Coordinates: 53°46′05″N 2°22′55″W / 53.768°N 2.382°W / 53.768; -2.382

Borough of Hyndburn
Accrington, the administrative centre of Hyndburn
Accrington, the administrative centre of Hyndburn
Official logo of Borough of Hyndburn
Shown within Lancashire and England
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Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionNorth West England
Ceremonial countyLancashire
Admin. HQAccrington
 • TypeHyndburn Borough Council
 • Leadership:Leader & Cabinet
 • MPs:Sara Britcliffe
 • Total28.19 sq mi (73.00 km2)
 • Rank247th
 (mid-2019 est.)
 • Total81,043
 • RankRanked 286th
 • Density2,900/sq mi (1,100/km2)
Time zoneUTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (British Summer Time)
BB1, BB5, BB6
Area code(s)01254
ONS code30UG (ONS)
E07000120 (GSS)
Ethnicity80.7% White
11.2% Asian
1.2% Other[1]

Hyndburn /ˈhndbərn/ is a local government district with borough status in Lancashire, England. Its council is based in Accrington and covers the outlying towns of Clayton-le-Moors, Great Harwood, Oswaldtwistle and Rishton. The borough was created in 1974 and takes its name from the River Hyndburn. It had a population of 80,734 at the 2011 Census.[1] Elections to the council are held in three out of every four years, with one third of the 35 seats on the council being elected at each election. Both the Conservative and Labour parties have controlled the council at different times, as well as periods when no party has had a majority.


The district was created on 1 April 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972, as a non-metropolitan district covering the territory of six former districts, which were abolished at the same time, plus a single parish from a seventh district:[2]

The new district was given the name Hyndburn, taken from the River Hyndburn which passes through the district.[3] The new district was awarded borough status on the day that it came into being, allowing the chairman of the council to take the title of mayor.[4]

In 2007, the council proposed changing the name from Hyndburn to "Accrington and Districts", to aid recognition of the borough by those not familiar with the area.[5] After a public consultation, the change of name did not go ahead.[6]


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

Elections are generally held three years out of every four, with a third of the council elected each time. In the fourth year when there are no borough council elections, elections are held instead for Lancashire County Council as the area's higher tier authority. Since the last election to the borough council in 2022, the council has been under no overall control. The leader of the council since 2011 has been Miles Parkinson, who was a member of the Labour Party when appointed leader in 2011, but left the party to become an independent in March 2022, whilst remaining leader.[7] The next election is due in May 2023.

The role of mayor is largely ceremonial, usually being held by a different councillor each year. The mayor for the 2022/2023 municipal year is Labour councillor Abdul Khan, who represents the Central ward.

In March 2010, Hyndburn was voted the 10th best council in The Times "Best Public Sector Places to Work".[8] The borough also made it to The Times Best Companies Guide.


Scaitcliffe House, Accrington
Scaitcliffe House, Accrington

The council's main offices are at Scaitcliffe House on Ormerod Street in Accrington, being part of a converted textile mill. The council moved there in 2002.[9] Full council meetings are usually held at Accrington Town Hall.[10]


There are approximately nine state secondary schools in Hyndburn. These include The Hyndburn Academy, St Christopher's Church of England High School, Accrington Academy, Rhyddings, Mount Carmel Roman Catholic High School, The Hollins, along with Broadfield Specialist School, and North Cliffe School.[11]

The percentage of pupils achieving 5 or more GCSEs at grades A*-C has increased from 43.7% in 2001 up to 75.9% in 2011. Absences dropped from 12,052 in 2006 to 9,545 in 2011, mainly due to schools competing.[12]


The district is polycentric and is located between the larger settlements of Blackburn and Burnley. It is linked to both areas by the M65 motorway and the East Lancashire railway line.

The borough had a population of 80,734 at the 2011 census.[1] Much of the borough forms part of the Accrington/Rossendale Built-up area as defined by the Office for National Statistics, which covers the borough and parts of the neighbouring borough of Rossendale. The Acrrington/Rossendale built-up area extends from the town of Accrington to Rawtenstall and Bacup, taking in parts of the boroughs of Hyndburn and Rossendale. The Accrington/Rossendale built-up area was recorded at having a population of 125,059 at the 2011 census.[13]

Places in Hyndburn

Civil parishes

Altham is the only civil parish in Hyndburn.


RishtonOvertonNethertonSt. OswaldsSt. AndrewsSpring HillCentralPeelMilnshawAlthamHuncoatBarnfieldBaxendenClayton-le-MoorsChurchImmanuelHyndburn Borough councillors
Hyndburn Borough councillors
Ward Name   Party
Altham Dominik Allen Conservative
Miles Parkinson Independent
Barnfield Caroline Montague Independent
June Harrison Independent
Baxenden Terry Hurn Conservative
Kath Pratt Conservative
Central Mohammad Ayub Labour
Abdul Khan Labour
Church Sajid Mahmood Conservative
Loraine Cox Labour
Clayton-le-Moors Melissa Fisher Labour
Peter Edwards Conservative
Huncoat Eamonn Higgins Independent
Danny Cassidy Conservative
Immanuel Judith Addison Conservative
Josh Allen Conservative
Milnshaw Andrew Clegg Labour
Paul Cox Labour
Netherton Noordad Aziz Labour
Jodi Clements Labour
Overton Vacant Vacant
Patrick McGinley Ind. Conservative
Scott Brerton Labour
Peel Joyce Plummer Independent
Paddy Short Independent
Rishton Bernard Dawson Labour
Carole Haythornthwaite Conservative
Kate Walsh Labour
Spring Hill Munsif Dad Labour
Kimberley Whitehead Labour
St. Andrews Peter Britcliffe Conservative
Steven Smithson Conservative
St. Oswalds Susan Hayes Conservative
Marlene Haworth Conservative
Zak Khan Conservative

Neighbouring districts

Freedom of the Borough

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

This list is incomplete; you can help by adding missing items. (November 2020)



Military Units


  1. ^ a b c "Hyndburn Local Authority". NOMIS. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 25 August 2022.
  2. ^ "The English Non-metropolitan Districts (Definition) Order 1972",, The National Archives, SI 1972/2039, retrieved 22 August 2022
  3. ^ "The English Non-metropolitan Districts (Names) Order 1973",, The National Archives, SI 1973/551, retrieved 22 August 2022
  4. ^ "District Councils and Boroughs". Hansard 1803–2005. Parliament of the United Kingdom. 28 March 1974. Retrieved 16 January 2012.
  5. ^ "Should it be Hyndburn or Accrington?". 1 June 2007. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  6. ^ "Name change bid on ice". 4 December 2007. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  7. ^ Jacobs, Bill (25 March 2022). "Hyndburn Council leader quits Labour Party 'blaming people behind the scenes'". Lancs Live. Retrieved 24 August 2022.
  8. ^ "Hyndburn Council in top 75 places to work". 18 March 2010. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  9. ^ "Council seeks title for new HQ". Lancashire Telegraph. 15 March 2002. Retrieved 25 August 2022.
  10. ^ "Council agenda, 30 June 2022". Hyndburn Borough Council. Retrieved 25 August 2022.
  11. ^ "A to Z of services - Secondary Schools in Hyndburn". Archived from the original on 24 July 2011.
  12. ^ "Lancashire County Council: Lancashire Profile". Archived from the original on 13 April 2010. Retrieved 6 March 2011.
  13. ^ "Accrington/Rossendale Built-up area". NOMIS. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 25 August 2022.
  14. ^ "Ron Hill receives Freedom of the Borough of Hyndburn". BBC News. 10 July 2012. Retrieved 18 July 2021.
  15. ^ "Julie Hesmondhalgh awarded Freedom of Hyndburn". BBC News. 28 January 2015. Retrieved 18 July 2021.
  16. ^ Pike, Stuart (6 July 2018). "Cricket star David Lloyd and Bernard Dawson receive Freedom of the Borough". Lancs Live. Retrieved 18 July 2021.
  17. ^ "Queen's Lancashire Regiment Freedom of the Borough (Accrington Pals)". War Memorials Online. Retrieved 18 July 2021.