City of Canterbury
|City of Canterbury|
|Non-metropolitan district, Borough, City|
Canterbury shown within Kent
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Region||South East England|
|Status||Non-metropolitan district, Borough, City|
|Incorporated||1 April 1974|
|• Type||Non-metropolitan district council|
|• Body||Canterbury City Council|
|• Leadership||Leader & Cabinet (Conservative)|
|• MPs||Julian Brazier
|• Total||119.24 sq mi (308.84 km2)|
|Area rank||137th (of 326)|
|Population (2011 est.)|
|• Rank||121st (of 326)|
|• Density||1,300/sq mi (490/km2)|
|• Ethnicity||93.4% White
1.6% Chinese and other
1.4% Mixed Race
|Time zone||GMT (UTC0)|
|• Summer (DST)||BST (UTC+1)|
|ONS code||29UC (ONS)
|OS grid reference||TR145575|
The district was formed on 1 April 1974 by the merger of the existing city of Canterbury with the Whitstable and Herne Bay Urban Districts, and Bridge-Blean Rural District. The latter district entirely surrounded the city; the urban districts occupied the coastal area to the north.
Elections to the city council are held every four years, all of the 50 seats on the council being elected. After being under no overall control for a number of years, the Conservative party gained a majority at the 2007 election and increased it in the 2011 election.
|Year||Conservative||Liberal Democrat||Labour Party||UKIP|
Within the district are the towns of Herne Bay and Whitstable, which with the parishes and the cathedral city itself, make up the 'City of Canterbury' district. There are 26 parishes within the district, as follows:
- Bekesbourne with Patrixbourne
- Fordwich: has town status
- Harbledown and Rough Common
- Herne and Broomfield
- Lower Hardres
- Thanington Without
- Upper Hardres
Swalecliffe is an unparished area within the district.
The area is largely rural, with a coastal strip taken up by the almost unbroken spread of seaside towns and beautiful beaches from Seasalter, west of Whitstable, to Herne Bay, Kent. Between them and the city, the hills rise into the well wooded historic Blean, south of which is the Great Stour flowing from its source beyond Ashford. The city of Canterbury stands upon this river.
||This article uses bare URLs for citations, which may be threatened by link rot. (May 2014)|
- "Canterbury". Collins Dictionary. n.d. Retrieved 24 September 2014.
- "Parish Councils". Canterbury City Council. 2008. Retrieved 5 September 2010.
- http://www.canterbury.gov.uk/buildpage.php?id=1133 Canterbury City Council - Twinning contacts. Retrieved on 14 October 2009
- Canterbury City Council
- Population breakdown
- City of Canterbury councillors listed by ward, as of 2010