Metropolitan Borough of Barnsley

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Borough of Barnsley
Metropolitan Borough
Official logo of Borough of Barnsley
Arms of Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council
Barnsley Metropolitan Borough shown within South Yorkshire
Barnsley Metropolitan Borough shown within South Yorkshire
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region Yorkshire and the Humber
Ceremonial county South Yorkshire
Admin. HQ Barnsley
Government
 • Type Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council
 • Leadership: Leader & Cabinet
 • Executive: Labour
 • MPs: Michael Dugher(Lab),
John Healey(Lab),
Dan Jarvis (Lab),
Angela Smith (Lab)
Area
 • Total 127.1 sq mi (329.1 km2)
Area rank 134th
Population (2011 est.)
 • Total 231,900
 • Rank Ranked 67th
 • Density 1,800/sq mi (700/km2)
Time zone Greenwich Mean Time (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) British Summer Time (UTC+1)
ONS code 00CC (ONS)
E08000016 (GSS)
Ethnicity 99.1% White
Website barnsley.gov.uk

The Metropolitan Borough of Barnsley is a metropolitan borough of the metropolitan county of South Yorkshire, England. Its main town is Barnsley.

The borough is bisected by the M1 motorway; it is rural to the west, and largely urban/industrial to the east. 68% of Barnsley's 32,863 hectares is green belt and 9% is National Park land, the majority of which is West of the M1. In 2007 it was estimated that Barnsley had 224,600 residents, nine tenths of whom live east of the M1.

The borough was formed under the Local Government Act 1972, by a merger of the county borough of Barnsley with Cudworth, Darfield, Darton, Dearne, Dodworth, Hoyland Nether, Penistone, Royston, Wombwell and Worsborough urban districts, along with Penistone Rural District, part of Hemsworth Rural District and part of Wortley Rural District, all in the West Riding of Yorkshire.

The borough now forms part of both the Sheffield City Region and the Leeds City Region.

Politics[edit]

Elections to the council are held in three out of every four years, with one third of the 63 councillors being elected at each election. The council had been controlled by the Labour party since the first election in 1973. As of the 2011 election the council is composed of the following councillors:-[1]

Year Labour Barnsley Independent Group Conservative Independent
2012 52 5 5 1

Towns and villages[edit]

Ardsley, Athersley
Barugh, Barugh-Green, Billingley, Birdwell, Bolton upon Dearne, Brierley
Cortonwood, Carlecotes, Carlton, Cawthorne, Cubley, Cudworth
Darfield, Darton, Dodworth, Dunford Bridge
Elsecar
Gawber, Gilroyd, Goldthorpe, Great Houghton, Grimethorpe
Haigh (half in Wakefield district), Hemingfield, High Hoyland, Higham, Honeywell, Hood Green, Hoyland, Hoylandswaine, Hoyland Common
Ingbirchworth
Jump
Kendray, Kexbrough, Kingstone
Little Houghton, Lundwood
Mapplewell, Millhouses, Millhouse Green, Monk Bretton
New Lodge
Old Town, Oxspring
Platts Common, Penistone, Pilley, Pogmoor
Royston
Shafton, Silkstone, Silkstone Common, Smithies, Staincross, Stairfoot
Tankersley, Thurgoland, Thurlstone, Thurnscoe
Ward Green, Wilthorpe, Woolley Colliery, Wombwell, Wortley, Worsbrough

Education[edit]

There are over 100 schools and colleges in the borough. State education is managed by Barnsley Local Education Authority. There are 14 state run secondary schools and around 80 primary schools. There are also two independent school, Barnsley Hope House School and Silverwood School. Post 16 education is provided at Barnsley College and at the Sixth Form at Penistone Grammar School. There is also an adult education college, Northern College, located at Wentworth Castle in Stainborough. The University of Huddersfield also has a campus in Barnsley town centre.

Places of interest[edit]

Cannon Hall
Elsecar Heritage Centre
Monk Bretton Priory
Barnsley Town Hall
Lowe Stand

Places of concern:

Bolder Bridge

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Labour's majority up to 23 - full election results here". Barnsley Chronicle. 6 May 2011. Retrieved 22 June 2011. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 53°33′N 1°28′W / 53.550°N 1.467°W / 53.550; -1.467