Coordinates: 53°54′00″N 2°48′32″W / 53.900°N 2.809°W / 53.900; -2.809

Borough of Wyre
Fleetwood from across the Wyre estuary
Fleetwood from across the Wyre estuary
Wyre shown within Lancashire and England
Wyre shown within Lancashire and England
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionNorth West England
Ceremonial countyLancashire
Admin. HQPoulton-le-Fylde
 • TypeWyre Borough Council
 • Leadership:Leader & Cabinet
 • Executive:Conservative
 • MPs:Paul Maynard, Cat Smith, Ben Wallace
 • Total108.9 sq mi (282.1 km2)
 • Rank139th
 (mid-2019 est.)[2]
 • Total112,091
 • Rank214th
 • Density1,000/sq mi (400/km2)
Time zoneUTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (British Summer Time)
ONS code30UQ (ONS)
E07000128 (GSS)
Ethnicity98.2% White
0.9% S.Asian[3]

Wyre is a local government district with borough status in Lancashire, England. The population of the non-metropolitan district at the 2011 census was 107,749.[3] The district borders the unitary authority area of Blackpool as well as the districts of Lancaster, Ribble Valley, Fylde and Preston. The council is based in Poulton-le-Fylde. The district is named after the River Wyre, which runs through the district.

The district is a rare contemporary example of a non-contiguous local government area. There are no road or rail connections between the parts of the borough divided by the River Wyre, and it is necessary to travel through the Fylde district in order to travel between the two divided parts of Wyre, or else use the passenger ferry between Fleetwood and Knott End. The borough also includes parts of Blackpool built-up area.


The district was created on 1 April 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972, as a non-metropolitan district covering the territory of five former districts, which were abolished at the same time:[4][5]


Civil parishes

Civil parishes in the Borough of Wyre
Civil parishes in the Borough of Wyre
  1. Barnacre-with-Bonds
  2. Bleasdale
  3. Cabus
  4. Catterall
  5. Claughton
  6. Fleetwood (town council)
  7. Forton
  8. Garstang (town council)
  9. Great Eccleston
  10. Hambleton
  11. Inskip-with-Sowerby
  12. Kirkland
  13. Myerscough and Bilsborrow
  14. Nateby
  15. Nether Wyresdale
  16. Out Rawcliffe
  17. Pilling
  18. Preesall (town council)
  19. Stalmine-with-Staynall
  20. Upper Rawcliffe with Tarnacre
  21. Winmarleigh
Borough of Wyre is located in the Borough of Wyre
Towns, villages and hills in the Borough of Wyre          Forest of Bowland AONB

Unparished area


For historical political control and leadership, see Wyre Borough Council elections.

Elections to Wyre Borough Council take place every four years on the first Thursday in May. All 55 councillors are elected from 26 wards. Since the formation of the council in 1973 it has been under the control of the Conservative Party with the exception of one term from 1995 to 1999 when the Labour Party held control of the council.

Following the most recent election held on 2 May 2019 the composition of the council is as follows:[6]

Party Seats   ±  
Conservative 37
Labour 8
Independent 5

The leader of the council since December 2017 has been David Henderson, a Conservative.[7] The next election is due in 2023.


Civic Centre, Breck Road, Poulton-le-Fylde
Civic Centre, Breck Road, Poulton-le-Fylde

The council is based at the Civic Centre on Breck Road in Poulton-le-Fylde. The building was originally a large house called Woodlands, later serving as a convalescent hospital and teacher training college before becoming the council's headquarters in 1988.[8]


Wyre is split into three Parliamentary Constituencies - Wyre and Preston North, Lancaster and Fleetwood and Blackpool North and Cleveleys. This was recently changed as part of the Boundary changes for the 2010 United Kingdom general election. Before this change it had been split into three Lancaster and Wyre, Blackpool North and Fleetwood and Fylde.

Freedom of the Borough

The following people and military units have received the Freedom of the Borough of Wyre.

This list is incomplete; you can help by adding missing items. (April 2021)


  1. ^ "Standard Area Measurements (2016) for Administrative Areas in the United Kingdom". Office for National Statistics. 1 February 2017. Retrieved 9 February 2017.
  2. ^ "Population Estimates for UK, England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, Mid-2019". Office for National Statistics. 6 May 2020. Retrieved 6 May 2020.
  3. ^ a b UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Wyre Local Authority (E07000128)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 26 March 2021.
  4. ^ "The English Non-metropolitan Districts (Definition) Order 1972",, The National Archives, SI 1972/2039, retrieved 22 August 2022
  5. ^ "The English Non-metropolitan Districts (Names) Order 1973",, The National Archives, SI 1973/551, retrieved 22 August 2022
  6. ^ Hughes, Frankie. "Councillors". Retrieved 8 April 2018.
  7. ^ "Council minutes, 7 December 2017" (PDF). Wyre Borough Council. Retrieved 23 August 2022.
  8. ^ Storey, Christine (2012). Poulton-le-Fylde Through Time. Stroud: Amberley Publishing. p. 51. ISBN 978-1445630380. Retrieved 23 August 2022.
  9. ^ "Mother of Fleetwood: Doreen Lofthouse's death leaves a community in mourning". April 2021.
  10. ^ "The lozenge which took over the world".
  11. ^ "Calls for statue to honour Doreen Lofthouse".
  12. ^ "Soldiers are set to march through the streets of this Wyre town".
  13. ^ "Duke of Lancaster's Regiment: Freedom of Entry to the Borough" (PDF). Wyre Council website. 21 August 2018.