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Borough of Burnley


Borough of Burnley

Borough of Burnley
Burnley Town Hall
Official logo of Borough of Burnley
Coat of Arms of the Borough Council
Shown within non-metropolitan Lancashire
Shown within non-metropolitan Lancashire
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region North West England
Ceremonial county Lancashire
Admin. HQ Burnley
 • Type Burnley Borough Council
 • Leadership: Leader & Cabinet
 • Executive: Liberal Democrats
 • MPs: Gordon Birtwistle
 • Total 16.14 sq mi (41.81 km2)
Area rank 285th
Population (mid-2014 est.)
 • Total 63,176
 • Rank Ranked 309th
 • Density 3,900/sq mi (1,500/km2)
Time zone Greenwich Mean Time (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) British Summer Time (UTC+1)
Postcode BB10-12
Area code(s) 01282
ONS code 30UD (ONS)
E07000117 (GSS)
Ethnicity 90.1% White
8.2% S.Asian
0.9% Mixed Race[1]

The Borough of Burnley () is a local government district of Lancashire, England, with the status of a non-metropolitan district and borough. It has an area of 16.1 square miles (41.81 km2) and a population of 63,176 (mid-2014 est.), and is named after its largest town, Burnley. The borough is bounded by Hyndburn, Ribble Valley, Pendle, Rossendale – all in Lancashire – and the borough of Calderdale in West Yorkshire. It is governed by Burnley Borough Council, which has been controlled by the Liberal Democrats since 2008.


  • History 1
  • Governance 2
  • Geography 3
    • Civil parishes 3.1
  • Demography 4
  • Public services 5
    • Education 5.1
    • Health 5.2
    • Policing 5.3
    • Fire and rescue 5.4
    • Waste and recycling 5.5
  • Neighbouring districts 6
  • See also 7
  • References 8


The current borders date from 1 April 1974, when the former county borough of Burnley merged with the urban district of Padiham and part of Burnley Rural District. In 2007 its proposal to merge with neighbouring Pendle Borough Council to form a larger unitary authority was rejected by the government.[2]


Composition of Burnley Borough Council (as of May 2012)
Party Group Leader Seats Change
Labour Julie Cooper 26
Liberal Democrat Charlie Briggs 14
Conservative Peter Doyle 5
Total Seats 45

Burnley Borough Council has had a predominantly Labour controlled history, the party returned to power in 2012, after a period of leadership by the Liberal Democrats. The borough comprises 15 wards electing a total of 45 councillors.

Wards: Bank Hall, Briercliffe, Brunshaw, Coal Clough with Deerplay, Daneshouse with Stoneyholme, Gannow, Lanehead, Queensgate, Rosegrove with Lowerhouse, Rosehill with Burnley Wood, Trinity, and Whittlefield with Ightenhill, Cliviger with Worsthorne, Gawthorpe, and Hapton with Park.

The borough contains the civil parishies of Ightenhill, Habergham Eaves, Dunnockshaw and Clowbridge, Hapton, Cliviger, Briercliffe, and Worsthorne-with-Hurstwood.

Padiham Town Council was established in 2002.

Since 2002, a number of BNP councillors have been elected in the borough, with the last councilor losing her seat in the Hapton with Park ward in 2012.


Places in the borough of Burnley include:

Name Civil parish Classification Co-ordinates
Burnley N/A Town
Padiham Padiham Town
Hapton Hapton Village
Worsthorne Worsthorne-with-Hurstwood Village
Brownside Worsthorne-with-Hurstwood Hamlet
Walk Mill Cliviger Hamlet
Lane Bottom Briercliffe Hamlet
Mereclough Cliviger Hamlet
Southward Bottom Cliviger Hamlet
Overtown Cliviger Hamlet
Holme Chapel Cliviger Village
Hurstwood Worsthorne-with-Hurstwood Hamlet
Cockden Briercliffe Hamlet
Clowbridge Dunnockshaw and Clowbridge Hamlet
Dunnockshaw Dunnockshaw and Clowbridge Hamlet
Rogerham Briercliffe Hamlet
Places in the Borough of Burnley

Civil parishes

Civil parishes in Burnley Borough
  1. Briercliffe-with-Extwistle
  2. Cliviger
  3. Dunnockshaw and Clowbridge
  4. Habergham Eaves
  5. Hapton
  6. Ightenhill
  7. Padiham
  8. Worsthorne-with-Hurstwood


The Borough of Burnley compared
UK Census 2011[3] Burnley NW England England
Total population 87,059 7,052,177 53,012,456
Foreign born 7.7% 8.2% 13.8%
White 87.4% 90.2% 85.4%
Asian 10.7% 5.5% 7.1%
Black 0.2% 1.4% 3.5%
Christian 63.6% 67.3% 59.4%
Muslim 9.9% 5.1% 5.0%
Hindu 0.2% 0.5% 1.5%
No religion 19.7% 19.8% 24.7%
Under 18 years old 22.2% 21.2% 21.4%
Over 65 years old 16.2% 16.6% 16.3%
Unemployed 5.3% 4.7% 4.4%
Perm. sick / disabled 7.0% 5.6% 4.0%

The borough's population has fallen from a high of 130,339 in 1911 to an estimated 87,700 in 2005.[4] Between 1991 and 2001, it fell by 2.6%. Its employment rate of 59.0% places it 261st out of 376 local authorities in England & Wales; just 12.6% of its workforce are graduates, placing it 325th out of 376 local authorities.[5]

A 2010 report commissioned by the BBC and compiled by Experian ranked the borough as having the second lowest property prices in England, this combined with GCSE results and crime rates, led to the borough being ranked the as the worst place in England.[6]

Public services


Education Services in the borough are provided and controlled by Lancashire County Council.


Health services in the borough are provided by East Lancashire Primary Care Trust and East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, with additional services provided by the North West Ambulance Service and North West Air Ambulance.

The Hospital Trust operates Burnley General Hospital, while the PCT operates the network of GP surgeries, and recently opened 2 Primary Health Care Centres in the borough (St. Peters Centre in 2006 and Briercliffe in 2007).[7]


Policing Services in the borough are provided by the Pennine division of Lancashire Constabulary based at Burnley Police station, and controlled by Lancashire County Council. Plans are in place to merge the pennine division into the neighbouring eastern division, based in Blackburn.[8] Policing Services of the borough's Railways are provided by North West division of the British Transport Police - the nearest Transport Police office being in Preston.[9]

Fire and rescue

Fire and rescue services in the borough are provided by Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service and controlled by Lancashire County Council.

Waste and recycling

Refuse and recycling collection, and street cleansing is the responsibly of the borough council and these services are currently contracted to Veolia Environmental Services at a cost of approximately £3m / year.[10] The borough Council has signed up to Lancashire's Municipal Waste Management Strategy, which specifies that the borough must recycle or compost 56% of all waste by 2015 and 61% by 2020.

There are currently 2 household waste recycling centres run by Lancashire County Council in the borough. One located on Grosvenor Street in Burnley and the second on Park Road in Padiham. Lancashire County Councils long term plans to replace the Burnley site with facility at Heasandford Industrial Estate on the north eastern edge of the town, where approved in 2010 despite local objections regarding the site’s suitability. 3 months later they then announced the closure of the Padiham site as part of cost-cutting measures, increasing the unsuitability of the new Burnley site’s location.[11]

Neighbouring districts

See also


  1. ^ Accessed 27 March 2008.
  2. ^ "Government says no to home rule for Burnley and Pendle", Burnley Borough Council website, March 27, 2007. Accessed 30 August 2007.
  3. ^ Office for National Statistics – Burnley page Accessed 2014
  4. ^ A Vision of Britain Through Time. Accessed 6 May 2008.
  5. ^ Office for National Statistics|2001 Census. Accessed 6 May 2008.
  6. ^ BBC News (Excel Spreatsheet) Accessed 2010
  7. ^ East Lancs PCT Accessed 2010
  8. ^ Blackburn chosen as new police base for Eastern division Your Local Guardian Accessed 2013
  9. ^ Transport Police Stations in the North West Accessed 2013
  10. ^ Veolia Press Release Accessed 2010
  11. ^ Lancashire Telegraph Accessed 2010
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