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)
Area rank45th
 (mid-2019 est.)
 • Total108,757
 • Rank220th
 • 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 and borough of 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 have—along with all other districts and boroughs in the present county of North Yorkshire—been abolished. The bid, however, was unsuccessful and the districts remain as they were previously constituted.


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

Villages in Scarborough[edit]

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.

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.[4]


Since 1882, it has been served by The Scarborough News, which is published every Thursday. The Scarborough Borough receives a daily news service from the radio station, Greatest Hits Radio Yorkshire Coast. It was previously known as Yorkshire Coast Radio and had studios in Scarborough and transmitters in Scarborough and Whitby.[5]

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 since the 2003 election is as follows:

Overall control Conservative Labour Lib Dem UKIP Independent Green
2019 Conservative 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)". Retrieved 8 March 2012.
  3. ^ "Scarborough | England, United Kingdom". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 15 September 2017.
  4. ^ "Scarborough borough named one of England's most visited destinations". York Press. Retrieved 15 September 2017.
  5. ^ "Yorkshire Coast Radio Gets Biggest Ever Audience". Yorkshire Coast Radio. 2 August 2018. Retrieved 22 October 2018.
  6. ^ Wainwright, Martin (31 October 2012). "Jimmy Savile to be stripped of Scarborough honour". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 September 2019.
  7. ^ "Boxer Ingle and four others honoured by the town". The Scarborough News. Retrieved 8 September 2019.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "Freedom of the borough given to honour soldiers". Chorley Guardian. Retrieved 8 September 2019.