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

Borough and Non-metropolitan district
Scarborough Town Hall
Scarborough Town Hall
Scarborough shown within North Yorkshire
Scarborough shown within North Yorkshire
Sovereign state  United Kingdom
Constituent country  England
Region Yorkshire and the Humber
Ceremonial county North Yorkshire
Administrative HQ Scarborough (Town Hall)
 • Type Non-metropolitan district
 • Body Scarborough Borough Council
 • Leadership Leader and Cabinet
 • Executive Conservative / Independent
 • Leader Derek J Bastiman
 • Mayor Martin Smith
 • Chief Executive Jim Dillon
 • Total 816.5 km2 (315.3 sq mi)
Area rank 43rd
Population (mid-2017 est.)
 • Total 108,400
 • Rank 220th
 • Density 132/km2 (340/sq mi)
 • Ethnicity 99.0% White
Time zone UTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+1 (British Summer Time)
Postcode area YO (11, 12, 13, 14, 21, 22)
GSS code E07000168
NUTS 3 code UKE22
ONS code 36UG

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 be 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.

The political composition of the council since the 2003 election is as follows:

Year Conservatives Liberal Democrats Labour UK Independence Party Green Independents
2003 27 2 8 0 0 13
2007 26 6 4 0 2 14
2011 25 3 6 2 2 14
2015 26 0 14 5 2 3


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 the villages of Allerston, Crossgates, East Ayton, Eastfield, Ebberston, Glaisdale, Hutton Buscel, Irton, Ravenscar, Seamer, West Ayton and Wilton.

IN 2016, the Borough ranked second in the overall holiday trips and holiday spend, only missing out on the top spot to London.[4]


Since 1882 it has been served by The Scarborough News, which comes out every Thursday. The Scarborough Borough receives a daily news service from local radio station, Yorkshire Coast Radio which has studios in Scarborough and transmitters in Scarborough and Whitby.

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.