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Borough of Hertsmere
Non-metropolitan district, Borough
Hertsmere shown within Hertfordshire
Hertsmere shown within Hertfordshire
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region East of England
Non-metropolitan county Hertfordshire
Status Non-metropolitan district, Borough
Admin HQ Borehamwood
Incorporated 1 April 1974
 • Type Non-metropolitan district council
 • Body Hertsmere Borough Council
 • Leadership Leader & Cabinet (Liberal Democrat (council NOC))
 • MPs Oliver Dowden
 • Total 39.06 sq mi (101.16 km2)
Area rank 285th (of 326)
Population (mid-2014 est.)
 • Total 63,176
 • Rank 309th (of 326)
 • Density 1,600/sq mi (620/km2)
 • Ethnicity 88.9% White
4.7% S.Asian
2.5% Black
2.0% Mixed
1.8% Chinese or Other
Time zone GMT (UTC0)
 • Summer (DST) BST (UTC+1)
ONS code 26UE (ONS)
E07000098 (GSS)
OS grid reference

Hertsmere is a local government district and borough in Hertfordshire, England. Its council is based in Borehamwood. Other towns in the borough include Bushey, Elstree, Radlett and Potters Bar.


  • History 1
  • Attractions 2
  • Demographics 3
  • Politics 4
  • Parishes 5
  • References 6


The district was formed on 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, by a merger of the former area of Bushey Urban District and Potters Bar Urban District with Elstree Rural District and part of Watford Rural District (the parish of Aldenham).

The name "Hertsmere" was invented for the new district by combining the common abbreviation of "Hertfordshire" ("Herts") with "mere", an archaic word for boundary. The name is doubly appropriate as the district straddles the historic county boundary between Middlesex and Hertfordshire and forms the administrative boundary between Hertfordshire and Greater London. The name is reflected in the council's coat of arms, which shows a hart upon the battlements of a boundary wall.

The district was awarded borough status by Royal Charter in 1977.

The borough was originally in the Metropolitan Police District, despite being outside the modern Greater London boundaries. It was transferred to Hertfordshire Constabulary in 2000.


Hertsmere is the location of Elstree Studios, which produces such shows as Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, Dancing on Ice, and is the location for the Big Brother house.

Hertsmere is also the location for BBC Elstree, the site of EastEnders, and formerly the home to Top of the Pops, before its move to BBC TV Centre.

The area was also home to other TV and film studios, including MGM, until this was demolished for residential development, and is now an area called Studio Way.


In the 2011 census, Hertsmere polled as the second most Jewish local authority in England, with Jews composing of one in seven residents.[1]


The borough council currently consists of 39 elected councillors, with a third being elected at each election. As of the 2014 election there are 34 Conservative and 5 Labour councillors.[2]

Until 1983 the borough was included in the parliamentary constituency of Hertfordshire South. In 1983 the constituency was renamed Hertsmere.

Hertsmere has been represented in Parliament by Conservative, James Clappison since 1992. He succeeded Cecil Parkinson who had been Member of Parliament for the area since 1974.


The borough contains five parishes:

Four parishes have parish councils[3] Ridge, which has fewer than 200 electors, is governed by a parish meeting following the dissolution of its parish council.[4]

The areas of the former Bushey and Potters Bar urban districts are unparished.


  1. ^ [Office for National Statistics] 1 June 2006] accessed 1 January 2012
  2. ^ "England council elections".  
  3. ^ "Parish/Town Councils and Councillors". Hertsmere Council. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "Ridge Parish Council". St Giles’ Church, South Mymms and St Margaret’s Church, Ridge. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 

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