Hertsmere is a local government district and
boroughin Hertfordshire, England. Its council is based in Borehamwood. Other towns in the borough include Bushey, Elstree, Radlettand Potters Bar.
The district was formed on
1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, by a merger of the former area of Bushey Urban Districtand Potters Bar Urban Districtwith Elstree Rural Districtand part of Watford Rural District(the parish of Aldenham).
The name "Hertsmere" was invented for the new district by combining the name of the county with "
mere", an archaic word for boundary. The name is doubly appropriate as the area is now the southern boundary of Hertfordshirewith Greater London, while up to 1965parts of the district were on either side of the county boundary with Middlesex. 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
boroughstatus by Royal Charterin 1977.
The borough was originally in the Metropolitan Police District, despite being outside the modern
Greater Londonboundaries. It was not transferred to Hertfordshire Constabularyuntil 2000.
Hertsmere is the location of the Big Brother house.
In the 2001 census, Hertsmere polled as the second most
Jewishlocal authority in England, with Jews composing one in nine residents. [ [http://www.economist.com/world/britain/displaystory.cfm?story_id=E1_SDDRGVT "Kosher in the country" " The Economist" 01 Jun 2006] accessed 14 August 2007]
1976the 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 controlled the council from 1996to 1999, when the Conservatives regained control, which they have held since that date.
There are 39 elected councillors, of which 31 are Conservative. There are 5 Liberal Democrats elected for wards in
Bushey, and 3 Labour councillors representing wards in the Borehamwoodarea.
The council is elected by thirds, with the most recent election held on
1 May, 2008.
1983the borough was included in the parliamentary constituency of Hertfordshire South. In 1983the constituency was renamed Hertsmere.
Hertsmere has been represented in Parliament by Conservative,
James Clappisonsince 1992. He succeeded Cecil Parkinsonwho had been Member of Parliamentfor the area since 1974.
The areas of the former
Busheyand Potters Barurban districts are unparished.
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