Borough of Blackburn with Darwen
Coat of arms of Borough of Blackburn with Darwen
Motto(s): 
Latin: Arte et Labore, lit.'By Skill and Labour'
Blackburn with Darwen shown within Lancashire
Blackburn with Darwen shown within Lancashire
Coordinates: 53°45′00″N 2°28′53″W / 53.7500°N 2.4815°W / 53.7500; -2.4815
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
CountryEngland
RegionNorth West
Ceremonial countyLancashire
Incorporated1 April 1974
Unitary authority1 April 1998
Named forBlackburn and Darwen
Administrative HQBlackburn Town Hall
Government
 • TypeUnitary authority
 • BodyBlackburn with Darwen Borough Council
 • ExecutiveLeader and cabinet
 • ControlLabour
 • LeaderPhil Riley (L)
 • MayorBrian Taylor
 • MPs
Area
 • Total53 sq mi (137 km2)
 • Rank173rd
Population
 (2022)[3]
 • Total155,762
 • Rank135th
 • Density2,940/sq mi (1,137/km2)
Ethnicity (2021)
 • Ethnic groups
List
Religion (2021)
 • Religion
List
Time zoneUTC+0 (GMT)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (BST)
Postcode areas
Dialling codes01254
ISO 3166 codeGB-BBD
GSS codeE06000008
Websiteblackburn.gov.uk

Blackburn with Darwen is a borough and unitary authority area in Lancashire, North West England. It consists of the towns of Blackburn and Darwen but covers a wider area which includes the villages of Lower Darwen, Feniscowles, Brownhill and Hoddlesden.[5]

Formation

It was founded in 1974 as the Lancashire borough of Blackburn, from the County Borough of Blackburn, the Municipal Borough of Darwen, the parish of North Turton from Turton Urban District (chiefly the villages of Belmont, Chapeltown and Edgworth) and parts of Blackburn Rural District. It was renamed in May 1997, in preparation for a split from Lancashire County Council. On 1 April 1998 it became a unitary authority.

Demographics

Ethnicity

Ethnicity of school pupils[6]
Ethnic group School year
2021/2022
Number %
White: Total 12,911 46.1
White: British 11,876 42.4
White: Irish 28 0.1
White: Traveller of Irish heritage 25 0.1
White: Gypsy/Roma 21 0.1
White: Other 961 3.4
Asian / Asian British: Total 12,835 45.8
Asian / Asian British: Indian 4,592 16.4
Asian / Asian British: Pakistani 7,282 26.0
Asian / Asian British: Bangladeshi 290 1.0
Asian / Asian British: Chinese 71 0.3
Asian / Asian British: Other Asians 600 2.1
Black / Black British: Total 344 1.2
Black: Caribbean 13 0.0
Black: African 274 1.0
Black: Other Blacks 57 0.2
Mixed / British Mixed 1,129 4
Other: Total 474 1.7
Unclassified 290 1.0
Total: 27,983 100.0

Religion

According to the 2021 census, 38.0% of the population was Christian, 35.0% Muslim, 0.3% Hindu, 0.2% Buddhist, 0.4% followed another religions (including Judaism, Sikhism and others), 21.1% were not affiliated to a religion and 5.0% did not state their religious views.

Religion in Blackburn with Darwen as of 2021 [7]

  Christianity (38.0%)
  Islam (35.0%)
  Hinduism (0.3%)
  Buddhism (0.2%)
  Sikh (0.1%)
  No religion (21.1%)
  Not stated (5.0%)
  Other (0.3%)

Governance

Main article: Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

The council is based at Blackburn Town Hall on King William Street in the centre of Blackburn. As a unitary authority, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council provides most local government services. Parts of the borough are covered by civil parishes, which provide a lower tier of local government.

Economy

This is a chart of trend of regional gross value added of Blackburn with Darwen at current basic prices published Archived 22 August 2006 at the Wayback Machine (pp. 240–253) by Office for National Statistics with figures in millions of British Pounds Sterling.

Year Regional Gross Value Added[a] Agriculture[b] Industry[c] Services[d]
1995 1,496 3 755 737
2000 1,597 3 678 916
2003 1,785 4 647 1,134

Settlements

Civil parishes

  1. Darwen (town council)
  2. Eccleshill
  3. Livesey
  4. North Turton
  5. Pleasington
  6. Tockholes
  7. Yate and Pickup Bank

The town of Blackburn and the village of Hoddlesden lie in unparished areas.

Education

Main article: List of schools in Blackburn with Darwen

As a unitary authority, Blackburn with Darwen authority has a statutory responsibility for educational standards and schooling within its boundaries.[8]

Transport

Blackburn with Darwen Council has a stated transport policy of "making roads traffic free".[9]

Freedom of the Borough

The following people and military units have received the Freedom of the Borough of Blackburn with Darwen.[10]

This list is incomplete; you can help by adding missing items. (January 2022)

Individuals

Military Units

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Components may not sum to totals due to rounding
  2. ^ includes hunting and forestry
  3. ^ includes energy and construction
  4. ^ includes financial intermediation services indirectly measured

References

  1. ^ "Council and democracy". Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council. Retrieved 22 January 2024.
  2. ^ "Mid-Year Population Estimates, UK, June 2022". Office for National Statistics. 26 March 2024. Retrieved 3 May 2024.
  3. ^ "Mid-Year Population Estimates, UK, June 2022". Office for National Statistics. 26 March 2024. Retrieved 3 May 2024.
  4. ^ a b UK Census (2021). "2021 Census Area Profile – Blackburn with Darwen Local Authority (E06000008)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 22 January 2024.
  5. ^ "Unitary Authority population 2011". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 15 January 2016.
  6. ^ "Schools, pupils and their characteristics, Academic Year 2021/22". explore-education-statistics.service.gov.uk. Retrieved 28 November 2022.
  7. ^ "Religion". Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 7 December 2022.
  8. ^ "Types of Council". Archived from the original on 26 January 2013. Retrieved 6 January 2013.
  9. ^ Blackburn with Darwen Council. "Transport & streets policies & strategies". Archived from the original on 11 June 2017. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  10. ^ "Freedom of the Borough". Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council. Retrieved 17 January 2022.
  11. ^ Jacobs, Bill (25 September 2015). "Former Blackburn MP Jack Straw to be given 'freedom' of the borough". The Lancashire Telegraph. Retrieved 17 January 2022.

Council political parties