Redcar and Cleveland
Borough of Redcar and Cleveland
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Coat of arms of Redcar and Cleveland
Official logo of Redcar and Cleveland
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Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionNorth East England
Combined authorityTees Valley
Ceremonial CountyNorth Yorkshire
Admin. HQRedcar
 • BodyRedcar and Cleveland Borough Council
 • Leadership:Cllr Alec Brown
 • Executive:Labour (Minority)
 • Redcar and Cleveland Mayor:Cllr Malcolm Head
 • MPs:Simon Clarke (C)
Jacob Young (C)
 • Total94.5 sq mi (244.8 km2)
 • Rank149th
 • Total136,531
 • RankRanked 167th
 • Density1,400/sq mi (560/km2)
Time zoneUTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (British Summer Time)
ONS code00EE (ONS)
E06000003 (GSS)
Ethnicity98.9% White

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.[1]


Former offices used by Langbaurgh council at Cargo Fleet to the far west of Redcar and Cleveland next to the Middlesbrough district

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, Kirkleatham, Ormesby, Redcar and South Bank wards of the County Borough of Teesside, along with Guisborough, Loftus, Saltburn and Marske-by-the-Sea, Eston Grange 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 (renamed Redcar and Cleveland) acquired all the full rights and duties as a county, whilst retaining the same boundaries as before.

Civic Centre

Redcar and Cleveland Civic Centre is in the Leisure and Community Heart, in Redcar. The centre was opened in 2014 at a cost of £31 million. It contains civic and business facilities including a council chamber, mayor's parlour, register services, meeting rooms, 44 business units, as well as sport and leisure facilities.[2][3]

It replaces the previous civic centre in Teesville, which was demolished in 2012. Civic facilities were relocated, Inspire 2 Learn, formerly the Eston City Learning Centre, also in Teesville. The Mayor's office was temporarily relocated to Kirkleatham Museum, before also moving to Redcar. The council also has offices in Redcar at Kirkleatham Street but in 2022 it closed its offices in Belmont House, Guisborough. The building is up for sale. [4][5][6]

The old town hall closure also provided an environmental boost as it was the authority's worst-performing building for carbon dioxide emissions.[7]


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[8] 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.[9]

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[10] the ownership and management of homes from Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council in July 2002.[11] 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.[12][13]

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.[14]


See also: Redcar and Cleveland local elections

The composition of Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council as of May 2023[15] is[16]

Group affiliation Members
Labour 23
Liberal Democrats 11
Conservative 12

Youth Parliament

Redcar & Cleveland Council promotes the UK Youth Parliament, a national charity which promotes democratic debate amongst its 11 – 18-year-old members.[17]

Town twinning

Redcar and Cleveland is twinned with:


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  2. ^ "Redcar civic centre and sports complex opens to the public". Middlesbrough Evening Gazette. 26 April 2014. Retrieved 15 May 2014.
  3. ^ "Multi-million pound leisure centre opens its doors in Redcar". Northern Echo. 26 April 2014. Retrieved 15 May 2014.
  4. ^ "Earlier town hall closure to save cash". The Northern Echo: Redcar News. 16 February 2012.
  5. ^ McKenzie, Sandy (28 June 2012). "Redcar and Cleveland council leader hits out at party's 'hypocrisy'". gazettelive. Retrieved 28 September 2015.
  6. ^ "Darlington and Stockton Times". 20 October 2022. Retrieved 25 March 2023.
  7. ^ "this is Redcar & Cleveland News". Retrieved 28 September 2015.
  8. ^ "Regional Gross 'Value Added' of South Teesside" (PDF). Office for National Statistics. pp. 240–253.
  9. ^ "UK Wood Recycling". Retrieved 8 January 2019.
  10. ^ work, Communities that. "Three new Communities that Work members announced". Communities that Work. Retrieved 19 April 2021.
  11. ^ Live, Teesside (26 June 2007). "Five years of investment and regeneration provides platform for major growth". TeessideLive. Retrieved 19 April 2021.
  12. ^ Robson, Dave (2 August 2018). "Thousands of Coast & Country tenants have a new landlord". TeessideLive. Retrieved 19 April 2021.
  13. ^ "About Us". Beyond Housing. 18 September 2018. Retrieved 19 April 2021.
  14. ^ "Local Nature Reserves". Redcar and Cleveland Council. Retrieved 29 January 2011.
  15. ^ "Redcar & Cleveland result – Local Elections 2023". BBC News. Retrieved 9 May 2023.
  16. ^ "Redcar and Cleveland". Archived from the original on 7 December 2017. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  17. ^ "UK Youth Parliament". British Youth Council.

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