Metropolitan Borough of Doncaster

Metropolitan Borough of Doncaster
Metropolitan Borough of Doncaster
—  Metropolitan borough  —
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region Yorkshire and the Humber
Ceremonial county South Yorkshire
Admin. HQ Doncaster
 – Type Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council
 – Leadership: Mayor and Cabinet
 – Executive: English Democrat Mayor / Conservative, Liberal Democrat, Independent Executive
 – Mayor Peter Davies (English Democrats)
 – MPs: Caroline Flint,
Ed Miliband,
Rosie Winterton
 – Total 219.3 sq mi (568.0 km2)
Area rank 81st
Population (2010 est.)
 – Total 290,600
 – Rank Ranked 31st
 – Density 1,325.1/sq mi (511.6/km2)
Time zone Greenwich Mean Time (UTC+0)
 – Summer (DST) British Summer Time (UTC+1)
ISO 3166-2
ONS code 00CE
OS grid reference
Ethnicity 96.2% White
1.6% S.Asian[1]

The Metropolitan Borough of Doncaster is a metropolitan borough of South Yorkshire in Yorkshire and the Humber Region of England.

In addition to the town of Doncaster, the borough covers Mexborough, Conisbrough, Thorne and Finningley.

The borough was created on 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, as a merger of the former county borough of Doncaster along with the urban districts of Adwick le Street, Bentley with Arksey, Conisbrough, Mexborough, Tickhill along with Doncaster Rural District and Thorne Rural District, the parish of Finningley from East Retford Rural District and small parts of the parish of Harworth from Worksop Rural District from Nottinghamshire.


Population statistics

Adwick 16,142 6,220
Armthorpe 16,977 6,495
Askern 11,414 4,293
Balby 14,336 5,514
Bentley Central 12,168 4,665
Bentley North Road 11,606 4,728
Bessacarr 13,652 5,425
Central 11,481 5,144
Conisbrough 14,894 5,837
Edlington & Warmsworth 12,291 4,641
Hatfield 15,048 5,630
Intake 10,994 4,417
Mexborough 15,282 6,281
Richmond 13,471 5,308
Rossington 12,647 4,705
South East 16,880 6,247
Southern Parks 14,439 5,520
Stainforth 15,447 5,825
Thorne 17,057 6,380
Town Field 11,131 4,587
Wheatley 11,497 4,877
Doncaster Total 288,854 112,739

Elected Mayor

It is widely thought that a political scandal popularly known as Donnygate, leading to the conviction of 21 Labour councillors for fraud and the jailing of one councillor and a property developer,[2] was a major factor behind the residents of the area voting for the establishment of a directly elected mayor in 2001. The first mayor, Martin Winter, representing the Labour Party, was elected in 2002 and successfully defended his post in 2005.

In 2009 the English Democrat candidate, Peter Davies, won the election for mayor.[3][4] The mayor's cabinet is made up of councillors from the minority parties on the council: 3 Conservatives, 2 Independents and 1 Liberal Democrat.[5]

Borough Council

The council as a whole has been dominated by the Labour Party traditionally, but in the 2004 local elections, they lost overall control of the council (though they retained more councillors than any other single party). Labour regained overall control at the 2010 local elections.[6]

Audit Commission report and central government intervention

In January 2010 the Audit Commission initiated a corporate governance inspection of Doncaster Council. This followed the sudden resignation of the Chief Executive leading to a conflict between the mayor and council over the appointment of a successor. The Commission felt that this, along with evidence that the council had not been well run for 15 years, was leading to a loss of public confidence.[7]

The Commission's report was issued in April 2010. It found that Doncaster was a dysfunctional authority and that there were three factors preventing the council from providing good governance:[8]

  • The councillors' attempts to undermine the authority of the mayor and cabinet. There was evidence that councillors had never accepted the mayoral system and tried to use their overview and scrutiny powers to frustrate the mayor's policy objectives. In February 2010 the council had rejected the mayor's budget and voted in favour of their own proposals.
  • The lack of effective leadership shown by the mayor and cabinet. The mayor was described as "not averse to provocative and inflammatory statements" and it was felt that he "does not always act in a way which demonstrates the need for an elected mayor to lead his authority and represent all the people in Doncaster".
  • The failure of chief officers to deliver effectively services. Some senior officers were found to acquiesce in the councillors' misuse of scrutiny powers. There was also a lack of trust and impartiality.

On the recommendations of the commission, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, John Denham, used powers to appoint an acting chief executive and an advisory board to oversee the council.[7]


Settlements in the borough of Doncaster include:

Adwick-le-Street, Arksey, Armthorpe, Askern, Auckley, Austerfield
Balby, Barnburgh, Barnby Dun, Bawtry, Belle Vue, Bentley, Bessacarr, Blaxton, Braithwaite, Braithwell, Branton, South Yorkshire, Brodsworth, Burghwallis
Cadeby, Campsall, Cantley, Carcroft, Clayton, Clifton, Conisbrough, Cusworth
Denaby, Dunscroft, Dunsville
Edenthorpe, Edlington
Fenwick, Finningley, Fishlake
Hampole, Hatfield, Hatfield Woodhouse, Hayfield, Hexthorpe, Highfields, Hickleton, High Levels, High Melton, Hooton Pagnell Hyde Park
Intake, Kirk Sandall
Lindholme, Loversall
Mexborough, Micklebring, Moorends, Moss
New Rossington, Norton
Scawsby, Scawthorpe, Skellow, Sprotbrough, Stainforth, Stainton, South Yorkshire, Sykehouse
Thorne, Tickhill, Toll Bar, Town Moor
Wadworth, Warmsworth, West Bessacarr, Wheatley, Wheatley Hills, Woodlands


Radio stations that can be received in Doncaster are Sine FM 102.6 (serving central districts of around 100,000 households in FM stereo ), TMCR 95.3 (which serves north east Doncaster and more in FM stereo), Trax FM, Galaxy Yorkshire, Hallam FM and BBC Radio Sheffield, although both Viking FM and BBC Radio Humberside overlap into this area. Although the above stations can be received within various areas of Doncaster, the only stations which are actually owned by Doncaster based companies are Sine FM 102.6 and TMCR 95.3


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Coordinates: 53°31′21″N 1°07′43″W / 53.5225°N 1.12861°W / 53.5225; -1.12861

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