Redcar and Cleveland
Borough of Redcar and Cleveland
Coat of arms of Redcar and Cleveland
Official logo of Redcar and Cleveland
Shown within North Yorkshire and England
Shown within North Yorkshire and England
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionNorth East England
Combined authorityTees Valley
Ceremonial CountyNorth Yorkshire
Admin. HQRedcar
 • BodyRedcar and Cleveland Borough Council
 • MPs:Simon Clarke (C)
Jacob Young (C)
 • Total94.6 sq mi (245.1 km2)
 • Rank135th
 • Total136,616
 • RankRanked 169th
 • Density1,400/sq mi (560/km2)
Ethnicity (2021)
 • Ethnic groups
Religion (2021)
 • Religion
Time zoneUTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (British Summer Time)
ONS code00EE (ONS)
E06000003 (GSS)

Redcar and Cleveland is a unitary authority area with borough status in North Yorkshire, England.

The borough was created in 1974 as Langbaurgh, and was one of four boroughs in the non-metropolitan county of Cleveland. It was renamed Langbaurgh-on-Tees in 1988, and given its present name when Cleveland was abolished in 1996; the borough was made a unitary authority in the same year. Redcar and Cleveland is part of the Tees Valley combined authority, which also includes the boroughs of Darlington, Middlesbrough, Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees; the latter three were also formerly in Cleveland.

Its main settlement is the town of Redcar. Other notable towns and villages include South Bank, Eston, Brotton, Guisborough, Greater Eston, Loftus, Saltburn-by-the-Sea and Skelton. The borough had a population of 135,200 in 2011.[2]


The district was created in 1974 as the borough of Langbaurgh, one of four districts of the new non-metropolitan county of Cleveland. It was formed from the Coatham, Eston Grange, Kirkleatham, Ormesby, Redcar and South Bank wards of the County Borough of Teesside, along with Guisborough, Loftus, Saltburn and Marske-by-the-Sea and Skelton and Brotton urban districts, from the North Riding of Yorkshire. The borough was named after the ancient Langbaurgh wapentake of Yorkshire. On 1 January 1988 the borough was renamed Langbaurgh-on-Tees.

Redcar library and council offfices

Cleveland County was abolished on 1 April 1996, with its districts becoming unitary authority areas. At this time Langbaurgh-on-Tees was renamed Redcar and Cleveland. Cleveland County was a two-tier local authority, with the county council being superior to its four districts, of which Langbaurgh-on-Tees was one. Upon becoming a unitary authority, Langbaurgh-on-Tees Borough Council was renamed Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council and acquired all the full rights and duties as a county, whilst retaining the same boundaries as before.


Main article: Demographics of Tees Valley


Marske's High Street, Guisborough's Church Street, Saltburn's Station Street and Skelton's High Street

This is a chart of trend of regional gross 'value added' of South Teesside at current basic prices[3] by the Office for National Statistics with figures in millions of British Pounds Sterling.

Year Regional Gross Value Added[1] Agriculture[2] Industry[3] Services[4]
1995 2,428 9 926 1,493
2000 2,919 11 940 1,967
2003 3,167 10 970 2,187
2006 3,982 11 997 4,187

^ includes hunting and forestry

^ includes energy and construction

^ includes financial intermediation services indirectly measured

^ Components may not sum to totals due to rounding

Local Industry

Main article: Wilton International

The main industry within the greater district of the town of Redcar is the Chemical Industry located close to Wilton village on the Chemical Industry Park known internationally as Wilton. The chemical companies are all members of the Northeast of England Process Industry Cluster (NEPIC).

The Wilton chemical site is owned by Singaporean utility company Sembcorp and companies operating there include SABIC who have recently built the world's largest low-density polyethylene plant (LDPE) and still operate an ethylene cracker. Lotte Chemicals are expanding both PTA and PET production. Huntsman manufacture polyurethane intermediates and Ensus have built Europe's largest bioethanol facility. Biffa Polymers now operate a polymer recycling plant that handles up to 30% of the UKs plastic milk bottles. While in support of Sembcorp, who built the UK's first wood-fired power station (Wilton 10), UK Wood Recycling Limited have a significant facility on the site providing waste wood to fuel Wilton 10.[4]

The Teesside Steelworks operated Europe's second largest blast furnace. The majority of the steelworks (including the Redcar blast furnace, Redcar and South Bank coke ovens and the BOS plant at Lackenby) closed in 2015.

Social housing

Coast and Country Housing Limited

Coast and Country took over[5] the ownership and management of homes from Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council in July 2002.[6] In addition to providing core housing services the company has also invested in independent living services, including the development of a new Telecare service in partnership with the Borough Council.

Beyond Housing

In 2018, Coast and Country merged with Yorkshire Coast Homes to form Beyond Housing Limited, a Community Benefit Society with 15,000 properties across Teesside and North Yorkshire.[7][8]

Local nature reserves

The council maintains a number of Local nature reserves. These are Guisborough Branch Walkway, Flatts Lane Woodland Country Park and Rosecroft Wood, Loftus Wood, Whitecliff Wood, Clarksons Wood, Errington Wood and Eston Moor.[9]

Towns and parishes

Further information: List of civil parishes in North Yorkshire

There are five civil parishes in the borough. The parish councils for Guisborough and Loftus have declared their parishes to be towns, allowing them to take the style "town council". The north-west of the borough, corresponding to the parts that were in the County Borough of Teesside between 1968 and 1974 (including Redcar and Eston and adjoining areas), is an unparished area.[10][11] The parishes are:[12]

Town twinning

Redcar and Cleveland is twinned with:


  1. ^ a b UK Census (2021). "2021 Census Area Profile – Redcar and Cleveland Local Authority (E06000003)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 5 January 2024.
  2. ^ "Table P07 2011 Census: Number of usual residents living in households and communal establishments, local authorities in England and Wales". 2011 Census, Population and Household Estimates for England and Wales. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 17 July 2012.
  3. ^ "Regional Gross 'Value Added' of South Teesside" (PDF). Office for National Statistics. pp. 240–253.
  4. ^ "UK Wood Recycling". Retrieved 8 January 2019.
  5. ^ work, Communities that. "Three new Communities that Work members announced". Communities that Work. Retrieved 19 April 2021.
  6. ^ Live, Teesside (26 June 2007). "Five years of investment and regeneration provides platform for major growth". TeessideLive. Retrieved 19 April 2021.
  7. ^ Robson, Dave (2 August 2018). "Thousands of Coast & Country tenants have a new landlord". TeessideLive. Retrieved 19 April 2021.
  8. ^ "About Us". Beyond Housing. 18 September 2018. Retrieved 19 April 2021.
  9. ^ "Local Nature Reserves". Redcar and Cleveland Council. Retrieved 29 January 2011.
  10. ^ "Election Maps". Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 18 February 2024.
  11. ^ "Yorkshire North Riding: Diagram showing administrative boundaries, 1971". National Library of Scotland. Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 22 February 2024.
  12. ^ "Parish and Town Councils". Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council. Retrieved 22 February 2024.

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