It was formed on
1 April 1974by the merger of the borough of Aldershotand 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 [http://www.rushmoor.gov.uk/index.cfm?articleid=848] ]
Rushmoor's population has grown from 1,366 in 1801, through 39,616 in 1901 to over 90,000 in 2001.
3 May 2007elections, Rushmoor was a Conservative hold with 28 seats. The Liberal Democratsachieved 8; the Labour party gained 5 whilst another party (an independent Liberal Democrat, who was elected as a Liberal Democrat)achieved one seat. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/bsp/hi/vote2007/maps/eng_councils/html/eng_councils_map.stm 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. [ [http://www.rushmoor.gov.uk/index.cfm?articleid=229 Rushmoor in Bloom] ]
Rushmoor is twinned with
Oberurselin Germany, Meudonin France and Sulechówin Poland. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/bsp/hi/vote2007/maps/eng_councils/html/eng_councils_map.stm Rushmoor's twin towns] ]
* [http://www.rushmoor.gov.uk/ Rushmoor Borough Council]
* [http://www.rushmoorarena.co.uk/ Rushmoor Arena]
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