Telford and Wrekin

Telford and Wrekin
Unitary authority area, Borough

Telford and Wrekin shown within Shropshire and England
Coordinates: GB 52°40′52″N 2°26′19″W / 52.68111°N 2.43861°W / 52.68111; -2.43861Coordinates: GB 52°40′52″N 2°26′19″W / 52.68111°N 2.43861°W / 52.68111; -2.43861
Country United Kingdom
Region West Midlands
County Shropshire
  Total 112.09 sq mi (290.31 km2)
  Total 166,800
  Density 1,500/sq mi (570/km2)
Time zone GMT

Telford and Wrekin is a unitary district with borough status in the West Midlands region of England. The district was created in 1974 as The Wrekin, then a non-metropolitan district of Shropshire. In 1998 the district became a unitary authority and was renamed Telford and Wrekin. It remains part of the Shropshire ceremonial county and shares institutions such as the Fire and Rescue Service and Community Health with the rest of Shropshire.

The borough's major settlement is Telford, a new town designated in the 1960s incorporating the existing towns of Dawley, Madeley, Oakengates and Wellington. The next largest population centre is Newport, a market town to the north of Telford.

The borough borders Staffordshire, but is mostly surrounded by the non-metropolitan county of Shropshire, whose unitary authority is Shropshire Council. For Eurostat purposes it is a NUTS 3 region (code UKG21) and is one of four unitary authority areas that comprise the "Shropshire and Staffordshire" NUTS 2 region.


Before the creation of The Wrekin district, Telford was a new town run by the Telford Development Corporation (TDC) from the 1960s to the changes in 1974. The district was formed on 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, and covered Dawley, Newport, Oakengates and Wellington urban districts, Wellington Rural District and part of Shifnal parish in the Shifnal Rural District.

On 1 April 1998, as a result of the Local Government Commission for England's review, the district became a unitary authority, independent from Shropshire County Council.

All of the council houses previously owned by Wrekin District Council and the subsequent Telford and Wrekin Council were transferred to a newly created Housing Association, the Wrekin Housing Trust, in 1999 which now owns the majority of social housing in Telford.[1]

Telford and Wrekin applied unsuccessfully for City status in 2000, but the district was granted borough status in 2002.

Towns, villages and other settlements

Telford and Wrekin (yellow) in the ceremonial and historic county of Shropshire.

Settlements in Telford and Wrekin -



The borough is divided into 28 civil parishes and these are grouped into three areas: Telford, Newport and Rural.


For the borough council itself there is a system of 34 wards to elect councillors.

The borough divided into wards, with the Telford urban area highligted in Orange.
1 Apley Castle

2 Arleston
3 Brookside
4 Church Aston and Lilleshall
5 College
6 Cuckoo Oak
7 Dawley Magna
8 Donnington
9 Dothill
10 Edgmond
11 Ercall
12 Ercall Magna
13 Hadley and Leegomery
14 Haygate
15 Horsehay and Lightmoor
16 Ironbridge Gorge

17 Ketley and Oakengates

18 Lawley and Overdale
19 Madeley
20 Malinslee
21 Muxton
22 Newport East
23 Newport North
24 Newport South
25 Newport West
26 Park
27 Priorslee
28 St Georges
29 Shawbirch
30 The Nedge
31 Woodside
32 Wrockwardine
33 Wrockwardine Wood


Telford and Wrekin operates a cabinet-style council. It has 54 elected councillors who appoint the seven cabinet members, including the leader, each year. The cabinet members make decisions as a whole and meet every two weeks.[2]

Telford and Wrekin is currently a Labour controlled council.


Telford and Wrekin is part of the West Mercia Police police area. The force is based in Worcester (outside Shropshire) and the borough's area is a Territorial Policing Unit in the force's organisation.


Telford Plaza in Telford Town Centre.
St Mary's Street in Newport

This is a chart of trend of regional gross value added of Telford and Wrekin 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[3] Agriculture[4] Industry[5] Services[6]
1995 1,763 28 865 870
2000 2,072 20 773 1,279
2003 2,370 21 850 1,500

See also


  2. "Cabinet". Telford and Wrekin Council. Retrieved 2010-05-05.
  3. Components may not sum to totals due to rounding
  4. includes hunting and forestry
  5. includes energy and construction
  6. includes financial intermediation services indirectly measured
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