|Borough of Hertsmere|
|Non-metropolitan district, Borough|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Region||East of England|
|Status||Non-metropolitan district, Borough|
|Incorporated||1 April 1974|
|• Type||Non-metropolitan district council|
|• Body||Hertsmere Borough Council|
|• Leadership||Leader & Cabinet (Conservative)|
|• MPs||James Clappison|
|• Total||39.06 sq mi (101.16 km2)|
|Area rank||219th (of 326)|
|Population (2011 est.)|
|• Rank||229th (of 326)|
|• Density||2,600/sq mi (990/km2)|
|• Ethnicity||88.9% White
1.8% Chinese or Other
|Time zone||GMT (UTC0)|
|• Summer (DST)||BST (UTC+1)|
|ONS code||26UE (ONS)
|OS grid reference||TQ195975|
The district was formed on 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, by a merger of the former area of Bushey Urban District and Potters Bar Urban District with Elstree Rural District and part of Watford Rural District (the parish of Aldenham).
The name "Hertsmere" was invented for the new district by combining the common abbreviation of "Hertfordshire" ("Herts") with "mere", an archaic word for boundary. The name is doubly appropriate as the district straddles the historic county boundary between Middlesex and Hertfordshire and forms the administrative boundary between Hertfordshire and Greater London. The name is reflected in the council's coat of arms, which shows a hart upon the battlements of a boundary wall.
The area was also home to other TV and film studios, including MGM, until this was demolished for residential development, and is now an area called Studio Way.
The borough contains five parishes:
- Office for National Statistics 1 June 2006 accessed 1 January 2012
- "England council elections". BBC News Online. 10 May 2011. Retrieved 28 October 2011.
- "Parish/Town Councils and Councillors". Hertsmere Council. Retrieved 20 October 2011.
- "Ridge Parish Council". St Giles’ Church, South Mymms and St Margaret’s Church, Ridge. Retrieved 20 October 2011.
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