Rushmoor

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 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%.[1]

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

For many years, Rushmoor has done well in the South and South East in Bloom awards and was a national finalist on three occasions, winning the "Best Small City" award in 1999.[2]

Rushmoor is twinned with Oberursel in Germany, Meudon in France and Sulechów in Poland.[3]

Rushmoor

Borough of Rushmoor
Rushmoor shown within Hampshire
Rushmoor shown within Hampshire
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionSouth East England
Non-metropolitan countyHampshire
StatusNon-metropolitan district
Admin HQFarnborough
Incorporated1 April 1974
Government
 • TypeNon-metropolitan district council
 • BodyRushmoor Borough Council
 • LeadershipLeader & Cabinet (Conservative)
 • MPsLeo Docherty
Area
 • Total15.1 sq mi (39.0 km2)
Area rank284th (of 317)
Population
 (mid-2018 est.)
 • Total95,142
 • Rank255th (of 317)
 • Density6,300/sq mi (2,400/km2)
Time zoneUTC0 (GMT)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (BST)
ONS code24UL (ONS)
E07000092 (GSS)
OS grid referenceSU8567753918
Websitewww.rushmoor.gov.uk

Elections

Elections to the council are held in three out of every four years, with one third of the seats on the council being elected at each election. Since 1973 the council has either been under Conservative overall control, or no party has had a majority. Since the 2000 election the Conservatives have had a majority, with the last election in 2019 resulting in the council having 26 Conservative, 2 Liberal Democrat and 11 Labour councillors.[4][5]

Party Seats Rushmoor Borough Council, 2019
Conservative 26                                                    
Labour 11                        
Liberal Democrat 2      

Economy

Aviation

The Borough of Rushmoor stated that Farnborough Airfield, including the RAE, historically was a major employment area in Rushmoor. In the 1960s, over 10,000 employees worked at the airport. In May 1996, 5,800 jobs, 13% of the total jobs in Rushmoor, were at the airport.[6] In June 2009, TAG submitted an application to increase the total number of flight movements from 28000 a year to a maximum of 50,000 a year and to increase the number of flight movements at weekends and on Bank Holidays from 5,000 a year to 8,900 a year. This went to appeal and the secretary of state allowed it to go ahead in February 2011, overruling the Borough Council' refusal.[7]

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB), the British aviation accident investigation agency, is based within the airport.[8]

Twin towns

Rushmoor is twinned with:[9]

See also

References

  1. ^ Referendum Results - Change of Borough Name
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ Twinning Association of Rushmoor
  4. ^ "Results of the Rushmoor Borough Council local elections, 7 May 2015". Rushmoor Borough Council. 8 May 2015. Retrieved 2015-11-16.
  5. ^ https://www.rushmoor.gov.uk/electionresults2018---7-May-2018 | Results of the Rushmoor Borough Council local elections, 2019
  6. ^ "Rushmoor Local Plan Review (1996-2011)" Rushmoor Borough Council. 126 (2/39). Retrieved on September 30, 2010.
  7. ^ "Farnborough Airport's planning history". Rushmoor Borough Council. Retrieved 2015-01-04.
  8. ^ "Additional information." Air Accidents Investigation Branch. Retrieved on 2 May 2010.
  9. ^ a b c d "Rushmoor - Our Twin Towns". Rushmoor Borough Council. Retrieved 2013-07-25.

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Coordinates: 51°16′38.83″N 0°46′17.44″W / 51.2774528°N 0.7715111°W

1998 Rushmoor Borough Council election

The 1998 Rushmoor Council election took place on 7 May 1998 to elect members of Rushmoor Borough 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

Labour 14

Liberal Democrat 14

1999 Rushmoor Borough Council election

The 1999 Rushmoor Council election took place on 6 May 1999 to elect members of Rushmoor Borough 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 18

Liberal Democrat 14

Labour 13

2000 Rushmoor Borough Council election

The 2000 Rushmoor Council election took place on 4 May 2000 to elect members of Rushmoor Borough Council in Hampshire, England. One third of the council was up for election and the Conservative party gained overall control of the council from no overall control.The election took place at the same time as a referendum on whether to change the name of the borough council from Rushmoor to either Aldershot and Farnborough, or Farnborough and Aldershot. The change of name was rejected with 13,891 votes against to only 2,747 in favour on a turnout of 29%.After the election, the composition of the council was

Conservative 24

Liberal Democrat 10

Labour 10

Independent 1

2002 Rushmoor Borough Council election

The 2002 Rushmoor Council election took place on 2 May 2002 to elect members of Rushmoor Borough Council in Hampshire, England. The whole council was up for election with boundary changes since the last election in 2000 reducing the number of seats by 3. The Conservative party stayed in overall control of the council.

2003 Rushmoor Borough Council election

The 2003 Rushmoor Council election took place on 1 May 2003 to elect members of Rushmoor Borough 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 25

Liberal Democrat 10

Labour 6

Independent 1

2004 Rushmoor Borough Council election

The 2004 Rushmoor Council election took place on 10 June 2004 to elect members of Rushmoor Borough 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 24

Liberal Democrat 12

Labour 5

Independent 1

2006 Rushmoor Borough Council election

The 2006 Rushmoor Council election took place on 4 May 2006 to elect members of Rushmoor Borough 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 25

Liberal Democrat 10

Labour 5

Independent 2

2007 Rushmoor Borough Council election

The 2007 Rushmoor Council election took place on 3 May 2007 to elect members of Rushmoor Borough 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 28

Liberal Democrat 8

Labour 5

Independent 1

2008 Rushmoor Borough Council election

The 2008 Rushmoor Council election took place on 1 May 2008 to elect members of Rushmoor Borough 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 29

Liberal Democrat 8

Labour 5

2010 Rushmoor Borough Council election

The 2010 Rushmoor Council election took place on 6 May 2010 to elect members of Rushmoor Borough 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 30

Liberal Democrat 6

Labour 6

2012 Rushmoor Borough Council election

The 2012 Rushmoor Council elections took place on Thursday 3 May 2012 to elect members of Rushmoor Borough Council in Hampshire, England.

It was a very good night for the Labour Party and their Leader Cllr Keith Dibble who achieved the highest percentage vote on the night. Labour gained the three seats in the new Cherrywood ward in Farnborough.The first time Labour has had councillors in Farnborough for ten years.

The controlling Tories lost 5 seats, Labour gained 5, UKIP gained 1 and the Lib dems lost all 4 seats.

The Tories have a reduced majority

The whole of the council was up for election following a boundary review that has reorganised the distribution of council wards throughout the borough. The council will now be composed of 13 wards, each of which will elect three members to create a council of 39 councillors.

2014 Rushmoor Borough Council election

The 2014 Rushmoor Borough Council election took place on 22 May 2014 to elect members of Rushmoor Borough Council in England. This was on the same day as other local elections and the elections for the European Parliament. Labour gained one seat from the Conservatives, while UKIP regained a seat whose previous incumbent had defected to Labour..

2015 Rushmoor Borough Council election

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

2016 Rushmoor Borough Council election

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

Aldershot

Aldershot () is a town in the Rushmoor district of Hampshire, England. It lies on heathland in the extreme northeast corner of the county, about 31.8 mi (51.2 km) southwest of London. The area is administered by Rushmoor Borough Council. The town has a population of 36,321, while the Aldershot Urban Area, a loose conurbation (which also includes other towns such as Camberley, Farnborough, and Farnham) has a population of 243,344, making it the thirtieth-largest urban area in the UK.Aldershot is known as the "Home of the British Army", a connection which led to its rapid growth from a small village to a Victorian town. Aldershot is twinned with Sulechów in Poland, Meudon in France and Oberursel in Germany.

Caesar's Camp, Rushmoor and Waverley

Caesar's Camp is an Iron Age hill fort straddling the border of the counties of Surrey and Hampshire in southern England. The fort straddles the borough of Waverley in Surrey and the borough of Rushmoor and the district of Hart, both in Hampshire. Caesar's Camp is a Scheduled Ancient Monument with a list entry identification number of 1007895. It lies approximately 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) north of the town of Farnham, and a similar distance west of Aldershot. The hillfort lies entirely within the Bourley and Long Valley Site of Special Scientific Interest. Caesar's Camp is a multivallate hillfort, a fort with multiple defensive rings, occupying an irregular promontory, with an entrance on the south side. The site has been much disturbed by military activity, especially at the southeast corner. The remains of the hillfort are considered to be of national importance.

Farnborough, Hampshire

Farnborough is a town in north east Hampshire, England, part of the borough of Rushmoor and the Farnborough/Aldershot Built-up Area. Farnborough was founded in Saxon times and is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086. The name is formed from Ferneberga which means "fern hill".

The town is probably best known for its association with aviation – Farnborough Airshow, Farnborough Aerodrome, Royal Aircraft Establishment, and the Air Accidents Investigation Branch.

Rushmoor Borough Council elections

One third of Rushmoor Borough Council in Hampshire, England is elected each year, followed by one year without election. From 1979, the council had 15 3-member wards, reduced to 14 wards in 2002 and 13 in 2012. Each ward elects 3 of the 39 councillors, one in each election year, for a term of 4 years, except in years when ward boundaries are changed when all councillors are elected for terms depending on their position in the poll.

Rushmoor School

Rushmoor School is an independent day school, located in the Harpur area of Bedford, Bedfordshire, England. It is coeducational from ages 3–11 then boys only from 12–16. The school is located at 58–60 Shakespeare Road. It also has a mixed Sixth Form which opened in September 2016.

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