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

For the former borough in Canada, see Scarborough, Toronto.
Borough of Scarborough
Scarborough Town Hall
Scarborough Town Hall
Shown within North Yorkshire and England
Shown within North Yorkshire and England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region Yorkshire and the Humber
Administrative county North Yorkshire
Admin. HQ Scarborough
 • Type Scarborough Borough Council
 • Leadership: Leader & Cabinet
 • Executive: Conservative / Independent / Liberal Democrat
 • MPs: Robert Goodwill,
Kevin Hollinrake
 • Total 315.3 sq mi (816.5 km2)
Area rank 43rd
Population (mid-2014 est.)
 • Total 108,006
 • Rank Ranked 218th
 • Density 340/sq mi (130/km2)
Time zone Greenwich Mean Time (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) British Summer Time (UTC+1)
ONS code 36UG (ONS)
E07000168 (GSS)
Ethnicity 99.0% White

The Borough of Scarborough (/ˈskɑːrbrə/ or /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. 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.

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  1. ^ "Definition of Scarborough". Collins English Dictionary. Retrieved 2012-03-08. 
  2. ^ "Definition for Scarborough - Oxford Dictionaries Online (World English)". Retrieved 2012-03-08.