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Coordinates: 53°45′32″N 2°41′56″W / 53.759°N 2.699°W / 53.759; -2.699

City of Preston
Beacon Fell is the highest point in the district
Beacon Fell is the highest point in the district
Official logo of City of Preston
Coat of Arms of the City Council
Nickname(s): 
Proud Preston
Shown within Lancashire and England
Shown within Lancashire and England
City of Preston is located in England
City of Preston
City of Preston
Shown within England
Coordinates: 53°45′N 2°42′W / 53.750°N 2.700°W / 53.750; -2.700
CountryUnited Kingdom
CountryEngland
Region/ˈprɛstən/ (About this soundlisten)) is a city and non-metropolitan district in Lancashire, England. On the north bank of the River Ribble, it was granted city status in 2002, becoming England's 50th city in the 50th year of Queen Elizabeth II's reign.[1] The City of Preston district has a population of 143,135 (mid-2019 est.),[2] and lies at the centre of the Central Lancashire sub-region, with a population of 335,000.[3]

The district, formerly known as the Borough of Preston, is named after the urban settlement of Preston which lies in the south of the district, and also contains nine civil parishes.

History

In 1974, the non-metropolitan district of Preston was formed from the County Borough of Preston, Fulwood Urban District, and a major part of Preston Rural District. The district was granted city status in 2002.

Governance

Preston City Council

Entering the city centre from Fylde Road

The City of Preston is divided into 16 district council wards represented by 48 councillors. There are about 6300[4] electors per ward. Preston City councillors serve a four-year term. Preston City Council is elected "by thirds", 16 at a time. One councillor from each ward is elected every year for three years. Every fourth year there are no Preston City Council elections, Lancashire County Council elections taking place instead. Like much of the United Kingdom, Preston has a ceremonial mayor, who holds the role of the first citizen of the city. The role dates back to 1327, and the current mayor is Councillor David Borrow, who is the 962nd Mayor of Preston.[5]

Preston operates a Leader and Cabinet system. The current Leader is Councillor Matthew Brown.[6]

The local areas of Preston can be found at Districts of Preston

Freedom of the City

Freedom of the City has been granted to:

Lancashire County Council

The City of Preston contains ten Lancashire County Council electoral divisions with one county councillor in each district.

Parliament

The City of Preston is currently divided between three Westminster constituencies, namely Preston, Wyre and Preston North, and Fylde. The three seats are all safe seats, with all Members of Parliament holding over 50% of the vote for their respective parties.

Historically, Preston has been divided between such constituencies as Preston North, Preston South, and Fylde South although until 1885 it comprised one constituency called Preston but which included most of West Lancashire.

Minster Church

Like numerous other major English towns granted city status since 1889, Preston has no Anglican cathedral (see City status in the United Kingdom). Instead, following the granting of city status in the Queen's Golden Jubilee year in 2002, Preston's parish church was elevated by the Church of England to the status of Minster Church in June 2003.

Geography

Physical geography

The district, formerly known as the Borough of Preston, is named after the urban settlement of Preston which lies in the south of the district, and also contains nine civil parishes.

In 1974, the non-metropolitan district of Preston was formed from the County Borough of Preston, Fulwood Urban District, and a major part of Preston Rural District. The district was granted city status in 2002.

Governance

Preston City Council

Entering the city centre from Fylde Road

The City of Preston is divided into 16 district council wards represented by 48 councillors. There are about 6300[4] electors per ward. Preston City councillors serve a four-year term. Preston City Council is elected "by thirds", 16 at a time. One councillor from each ward is elected every year for three years. Every fourth year there are no Preston City Council elections, Lancashire County Council elections taking place instead. Like much of the United Kingdom, Preston has a ceremonial mayor, who holds the role of the first citizen of the city. The role dates back to 1327, and the current mayor is Councillor David Borrow, who is the 962nd Mayor of Preston.[5]

Preston operates a Leader and Cabinet system. The current Leader is Councillor Matthew Brown.[6]

The local areas of Preston can be found at Districts of Preston

Freedom of the City

Freedom of the City has been granted to: