Borough of Stockton-on-Tees
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Region||North East England|
|Combined authority||Tees Valley|
|• Type||Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council|
|• Leadership:||Leader & Cabinet|
|• Tees Valley Mayor||Ben Houchen|
|• Mayor||Councillor Ross Patterson|
|• MPs:||Alex Cunningham (L)|
Matt Vickers (C)
|• Total||79.2 sq mi (205.0 km2)|
|• Rank||Ranked 95th|
|• Density||2,500/sq mi (960/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+1 (British Summer Time)|
|ONS code||00EF (ONS)|
The Borough of Stockton-on-Tees is a unitary authority with borough status in the counties of County Durham and North Yorkshire, England. The borough had a population of 191,600 in 2011.
The main settlement and namesake of the borough is Stockton-on-Tees, which lies on the north bank of the River Tees with the town of Billingham. Both towns are in County Durham. The towns of Ingleby Barwick, Thornaby-on-Tees and Yarm are south of the river in North Yorkshire.
The borough governed by Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, and the current mayor is Cllr Ross Patterson. The borough is part of Tees Valley with nearby boroughs of Darlington, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland and Hartlepool.
All River Tees bridges from Yarm Viaduct to Transporter Bridge are in the borough at least on one side, with the Borough of Middlesbrough to the south downstream on the other side to the east of the borough. Teesside International Airport is shared between the borough and the Borough of Darlington.
Stockton previously held borough status as the Municipal Borough of Stockton-on-Tees in historic County Durham.
See also: County Borough of Teesside
In 1968, the borough was merged into Teesside County Borough; this civil parish was a part of the ceremonial (not administrative) North Riding county until its abolition.
Further information: Cleveland (county)
The town regained borough status on 1 April 1974 as a result of the Local Government Act 1972. It became a non-metropolitan district of the County of Cleveland, itself established at the same time. Multiple parishes and boroughs merged into Stockton's newly formed district borough:
The borough became a unitary authority on 1 April 1996. It is ceremonially split between County Durham and North Yorkshire, to the north and south of the Tees respectively. It is the only council in England to be split between two ceremonial counties. The former districts and boroughs of Durham now form the unitary authority of County Durham, so ceremonial County Durham now has four unitary authorities.
See also: Stockton-on-Tees local elections
The Borough has 26 wards with either one, two or three councillors representing each. There are 56 councillors in total. Following the 2019 elections, the councillors are divided politically as follows:
and several smaller groups.
The Office for National Statistics has published a chart (pp. 240–253) of the trend of regional gross value of Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees (figures in Sterling [millions]).
|Year||Regional Gross Value Added4||Agriculture1||Industry2||Services3|
^1 includes hunting and forestry.
^2 includes energy and construction.
^3 includes financial intermediation services indirectly measured.
^4 Components may not sum to totals due to rounding.
The council maintains a number of local nature reserves including Barwick Pond, Charlton's Pond, Greenvale, Hardwick Dene and Elm Tree Woods, Norton Grange Marsh, Quarry Wood (Eaglescliffe), and Stillington Forest Park.