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Metropolitan Borough of St Helens

Borough of St Helens
Metropolitan borough
St Helens Town Hall, the seat of the Borough Council
St Helens Town Hall, the seat of the Borough Council
Official logo of Borough of St Helens
Coat Of Arms of the Borough Council
Motto: Prosperitas In Excelsis
St Helens shown within Merseyside and England
St Helens shown within Merseyside and England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region North West England
Ceremonial county Merseyside
Admin HQ St Helens (Town Hall)
Founded 1 April 1974
 • Type Metropolitan borough
 • Governing body St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council
 • Leadership: Leader & Cabinet
 • Executive: Labour
 • Leader of the Council Cllr Barrie Grunewald (Lab)
 • MPs: Conor McGinn (Lab),
Marie RimmerCBE (Lab)
Population (mid-2014 est.)
 • Total 63,176 (Ranked 309th)
 • Ethnicity 98.8% White
Time zone Greenwich Mean Time (UTC+0)
Postcodes WA, WN & L
Area code(s) 01744 / 01942 / 01925 / 0151

The Metropolitan Borough of St Helens is a metropolitan borough of Merseyside, in North West England. It is named after its largest town St Helens, and covers an area which includes the settlements of Newton-le-Willows, Earlestown, Haydock, Rainhill, Eccleston, Clock Face, Billinge and Rainford.

The Metropolitan Borough Council is made up of 48 councillors, with three representing each of the 16 wards of the borough.[1]


  • History 1
  • Governance 2
    • St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council Composition 2.1
    • Parliamentary constituencies 2.2
    • Liverpool City Region Combined Authority 2.3
  • Geography 3
  • Demography 4
  • Education 5
  • Coat of arms 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


The Metropolitan Borough was formed on 1 April 1974 as a merger of the former County Borough of St Helens, along with the urban districts of Haydock, Newton-le-Willows and Rainford, and parts of Billinge-and-Winstanley and Ashton-in-Makerfield urban districts, along with part of Whiston Rural District, all from the administrative county of Lancashire.

Between 1974 and 1986 the borough council shared functions with Merseyside County Council. The functions of this body were in part devolved to the boroughs and in part transferred to ad hoc agencies.


St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council Composition

Elections to St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council are held in three out of every four years, with one-third of the 48 seats on the council being elected at each election.

The Labour party has had a majority on the council since the first election in 1973, except for a period between the 2004 election and the 2010 election when no party had a majority. This allowed an alliance between the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives to take control after the 2006 election until Labour regained control in 2010.

Since then Labour has strengthened its position on the council and as of the 2014 election the council is composed of the following councillors:-[2]

Party Councillors
  Labour Party 42
  Liberal Democrats 3
  Conservative Party 3

Parliamentary constituencies

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

The Metropolitan Borough of St Helens is one of the six constituent local government districts of the Liverpool City Region. Since 1 April 2014, some of the borough's responsibilities have been pooled with neighbouring authorities and subsumed into the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.

The combined authority has effectively become the top-tier administrative body for the local governance of the city region and the leader of St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council, along with the five other leaders from neighbouring local government districts, take strategic decisions over economic development, transport, employment and skills, tourism, culture, housing and physical infrastructure.


'Billinge Lump' is the highest point in St Helens and Merseyside

The borough borders the borough of Knowsley, within Merseyside, in the south-west, the Lancashire district of West Lancashire in the north, the Greater Manchester Borough of Wigan in the north-east, and to the south the boroughs of Warrington and Halton in Cheshire.

The St Helens Borough covers roughly 30 km² over an area of soft rolling hills used primarily for agricultural purposes, mainly arable. The highest point in the Metropolitan Borough of St Helens, and the whole of Merseyside, is Billinge Hill, 4.5 miles (7.2 km) north from St.Helens centre. The borough is landlocked with a stream running through, Mill Brook/Windle Brook running through Eccleston and connecting with the (disused) St. Helens Branch/Section of the Sankey Canal in the town centre. The centre of St Helens is around 160 feet (50 m) above sea level.

From the top of Billinge Hill the cities of Manchester and Liverpool are visible on a clear day as well as the towns of, Bolton and Warrington.

Carr Mill Dam is Merseyside's largest body of inland water, offering picturesque lakeside trails and walks as well as national competitive powerboating and angling events.

The Burgies are two tailings on the site of the old Rushy Park coal mine. They were created by the dumping of toxic chemical waste from the manufacture of glass, they have since been covered with tall grass and woodland.


St Helens Population using 2001 Data, 2008 Wards
2001 UK Census Population Households
Billinge and Seneley Green 12,717 4985
Blackbrook 9,128 3,604
Bold 9,040 3,586
Earlestown 10,274 4,420
Eccleston 10,528 4,218
Haydock 11,962 4,817
Moss Bank 10,276 4,337
Newton 11,144 4,506
Parr 12,082 3,541
Rainford 8344 3,484
Rainhill 11,913 4,762
Sutton 12,622 5,075
Thatto Heath 9,393 3,852
Town Centre 10,795 4,958
West Park 11,558 4,947
Windle 8,621 3,607
Total 176,843 72,697


Coat of arms

Coat of Arms of St Helens Council
Armiger College of Heralds
Adopted 1974
Crest A rams head with fleur-de-lys mounted on a helmet, representing Lord Newton
Escutcheon Quarterly: 1 red saltire representing Ashton and Seneley Green, 2 Black griffin representing Rainhill, 3 Pilkingtons Cross representing Windle], 4 Red crosslet representing Billinge summounted by the Black Cross of Haydock & Eccleston and the Blue Bars of Parr.
Supporters A golden lion and a black griffin
Motto Latin: Prosperitas In Excelsis English: "Flourishing Well"
Use On all council documents


  1. ^ "Find your councillor". St Helens Council. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  2. ^ Hughes, Lorna (24 May 2014). "Labour increases majority as UKIP fails to make major inroads - St Helens".  

External links

  • St. Helens Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Earlestown Historical Website
  • Newton-le-Willows Historical Website
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