Rushmoor is a local government district and borough in Hampshire, England. It covers the towns of Aldershot and Farnborough.

It was formed on 1 April 1974 by the merger of the borough of Aldershot and the Farnborough urban district.

The borough took its name from "Rushmoor Arena", a military showground constructed at Rushmoor Bottom in 1923. In May 2000, a referendum was held to on whether to change the name of the borough. Two alternative names were suggested in place of Rushmoor: "Aldershot and Farnborough" or "Farnborough and Aldershot". In the event, more than 81% of those who voted chose to retain the name, on a turnout of 29% [Referendum Results - Change of Borough Name [] ]

Rushmoor's population has grown from 1,366 in 1801, through 39,616 in 1901 to over 90,000 in 2001.

In the 3 May 2007 elections, Rushmoor was a Conservative hold with 28 seats. The Liberal Democrats achieved 8; the Labour party gained 5 whilst another party (an independent Liberal Democrat, who was elected as a Liberal Democrat)achieved one seat. [ [ BBC news] ]

The Liberal Democrats are unrepresented in Aldershot (Con 9 and Lab 6) and the Labour Party are unrepresented in Farnborough (Con 19 and Lib Dem 8).

In 2006, Rushmoor gained a Silver Gilt award in the South and South East in Bloom awards. [ [ Rushmoor in Bloom] ]

Rushmoor is twinned with Oberursel in Germany, Meudon in France and Sulechów in Poland. [ [ Rushmoor's twin towns] ]


External links

* [ Rushmoor Borough Council]
* [ Rushmoor Arena]

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