|Borough of Allerdale|
Shown within Cumbria
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Region||North West England|
|• Type||Allerdale Borough Council|
|• Leadership:||Leader & Cabinet|
|• MPs:||Sue Hayman, Rory Stewart|
|• Total||479 sq mi (1,241 km2)|
|Population (mid-2016 est.)|
|• Rank||Ranked 249th|
|• Density||200/sq mi (78/km2)|
|Time zone||Greenwich Mean Time (UTC+0)|
|• Summer (DST)||British Summer Time (UTC+1)|
|ONS code||16UB (ONS) E07000026 (GSS)|
Allerdale is a non-metropolitan district of Cumbria, England, with borough status. Its council is based in Workington and the borough has a population of 93,492 according to the 2001 census, increasing to 96,422 at the 2011 Census.
The Borough of Allerdale was formed under the Local Government Act 1972, on 1 April 1974 by the merger of the municipal borough of Workington, the urban districts of Maryport, Cockermouth and Keswick; and the rural districts of Cockermouth and Wigton, all of which were within the administrative county of Cumberland. In 1995 Allerdale was granted borough status.
The name derives from the ancient region of Allerdale, represented latterly by the two wards of Cumberland, called Allerdale above Derwent and Allerdale below Derwent the present borough corresponding largely to ther latter with parts of the former. Much of the area during the medieval period was a Royal Forest subject to forest law.
Elections to the borough council are held every four years with 56 councillors being elected from 31 wards. No party has had a majority on the council since Labour lost their majority at the 2003 election. As of the 2011 election, and following a number of by-elections and defections, the council is composed of the following councillors:
The district is divided into the following civil parishes:
|Name of parish||Population||Area||Density||Settlements|
|Above Derwent||1207||Braithwaite, Thornthwaite, Portinscale, Stair, Little Town|
|Bewaldeth and Snittlegarth||40|
|Blennerhasset and Torpenhow||437|
|Bothel and Threapland||438|