Hart District

Hart is a local government district in Hampshire, England, named after the River Hart. Its council is based in Fleet. It was formed on 1 April 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972, as a merger of the urban district of Fleet, and the Hartley Wintney Rural District. It was named the best place to live in the UK in the 2017 Halifax quality of life study.[1]

Hart District is one of the richest and least deprived areas in the whole of the United Kingdom. In the Indices of Deprivation 2015, Hart was ranked at 326 out of 326 local authorities in England, where 1 was the most deprived area and 326 the least deprived, meaning Hart is the least deprived area in England.[2]

For five years running (2011-2015), an annual study conducted by the Halifax bank named Hart as the UK's most desirable place to live for quality of life. The study took into account jobs, housing, health, crime, weather, traffic and broadband access. It found that in 2014 97% of people in the local authority area were in good health, and in 2011 tended to have incomes 40% above the national average.[3][4]

Hart

Hart District
Hart shown within Hampshire
Hart shown within Hampshire
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionSouth East England
Non-metropolitan countyHampshire
StatusNon-metropolitan district
Admin HQFleet
Incorporated1 April 1974
Government
 • TypeNon-metropolitan district council
 • BodyHart District Council
 • LeadershipLeader & Cabinet (Independent / Liberal Democrat)
 • MPsRanil Jayawardena
Leo Docherty
Area
 • Total83.1 sq mi (215.3 km2)
Area rank155th (of 317)
Population
 (mid-2018 est.)
 • Total96,293
 • Rank251st (of 317)
 • Density1,200/sq mi (450/km2)
 • Ethnicity
97.7% White
Time zoneUTC0 (GMT)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (BST)
ONS code24UG (ONS)
E07000089 (GSS)
OS grid referenceSU8047254050
Websitewww.hart.gov.uk

Population

In mid-2003 Hart had an estimated 85,700 residents. This compares with the 2001 Census figure of 83,505 residents. The 2001 Census also reported that there were 32,470 households, with 77% of residents describing their health as 'good'. In the twenty years between 1982 and 2002 the population of Hart grew by 19 per cent, compared with an increase of 11 per cent for the South East region as a whole.

Politics

Elections to the council are held in three out of every four years, with one third of the 35 seats on the council being elected at each election. From the 2000 election to 2005 the Conservative party had a majority on the council. Until 2010 it was under no overall control. Between 2010 and 2012 the Conservatives again had control of the council, losing power again in the 2012 elections.

Following the 2014 election and subsequent moves 'across the floor', the make-up of the Council is as follows:

Party Councillors
Conservative Party 14
Community Campaign (Hart) 10
Liberal Democrats 8
Independent 1

Parishes and town councils

References

  1. ^ "Hart in Hampshire 'best place to live in UK'". BBC News. 16 Dec 2017.
  2. ^ "English indices of deprivation 2015: File 10 local authority district summaries". Department for Communities and Local Government. 30 September 2015.
  3. ^ "Hart in Hampshire named as UK's most desirable place". BBC News. 24 Dec 2011.
  4. ^ "Hart in Hampshire remains UK's most desirable place". BBC News. 20 Dec 2014.

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Coordinates: 51°16′46″N 0°50′46″W / 51.2794°N 0.8461°W

1998 Hart District Council election

The 1998 Hart Council election took place on 7 May 1998 to elect members of Hart District Council in Hampshire, England. One third of the council was up for election and the council stayed under no overall control.After the election, the composition of the council was

Liberal Democrat 15

Conservative 14

Independent 6

1999 Hart District Council election

The 1999 Hart Council election took place on 6 May 1999 to elect members of Hart District Council in Hampshire, England. One third of the council was up for election and the council stayed under no overall control.After the election, the composition of the council was

Conservative 16

Liberal Democrat 14

Independent 5

2000 Hart District Council election

The 2000 Hart Council election took place on 4 May 2000 to elect members of Hart District Council in Hampshire, England. One third of the council was up for election and the council stayed under no overall control.After the election, the composition of the council was

Conservative 17

Liberal Democrat 12

Independent 5

Others 1

2002 Hart District Council election

The 2002 Hart Council election took place on 2 May 2002 to elect members of Hart District Council in Hampshire, England. The whole council was up for election with boundary changes since the last election in 2000. The Conservative party gained overall control of the council from no overall control.

2003 Hart District Council election

The 2003 Hart Council election took place on 1 May 2003 to elect members of Hart District Council in Hampshire, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Conservative party stayed in overall control of the council.After the election, the composition of the council was

Conservative 22

Liberal Democrat 10

Independent 3

2004 Hart District Council election

The 2004 Hart Council election took place on 10 June 2004 to elect members of Hart District Council in Hampshire, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Conservative party stayed in overall control of the council.After the election, the composition of the council was

Conservative 18

Liberal Democrat 12

Independent 3

Community Campaign (Hart) 2

2006 Hart District Council election

The 2006 Hart Council election took place on 4 May 2006 to elect members of Hart District Council in Hampshire, England. One third of the council was up for election and the council stayed under no overall control.After the election, the composition of the council was

Conservative 16

Liberal Democrat 12

Community Campaign (Hart) 5

Independent 2

2007 Hart District Council election

The 2007 Hart Council election took place on 3 May 2007 to elect members of Hart District Council in Hampshire, England. One third of the council was up for election and the council stayed under no overall control.After the election, the composition of the council was

Conservative 15

Liberal Democrat 12

Community Campaign (Hart) 6

Independent 2

2008 Hart District Council election

The 2008 Hart Council election took place on 1 May 2008 to elect members of Hart District Council in Hampshire, England. One third of the council was up for election and the council stayed under no overall control.After the election, the composition of the council was

Conservative 17

Liberal Democrat 10

Community Campaign (Hart) 6

Independent 2

2012 Hart District Council election

The 2012 Hart District Council election took place on 3 May 2012 to elect members of the Hart District Council in England. This was the same day as other 2012 United Kingdom local elections.

2014 Hart District Council election

The 2014 Hart District Council election took place on 22 May 2014 to elect members of Hart District Council in England. This was on the same day as other local elections.

2015 Hart District Council election

The 2015 Hart District Council election took place on 7 May 2015 to elect members of the Hart District Council in England. It was held on the same day as other local elections.

2016 Hart District Council election

The 2016 Hart District Council election took place on 5 May 2016 to elect members of Hart District Council in England. This was on the same day as other local elections.

Blackwater, Hampshire

Blackwater is a small town in the northeastern corner of Hampshire, England, lying in the county's Hart District. It lies in the extreme northeast corner of the county, about 31 miles (50 km) away from London.

Fleet, Hampshire

Fleet is a town and civil parish in the Hart district of Hampshire, England, centred 36 miles (58 km) WSW of London and 10 miles (16 km) east of Basingstoke. It is part of and the major town of Hart District, and has large technology business areas, fast rail links to London and is well connected to the UK motorway network. The 2011 population for its built up area, including attached suburbs Church Crookham (which has many of its own amenities), Dogmersfield, Elvetham Heath and Ancells Farm was 38,726. The town has a prominent golf club, an annual half marathon, athletics club and four football clubs.

In 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and again in 2017 Hart, of which Fleet is the main town, was voted the best place to live in the UK by the Halifax Quality of Life study, above areas such as Elmbridge in Surrey and Wokingham in Berkshire. This is due to the highly affluent majority of the population, better weather and health conditions, high levels of access to leisure space and the town's surrounding countryside which includes woodlands and the Basingstoke Canal.Landmarks are Fleet Pond, the largest freshwater lake in Hampshire and its broad High Street with many Victorian and Edwardian buildings. Fleet continues to hold a street market several days per week.

The town is in the north-eastern part of Hampshire and is easily accessible from the M3 its edge hosts a Welcome Break service station of the same name.

Hart District Council elections

One third of Hart District Council in Hampshire, England is elected each year, followed by one year without election. Since the last boundary changes in 2002, 35 councillors have been elected from 18 wards.

John Duigan

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Odiham

Odiham ( or ) is a small historic town and civil parish in the Hart district of Hampshire, England. It is twinned with Sourdeval in the Manche Department of France. The 2011 population was 4,406. The parish in 1851 had an area of 7,354 acres with 50 acres covered by water. The nearest railway station is at Hook, on the London and South Western Railway. The town had its own hundred in the nineteenth century, named The Hundred of Odiham. The town is situated slightly south of the M3 motorway and approximately midway between the north Hampshire towns of Fleet and Basingstoke, some 41 miles (66 km) southwest of London.

RAF Odiham, home of the Royal Air Force's Chinook heavy lift helicopter fleet, lies to the south of the town.

Vertu

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