Borough of Scarborough

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Coordinates: 54°16′48″N 0°24′07″W / 54.280°N 0.402°W / 54.280; -0.402

Scarborough Town Hall
Scarborough shown within North Yorkshire
Scarborough shown within North Yorkshire
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
RegionYorkshire and the Humber
Ceremonial countyNorth Yorkshire
Administrative HQScarborough (Town Hall)
 • TypeNon-metropolitan district
 • BodyScarborough Borough Council
 • LeadershipLeader and Cabinet
 • ExecutiveConservative / Independent
 • LeaderSteve Siddons
 • MayorHazel Lynskey
 • Chief ExecutiveMichael Greene
 • Total816.5 km2 (315.3 sq mi)
 • Rank45th
 • Total108,736
 • Rank222nd
 • Density133/km2 (340/sq mi)
 • Ethnicity
99.0% White
Time zoneUTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (British Summer Time)
Postcode area
YO (11, 12, 13, 14, 21, 22)
GSS codeE07000168
NUTS 3 codeUKE22
ONS code36UG
The logo, as seen on Whitby Bridge.

The Borough of Scarborough (/ˈskɑːrbərə/)[1][2] is a non-metropolitan district with borough status in North Yorkshire, England. In addition to the town of Scarborough, it covers a large stretch of the coast of Yorkshire, including Whitby and Filey.[3] It borders Redcar and Cleveland to the north, the Ryedale and Hambleton districts to the west and the East Riding of Yorkshire to the south.

The district was formed on 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972. It was a merger of the urban district of Filey and part of the Bridlington Rural District, from the historic East Riding of Yorkshire, along with the municipal borough of Scarborough, Scalby and Whitby urban districts, and Scarborough Rural District and Whitby Rural District, from the historic North Riding.

In 2007, the borough was threatened with extinction. In March of that year, North Yorkshire County Council was shortlisted by the Department for Communities and Local Government to become a unitary authority. If the bid had been successful then the Borough of Scarborough would — along with all other districts and boroughs in the present county of North Yorkshire — have been abolished then. The bid, however, was unsuccessful and the districts remained as they were previously constituted.

However, in July 2021 the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government announced that in April 2023, the non-metropolitan county will be reorganised into a unitary authority. Scarborough Borough Council will be abolished and its functions transferred to a new single authority for the non-metropolitan county of North Yorkshire.[4][5]


There are a total of 64 schools and colleges in the Scarborough area, as of 2012.


The Borough of Scarborough includes many civil parishes & suburbs including: Brompton-by-Sawdon, Broxa-cum-Troutsdale, Cloughton, Commondale, Crossgates, Eastfield, Glaisdale, Houlsyke, Hunmanby, Hutton Buscel, Irton, Littlebeck, Muston, Newby and Scalby, Ravenscar, Ruston, Silpho, Snainton, Seamer, West Ayton, Wykeham and others.

Wards of the Scarborough town are Castle, Central, Eastfield, Falsgrave Park, Newby, North Bay, Northstead, Ramshill, Stepney, Weaponness, and Woodlands. Areas without namesake wards include Westborough (centre), Barrowcliff and Newlands.

In 2016, the borough ranked second in Visit England's survey overall holiday trips and holiday spend, missing out on the top spot only to London.[6]


Since 1882, it has been served by The Scarborough News, which is published every Thursday.

The Scarborough Borough receives a daily radio news services from these radio stations, BBC Radio York that covers Scarborough, BBC Radio Tees covering Whitby & Greatest Hits Radio Yorkshire Coast which It was previously known as Yorkshire Coast Radio and had studios in Scarborough and transmitters in Scarborough and Whitby.[7]

Local news and television programmes in Scarborough is covered by BBC Yorkshire & ITV Yorkshire from Leeds and Whitby receives their local news and television programmes from BBC North East & Cumbria & ITV Tyne Tees in Newcastle.

Freedom of the Borough[edit]

The following people and military units have received the Freedom of the Borough of Scarborough.


Military units[edit]

Borough council[edit]

The political composition of the council at all-up elections, ignoring intervening by-elections, since the 2003 election is as follows:

Overall control Conservative Labour Lib Dem UKIP Independent Green
2019 Labour/Independent 16 13 1 14 2
2015 Conservative 26 14 5 3 2
2011 Conservative 25 6 3 2 14 2
2007 Conservative 26 4 6 14 2
2003 Conservative 27 8 2 13

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Definition of Scarborough". Collins English Dictionary. Retrieved 8 March 2012.
  2. ^ "Definition for Scarborough – Oxford Dictionaries Online (World English)". Archived from the original on 16 January 2014. Retrieved 8 March 2012.
  3. ^ "Scarborough | England, United Kingdom". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 15 September 2017.
  4. ^ "Next steps for new unitary councils in Cumbria, North Yorkshire and Somerset". GOV.UK. Retrieved 20 December 2021.
  5. ^ "The new council". North Yorkshire County Council. Retrieved 20 December 2021.
  6. ^ "Scarborough borough named one of England's most visited destinations". York Press. Retrieved 15 September 2017.
  7. ^ "Yorkshire Coast Radio Gets Biggest Ever Audience". Yorkshire Coast Radio. 2 August 2018. Retrieved 22 October 2018.
  8. ^ Wainwright, Martin (31 October 2012). "Jimmy Savile to be stripped of Scarborough honour". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 September 2019.
  9. ^ a b c d "The Famous Five". The Scarborough News. 6 April 2012. Retrieved 21 March 2023 – via PressReader.
  10. ^ a b Numminen, Anttoni (11 March 2023). "Beth Mead and Zoe Aldcroft to be granted Freedom of the Borough of Scarborough at a special ceremony". The Scarborough News. Retrieved 11 March 2023.
  11. ^ a b Pells, Matthew (20 March 2023). "Beth Mead Receives Freedom of the Borough of Scarborough". This is the Coast Local Radio. Retrieved 20 March 2023.
  12. ^ "Freedom of the borough given to honour soldiers". Chorley Guardian. Retrieved 8 September 2019.