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Borough of Rushmoor
Borough & Non-metropolitan district
Rushmoor shown within Hampshire
Rushmoor shown within Hampshire
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region South East England
Non-metropolitan county Hampshire
Status Non-metropolitan district
Admin HQ Farnborough
Incorporated 1 April 1974
 • Type Non-metropolitan district council
 • Body Rushmoor Borough Council
 • Leadership Leader & Cabinet (Conservative)
 • MPs Gerald Howarth
 • Total 15.1 sq mi (39.0 km2)
Area rank 293rd (of 326)
Population (2011 est.)
 • Total 94,400
 • Rank 246th (of 326)
 • Density 6,300/sq mi (2,400/km2)
Time zone GMT (UTC0)
 • Summer (DST) BST (UTC+1)
ONS code 24UL (ONS)
E07000092 (GSS)
OS grid reference SU8567753918

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 to 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.

In 2006, Rushmoor gained a Silver Gilt award in the South and South East in Bloom awards.[2]

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


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 2012 resulting in the council having 25 Conservative, 3 UKIP and 11 Labour councillors.[4]

Party Seats Rushmoor Council election, 2012
Conservative 25                                                  
Labour 11                        
UKIP 3        


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.[5] The airport is attempting to increase the maximum number of annual flights from 28,000 to 50,000 and to double the number of flights at weekends. This went to appeal and the secretary of state allowed it to go ahead in February 2011, overruling the Borough Council.[citation needed]

Government and infrastructure[edit]

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB), the British aviation accident investigation agency, is based near Aldershot, Rushmoor.[6]

Twin towns[edit]

Rushmoor is twinned with:[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Referendum Results - Change of Borough Name
  2. ^ Rushmoor in Bloom
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ "Results of the Rushmoor Borough Council local elections, 3 May 2012". Rushmoor Borough Council. 4 May 2012. Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  5. ^ "Rushmoor Local Plan Review (1996-2011)" Rushmoor Borough Council. 126 (2/39). Retrieved on September 30, 2010.
  6. ^ "Additional information." Air Accidents Investigation Branch. Retrieved on 2 May 2010.
  7. ^ 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 / 51.2774528; -0.7715111