Our Mission 
To endeavour to make Darwen a shopping destination that will attract new people, new business and new employment to the town'- this will be achieved by adding to the support provided by the Borough Council in the form of local events and applying pressure to resolve problem areas.


Darwen is believed to take its name from the river and is interpreted to mean “river where oak trees grow” and the town was originally known as “derewent”. The derivation of this name, it is suggested, being Saxon in origin. High in the Pennines close to the moors sheep roamed and the woollen industry was just beginning as a cottage industry. From this humble start Darwen was to become Darwen a powerhouse of industrial production in the 19th century with cotton mills, print and bleach works, paperworks, foundries and machine works. In 1801 the cencus records that the population as 3,587, in just 40 years the population climbed to 21,278 which provides an indication as to how important Darwen was as an industrial centre. The 20th century though was to again have a terrible impact on local industry as most of the major industries relocated out of the area. Today Darwen has a vibrant town centre with plenty of local stores and great countryside walks and with Blackburn so close it is well situated to take advantage of the amenities at this larger town, but Darwen retains an almost village feel and situated so conveniently for the surrounding countryside it remains as being the only place to live for its residents.


The Councillors who represent you are available to take up issues and queries on your behalf. They can be contacted at their home addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses. Many Councillors also hold regular advice surgeries in their wards. For information on your local Councillors’ surgeries or for any other queries about contacting your Councillors, please Contact the Town Clerk

Brian TaylorMayor of Darwen, Labour Party
Sunnyhurst ward

22 Sunnyhurst Lane, Darwen, BB3 1JN

Paul O'GarrDeputy Chairman - Labour Party
Marsh House Ward

6 Burton Close, Darwen, BB3 2UQ

Stephanie BrookfieldLabour Party
Earcroft Ward

3 Haldane Road, Darwen, BB3 0AE

Paul BrowneLiberal Democrat Party
Sudell Ward

100 Greenway Street, Darwen, BB3 1EQ


Roy DaviesLiberal Democrat Party
Sudell Ward

209 Olive Lane, Darwen, BB3 3DJ

John EastLiberal Democrat Party
Whitehall Ward

26 Stanley Drive, Darwen, BB3 2EL

Eileen EntwistleLabour Party
Sudell Ward

6 Almond Street, Darwen, BB3 2SD

Peter HollingsLabour Party
Sunnyhurst Ward

97 Milking Lane, Darwen, BB3 0RB

Lynn PerkinsConservative Party
Earcroft Ward

55 St. Albans Road, Darwen, BB3 0HS

John RobertsLabour Party
Marsh House Ward

1 Bosley Close, Darwen, BB3 3LF

Victoria RothwellLiberal Democrat Party
Whitehall Ward

4 Thompson Street, Darwen, BB3 2HD

Neil SlaterConservative Party
Marsh House Ward

19 Elswick Street, Darwen, BB3 3DX

Dave SmithLabour Party
Sunnyhurst Ward

18B Woodbank Ave, Darwen, BB3 1JJ