- Metropolitan Borough of Dudley
Metropolitan Borough of Dudley — Metropolitan borough — Dudley, West Midlands
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Motto: Unity and Progress Sovereign state United Kingdom Constituent country England Region West Midlands Metropolitan county West Midlands Status Metropolitan borough Admin HQ Dudley, Stourbridge Incorporated 1 April 1974 Government - Type Metropolitan district council - Body Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council - Leadership Leader & Cabinet (Conservative) - MPs Chris Kelly
Area - Total 37.8 sq mi (97.96 km2) Area rank 223rd (of 326) Population (2010 est.) - Total 307,400 - Rank 24th (of 326) - Density 8,127.4/sq mi (3,138/km2) - Ethnicity 92.0% White
Time zone GMT (UTC0) - Summer (DST) BST (UTC+1) Postcode DY, B, WV Area code(s) 01384, 0121, 01902 ISO 3166 code GB-DUD ONS code 00CR OS grid reference SO9350590490 Website dudley.gov.uk
The Metropolitan Borough of Dudley is a metropolitan borough in the West Midlands of England. It was created in 1974, and is made up of the towns of Dudley (where the council has its headquarters), Stourbridge (with additional council offices), Halesowen, Brierley Hill, Amblecote, Sedgley and Coseley. For Eurostat purposes Dudley and Sandwell is a NUTS 3 region (code UKG34) and is one of five boroughs or unitary districts that comprise the "West Midlands" NUTS 2 region.
The present borough was created on 1 April 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972, by a merger of the old County Borough of Dudley, with the municipal boroughs of Halesowen and Stourbridge thereby becoming part of the Metropolitan county of the West Midlands. Before 1 April 1974 the area was split between Worcestershire and Staffordshire, with the former Shropshire exclave of Halesowen becoming part of Worcestershire after a reform in 1844.
The borough borders the Metropolitan Borough of Sandwell to the east, the city of Birmingham to the south east, Bromsgrove District Council to the south in Worcestershire, South Staffordshire District Council to the west in Staffordshire and the city of Wolverhampton to the north.
Being a metropolitan borough council, Dudley it is effectively a unitary authority, except for public transportation, fire and police services, which are jointly run by the seven metropolitan boroughs of the West Midlands county. The borough also jointly owns Birmingham Airport along with the others.
The council has 72 councillors representing 24 wards. As of 5 May 2011, following the 2008 local elections and by-elections there are 43 Conservative councillors, 28 Labour councillors and one UK Independence Party councillor.
The Merry Hill Shopping Centre is situated in the borough.
The borough includes a number of historic sites such as Dudley Castle, The Leasowes and Himley Hall as well as tourist attractions such as Dudley Zoo, the Black Country Living Museum, Dudley Canal Tunnel and limestone mines, and the Red House Glass Cone.
Unemployment in the borough stood at 5.1% as of May 2010, below the national average, though before the recession which began in 2008 it was considerably lower.
Dudley is believed to be the only local authority in the UK which does not hold a civic bonfire within its own Borough in November each year. Instead it holds a bonfire in the next county, Staffordshire, at Himley Hall.
See List of areas in Dudley
Ceremonial county of West Midlands Metropolitan districts Major settlementsAldridge · Bilston · Birmingham · Blackheath · Bloxwich · Brierley Hill · Brownhills · Coseley · Coventry · Cradley Heath · Darlaston · Dudley · Fordbridge · Halesowen · Oldbury · Rowley Regis · Smethwick · Solihull · Stourbridge · Sutton Coldfield · Tipton · Walsall · Wednesbury · Wednesfield · West Bromwich · Willenhall · Wolverhampton
See also: West Midlands
Rivers Canals Topics Districts of the West Midlands Region Herefordshire Shropshire Staffordshire Warwickshire West Midlands Worcestershire Metropolitan counties and metropolitan districts Greater Manchester Merseyside South Yorkshire Tyne and Wear West Midlands West Yorkshire
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