Son en Breugel
|Son en Breugel|
|• Total||26.49 km2 (10.23 sq mi)|
|• Land||25.93 km2 (10.01 sq mi)|
|• Water||0.56 km2 (0.22 sq mi)|
|Population (30 December 2009)|
|• Density||599/km2 (1,550/sq mi)|
|Source: CBS, Statline.|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
Son en Breugel ( pronunciation (help·info)) is a municipality in the southern Netherlands just outside of Eindhoven. The municipality covers an area of 26,67 km² (of which 0,28 km² of the area is water). As of June 1, 2005, the population of the municipality is 15,204. Son en Breugel used to be two different villages: 'Son' and 'Breugel', with the stream the Dommel separating the two villages. Son en Breugel also borders the following larger municipalities: Eindhoven, Sint-Oedenrode, Nuenen, Gerwen en Nederwetten, and Best.
The villages of Son and Breugel were founded between the 12th and 14th centuries. The villages developed quickly; some 300 households (150 household for each village) occupied the two villages during the 15th century. However, both Son as well as Breugel were hit badly during the Eighty Years' War, and the number of households in the two villages shrank down to approximately 140 (which translates to approximately 600 - 800 inhabitants). However, both villages managed to recover from this setback.
During the reign of Napoleon, both villages are finally combined into one municipality. Until the beginning of the 20th century, the population stayed relatively stable at about 1,500 inhabitants. However, between 1910 and 1940 the population increased from 1,600 to 3,500 inhabitants when people started moving to the village for economic reasons. It was the scene of heavy fighting at the end of the Second World War, particularly during Operation Market Garden. From 1960 onwards, Son en Breugel continued to grow. As of August 2002, the number of inhabitants was estimated at 15,000.
Currently, the number of households in Son en Breugel has reached 6,000. The combined village is expected to grow by about 3,000 households in the coming years, a growth of 50% (to be confirmed after a MER investigation as of March 2008), the result of which would prevent the municipality from being absorbed within the larger neighbouring municipality of Eindhoven.
Starting early 2009, a new neighbourhood will be developed within the combined village. This neighbourhood, called 'Sonniuspark', will contain 600 households and will be finished in 2013.
During the municipal elections on March 7 2006, five political parties gained seats in the Son & Breugel town council:
- Dorpsbelang Son & Breugel: 5 seats (4 seats since August 2006 - see below)
- VVD: 3 seats
- CDA: 3 seats
- PvdA/GroenLinks (combined list): 3 seats
- Gemeentelijke Samenwerking Son & Breugel: 3 seats
- Lijst Van Aken: 1 seat (In August 2006 one seat out of Dorpsbelang Son en Breugel started his own List)
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|Best||Nuenen, Gerwen en Nederwetten|