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status Metropolitan Borough
region Yorkshire and the Humber
Ceremony county West Yorkshire
Trad. county Yorkshire
Administrative headquarters Huddersfield
surface 408.60 km²
Residents 438,727
was standing 2018
ONS code 00CZ

Kirklees is a metropolitan borough in metropolitan county West Yorkshire in England . The administrative seat is the city of Huddersfield . Other significant places in the borough are Batley , Birstall , Cleckheaton , Denby Dale , Dewsbury , Heckmondwike , Holme Valley , Holmfirth , Kirkburton , Marsden , Meltham and Mirfield . Partnerships exist with the Unna district in Germany (since 1967) and Bielsko-Biała in Poland.

The reorganization of the borders and the competencies of the local authorities resulted in the formation of the Metropolitan Borough in 1974. The county boroughs Huddersfield and Dewsbury, the municipal boroughs Batley and Spenborough and the urban districts Colne Valley, Denby Dale, Heckmondwike, Holmfirth, Kirkburton, Meltham and Mirfield were merged. These local authorities were previously part of the West Riding of Yorkshire county .

In 1986, Kirklees became a de facto unitary authority when the central government dissolved the superordinate administration of West Yorkshire. Kirklees remained part of West Yorkshire for ceremonial purposes , as well as for individual higher-level functions such as police , fire services and public transport.

Kirklees is the largest urban county in terms of population in England with no city status. The merger of two county boroughs resulted in the district not having a dominant center. In the early 1990s, calls were made to split kirklees into two roughly equal halves. But nothing changed when the community was reformed in 1996.

Web links

Commons : Metropolitan Borough of Kirklees  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Mid 2018 Estimates of the population for the UK, England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland