Hertsmere

Last updated

Borough of Hertsmere
Hertsmere UK locator map.svg
Hertsmere shown within Hertfordshire
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region East of England
Non-metropolitan county Hertfordshire
Status Non-metropolitan district, Borough
Admin HQ Borehamwood
Incorporated1 April 1974
Government
  TypeNon-metropolitan district council
  Body Hertsmere Borough Council
  LeadershipLeader & Cabinet (Conservative)
   MPs Oliver Dowden
Area
  Total39.06 sq mi (101.16 km2)
  Rank214th (of 309)
Population
 (mid-2019 est.)
  Total104,919
  Rank226th (of 309)
  Density2,700/sq mi (1,000/km2)
  Ethnicity
88.9% White
4.7% S.Asian
2.5% Black
2.0% Mixed
1.8% Chinese or Other
Time zone UTC0 (GMT)
  Summer (DST) UTC+1 (BST)
ONS code 26UE (ONS)
E07000098 (GSS)
OS grid reference TQ195975
Website www.hertsmere.gov.uk

Hertsmere is a local government district and borough in Hertfordshire, England. Its council is based in Borehamwood. Other settlements in the borough include Bushey, Elstree, Radlett and Potters Bar. The borough borders the three north London boroughs of Harrow, Barnet and Enfield, and is located mainly within the M25 Motorway.

Contents

History

The district was formed on 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, by a merger of the former area of Bushey Urban District and Potters Bar Urban District with Elstree Rural District and part of Watford Rural District (the parish of Aldenham). The Potters Bar Urban District (which coincided with the parish of South Mimms) was historically part of Middlesex, but had been transferred to Hertfordshire on 1 April 1965 when Greater London was created and Middlesex County Council abolished.

The name "Hertsmere" was invented for the new district by combining the common abbreviation of "Hertfordshire" ("Herts") with "mere", an archaic word for boundary. The name is doubly appropriate as the district straddles the historic county boundary between Middlesex and Hertfordshire and forms the administrative boundary between Hertfordshire and Greater London. The name is reflected in the council's coat of arms, which shows a hart upon the battlements of a boundary wall.

The district was awarded borough status on 15 April 1977. [1]

The borough was originally in the Metropolitan Police District, despite being outside the modern Greater London boundaries. It was transferred to Hertfordshire Constabulary in 2000.

Attractions

Hertsmere is the location of Elstree Film and TV Studios, which produces such shows as Strictly Come Dancing , Who Wants To Be A Millionaire , Dancing on Ice , and is the location for the Big Brother house. The studios were bought by Hertsmere Borough Council in 1996 and are operated via Elstree Film Studios Ltd.

Hertsmere is also the location for BBC Elstree Centre, the site of EastEnders , Holby City , and formerly the home to Top of the Pops , before its move to BBC TV Centre.

The area was also home to other TV and film studios, including MGM, until this was demolished for residential development, and is now an area called Studio Way.

Demographics

In the 2011 census, Hertsmere polled as the second most Jewish local authority in the United Kingdom, with Jews composing of one in seven residents (the highest being the North London borough of Barnet). [2]

Politics

Hertsmere Borough Council
Hertsmere Borough Council.svg
Type
Type
Leadership
Mayor
John Graham, Conservative
since 18 May 2022
Leader
Morris Bright,Conservative
since 8 October 2007 [3] [4]
Structure
Seats39
Political groups
Administration (29)
  Conservatives (29)

Opposition (10)

  Labour (7)
  Liberal Democrats (3)
Elections
Last election
2 May 2019
Meeting place
Hertsmere Civic Offices, Elstree Way, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire.jpg
Civic Offices, Elstree Way, Borehamwood
Website
http://www.hertsmere.gov.uk
Hertsmere
Crest On a Wreath Argent and Azure in front of an Oak Tree proper fructed Or a demi Hart Royal guardant proper gorged with a Mural Crown Or and resting the sinister forehoof on a Cinematograph Spool loaded with film proper.
Blazon Or on an embattled Wall of grey stone throughout in base Proper pierced with a gate therein a portcullis raised Sable a hart royal at gaze Proper.
Supporters On either side a Hart Royal guardant proper gorged with a Mural Crown Or that on the dexter charged on the shoulder with an Artist's Palette proper and that on the sinister with a Potter's Wheel Or.
Motto Do Well And Fear Not
BadgeOn a Roundel Or environed of a Garland of Oak proper fructed Or issuant from an embattled Wall of grey stone throughout in base a Hart Royal's Head affronty proper.
Granted 5 September 1975 [5]

The borough council currently consists of 39 elected councillors, with all councillors being up for election at the same time every four years. As of the 2019 election there are 29 Conservative, 7 Labour and 3 Liberal Democrat councillors. [6]

Until 1983 the borough was included in the parliamentary constituency of Hertfordshire South. In 1983 the constituency was renamed Hertsmere.

Hertsmere had been represented in Parliament by Conservative, James Clappison since 1992. He succeeded Cecil Parkinson who had been Member of Parliament for the area since 1974. It is now represented by the Conservative, Oliver Dowden.

Composition

PartyCouncillors
Conservative 29
Labour 7
Liberal Democrats 3
Total39
Source: Hertsmere Borough Council

The first council was elected in 1973 as a shadow authority, and was under no overall control: the Conservative Party won 25 seats, Labour 17 and the Liberals 13.

In 1976 the Conservatives gained a majority on the council which they held until 1994. For the next two years the council was under no overall control. The Labour Party then controlled the council from 1996 to the 1999 election, when the Conservatives regained control, which they have held since that date.

Wards

Hertsmere consists of fifteen wards. Wards electing two members are denoted with an obelisk (†).

Civic Awards

In 2003, the Borough Council started to present a small number of Civic Awards to people who live or work in Hertsmere 'in recognition of work undertaken for the benefit of residents of the Borough'.

Premises

The council inherited offices at Rudolph Road in Bushey, Darkes Lane in Potters Bar, and Shenley Road in Borehamwood from its predecessor authorities. A new building, called Hertsmere Civic Offices, was built in 19751976 on Elstree Way in Borehamwood to serve as the council's principal offices and meeting place. [7]

Elstree Studios

In 1993, the council bought Elstree Studios in Borehamwood. [8] They are now operated by Elstree Film Studios Limited, a council-controlled company.

Parishes

The borough contains five parishes:

Four parishes have parish councils [9] Ridge, which has fewer than 200 electors, is governed by a parish meeting following the dissolution of its parish council. [10]

The areas of the former Bushey and Potters Bar urban districts are unparished.

Related Research Articles

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Borehamwood</span> Town in southern Hertfordshire, England

Borehamwood is a town in southern Hertfordshire, England, 12 miles (19 km) from Charing Cross. Borehamwood has a population of 31,074, and is within the London commuter belt. The town's film and TV studios are commonly known as Elstree Studios.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Potters Bar</span> Town in Hertfordshire, England

Potters Bar is a town in Hertfordshire, England, 13 miles (21 km) north of central London. In 2011, it had a population of 21,882. In 2022 the population was around 23,325

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Bushey</span> Town in Hertfordshire, England

Bushey is a town in the Hertsmere borough of Hertfordshire in the East of England. It has a population of over 25,000 inhabitants. Bushey Heath is a large neighbourhood south east of Bushey on the boundary with the London Borough of Harrow reaching elevations of 165 metres (541 ft) above sea level.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Hertsmere (UK Parliament constituency)</span> Parliamentary constituency in the United Kingdom, 1983 onwards

Hertsmere is a constituency in Hertfordshire, England, represented in the House of Commons since 2015 by Oliver Dowden.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Barnet Urban District</span>

Barnet was a local government district in south Hertfordshire from 1863 to 1965 around the town of Barnet.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Potters Bar Urban District</span>

Potters Bar Urban District was a local government district in England from 1894 to 1974, covering the town of Potters Bar and the village of South Mimms. The district was initially called the South Mimms Rural District, being renamed in 1934.

Elstree and Borehamwood is a civil parish in the Borough of Hertsmere in Hertfordshire, England. Located approximately 12 miles (19 km) northwest of central London and adjacent to the Greater London boundary, it is an urbanised parish with suburban residential development, some open land and light industry. Elstree and Borehamwood is a recent renaming of the ancient parish of Elstree, covering the settlements of Elstree and Borehamwood. Formed in 1894 as the Elstree Parish Council, the local council is Elstree and Borehamwood Town Council. One of the most populous civil parishes in England, at the 2011 census it had a population of 37,065.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Elstree Rural District</span> History of Hertfordshire

Elstree Rural District was a rural district in Hertfordshire, England from 1894 to 1974.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">South Hertfordshire (UK Parliament constituency)</span> Parliamentary constituency in the United Kingdom, 1974–1983

South Hertfordshire was a constituency in Hertfordshire which returned one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It was created for the February 1974 general election and abolished for the 1983 general election when it was mainly replaced by the new Hertsmere constituency.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Edmonton Hundred</span>

Edmonton is one of six hundreds of the historic county of Middlesex, England. A rotated L-shape, its area has been in the south and east firmly part of the urban growth of London. Since the 1965 formation of London boroughs it mainly corresponds to the London Boroughs of Enfield, a negligible portion of Barnet and a narrow majority of Haringey. Its ancient parish of South Mimms has since 1965 been part of the Hertsmere district in Hertfordshire.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Aldenham Reservoir</span> Reservoir in Hertfordshire, England

Aldenham Reservoir is situated in the parish of Elstree and Borehamwood in Hertfordshire, England, about one mile (1.6 km) to the west of the village of Elstree.

This page provides brief details of primary schools in the borough of Hertsmere in Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">2002 Hertsmere Borough Council election</span>

The 2002 Hertsmere Borough Council election took place on 2 May 2002 to elect members of Hertsmere Borough Council in Hertfordshire, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Conservative Party stayed in overall control of the council.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">2003 Hertsmere Borough Council election</span>

The 2003 Hertsmere Borough Council election took place on 1 May 2003 to elect members of Hertsmere Borough Council in Hertfordshire, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Conservative Party stayed in overall control of the council.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">2004 Hertsmere Borough Council election</span>

The 2004 Hertsmere Borough Council election took place on 10 June 2004 to elect members of Hertsmere Borough Council in Hertfordshire, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Conservative Party stayed in overall control of the council.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">2006 Hertsmere Borough Council election</span>

The 2006 Hertsmere Borough Council election took place on 4 May 2006 to elect members of Hertsmere Borough Council in Hertfordshire, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Conservative Party stayed in overall control of the council.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">2007 Hertsmere Borough Council election</span>

The 2007 Hertsmere Borough Council election took place on 3 May 2007 to elect members of Hertsmere Borough Council in Hertfordshire, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Conservative Party stayed in overall control of the council.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">2008 Hertsmere Borough Council election</span>

The 2008 Hertsmere Borough Council election took place on 1 May 2008 to elect members of Hertsmere Borough Council in Hertfordshire, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Conservative Party stayed in overall control of the council.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">2011 Hertsmere Borough Council election</span>

The 2011 Hertsmere Borough Council election took place on 5 May 2011 to elect members of Hertsmere Borough Council in Hertfordshire, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Conservative Party stayed in overall control of the council.

References

  1. Department of the Environment (May 1977). Alterations of area and status of local authorities (PDF). Retrieved 4 December 2021. Effective from 15 April 1977
  2. Office for National Statistics 1 June 2006 accessed 1 January 2012
  3. "About your council". Hertsmere Borough Council. Retrieved 4 December 2021.
  4. "Extraordinary Meeting, Council - Monday, 8 October 2007". Hertsmere Borough Council. Retrieved 4 December 2021.
  5. "HERTSMERE BOROUGH COUNCIL (HERTS)". Robert Young. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  6. "Hertsmere Borough Council". BBC News Online. 13 May 2014. Retrieved 25 May 2014.
  7. Planning Application 75/209: Offices and ancillary accommodation of Hertsmere District Council at Elstree Way, Borehamwood. Permission granted 3 April 1975. (Referenced in planning application TP/13/0014.)
  8. "Our History". Elstree Studios. Retrieved 3 January 2022.
  9. "Parish/Town Councils and Councillors". Hertsmere Council. Archived from the original on 17 May 2011. Retrieved 20 October 2011.
  10. "Ridge Parish Council". St Giles’ Church, South Mymms and St Margaret’s Church, Ridge. Archived from the original on 25 April 2012. Retrieved 20 October 2011.

Coordinates: 51°40′N0°16′W / 51.66°N 0.27°W / 51.66; -0.27