Metropolitan Borough of St Helens
|Borough of St Helens|
|Motto: Prosperitas In Excelsis|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Region||North West England|
|Admin HQ||St Helens (Town Hall)|
|Founded||1 April 1974|
|• Type||Metropolitan borough|
|• Governing body||St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council|
|• Leadership:||Leader & Cabinet|
|• Leader of the Council||Cllr Marie Rimmer (Lab)|
|• MPs:||David Watts (Lab),
Shaun Woodward (Lab)
|Population (2011 est.)|
|• Total||175,400 (Ranked 98th)|
|• Ethnicity||98.8% White|
|Time zone||Greenwich Mean Time (UTC+0)|
|Postcodes||WA, WN & L|
|Area code(s)||01744 / 01942 / 01925 / 0151|
The Metropolitan Borough of St Helens is a metropolitan borough of Merseyside, in North West England. It is named after its largest town St Helens, and covers an area which includes the settlements of Newton-le-Willows, Earlestown, Haydock, Rainhill, Eccleston, Clock Face, Billinge and Rainford.
The Metropolitan Borough Council is made up of 48 councillors, with three representing each of the 16 wards of the borough.
The Metropolitan Borough was formed on 1 April 1974 as a merger of the former County Borough of St Helens, along with the urban districts of Haydock, Newton-le-Willows and Rainford, and parts of Billinge-and-Winstanley and Ashton-in-Makerfield urban districts, along with part of Whiston Rural District, all from the administrative county of Lancashire.
Between 1974 and 1986 the borough council shared functions with Merseyside County Council. The functions of this body were in part devolved to the boroughs and in part transferred to ad hoc agencies.
On 17 May 2006, following local elections held on 4 May, the political control of the Council changed from the Labour Party to a coalition formed by the Liberal Democrats and the Conservative Party. Labour had been in power since 1 April 1974 following the first elections to the shadow council in 1973.
After local elections in 2008 St Helens was a hung council with no party having overall control, as a result The Liberal Democrats and the Conservative coalition continued their governance of the council. Labour were the largest party represented followed by the Liberal Democrats and then the Conservatives.
After local elections in 2010 the Labour Party retook overall control of St Helens council with a majority of 8 after increasing its tally by 5 at the expense of the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives. This brought to an end the Lib/Con coalition which had governed the council since 2006. Labour continue to be the largest party represented followed by the Liberal Democrats and then the Conservatives.
Following the United Kingdom local elections, 2011, in which one third of the seats in St Helens Council were up for election, Labour increased their majority by 7, as a result of the collapse of the Liberal Democrat vote, with them losing all but one of the seats they were defending while the Conservatives also lost one seat to Labour.
Following the 2012 local elections, Labour further increased its majority on 2011 with another 5 seats awarded to them. The Liberal Democrats lost 4 seats, and the Conservative Party 1. On the night of the results, there was a scuffle between Liberal Democrat Cllr Brian Spencer who had lost his seat, and Labour candidate Mark Johnson, in which police had to break up the fight and made following investigations into an assault on Mark Johnson.
The borough borders the borough of Knowsley, within Merseyside, in the south-west, the Lancashire district of West Lancashire in the north, the Greater Manchester Borough of Wigan in the north-east, and to the south the boroughs of Warrington and Halton in Cheshire.
The St Helens Borough covers roughly 30 km² over an area of soft rolling hills used primarily for agricultural purposes, mainly arable. The highest point in the Metropolitan Borough of St Helens, and the whole of Merseyside is Billinge Hill, 4.5 miles (7.2 km) north from the town centre. The town is landlocked with a stream running through, Mill Brook/Windle Brook running through Eccleston and connecting with the (disused) St. Helens Branch/Section of the Sankey Canal in the town centre. St Helens is around 160 feet (50 m) above sea level.
Carr Mill Dam is Merseyside's largest body of inland water, offering picturesque lakeside trails and walks as well as national competitive powerboating and angling events.
The Burgies are two tailings on the site of the old Rushy Park coal mine. They were created by the dumping of toxic chemical waste from the manufacture of glass, they have since been covered with tall grass and woodland.
|St Helens Population using 2001 Data, 2008 Wards|
|2001 UK Census||Population||Households|
|Billinge and Seneley Green||12,717||4985|
Coat of arms
|Coat of Arms of St Helens Council|
|Armiger||College of Heralds|
|Crest||A rams head with fleur-de-lys mounted on a helmet, representing Lord Newton|
|Escutcheon||Quarterly: 1 red saltire representing Ashton and Seneley Green, 2 Black griffin representing Rainhill, 3 Pilkingtons Cross representing Windle], 4 Red crosslet representing Billinge summounted by the Black Cross of Haydock & Eccleston and the Blue Bars of Parr.|
|Supporters||A golden lion and a black griffin|
|Motto||Latin: Prosperitas In Excelsis English: "Flourishing Well"|
|Use||On all council documents|
- "Find your councillor". St Helens Council. Retrieved 10 January 2013.
- St. Helens Metropolitan Borough Council
- Earlestown Historical Website
- Newton-le-Willows Historical Website