Metropolitan Borough of Sefton

Metropolitan Borough of Sefton
Metropolitan Borough of Sefton
—  Metropolitan borough  —
Southport Town Hall
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region North West England
Ceremonial county Merseyside
Founded 1 April 1974
Admin. HQ Bootle and Southport
 – Type Metropolitan Borough
 – Governing body Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council
 – Leadership: Leader & Cabinet
 – Executive: All-Party Coalition
 – Leader of the Council Cllr Peter Dowd
Labour Party
 – MPs: Joe Benton, Labour
Bill Esterson, Labour
John Pugh, Lib Dem
 – Total 59.1 sq mi (153.1 km2)
Area rank 186th
Population (2010 est.)
 – Total 272,900
 – Rank Ranked 37th
 – Density 4,616.6/sq mi (1,782.5/km2)
Time zone Greenwich Mean Time (UTC+0)
 – Summer (DST) British Summer Time (UTC+1)
Postcode L, PR
ISO 3166-2
ONS code 00CA
OS grid reference
Ethnicity 98.4% White

The Metropolitan Borough of Sefton is a metropolitan borough of Merseyside, England. Its local authority is Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council. Sefton was formed by the Local Government Act 1972 on 1 April 1974, by the amalgamation of the former county boroughs of Bootle and Southport, and, from the administrative county of Lancashire, the municipal borough of Crosby, the urban districts of Formby and Litherland, and part of the Rural District of West Lancashire. It was placed in the metropolitan county of Merseyside. The borough consists of a coastal strip of land on the Irish Sea, and extends from Bootle in the south, to Southport in the north. In the south-east, it extends inland to Maghull. The district is bounded by Liverpool to the south, Knowsley to the south-east, and West Lancashire to the east.

It is named after the village and parish of Sefton, near Maghull. When the borough was created in the Local Government Act 1972 a name was sought which would not unduly identify the borough with any of its constituent parts, particularly the former county boroughs of Bootle and Southport. The locality had strong links with both the Earl of Sefton and the Earl of Derby, resident of Knowsley Hall, and given the fact that the immediately adjacent borough was subsequently named Knowsley it seems equally likely that the choice of name was derived from the names of the local nobility. A Sefton Rural District covering some of the villages in the district had existed from 1894 to 1932.



The existence of Sefton has been an ongoing local controversy, especially in Southport, whose MPs and local councillors of which have campaigned for separation from Bootle to the south of the borough, and possibly inclusion as a district in the non-metropolitan county of Lancashire.[1] The council has been under no overall control since the Conservative Party lost its majority in the 1980s and is run as an all-party coalition of the Liberal Democrats, the Labour Party and the Conservative Party, It consists of sixty-six councillors, three for each of the borough's twenty-two wards which are as listed:

Ainsdale · Birkdale · Blundellsands · Cambridge · Church · Derby · Dukes · Ford · Harington · Kew · Linacre · Litherland · Manor · Meols · Molyneux · Netherton and Orrell · Norwood · Park · Ravenmeols · St. Oswald · Sudell · Victoria


This is a chart of trend of regional gross value added of Sefton at current basic prices published (pp. 240–253) by 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 2,079 20 496 1,563
2000 2,500 8 468 2,024
2003 2,994 10 418 2,566

^ includes hunting and forestry

^ includes energy and construction

^ includes financial intermediation services indirectly measured

^ Components may not sum to totals due to rounding

Towns and villages in Sefton

Parliamentary constituencies

Sister Cities

See also


  1. ^ Final Recommendations on the Future Local Government of Sefton, Local Government Commission for England, November 1997
  2. ^ "Gdańsk Official Website: 'Miasta partnerskie'" (in Polish & English). © 2009 Urząd Miejski w Gdańsku.,62,733.html. Retrieved 2009-07-11. 

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