Broxtowe

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Borough of Broxtowe
Borough
Official logo of Borough of Broxtowe
Coat of Arms
Shown within Nottinghamshire
Shown within Nottinghamshire
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region East Midlands
Administrative county Nottinghamshire
Founded 1974
Admin. HQ Beeston
Government
 • Type Borough Council (non-metropolitan district)
 • Leadership: Leader & Cabinet
 • Executive: Labour / Liberal Democrat
 • MPs: Anna Soubry,
Gloria De Piero
Area
 • Total 30.93 sq mi (80.10 km2)
Area rank 239th
Population (2011 est.)
 • Total 109,700
 • Rank Ranked 207th
 • Density 3,500/sq mi (1,400/km2)
Time zone Greenwich Mean Time (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) British Summer Time (UTC+1)
ONS code 37UD (ONS)
E07000172 (GSS)
Ethnicity 92.5% White
3.0% S.Asian
1.1% Black British
2.1% Chinese or Other
1.3% Mixed Race
Website broxtowe.gov.uk

Broxtowe is a local government district with borough status in Nottinghamshire, England, west of the City of Nottingham. It is part of the Greater Nottingham metropolitan area. Broxtowe's neighbour to the west is the borough of Erewash, which is in Derbyshire.

Settlements[edit]

The borough with the civil parishes (pink) and the unparished part (red).

Settlements include Beeston — where the council is based — Attenborough, Awsworth, Bramcote, Brinsley, Chilwell, Cossall, Eastwood, Giltbrook, Greasley, Kimberley, Moorgreen, Newthorpe, Nuthall, Stapleford, Strelley, Swingate, Toton, Trowell, and Watnall. Additionally a small part of Wollaton falls within Broxtowe.

The Broxtowe Estate is not within the borough, but is instead within the boundaries of the City of Nottingham.

Civil parishes[edit]

Broxtowe has ten civil parishes of which three (Eastwood, Kimberley and Stapleford) have town councils. The unparished area of the borough covers the town of Beeston and the neighbouring places of Chilwell, Toton, Attenborough and Bramcote — this is the area of the former Beeston and Stapleford Urban District, minus Stapleford which was parished in 1987.

Formation[edit]

Beeston Town Hall, together with the Council Offices also on Foster Avenue in the town, is the Borough Council's HQ

The district formed on 1 April 1974 by a merger of the Beeston and Stapleford urban district, the Eastwood urban district and part of Basford Rural District. The borough's name was derived from the old Broxtowe wapentake of Nottinghamshire, which covered a larger area.

The district was granted borough status in 1977.

Politics[edit]

The first elections to the council took place in 1973, with the Conservatives gaining control. The party held power until 1995 when it lost control to the Labour party. Since 2003 no party has been in overall control. After the 2009 elections the Liberal Democrats led the council with Labour support. Since the 2011 elections Labour have led the council with Liberal Democrat support but the Conservatives have the largest representation on the council.

Wards[edit]

Since boundary changes in 2003, 44 councillors are elected from 21 wards. Each ward returns one to three councillors to the Borough Council, depending on the ward's electorate/population.[1] Below is a summary list of the 21 wards and the number of councillors they each elect in brackets.

These wards form the unparished area of the borough.

Parliamentary constituency[edit]

Since 1983 Broxtowe has also been a parliamentary constituency. The constituency boundaries do not exactly match the borough boundaries, with some wards of Broxtowe borough (Brinsley, Eastwood North and Greasley (Beauvale), and Eastwood South) being in the Ashfield constituency. The elections in the constituency have returned the following MPs:

A Broxtowe constituency also existed from 1918 to 1970. The area of the former constituency was very different, including Hucknall and Kirkby in Ashfield, but excluding Beeston.[2]

Twinning[edit]

Town twinning with Gütersloh, Stadtmuseum Gütersloh

Broxtowe is twinned with Gütersloh in Germany.

Local attractions[edit]

Broxtowe's main attraction that receives visitors from all over the world is D.H. Lawrence Heritage in Eastwood. A small local attraction is the Hemlock Stone in Stapleford.

Local Nature Reserves[edit]

Broxtowe has ten designated Local Nature Reserves, namely Alexandrina Plantation (Bramcote), Bramcote Park Woodland (Bramcote), Brinsley Headstocks (Brinsley), Hall Om Wong (Kimberley), King George's Park (Bramcote), Nottingham Canal, Sandy Lane Public Open Space (Bramcote), Smithurst Meadows (Giltbrook), Stapleford Hill Woodland (Stapleford) and Toton Fields (Toton).[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Boundary Commission — Broxtowe
  2. ^ F. A. Youngs, Guide to the Local Administrative Units of England, Vol. II (London, 1991)
  3. ^ "Nature Reserves". Broxtowe Council. Retrieved 27 January 2011. 

Coordinates: 52°57′N 1°16′W / 52.95°N 1.27°W / 52.95; -1.27