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|Borough of Dacorum|
|— Borough, Non-metropolitan district —|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Region||East of England|
|Admin. HQ||Hemel Hempstead|
|• Type||Non-metropolitan district|
|• Leadership:||Leader & Cabinet|
|• Mayor||Roger M. Taylor|
|• Leader||Andrew Williams|
|• MPs:||David Gauke
|• Total||82.0 sq mi (212.5 km2)|
|Area rank||[[List of English districts by area|162nd]]|
|Population (2006 est.)|
|• Rank||[[List of English districts by population|Ranked 132nd]]|
|Time zone||Greenwich Mean Time (UTC+0)|
|• Summer (DST)||British Summer Time (UTC+1)|
|OS grid reference|
3.2% South Asian
The Borough of Dacorum is a local government district in Hertfordshire, England. It includes the towns of Hemel Hempstead, Berkhamsted, Tring, and Kings Langley. It had a population of 137,799 at the 2001 census.
The District of Dacorum was formed in 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972 by the amalgamation of 7 smaller local authorities which are symbolised in the 7 oak leaves which surround a tudor rose found on the coat of arms.
The five major components were the municipal borough of Hemel Hempstead, the urban districts of Berkhamsted and Tring, the rural districts of Berkhamsted and Hemel Hempstead and those parts of the rural districts of St Albans and Watford which were within the designated area of Hemel Hempstead new town.
The borough takes its name from the old hundred of Dacorum which covered approximately the same area. The name of the hundred, first recorded in 1196, is simply the Latin for "of the Danes", since the hundred lies at the margin of the Danelaw, the southern boundary of which was formed by the River Lee. This hundred was a combination of the two Domesday Book hundreds of Tring and Danais.
The main towns and villages of the borough are:
Aldbury, Bovingdon, Berkhamsted, Bourne End, Bulbourne, Chipperfield, Cow Roast, Flamstead, Flaunden, Frithsden, Gaddesden Row, Great Gaddesden, Hemel Hempstead, Kings Langley, Little Gaddesden, Little Tring, Long Marston, Markyate, Nettleden, New Mill, Northchurch, Potten End, Ringshall, Tring, Tringford, Water End, and Wigginton.
The borough is entirely parished, apart from Hemel Hempstead.
Dacorum Borough Council consists of 51 elected members, representing twenty-five electoral wards. 14 of the wards elect two councillors each. Six, denoted below, elect three councillors each. Five, also denoted below, elect one.
The Council is currently controlled by the Conservatives, who hold 43 of the 51 seats. The Liberal Democrats hold 6, making them the second-largest contingent. Labour hold 2, down from 14 in the last election, in 2003.
|Party||Councillors|| Change |
|Source: BBC News|
Dacorum consists of twenty-five wards. Wards electing three members are denoted with asterisks (*). Those electing one member are denoted an obelisk (†).
|Party in control||Years|
|No overall control||1999–2003|
Two of the civil parishes in the borough also maintain their own separate twinning arrangements:
The Dacorum Borough has a wide range of Sports Clubs and most are denoted by their local Town or District Name. Dacorum Borough Swimming Squad is an elite Swimming Squad made up of members from the swimming clubs in the Dacorum Borough including Hemel Hempstead Swimming Club, FIFOLITS Swimming Club, Berkhamsted Barracudas Swimming Club, Berkhamsted Sports Centre Swimming Club, Kings Langley Swimming Club and Tring Swimming Club.
- The Dacorum Heritage Trust The Trust is the museum organisation for the Borough of Dacorum.
- Hertfordshire Museums More local museums.
|This page uses content from the English language Wikipedia. The original content was at Dacorum. The list of authors can be seen in the page history. As with this Familypedia wiki, the content of Wikipedia is available under the Creative Commons License.|