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Blackburn
Blackburn
with Darwen
Darwen
is a unitary authority area in Lancashire, North West England. It consists of Blackburn, the small town of Darwen
Darwen
to the south of it, and the surrounding countryside. The population of the Unitary Authority
Unitary Authority
taken at the 2011 census was 147,489.[1]

Contents

1 Formation 2 Demographics 3 Local elections

3.1 Local elections

4 Economy 5 Neighbouring districts and political control 6 Settlements

6.1 Civil parishes

7 Education 8 Transport 9 See also 10 References 11 External links

11.1 Council political parties

Formation[edit] It was founded in 1974 as the Lancashire
Lancashire
borough of Blackburn, from the County Borough of Blackburn, the Borough of Darwen, parts of Turton Urban District
Turton Urban District
(chiefly the villages of Belmont, Chapeltown and Edgworth) and parts of Blackburn
Blackburn
Rural District. It was renamed in May 1997, in preparation for a split from Lancashire
Lancashire
County Council. On 1 April 1998 it became a unitary authority. Demographics[edit] The proportion of Muslim population (19.4% or 26,674 people) is the third highest among all local authorities in the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
and the highest outside London. 20.4% of the districts population belongs to any South Asian ethnic group, making it the highest percentage in the region, and almost four times higher than national average of South Asians.[2] According to the 2011 census, the proportion of Muslims increased to 27%. Local elections[edit] Main article: Blackburn
Blackburn
with Darwen
Darwen
local elections There is a total of 64 seats on the council with the borough is divided up into 23 wards, all with three councillors with the exception of Earcroft, Whitehall, and North Turton
North Turton
and Tockholes, which have 2 members, and East Rural which has one. Local elections[edit]

Current makeup of Blackburn
Blackburn
with Darwen
Darwen
Council

Parties Seats

Labour 48

Conservative 12

Liberal Democrat 4

Total 64

The council was shaken in 2004 when six Labour councillors quit the ruling group one month after an election and became independent representatives, and the council temporarily fell into no overall control.[3][4] The councillors, who eventually re-joined the party, left over an internal row reportedly sparked by the demotion of particular councillors in a post-election reshuffle.[3] Allegations of vote-rigging and corruption have dogged the council, with members of the Muslim community reportedly being "strong-armed by mosque leaders and councillors to vote Labour" during elections.[5] The possibility of corruption has been eased by reforms to postal voting which have made electoral fraud "childishly simple" in the UK according to a European watchdog.[6] The number of postal votes registered in Blackburn
Blackburn
in 2005 was 20,000, compared to 7,600 in 2001.[5] In April 2005, local councillor Mohammed Hussain was jailed for three years for rigging the 2002 town hall election by stealing at least 230 postal vote ballots in his ward.[7] The local elections of May 2007 saw a coalition of parties take control of the council from Labour. The small For Darwen
Darwen
party and independents held the fine balance of power on the council in a partnership with the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats. Like its predecessor, the ruling administration also attracted controversy; one of its councillors being suspended following a conviction for benefit fraud[8] and another following allegations of domestic abuse.[9] Tensions over the presence of former England
England
First Party member Michael Johnson within the coalition as part of For Darwen
Darwen
rose to the surface when Johnson was quoted in The Sun newspaper in October 2007 blaming his unemployment on "all the immigrants flooding this country." "These people take our jobs and it will only get worse", he said.[10] Three weeks before local elections in May 2008, a Liberal Democrat candidate for Shear Brow ward caused a stir by defecting to Labour.[11] In 2010, two For Darwen
Darwen
Party councillors resigned and withdrew their support for the coalition, and after a vote of no confidence the Labour Party regained control of the council.[12] In 2011 Labour gained control of the council. Economy[edit] This is a chart of trend of regional gross value added of Blackburn with Darwen
Darwen
at current basic prices published (pp. 240–253) by Office for National Statistics with figures in millions of British Pounds Sterling.

Year Regional Gross Value Added[13] Agriculture[14] Industry[15] Services[16]

1995 1,496 3 755 737

2000 1,597 3 678 916

2003 1,785 4 647 1,134

Neighbouring districts and political control[edit] The authority borders with boroughs administered as within the Greater Manchester
Manchester
and Lancashire
Lancashire
upper-tier local authorities: Chorley
Chorley
in the west and then (clockwise) South Ribble, Ribble Valley, Hyndburn
Hyndburn
and Rossendale
Rossendale
in Lancashire; Bury and Bolton in Greater Manchester. The data below is based on June 2012.

The local government districts that surround Blackburn
Blackburn
with Darwen

South Ribble Conservative Ribble Valley Conservative Hyndburn Labour

Chorley Labour Blackburn
Blackburn
with Darwen

Rossendale Labour

Bury Labour

Bolton Labour

Settlements[edit]

Blackburn

Darwen

Bank Fold

Bank Hey

Beardwood

Belmont

Belthorn

Blackamoor

Brownhill

Cadshaw

Chapeltown

Cherry Tree

Edgworth

Entwistle

Feniscowles

Grimshaw

Guide

Hoddlesden

Little Harwood

Lower Darwen

Pickup Bank

Pleasington

Tockholes

Waterside

Whalley Range

Whitebirk

Great Hill

Winter Hill

Towns, suburbs, villages and hills in the Borough of Blackburn
Blackburn
with Darwen

Civil parishes[edit]

Darwen
Darwen
(town council) Eccleshill Livesey North Turton Pleasington Tockholes Yate and Pickup Bank

Education[edit] Main article: List of schools in Blackburn
Blackburn
with Darwen As a unitary authority, Blackburn
Blackburn
with Darwen
Darwen
authority has a statutory responsibility for educational standards and schooling within its boundaries.[17] Transport[edit] Blackburn
Blackburn
with Darwen
Darwen
Council has a stated transport policy of "making roads traffic free".[18] See also[edit]

Blackburn
Blackburn
with Darwen
Darwen
Teaching Primary Care Trust

References[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Borough of Blackburn
Blackburn
with Darwen.

^ " Unitary Authority
Unitary Authority
population 2011". Retrieved 15 January 2016.  ^ Neighbourhood Statistics. "Neighbourhood Statistics". Neighbourhood Statistics. Retrieved 7 May 2012.  ^ a b WE QUIT! Six labour councillors leave, Lancashire
Lancashire
Evening Telegraph, 16 June 2004. ^ Labour councillors ditching party, BBC News, 16 June 2004 ^ a b Straw's seat is a hot-spot of postal vote fraud claims, Anne Penketh, The Independent, 4 May 2005 ^ Voting open to 'childishly simple' fraud, says watchdog, Andrew Sparrow, The Guardian, 22 January 2008 ^ Vote-rigging Crackdown, Lancashire
Lancashire
Telegraph, 24 January 2007. Retrieved 31 January 2007. ^ Benefit fraud councillor 'should quit now', Tom Moseley, Lancashire Telegraph, 17 November 2008 ^ Lib Dem councillor suspended by his party, Tom Moseley, Lancashire Telegraph, 25 March 2008 ^ Burning issue: Immigration, The Sun, 18 October 2007 ^ Election in turmoil as LibDem candidate says: I'm a Labour supporter, Tom Moseley, Lancashire
Lancashire
Telegraph, 9 April 2008 ^ Labour back in control of Blackburn
Blackburn
with Darwen, David Watkinson, Lancashire
Lancashire
Telegraph, 14 September 2010 ^ Components may not sum to totals due to rounding ^ includes hunting and forestry ^ includes energy and construction ^ includes financial intermediation services indirectly measured ^ Types of Council ^ Blackburn
Blackburn
with Darwen
Darwen
Council. "Transport & streets policies & strategies". Retrieved 27 May 2017. 

External links[edit]

Blackburn
Blackburn
with Darwen
Darwen
Council Blackburn
Blackburn
with Darwen
Darwen
council news Blackburn
Blackburn
Muslim Association : Serving the community

Council political parties[edit]

Blackburn
Blackburn
Conservative Association For Darwen
Darwen
Party Blackburn
Blackburn
Labour Party Blackburn
Blackburn
with Darwen
Darwen
Liberal Democrats

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Geography of Blackburn
Blackburn
with Darwen

Towns

Blackburn Darwen

Suburbs

Brownhill Bank Hey Cherry Tree Little Harwood Whalley Range Whitebirk

Villages

Bank Fold Beardwood Belmont Belthorn Blackamoor Cadshaw Chapeltown Eccleshill Edgworth Entwistle Feniscowles Grimshaw Guide Hoddlesden Lower Darwen Pickup Bank Pleasington Tockholes Waterside

Parishes

Darwen Eccleshill Livesey North Turton Pleasington Tockholes Yate and Pickup Bank

Topography

Waterways

R Blakewater R Darwen R Roddlesworth Leeds and Liverpool
Liverpool
Canal

Reservoirs

Belmont Dingle Turton & Entwistle Ward's Wayoh

Hills

Great Hill Noon Hill West Pennine Moors Winter Hill

Parks

Corporation Park Darwen
Darwen
Cemetery Witton Country Park

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Buildings and structures in Blackburn
Blackburn
with Darwen

Grade I

Turton Tower

Places of worship

Pleasington: Priory

Grade II*

Places of worship

Blackburn: Cathedral St Mark St Silas Darwen: St Peter

Grade II

Blackburn
Blackburn
Museum and Art Gallery Blackburn
Blackburn
railway station Ewood Aqueduct Lewis Textile Museum Woodfold Hall
Woodfold Hall
Orangery

Places of worship

Blackburn: Holy Trinity Darwen: St Cuthbert Feniscowles: Immanuel

Scheduled monuments

Cheetham Close

Unlisted

Blackburn
Blackburn
War Memorial Darwen
Darwen
Library Darwen
Darwen
Library Theatre Imperial Mill Jubilee Tower Royal Blackburn
Blackburn
Hospital The Mall Blackburn

Places of worship

Blackburn: Jaame Masjid St Andrew Darwen: St Barnabas

Ruined or demolished

Billinge Scar Blackburn
Blackburn
Boulevard bus station Hollinshead Hall ROF Blackburn

Places of worship

Blackburn: St Thomas Hoddlesden: Old St Paul Turncroft: St John the Evangelist

Listed in

Blackburn Darwen Eccleshill Hoddlesden Livesey North Turton Pleasington Tockholes Yate & Pickup Bank

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Culture and infrastructure of Blackburn
Blackburn
with Darwen

Transport

A678 road Blackburn
Blackburn
Bus Company Blackburn
Blackburn
and Over Darwen
Darwen
Tramways Company Blackburn
Blackburn
Boulevard bus station Blackburn
Blackburn
Corporation Tramways Blackburn
Blackburn
Transport East Lancashire
Lancashire
line Lancashire
Lancashire
Union Railway Ribble Valley
Ribble Valley
line Witton Weavers Way

Railway stations

Blackburn Cherry Tree Darwen Entwistle Mill Hill (Lancashire) Pleasington Ramsgreave and Wilpshire

Disused stations

Blackburn
Blackburn
Bolton Road Daisyfield Feniscowles Lower Darwen Spring Vale Turton and Edgworth Wilpshire

Sport

A.F.C. Darwen Alexandra Meadows Barley Bank Blackburn
Blackburn
Arena Blackburn
Blackburn
Buccaneers Blackburn
Blackburn
Hawks Blackburn
Blackburn
Olympic F.C. Blackburn
Blackburn
Park Road F.C. Blackburn
Blackburn
Rovers F.C. Darwen
Darwen
F.C. East Lancashire
Lancashire
Cricket Club East Lancashire
Lancashire
Lions Lancashire
Lancashire
Raptors Lancashire
Lancashire
Wolverines Turton F.C.

History

Blackburn
Blackburn
(ancient parish) Blackburn
Blackburn
Rural District Blackburnshire Sharples Turton Urban District Quarlton

Media

BBC Radio Lancashire The Bee Lancashire
Lancashire
Telegraph Radio Rovers

Politics

Council Council elections

2004 06 07 08 14 15

For Darwen
Darwen
Party

Constituencies: Blackburn

By-elections: 1869 1875

Darwen

By-election: 1943

Rossendale
Rossendale
and Darwen North East Lancashire

By-election: 1880

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Schools in Blackburn
Blackburn
with Darwen

All-through schools

Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School

Secondary schools

Blackburn
Blackburn
Central High School Darwen
Darwen
Aldridge Community Academy Darwen
Darwen
Aldridge Enterprise Studio Darwen
Darwen
Vale High School Our Lady & St John Catholic College Pleckgate High School St Bede's Catholic High School St Wilfrid's Church of England
England
Academy Tauheedul Islam Boys' High School Tauheedul Islam Girls' High School Witton Park High School

Independent schools

Jamiatul Ilm Wal Huda Westholme School

Further education

Blackburn
Blackburn
College St Mary's College University Centre at Blackburn
Blackburn
College

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Ceremonial county of Lancashire

North West England
England
Portal

Unitary authorities

Blackburn
Blackburn
with Darwen Blackpool

Boroughs or districts

City of Lancaster City of Preston Burnley Chorley Fylde Hyndburn Pendle Ribble Valley Rossendale South Ribble West Lancashire Wyre

Major settlements

Accrington Adlington Bacup Barnoldswick Blackburn Blackpool Brierfield Burnley Carnforth Chorley Cleveleys Clitheroe Colne Darwen Earby Fleetwood Garstang Great Harwood Haslingden Kirkham Lancaster Leyland Longridge Lytham St Annes Morecambe Nelson Ormskirk Oswaldtwistle Padiham Penwortham Poulton-le-Fylde Preesall Preston Rawtenstall Rishton Skelmersdale Waterfoot Whitworth See also: List of civil parishes in Lancashire

Rivers

Calder Darwen Douglas Hodder Irwell Lune Ribble Wyre

Canals

Lancaster Leeds and Liverpool

Topics

Parliamentary constituencies Places Population of major settlements Schools SSSIs Country houses Grade I buildings Grade II* buildings History Museums Lord Lieutenants High Sheriffs

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Districts of North West England

Cheshire

Cheshire
Cheshire
East Cheshire
Cheshire
West and Chester Halton Warrington

Cumbria

Allerdale Barrow-in-Furness Carlisle Copeland Eden South Lakeland

Greater Manchester

Bolton Bury Manchester Oldham Rochdale Salford Stockport Tameside Trafford Wigan

Lancashire

Blackburn
Blackburn
with Darwen Blackpool Burnley Chorley Fylde Hyndburn Lancaster Pendle Preston Ribble Valley Rossendale South Ribble West Lancashire Wyre

Merseyside

Knowsley Liverpool St Helens Sefton Wirral

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Unitary authorities of England

Districts

Bath and North East Somerset Bedford Blackburn
Blackburn
with Darwen Blackpool Bournemouth Bracknell Forest Brighton and Hove Bristol Central Bedfordshire Cheshire
Cheshire
East Cheshire
Cheshire
West and Chester Cornwall County Durham Darlington Derby East Riding of Yorkshire Halton Hartlepool Herefordshire Isle of Wight Kingston upon Hull Leicester Luton Medway Middlesbrough Milton Keynes North East Lincolnshire North Lincolnshire North Somerset Northumberland Nottingham Peterborough Plymouth Poole Portsmouth Reading Redcar and Cleveland Rutland Shropshire Slough Southampton Southend-on-Sea South Gloucestershire Stockton-on-Tees Stoke-on-Trent Swindon Telford and Wrekin Thurrock Torbay Warrington West Berkshire Wiltshire Windsor and Maidenhead Wokingham York

Councils

Bath and North East Somerset Bedford Blackburn
Blackburn
with Darwen Blackpool Bournemouth Bracknell Forest Brighton and Hove Bristol Central Bedfordshire Cheshire
Cheshire
East Cheshire
Cheshire
West and Chester Cornwall Derby Durham Darlington East Riding of Yorkshire Halton Hartlepool Herefordshire Isle of Wight Kingston upon Hull Leicester Luton Medway Middlesbrough Milton Keynes North East Lincolnshire North Lincolnshire North Somerset Northumberland Nottingham Peterborough Plymouth Poole Portsmouth Reading Redcar and Cleveland Rutland Shropshire Slough Southampton Southend-on-Sea South Gloucestershire Stockton-on-Tees Stoke-on-Trent Swindon Telford and Wrekin Thurrock Torbay Warrington West Berkshire Wiltshire Windsor and Maidenhead Wokingham York

Local elections

Bath and North East Somerset Bedford Blackburn
Blackburn
with Darwen Blackpool Bournemouth Bracknell Forest Brighton and Hove Bristol Central Bedfordshire Cheshire
Cheshire
East Cheshire
Cheshire
West and Chester Cornwall County Durham Darlington Derby East Riding of Yorkshire Halton Hartlepool Herefordshire Isle of Wight Kingston upon Hull Leicester Luton Medway Middlesbrough Milton Keynes North East Lincolnshire North Lincolnshire North Somerset Northumberland Nottingham Peterborough Plymouth Poole Portsmouth Reading Redcar and Cleveland Rutland Shropshire Slough Southampton Southend-on-Sea South Gloucestershire Stockton-on-Tees Stoke-on-Trent Swindon Telford and Wrekin Thurrock Torbay Warrington West Berkshire Wiltshire Windsor and Maidenh

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