Borough of Great Yarmouth

The Borough of Great Yarmouth is a local government district with borough status in Norfolk, England. It is named after its main town, Great Yarmouth.

Borough of Great Yarmouth
Great Yarmouth shown within Norfolk
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionEast of England
Non-metropolitan countyNorfolk
StatusNon-metropolitan district
Admin HQGreat Yarmouth
Incorporated1 April 1974
  TypeNon-metropolitan district council
  BodyGreat Yarmouth Borough Council
  LeadershipCommittees[1] (Conservative)
  MPsBrandon Lewis
  Total67.2 sq mi (174.0 km2)
Area rank170th (of 317)
 (mid-2018 est.)
  Rank243rd (of 317)
  Density1,500/sq mi (570/km2)
98.6% White
Time zoneUTC0 (GMT)
  Summer (DST)UTC+1 (BST)
ONS code33UD (ONS)
E07000145 (GSS)
OS grid referenceTG5271507684


The borough was formed on 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, as a merger of the former county borough of Great Yarmouth, along with part of Blofield and Flegg Rural District, and also part of the Lothingland Rural District in East Suffolk.

The amendment to include five parishes from Lothingland RD in Norfolk was made by Anthony Fell, MP for Yarmouth, at committee stage.[2]

In the 2016 Referendum on the issue, 71.5% of Great Yarmouth voted to leave the European Union, the 5th highest such leave vote in the country.


Elections to the borough council are held in three out of every four years, with one third of the currently 39 seats on the council being elected at each election.

Historic overall control of council by party group
  • Conservative: 1973 to 1980, 1983 to 1986, 2000 to 2012, 2016 to date
  • Labour:1990 to 2000, 2012 to 2013
  • No overall control by one group of councillors in other years

As of the end of April 2018, councillors have these denominations:[3]

Party Councillors
Labour Party 10
Conservative Party 21
Tribune Party 2
UK Youth Parliament

Although the UK Youth Parliament is an apolitical organisation, the elections are run in a way similar to that of the Local Elections. The votes come from 11-18 year olds and are combined to make the decision of the next, 2 year Member of Youth Parliament. The elections are run at different times across the country with Great Yarmouth's typically being in early Spring and bi-annually.

The current Member of Youth Parliament for Great Yarmouth is Cameron Hodds MYP.[4][5][6]


The borough comprises the urban area of Great Yarmouth itself, together with 21 surrounding parishes. At the time of the 2001 census, the borough had an area of 182 km², of which 26 km² was in the urban area and 156 km² in the surrounding parishes. The borough had a population of 90,810 in 39,380 households, with 47,288 people in 21,007 households living in the urban area, whilst 43,522 people in 18,373 households lived in the surrounding parishes.[7]


Besides Great Yarmouth itself, other significant settlements in the borough include:


The urban area of Great Yarmouth itself is unparished. The remainder of the district comprises the following civil parishes:

† formerly part of Lothingland Rural District

See also


  1. "Full Council Minutes Tuesday, 24 November 2015". Great Yarmouth Borough Council. Item 6.
  2. Hansard, 6 July 1972, column 1107
  3. "CMIS > Councillors".
  4. "Members of Youth Parliament - Norfolk County Council".
  5. "Your Norfolk -".
  6. Cope, Lauren. "Norfolk's four new Members of Youth Parliament are announced". Eastern Daily Press.
  7. Office for National Statistics & Norfolk County Council (2001). Census population and household counts for unparished urban areas and all parishes. Retrieved 2 December 2005.

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