Metropolitan Borough of Barnsley

Metropolitan Borough of Barnsley
Metropolitan Borough of Barnsley
—  Borough  —

Arms of Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region Yorkshire and the Humber
Ceremonial county South Yorkshire
Admin. HQ Barnsley
 – Type Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council
 – Leadership: Leader & Cabinet
 – Executive: Labour
 – MPs: Michael Dugher(Lab),
John Healey(Lab),
Dan Jarvis (Lab),
Angela Smith (Lab)
 – Total 127.1 sq mi (329.1 km2)
Area rank 134th
Population (2010 est.)
 – Total 227,600
 – Rank Ranked 66th
 – Density 1,791.2/sq mi (691.6/km2)
Time zone Greenwich Mean Time (UTC+0)
 – Summer (DST) British Summer Time (UTC+1)
ISO 3166-2
ONS code 00CC
OS grid reference
Ethnicity 99.1% White

The Metropolitan Borough of Barnsley is a metropolitan borough of the metropolitan county of South Yorkshire, England. Its main town is Barnsley.

The borough is bisected by the M1 motorway; it is rural to the west, and largely urban/industrial to the east. 68% of Barnsley's 32,863 hectares is green belt and 9% is National Park land, the majority of which is West of the M1. In 2007 it was estimated that Barnsley had 224,600 residents, nine tenths of whom live east of the M1.

The borough was formed under the Local Government Act 1972, by a merger of the county borough of Barnsley with Cudworth, Darfield, Darton, Dearne, Dodworth, Hoyland Nether, Penistone, Royston, Wombwell and Worsborough urban districts, along with Penistone Rural District, part of Hemsworth Rural District and part of Wortley Rural District, all in the West Riding of Yorkshire.



Elections to the council are held in three out of every four years, with one third of the 63 councillors being elected at each election. The council had been controlled by the Labour party since the first election in 1973. As of the 2011 election the council is composed of the following councillors:-[1]

Year Labour Barnsley Independent Group Conservative Independent
2011 43 13 6 1

Towns and villages

Ardsley, Athersley
Barugh, Barugh-Green, Billingley, Birdwell, Bolton upon Dearne, Brierley
Carlecotes, Carlton, Cawthorne, Cubley, Cudworth
Darfield, Darton, Dodworth, Dunford Bridge
Gawber, Gilroyd, Goldthorpe, Great Houghton, Grimethorpe
Haigh (half in Wakefield district), High Hoyland, Higham, Honeywell, Hood Green, Hoyland, Hoylandswaine, Hoyland Common
Kendray, Kexbrough, Kingstone
Little Houghton, Lundwood
Mapplewell, Millhouses, Millhouse Green, Monk Bretton
New Lodge
Old Town, Oxspring
Platts Common, Penistone, Pilley, Pogmoor
Shafton, Silkstone, Silkstone Common, Smithies, Staincross, Stairfoot
Tankersley, Thurgoland, Thurlstone, Thurnscoe
Ward Green, Wilthorpe, Woolley Colliery, Wombwell, Wortley, Worsbrough


There are over 100 schools and colleges in the borough. State education is managed by Barnsley Local Education Authority. There are 14 state run secondary schools and around 80 primary schools. There are also two independent school, Barnsley Christian School and Silverwood School. Post 16 education is provided at Barnsley College and at the Sixth Form at Penistone Grammar School. There is also an adult education college, Northern College, located at Wentworth Castle in Stainborough. The University of Huddersfield also has a campus in Barnsley town centre.

Places of interest

Cannon Hall
Elsecar Heritage Centre
Monk Bretton Priory
Barnsley Town Hall
Lowe Stand

Locke Park


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