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Borough of Barrow-in-Furness
Barrow skyline.jpg
Central Barrow-in-Furness
Shown within Cumbria
Status: Borough
Region: North West England
Admin. County: Cumbria
Ranked 247th
77.96 km²
Admin. HQ: Barrow Town Hall, Barrow-in-Furness
ONS code: 16UC
  Total (2008 est.):
Ranked 299th
921 / km²
Ethnicity: 94.1% White British
2.9% White Other
0.9% East Asian
0.8% South Asian
0.7% Mixed Race
0.4% Afro-Carib.
0.2% Other
Barrow-in-Furness Borough Council
Leadership: Alternative - Sec.31
Executive: TBA (council NOC)
MPs: John Hutton

Barrow-in-Furness is a local government district with borough status in Cumbria, England. It is named after its main town, Barrow-in-Furness. Other settlements include Dalton-in-Furness, Roose and Askam-in-Furness. It is the smallest borough in the county, but is the most densely populated, with 924 people per square kilometre. The population was 71,980 in 2001.[1]

The area covered by the district is at the edge of the Furness peninsula. It jolts into the Irish Sea, being north of Morecambe Bay and south of the Duddon Estuary.

The current borough was formed on April 1, 1974 by the merger of the former county borough of Barrow-in-Furness and the Dalton-in-Furness urban district from the administrative county of Lancashire.



Barrow-in-Furness Borough Council sits at the Town Hall in Barrow. It is led by a mayor, who is elected by council members. In 2006, the Council was fined £125,000 for violation of health and safety laws that lead to the deaths of seven people in the United Kingdom's worst outbreak of Legionnaires' disease. The council also became the UK's first public body to be charged with corporate manslaughter, but was found not guilty, see also: 2002 Barrow-in-Furness Legionnaires' disease outbreak.[2]

Following boundary changes in 2008,[3] the council is composed of 36 seats, elected across 13 wards. All seats will be re-elected in 2008; following this, the council has provisions to either continue with full council ections every four years, or to revert to the previous system of elections occurring over a four year cycle, with a third of seats elected each year and one 'fallow' year.

Since its inception in 1973, the council has had 22 years of Labour control (most recently from 2003-2006), 3 years of Conservative control (1976-1979) and 8 years of no overall control (current since 2006).

Current Composition
As of May 2 2008

Affiliation Members
  Conservative Party 17
  Labour Party 8
  Independent 6
  People's Party 4
  Liberal Democrats 1

Areas/ Wards of Barrow Borough Council

Barrow-in-Furness total population 71,980

Barrow Island Ward 2,606

Central Ward 5,585

Dalton North Ward 6,599

Dalton South Ward 6,200

Hawcoat Ward 5,308

Hindpool Ward 5,515

Newbarns Ward 5,913

Ormsgill Ward 5,961

Parkside Ward 5,742

Risedale Ward 5,663

Roosecote Ward 5,501

Walney North Ward 5,604

Walney South Ward 5,784



Population, area and density

Region Population Area Population Density
Barrow-in-Furness 71,980 77.87 km² 900 / km²
Cumbria 498,800 6,768 km² 73 / km²
United Kingdom 60,209,500 244,820 km² 243 / km²

Ethnic diversity

Region White British White Other Mixed Race South Asian Afro-Caribbean Chinese Other
Barrow-in-Furness 94.1% 2.9% 0.7% 0.8% 0.4% 0.4% 0.7%
Cumbria 96.7% 1.7% 0.5% 0.6% 0.2% 0.2% 0.1%
United Kingdom 85.7% 6.5% 1.2% 3.6% 2.3% 0.4% 0.8%


Religion Barrow-in-Furness United Kingdom
Christian 81.0% 71.6%
Muslim 0.3% 2.7%
Hindu 0.1% 1.0%
Sikh 0.0% 0.6%
Jewish 0.0% 0.5%
Buddhist 0.1% 0.3%
Other religion 0.1% 0.3%
Not stated 7.6% 7.3%
No religion 10.8% 15.5%
Total religious 81.6% 76.8%

Place of birth

Region Born in the UK Born in the EU Born Elsewhere in the World
Barrow-in-Furness 97.7% 0.8% 1.5%
United Kingdom 91.7% 2.2% 6.1%



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