Stichtse Vecht

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Stichtse Vecht
Municipality
River through Maarssen
River through Maarssen
Coat of arms of Stichtse Vecht
Coat of arms
Highlighted position of Stichtse Vecht in a municipal map of Utrecht
Location in Utrecht
Coordinates: 52°9′N 5°2′E / 52.150°N 5.033°E / 52.150; 5.033Coordinates: 52°9′N 5°2′E / 52.150°N 5.033°E / 52.150; 5.033
Country Netherlands
Province Utrecht
Established 1 January 2011[1]
Government[2]
 • Body Municipal council
 • Mayor Mirjam van 't Veld (CDA)
Area[3]
 • Total 106.82 km2 (41.24 sq mi)
 • Land 96.62 km2 (37.31 sq mi)
 • Water 10.20 km2 (3.94 sq mi)
Elevation[4] 1 m (3 ft)
Population (May 2014)[5]
 • Total 63,767
 • Density 660/km2 (1,700/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postcode 1393, 3600–3612, 3620–3622, 3626–3634
Area code 0294, 0346
Website www.stichtsevecht.nl
Dutch Topographic map of Stichtse Vecht, July 2013

Stichtse Vecht is a municipality of the Netherlands and lies in the northwestern part of the province of Utrecht.

The municipality has about 63,000 inhabitants and covers an area of about 107 km².

Stichtse Vecht has been newly formed by a merger of the municipalities of Breukelen (in the west), Maarssen (in the east) and Loenen (in the north) on 1 January 2011.[6]

Geography[edit]

Stichtse Vecht is situated north of the city of Utrecht, in an area called the Vechtstreek. It is located around sea level and mostly a rural area with lots of pastures.

Within its boundaries lay the Maarsseveense Plassen, which are recreational lakes. Northeast it borders the Loosdrechtse Plassen, also recreational lakes, which lay in neighbouring municipality of Wijdemeren.

The Amsterdam–Rhine Canal and the river Vecht crosses the municipality from south to north.

History[edit]

The municipality contains many stately homes (buitenplaatsen) and several castles, like Nijenrode Castle, Slot Zuylen and Huis te Mijnden.

Transportation[edit]

The A2 motorway crosses the municipality from south to north.

There are two railway stations:

Population centers[edit]

Nijenrode Castle in Breukelen
View of Breukelen

Politics[edit]

Municipal council[edit]

The municipal council consists of the following parties:[7]

Political party Seats
VVD 8
CDA 5
Maarssen2000 4
D66 3
PvdA 3
GroenLinks 2
ChristenUnie-SGP 2
Streekbelangen 2
Het Vechtse Verbond 2
Breukelen Beweegt 1
Maarssen Natuurlijk 1
Total 33

Executive board[edit]

VVD, CDA, D66, ChristenUnie-SGP, Streekbelangen and Het Vechtse Verbond have formed a coalition. Together they have 22 seats. Members of the executive board are:[8]

Mayor:

Aldermen:

  • Pieter de Groene (D66)
  • Gera Helling-Zeisseink (CDA)
  • Vital van der Horst (Streekbelangen)
  • Piet Ploeg (VVD)
  • Jaap Verkroost (CDA)
  • Klaas Wiersema (VVD)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gemeentelijke indeling op 1 januari 2011" [Municipal divisions on 1 January 2011]. cbs.nl (in Dutch). CBS. Retrieved 9 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "Collegeleden" [Board members] (in Dutch). Gemeente Stichtse Vecht. Retrieved 9 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "Kerncijfers wijken en buurten" [Key figures for neighbourhoods]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "Postcodetool for 3601GR". Actueel Hoogtebestand Nederland (in Dutch). Het Waterschapshuis. Retrieved 9 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "Bevolkingsontwikkeling; regio per maand" [Population growth; regions per month]. CBS Statline (in Dutch). CBS. 26 June 2014. Retrieved 24 July 2014. 
  6. ^ (Dutch) Herindelingsprocedure Vecht- en Plassengebied (municipal reorganization), Province of Utrecht website
  7. ^ (Dutch) Municipal council, Municipality of Stichtse Vecht website
  8. ^ (Dutch) Executive board, Municipality of Stichtse Vecht website

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