to be used by the 3 schools and the community (Who have access to the village on an evening).

High Coniscliffe

High Coniscliffe is a parish and village in the borough of Darlington and ceremonial county of County Durham, England. The parish includes Carlbury and Low Coniscliffe. It is part of Heighington and Coniscliffe ward, and is situated approximately 4 miles (6.4 km) west of Darlington. At the 2011 Census the population of this civil parish was

242.It is now a linear village, with most houses along the north side of the A67, but is also a doubly nucleated village as it has a village green and church on the south side of the road, and a history of a community focus at the T-junction of Ulnaby Lane and the A67, where the Methodist church and post office once were, and where a public house remains. It has always been a small village, but its history goes back to Anglo-Saxon times, and the earliest part of St Oswald's church is Norman. The Duke of Wellington pub is notable for having had a portrait of Napoleon, Wellington's defeated enemy, on its sign from 1975 to 1988.

Hopetown Carriage Works

Hopetown Carriage Works, also known as the Stockton and Darlington Railway Carriage Works was a carriage works of the Stockton and Darlington Railway. built in 1853 in Hopetown, near Darlington, County Durham, England.

The works built railway carriages from 1853 to around 1884. Now preserved, it is still used as a museum workshop.

Jenny Chapman

Jennifer Chapman (born 25 September 1973) is a British Labour Party politician who was first elected as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Darlington in 2010.

Kevin Nicholson (politician)

Kevin Nicholson BEM is a British politician, currently serving as a Councillor on Darlington Borough Council, and the former chairman of Firthmoor & District Community Association based in the Firthmoor area of Darlington.

List of Parliamentary constituencies in County Durham

The county of Durham,

together with the now separate unitary authority of Darlington,

is divided into 7 Parliamentary constituencies

– 1 Borough constituency in Darlington

and 6 County constituencies. All the parliamentary seats are controlled, as of 2017, by the Labour Party.

Longfield Academy, Darlington

Longfield Academy (formerly Longfield Comprehensive School) is a coeducational secondary school located in Darlington, County Durham, England.Previously a community school administered by Darlington Borough Council, Longfield School converted to academy status in August 2011 and was renamed Longfield Academy. However the school continues to coordinate with Darlington Borough Council for admissions.Longfield Academy offers GCSEs and BTECs as programmes of study for pupils. The school also has a specialism in sports and offers its sports facilities for use by the local community.


Merrybent is a linear village in the civil parish of Low Coniscliffe and Merrybent in County Durham, in England. It is situated on the A67 road to the west of Darlington, a short distance to the north of the River Tees and the Teesdale Way. At the beginning of the 20th century there were hardly any buildings here, and its main feature at that time was Merrybent Nurseries with its many glasshouses. The nursery was cut through by the A1 road in the 1960s; at this point it runs on the trackbed of the old Merrybent railway. The village is now a settlement of modern housing.

Rockliffe Park (Hurworth)

Rockliffe Park near Hurworth, County Durham, is Middlesbrough Football Club's training facility and sports complex.

The Denes

The Denes is a centrally located area of Darlington in the north east of England which consists mainly of semi-detached and 1900s terraced housing, surrounding valley areas of wooded public park and Cocker beck. The area of The Denes runs somewhat parallel to and between Woodland Road to the south and Brinkburn Road to the north from Cockerton village towards High Northgate. At the easterly end the southerly border is often judged around Corporation Road, by local estate agent descriptions. The area lies close to Faverdale, Cockerton and Mowden.

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