Borough of Halton

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Borough of Halton
Unitary authority, Borough
Official logo of Borough of Halton
Arms of Halton Borough Council
Halton shown within Cheshire
Halton shown within Cheshire
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region North West England
Ceremonial county Cheshire
Admin HQ Widnes
Settled 12th century
Incorporated 1974 (borough)
  1998 (Unitary authority)
Government
 • Type Unitary authority, Borough
 • Governing body Halton Borough Council
 • Leadership Leader & Cabinet
 • Executive Labour
 • MPs Graham Evans (C)
Derek Twigg (L)
Area
 • Total 30.54 sq mi (79.09 km2)
Population (2011 est.)
 • Total 125,700 (Ranked 164th)
 • Density 3,890/sq mi (1,502/km2)
Time zone GMT (UTC+0)
Area code(s) WA7, WA8
ONS code 00ET
Website www.Halton.gov.uk

Halton is a local government district in North West England, with borough status and administered by a unitary authority. It was created in 1974 as a district of Cheshire, and became a unitary authority area on 1 April 1998.[1] It consists of the towns of Runcorn and Widnes and the civil parishes of Hale, Daresbury, Moore, Preston Brook, Halebank and Sandymoor.[2] The district borders Merseyside, Warrington and Cheshire West and Chester. The borough straddles the River Mersey - the area to the north (including Widnes) is historically part of Lancashire, that to the south (including Runcorn) part of Cheshire.

History[edit]

Although Halton town dates back to the 12th century (and beyond) when land on both sides of the river belonged to the Barony of Halton, the origin of the District Council was the outcome of the local government commission's suggested reforms of England, in 1969, the Redcliffe-Maud Report. This proposed to create metropolitan counties constituted of Metropolitan District Councils in the most urbanised parts of England. The model was that of the London Boroughs and Greater London Council formed in 1965. South Lancashire and North Cheshire were two of these and two new Metropolitan Counties were to be formed around Liverpool (as Merseyside) and Manchester/Salford (as Greater Manchester .) however, the towns of Widnes and Runcorn (and the County Borough of Warrington) which lay between these were reluctant to join either. The Commission agreed that the Halton group and Warrington were to become District Councils within Cheshire, as they were detached from Lancashire by the two new Metropolitan Counties controlling the territory to the north. However, the Metropolitan Counties lost their county councils (along with the GLC) in 1986 and any remaining powers were devolved to the constituent Metropolitan Districts which cooperated over joint police authorities and fire services.

The district was formally established on 1 April 1974 from Runcorn urban district and part of Runcorn Rural District from Cheshire, and the borough Widnes and the parish of Hale from the Whiston Rural District in Lancashire. On 1 April 1998 Halton became an independent unitary authority, though it is still served by Cheshire Police and Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, and forms part of Cheshire for ceremonial purposes, such as the Lord Lieutenancy.

In January 2009 an agreement was made that Halton will join the local authorities of Liverpool, Sefton, Wirral, Knowsley and St Helens, the five MDCs which constitute the Merseyside County, to form the Liverpool City Region. This effectively reverses the position adopted in the 1970s which created it as an anomaly. As a unitary authority its status is similar to the MDCs.[3]

Economy[edit]

This is a chart of trend of regional gross value added of Halton and Warrington 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 Added4 Agriculture1 Industry2 Services3
1995 3,636 14 1,361 2,261
2000 4,768 10 1,433 3,324
2003 5,774 18 1,399 4,356
  • ^1 includes hunting and forestry
  • ^2 includes energy and construction
  • ^3 includes financial intermediation services indirectly measured
  • ^4 Components may not sum to totals due to rounding

Demographics[edit]

The population of Halton in 2004 was 118,915 and it is the most densely populated district in Cheshire at 15.01 persons per hectare (3,890.2/sq mi).[4] The change in population during the 20th century is shown in the following table.

Year 1901 1911 1921 1931 1941 1951 1961 1971 1981 1991 2001
Population 57,755 57,062 61,039 65,309 71,835 79,026 87,168 96,150 121,861 124,915 118,215
Source:[5]

In 2003 Halton had the largest proportion of the population in Cheshire in the age groups under 5, 5 to 15 and 16 to pension age and, at 16.1% the lowest proportion of people at pension age or older. At 1.2% the proportion of non-white ethnic groups in 2001 equalled the lowest in all local authorities in Cheshire. At 11.5 per 1,000 population, the live birth rate in Halton and Warrington, is the highest in the county. At 121 the standardised mortality ratio and at 21.5% the percentage of persons with limiting long-term illness are considerably the highest in Cheshire.[6]

There has been an increase in the number of households from 47,214 in 1991 to 52,501 in 2006. The average household size has reduced from 2.70 in 1991 to 2.44 in 2001. 89.8% of houses had central heating in 2001 compared with 75.8% in 2001. The type of housing has also changed with an increase from 15.5% to 19.2% in detached houses from 1991 to 2001, an increase over the same years in semi-detached houses from 30.0% to 33.0% and a corresponding decrease in terraced houses from 44.0% to 37.5%.[7] The percentage of dwellings in council tax bands A-B is, at 69% the highest in any Cheshire local authority while the percentages in bands E-F (8%) and G-H (1%) are the lowest.[6]

There has been a shift in employment from manufacturing to service industries. In 1991 34% worked in the manufacturing sector and 61% were in the service sector. By 2004 17% were in manufacturing jobs and 78% were in service jobs.[7]

Politics[edit]

Since Halton became a unitary authority in 1998 the Labour party has controlled the council.[8] Elections to the council are held in 3 out of every 4 years, with one third of the 56 seats being elected at each election. The present composition of the council is:[9]

Party Councillors
Labour 51
Liberal Democrat 3
Conservative 2

Education[edit]

Performance table[edit]

This table shows the percentage of pupils in each school gaining five GCSE A*–C level grades, including English and Maths, in the years 2005–2008 compared with the local and national averages.[10]

School Number on roll
2007/8
2005 2006 2007 2008
The Bankfield School 202 25 29 33 50
Fairfield High School 167 27 33 37 51
The Grange School 229 27 24 27 35
Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy
The Heath School 209 44 42 50 63
St Chad's RC & CE High School 170 31 39 39 45
Saints Peter and Paul Catholic College 277 32 31 48 48
Wade Deacon High School 227 55 53 67 78
Halton average 32.8 33.3 41.0 49.2
National average 44.3 45.3 46.0 47.3

Twin towns[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Unitary Authority". Halton Borough Council. Retrieved 19 January 2009. 
  2. ^ Parish Councils, Halton Borough Council, retrieved 2 December 2008 
  3. ^ Clay, Oliver, Halton to become part of Liverpool city region, Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News, retrieved 2009-01-15 
  4. ^ Halton Borough Council:Halton Population Accessed 4 April 2007[dead link]
  5. ^ Vision of Britain Accessed 4 April 2007
  6. ^ a b National Statistics:Region in Figures, North West Winter 2004/05 Accessed 4 April 2007
  7. ^ a b Halton Borough Council: Halton Unitary in Figures Accessed 4 April 2007[dead link]
  8. ^ "Halton". BBC News Online. 19 April 2008. Retrieved 2010-03-03. 
  9. ^ [1] Halton.gov.uk Retrieved 21 June 2014.
  10. ^ Achievement and Attainment tables 2008: Local Authority Halton - Year on Tear Comparisons, Department for Children, Schools and Families, retrieved 2009-01-17 

Coordinates: 53°20′N 2°45′W / 53.333°N 2.750°W / 53.333; -2.750