Borough of Burnley

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Coordinates: 53°47′13″N 2°14′42″W / 53.787°N 2.245°W / 53.787; -2.245

Borough of Burnley
Burnley Town Hall
Burnley Town Hall
Official logo of Borough of Burnley
Coat of Arms of the Borough Council
Shown within non-metropolitan Lancashire
Shown within non-metropolitan Lancashire
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region North West England
Ceremonial county Lancashire
Admin. HQ Burnley
 • Type Burnley Borough Council
 • Leadership: Leader & Cabinet
 • Executive: Labour Party
 • MPs: Julie Cooper
 • Total 42.7 sq mi (110.7 km2)
Area rank 209th
Population (mid-2014 est.)
 • Total 87,291
 • Rank Ranked 273rd
 • Density 2,000/sq mi (790/km2)
Time zone Greenwich Mean Time (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) British Summer Time (UTC+1)
Postcode BB10-12
Area code(s) 01282
ONS code 30UD (ONS)
E07000117 (GSS)
Ethnicity 90.1% White
8.2% S.Asian
0.9% Mixed Race[1]

The Borough of Burnley (/ˈbɜːrnli/) is a local government district of Lancashire, England, with the status of a non-metropolitan district and borough. It has an area of 42.7 square miles (110.7 km2) and a population of 87,291 (mid-2014 est.), and is named after its largest town, Burnley. The borough is bounded by Hyndburn, Ribble Valley, Pendle, Rossendale – all in Lancashire – and the borough of Calderdale in West Yorkshire. It is governed by Burnley Borough Council, which has been controlled by the Liberal Democrats since 2008.


The current borders date from 1 April 1974, when the former county borough of Burnley merged with the urban district of Padiham and part of Burnley Rural District. In 2007 its proposal to merge with neighbouring Pendle Borough Council to form a larger unitary authority was rejected by the government.[2]


Composition of Burnley Borough Council (as of May 2012)
Party Group Leader Seats Change
Labour Julie Cooper 26
Liberal Democrat Charlie Briggs 14
Conservative Peter Doyle 5
Total Seats 45

Burnley Borough Council has had a predominantly Labour controlled history, the party returned to power in 2012, after a period of leadership by the Liberal Democrats. The borough comprises 15 wards electing a total of 45 councillors.

Wards: Bank Hall, Briercliffe, Brunshaw, Coal Clough with Deerplay, Daneshouse with Stoneyholme, Gannow, Lanehead, Queensgate, Rosegrove with Lowerhouse, Rosehill with Burnley Wood, Trinity, and Whittlefield with Ightenhill, Cliviger with Worsthorne, Gawthorpe, and Hapton with Park.

The borough contains the civil parishes of Ightenhill, Habergham Eaves, Dunnockshaw and Clowbridge, Hapton, Cliviger, Briercliffe, and Worsthorne-with-Hurstwood.

Padiham Town Council was established in 2002.

Since 2002, a number of BNP councillors have been elected in the borough, with the last councilor losing her seat in the Hapton with Park ward in 2012.


Places in the borough of Burnley include:

The Singing Ringing Tree, overlooking Burnley
Clowbridge Reservoir, Dunnockshaw
Name Civil parish Classification Co-ordinates
Burnley N/A Town 53°47′20″N 2°14′53″W / 53.789°N 2.248°W / 53.789; -2.248
Padiham Padiham Town 53°47′49″N 2°18′40″W / 53.797°N 2.311°W / 53.797; -2.311
Hapton Hapton Village 53°46′48″N 2°18′54″W / 53.780°N 2.315°W / 53.780; -2.315
Worsthorne Worsthorne-with-Hurstwood Village 53°47′17″N 2°11′28″W / 53.788°N 2.191°W / 53.788; -2.191
Brownside Worsthorne-with-Hurstwood Hamlet 53°47′20″N 2°12′00″W / 53.789°N 2.200°W / 53.789; -2.200
Walk Mill Cliviger Hamlet 53°46′05″N 2°12′36″W / 53.768°N 2.210°W / 53.768; -2.210
Lane Bottom Briercliffe Hamlet 53°48′58″N 2°11′13″W / 53.816°N 2.187°W / 53.816; -2.187
Mereclough Cliviger Hamlet 53°46′16″N 2°11′35″W / 53.771°N 2.193°W / 53.771; -2.193
Southward Bottom Cliviger Hamlet 53°45′43″N 2°11′53″W / 53.762°N 2.198°W / 53.762; -2.198
Overtown Cliviger Hamlet 53°45′58″N 2°11′46″W / 53.766°N 2.196°W / 53.766; -2.196
Holme Chapel Cliviger Village 53°45′11″N 2°11′28″W / 53.753°N 2.191°W / 53.753; -2.191
Hurstwood Worsthorne-with-Hurstwood Hamlet 53°46′44″N 2°10′55″W / 53.779°N 2.182°W / 53.779; -2.182
Cockden Briercliffe Hamlet 53°48′36″N 2°11′31″W / 53.810°N 2.192°W / 53.810; -2.192
Clowbridge Dunnockshaw and Clowbridge Hamlet 53°45′00″N 2°16′01″W / 53.750°N 2.267°W / 53.750; -2.267
Dunnockshaw Dunnockshaw and Clowbridge Hamlet 53°44′46″N 2°16′48″W / 53.746°N 2.280°W / 53.746; -2.280
Rogerham Briercliffe Hamlet 53°48′00″N 2°10′48″W / 53.800°N 2.180°W / 53.800; -2.180


The Borough of Burnley compared
UK Census 2011[3] Burnley NW England England
Total population 87,059 7,052,177 53,012,456
Foreign born 7.7% 8.2% 13.8%
White 87.4% 90.2% 85.4%
Asian 10.7% 5.5% 7.1%
Black 0.2% 1.4% 3.5%
Christian 63.6% 67.3% 59.4%
Muslim 9.9% 5.1% 5.0%
Hindu 0.2% 0.5% 1.5%
No religion 19.7% 19.8% 24.7%
Under 18 years old 22.2% 21.2% 21.4%
Over 65 years old 16.2% 16.6% 16.3%
Unemployed 5.3% 4.7% 4.4%
Perm. sick / disabled 7.0% 5.6% 4.0%

The borough's population has fallen from a high of 130,339 in 1911 to an estimated 87,700 in 2005.[4] Between 1991 and 2001, it fell by 2.6%. Its employment rate of 59.0% places it 261st out of 376 local authorities in England & Wales; just 12.6% of its workforce are graduates, placing it 325th out of 376 local authorities.[5]

A 2010 report commissioned by the BBC and compiled by Experian ranked the borough as having the second lowest property prices in England, this combined with GCSE results and crime rates, led to the borough being ranked as the worst place in England.[6]

Public services[edit]


Education Services in the borough are provided and controlled by Lancashire County Council.


Health services in the borough are provided by East Lancashire Primary Care Trust and East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, with additional services provided by the North West Ambulance Service and North West Air Ambulance.

The Hospital Trust operates Burnley General Hospital, while the PCT operates the network of GP surgeries, and recently opened 2 Primary Health Care Centres in the borough (St. Peters Centre in 2006 and Briercliffe in 2007).[7]


Policing Services in the borough are provided by the Pennine division of Lancashire Constabulary based at Burnley Police station, and controlled by Lancashire County Council. Plans are in place to merge the pennine division into the neighbouring eastern division, based in Blackburn.[8] Policing Services of the borough's Railways are provided by North West division of the British Transport Police - the nearest Transport Police office being in Preston.[9]

Fire and rescue[edit]

Fire and rescue services in the borough are provided by Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service and controlled by Lancashire County Council.

A view over Cliviger

Waste and recycling[edit]

Refuse and recycling collection, and street cleansing is the responsibly of the borough council and these services are currently contracted to Veolia Environmental Services at a cost of approximately £3m / year.[10] The borough Council has signed up to Lancashire's Municipal Waste Management Strategy, which specifies that the borough must recycle or compost 56% of all waste by 2015 and 61% by 2020.

There are currently 2 household waste recycling centres run by Lancashire County Council in the borough. One located on Grosvenor Street in Burnley and the second on Park Road in Padiham. Lancashire County Councils long term plans to replace the Burnley site with facility at Heasandford Industrial Estate on the north eastern edge of the town, where approved in 2010 despite local objections regarding the site’s suitability. 3 months later they then announced the closure of the Padiham site as part of cost-cutting measures, increasing the unsuitability of the new Burnley site’s location.[11]

Neighbouring districts[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Accessed 27 March 2008.
  2. ^ "Government says no to home rule for Burnley and Pendle" Archived September 28, 2007, at the Wayback Machine., Burnley Borough Council website, March 27, 2007. Accessed 30 August 2007.
  3. ^ Office for National Statistics – Burnley page Accessed 2014
  4. ^ A Vision of Britain Through Time Archived September 30, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.. Accessed 6 May 2008.
  5. ^ Office for National Statistics|2001 Census. Accessed 6 May 2008.
  6. ^ BBC News (Excel Spreatsheet) Accessed 2010
  7. ^ East Lancs PCT Archived July 30, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. Accessed 2010
  8. ^ Blackburn chosen as new police base for Eastern division Your Local Guardian Accessed 2013
  9. ^ Transport Police Stations in the North West[permanent dead link] Accessed 2013
  10. ^ Veolia Press Release Archived July 23, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. Accessed 2010
  11. ^ Lancashire Telegraph Accessed 2010