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Borough of Blackpool
Official seal of Borough of Blackpool
Shown within ceremonial Lancashire
Shown within ceremonial Lancashire
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
RegionNorth West England
Ceremonial county Lancashire
Admin. HQBlackpool
 • TypeUnitary authority
 • BodyBlackpool Council
 • Council LeaderCllr Lynn Williams
 • MayorCllr Amy Cross
 • MP for Blackpool SouthScott Benton
 • MP for Blackpool North and CleveleysPaul Maynard
 • Total34.85 km2 (13.46 sq mi)
 • Rank34.85
mid-2019 est.[2]
 • Total139,446 Ranked 159th
 • Density3,997/km2 (10,350/sq mi)
 • Ethnicity
96.7% White
1.6% S.Asian
0.2% Black
0.2% Other
1.2% Mixed[1]
Time zoneUTC+0 (GMT)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (British Summer Time)
ONS code00EX (ONS)
E06000009 (GSS)

The Borough of Blackpool is a local government district with unitary authority status and unparished area in the ceremonial county of Lancashire, England. It covers the large seaside town of Blackpool and includes notable suburbs such as South Shore, North Shore and the large village of Bispham.

The borough is bordered to the north and north-east by the Borough of Wyre (including Fleetwood, Cleveleys, Thornton and Poulton-le-Fylde), and to the south and south-east by Borough of Fylde (including Lytham St Annes), both of which are non-metropolitan districts in Lancashire. The western boundary is bounded by Morecambe Bay and the coast. Surrounding districts form part of the Blackpool Urban Area which covers all the unitary authority area.[3][4][5][6][7]


On 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, the pre-existing County Borough of Blackpool was reconstituted as a non-metropolitan district with the same boundaries as the county borough.[8][9] Until 1998, Blackpool was administered as part of Lancashire County Council which was based in Preston. After the creation of unitary authorities by the government, Blackpool and Blackburn were successful in gaining their own right to govern independent from the county council. Blackpool gained unitary authority status,[10] as did Blackburn and it was renamed "Blackburn with Darwen". As of 2021 these are the only two unitary authorities in Lancashire although they remain part of Lancashire for ceremonial purposes.

Localities in the borough


Blackpool borough is administered by Blackpool Council currently under Labour control.


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