|Borough of Rushcliffe|
Shown within Nottinghamshire
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Admin. HQ||West Bridgford|
|• Type||Rushcliffe Borough Council|
|• Leadership:||Leader & Cabinet|
|• MPs:||Kenneth Clarke,
|• Total||158.0 sq mi (409.2 km2)|
|Population (2011 est.)|
|• Rank||Ranked 203rd|
|• Density||700/sq mi (270/km2)|
|Time zone||Greenwich Mean Time (UTC+0)|
|• Summer (DST)||British Summer Time (UTC+1)|
|ONS code||37UJ (ONS)
0.9% Chinese or Other
Rushcliffe is a local government district with borough status in Nottinghamshire, England. Its council is based in West Bridgford. It was formed on 1 April 1974 by merging the West Bridgford Urban District, the Bingham Rural District and part of Basford Rural District.
Fifty councillors were elected at the borough council election in May 2011. There are thirty-six Conservatives, giving them control of the council. There are also six Liberal Democrats, five from Labour, two Greens and one Independent. The next election is due in May 2015.
North-east of Nottingham, the Rushcliffe boundary splits from the City of Nottingham boundary near the Holme Pierrepont Watersports Centre and then follows the River Trent to near RAF Syerston, which is the most northern part of the district, although Syerston the village itself is in the Newark and Sherwood district. It meets the River Devon near Cotham, then follows this river to the east southwards to where it meets the Leicestershire boundary. To the south, the Leicestershire/Rushcliffe boundary goes across the runways of the former RAF Langar with most of the airfield in Rushcliffe.
Rushcliffe is split between an urbanised north-west, containing suburbs of Greater Nottingham, that have resisted incorporation into the city, and the south and east which is predominantly rural, and stretching to the Leicestershire border. Many of these villages lie in the Vale of Belvoir. The Grantham Canal threads from nearby Grantham through Rushcliffe to the River Trent. Villages in the Vale of Belvoir include Redmile, Hickling, Harby, Stathern and Langar. Some of these villages cross the boundary, which is sometimes unclear i.e. Hickling is in Rushcliffe Borough Council, but has a Melton Mowbray (Leicestershire) address and postcode.
The Borough which has seen numerous placings as 'best place to live in the United Kingdom' currently holds 7th place by the Halifax quality of life survey, which examines factors such as weather, crime rates and life expectancy.
The district was named after the old Rushcliffe wapentake.
In 2001, there were around 43,600 households in the district, with about 106,000 people. Over a third of Rushcliffe's population lives in West Bridgford. The average house price is the highest in Nottinghamshire and in the top three in the East Midlands.
The district gets the best GCSE results within Nottinghamshire and throughout the East Midlands. Both the Becket School (partly geographically outside the Rushcliffe district) and the West Bridgford School get A level results better than most English grammar schools.
Larger villages and towns
- Bingham: Medium sized market town on the A52. Well known locally for the weekly market held every Thursday.
- Radcliffe on Trent: Village (suburban in parts) on the A52.
- Cotgrave: Once a small village, but grew to be a town due to the presence of the Cotgrave Colliery (now closed).
- East Leake: A large village with three pubs, old village centre and both primary and secondary chools.
- Keyworth: A large village with several pubs, council estate, old village centre and secondary school.
- Ruddington: Once the largest village in England, it has a shopping area, several housing estates, a golf course, and is home of Rushcliffe Country Park.
- Tollerton: A village with a notable pub, shops, historic church, old village centre and Primary School.
- West Bridgford: A large town which is suburb of the Greater Nottingham conurbation. Nottingham Forest Football Club and Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club are based in the town, at the City Ground and Trent Bridge respectively.
- Conservative politician Kenneth Clarke (the MP for the area since 1970 and who served as Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1993 to 1997) lives on Melton Road in West Bridgford
- Actress Sherrie Hewson (Coronation Street, Emmerdale, Crossroads and Loose Women) lives in the Edwalton Hall development
- Famous rose grower Harry Wheatcroft lived with his family in West Bridgford
- The majority of Nottingham Forest Football Club players live in Rushcliffe and have included Stuart Pearce, Andy Cole and Ian Wright. Former Manager Frank Clark lived in Keyworth. A number of ex-Nottingham Forest Players remain in the Rushcliffe area.
- The off spin bowler Graeme Swann
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