infobox UK place
country = England
population = 13,298
region= East of England
Broxbourne is a
commutertown in the Broxbourne borough of Hertfordshirein the East of Englandwith a population of 13,298 in 2001 [cite web |url=http://www.hertsdirect.org/infobase/docs/pdfstore/tabKS01sett.pdf |title=Office for National Statistics, 2001 Census, Key Statistics for HCC settlements. Usual resident population (numbers)] .
It is located 17.1 miles (27.5 km) north north-east of
Charing Crossin Londonand about a mile (1.6 km) north of Wormley and south of Hoddesdon. The town is near to the River Lee which forms the boundary with Essexand is 4.5 miles (7.2 km) north of the M25 motorway.
Broxbourne was a
civil parishin the Ware Rural Districtfrom 1894 to 1935. In the latter year the more heavily populated eastern end of the parish was added to the Hoddesdon Urban District, while the rural western portion remained in Ware Rural District, forming part of the civil parish of Brickendon Liberty.
The former area of Hoddesdon Urban District merged with that of
Cheshunt Urban Districtto form the Borough of Broxbourne in 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972.
Broxbourne now forms one of thirteen wards of the borough, returning three councillors. [ [http://www.broxbourne.gov.uk/Internet/0x0a14c85a_0x0000a584/Councillors Councillors (Borough of Broxbourne Online), accessed September 24, 2007] ]
Broxborne is home to the world's largest printing plant, which produces publications for
News Internationalincluding " The Sun", " The Times" and the " News of the World." Employing 200 people on a 23 acre site to produce 70,000 newspapers per hour, the plant cost £650 million and replaced the News International press in Wapping. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7299941.stm BBC NEWS | UK | World's biggest print plant opens ] ]
As part of the
London 2012 Summer Olympics, Broxbourne was going to host whitewatercanoe and kayak slalom events in a venue. However due to the discovery of petrol, diesel, and tar by-products on the site the planned development was to be reconsidered.
On 8 October 2007 the
Olympic Delivery Authority(ODA) announced that due to contamination risks at the planned Spitalbrook site, an alternative site six miles (10 km) south was being investigated. [ [http://www.london2012.com/news/archive/2007-10/broxbourne-venue-update.php Olympic Delivery Authority update] ] Subsequently on 16 April 2008 it was announced that the venue would be built nearby the original Spitalbrook proposal and situated on what was (at the time of the relevant press release) the overflow car park for the showground at the River Lee Country Park. [ [http://www.london2012.com/news/media-releases/2008-04/new-canoeing-venue-in-broxbourne-confirmed-for-the-london-2012-olympic-games.php New Canoeing venue in Broxbourne confirmed for the London 2012 Olympic Games] London2012.com Press Release, 16 April 2008]
Broxbourne railway station
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