Chiltern (district)

Chiltern (district)
Chiltern District
—  Non-metropolitan district  —
Chiltern shown within Buckinghamshire
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region South East England
Non-metropolitan county Buckinghamshire
Status Non-metropolitan district
Admin HQ Amersham
Incorporated 1 April 1974
 - Type Non-metropolitan district council
 - Body Chiltern District Council
 - Leadership Leader & Cabinet (Conservative)
 - MPs Cheryl Gillan
 - Total 75.8 sq mi (196.35 km2)
Area rank 168th (of 326)
Population (2010 est.)
 - Total 91,400
 - Rank 251st (of 326)
 - Density 1,205.6/sq mi (465.5/km2)
 - Ethnicity 92.9% White
3.6% S.Asian
1.1% Black
1.4% Mixed Race
1.0% Chinese or Other
Time zone GMT (UTC0)
 - Summer (DST) BST (UTC+1)
ONS code 11UC
OS grid reference SU965985

Chiltern is one of four local government districts of Buckinghamshire in south central England. It is named after the Chiltern Hills on which the region sits.

The main towns in the district are Amersham and Chesham. It was formed on 1 April 1974 by the merger of the Chesham Urban District and Amersham Rural District (which entirely surrounded it).



The parishes that make up Chiltern District are:

See also the list of civil parishes in Buckinghamshire

Council affiliation

As of April 2011, it was as follows[1]

Party Number of councillors
Conservative 28
Independent 1
Liberal Democrats 7


Along with the Aylesbury Vale district, Chiltern contains no motorways except for a very small section of the M25 in the south-eastern corner. The major roads through the district are the A413 and the A404, the two meeting in Amersham. Railways services are provided by Chiltern Railways and London Underground's Metropolitan line. The Great Central Main Line carried traffic between London and Manchester until 1966, the section to Aylesbury is all that remains, being termed the London to Aylesbury Line. The only major station in the district is Amersham. Chesham is served exclusively by the Underground - it is the furthest tube station out of central London.

Quality of Rural Life

In May 2008, the district was named by the Halifax bank as having the best rural quality of life anywhere in Britain.[2]

Law and Order

Police stations are situated in Amersham and Chesham. The Magistrates' Court in Amersham was closed in March 2010, and has since been reopened as a Crown Court.

Energy policy

In May 2006, a report commissioned by British Gas [3] showed that housing in Chiltern produced the 4th highest average carbon emissions in the country at 7,421 kg of carbon dioxide per dwelling.


  1. ^
  2. ^ HBOS quality of life survey
  3. ^ British Gas news

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Coordinates: 51°39′38″N 0°38′27″W / 51.6606°N 0.6409°W / 51.6606; -0.6409

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