Telford and Wrekin
|Telford and Wrekin|
|Unitary authority area, Borough|
Telford and Wrekin shown within Shropshire and England
|• Total||112.09 sq mi (290.31 km2)|
|• Density||1,500/sq mi (570/km2)|
|ISO 3166 code||01952|
Telford and Wrekin is a unitary district with borough status in the West Midlands region of England. The district was created in 1974 as The Wrekin, then a non-metropolitan district of Shropshire. In 1998 the district became a unitary authority and was renamed Telford and Wrekin. It remains part of the Shropshire ceremonial county and shares institutions such as the Fire and Rescue Service and Community Health with the rest of Shropshire.
The borough's major settlement is Telford, a new town designated in the 1960s incorporating the existing towns of Dawley, Madeley, Oakengates and Wellington. The next largest population centre is Newport, a market town to the north of Telford.
The borough borders Staffordshire, but is mostly surrounded by the non-metropolitan county of Shropshire, whose unitary authority is Shropshire Council. For Eurostat purposes it is a NUTS 3 region (code UKG21) and is one of four unitary authority areas that comprise the "Shropshire and Staffordshire" NUTS 2 region.
Before the creation of The Wrekin district, Telford was a new town run by the Telford Development Corporation (TDC) from the 1960s to the changes in 1974. The district was formed on 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, and covered Dawley, Newport, Oakengates and Wellington urban districts, Wellington Rural District and part of Shifnal parish in the Shifnal Rural District.
All of the council houses previously owned by Wrekin District Council and the subsequent Telford and Wrekin Council were transferred to a newly created Housing Association, the Wrekin Housing Trust, in 1999 which now owns the majority of social housing in Telford.
Towns, villages and other settlements
Settlements in Telford and Wrekin -
- High Ercall
- Newport (town)
- Telford (new town)
The borough is divided into 28 civil parishes and these are grouped into three areas: Telford, Newport and Rural.
- List of parishes
- Borough Council list, including the parishes' electorates, which gives a good indication of the populations of the parishes
For the borough council itself there is a system of 34 wards to elect councillors (from 2014 there are 30 wards).
Telford and Wrekin operates a cabinet-style council. It has 54 elected councillors who appoint the seven cabinet members, including the leader, each year. The cabinet members make decisions as a whole and meet every two weeks.
Telford and Wrekin is currently a Labour controlled council.
Telford and Wrekin is part of the West Mercia Police police area. The force is based in Worcester (outside Shropshire) and the borough's area is a Territorial Policing Unit in the force's organisation.
This is a chart of trend of regional gross value added of Telford and Wrekin at current basic prices published (pp. 240–253) by Office for National Statistics with figures in millions of British pounds sterling.
|Year||Regional Gross Value Added||Agriculture||Industry||Services|
- Telford and Wrekin local elections
- The Wrekin - prominent hill to the west of Telford
- 1990s UK local government reform
- Shropshire Council - the other unitary authority in Shropshire
- Healthcare in Shropshire
- "Cabinet". Telford and Wrekin Council. Retrieved 2010-05-05.
- Components may not sum to totals due to rounding
- includes hunting and forestry
- includes energy and construction
- includes financial intermediation services indirectly measured