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The Borough of Dacorum is a local government district in Hertfordshire, England that includes the towns of Hemel Hempstead, Berkhamsted, Tring and the western part of Kings Langley. The district, which was formed in 1974, had a population of 137,799 in 2001.[1] Its name was taken from the old hundred of Dacorum which covered approximately the same area. It is the westernmost of Hertfordshire's districts, being bordered to the west by the Chiltern and Aylesbury Vale districts of Buckinghamshire.

Dacorum

Borough of Dacorum
Dacorum shown within Hertfordshire
Dacorum shown within Hertfordshire
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionEast of England
Administrative countyHertfordshire
Founded1974
Admin. HQHemel Hempstead
Government
 • TypeNon-metropolitan district
 • Leadership:Leader & Cabinet
 • MayorDavid Collins
 • LeaderAndrew Williams
 • MPs:David Gauke
Mike Penning
Area
 • Total82.0 sq mi (212.5 km2)
Area rank156th
Population
 (mid-2017 est.)
 • Total153,300
 • RankRanked 129th
 • Density1,900/sq mi (720/km2)
Time zoneUTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (British Summer Time)
Postcode
ONS code26UC (ONS)
E07000096 (GSS)
Ethnicity93.1% White
3.2% South Asian
1.4% Black
1.5% Mixed
Websitedacorum.gov.uk

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HistoryEdit

The name Dacorum comes from Latin and it means "hundred of the Dacians". The latter word was used mistakenly in the Middle Ages for 'Danes'. This happened because of a legend asserting that certain tribes from Dacia had migrated to Denmark.[2] The hundred of Dacorum was first recorded in 1196, although it has existed since the 9th and 10th centuries, when it lay near the southern boundary of the Danelaw, on the River Lea. In 1086, the Domesday Book records the hundreds of Tring and Danais in places that became parts of the hundred of Dacorum.

In 1974, the modern district of Dacorum was formed under the Local Government Act 1972. 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 district was granted borough status in 1984. Hemel Hempstead had maintained Charter Trustees from 1974 to 1984. The amalgamation of the former local authorities was symbolised in the seven oak leaves which surround a tudor rose on the Dacorum coat of arms.[3]

Main settlementsEdit

Political representationEdit

Dacorum Borough Council consists of 51 elected members, representing twenty-five electoral wards. 14 of the wards elect two councillors each. Six, indicated below, elect three councillors each. Five, also shown below, elect one each.[citation needed]

The council is currently controlled by the Conservatives, who hold 43 of the 51 seats. The Liberal Democrats hold 19, and 1 seat is held by an independent. [4]

CompositionEdit

Party Councillors Change
Conservative 31 -15
Liberal Democrat 19 +16
Independent 1
Total 51
Source: [1]

WardsEdit

Dacorum consists of twenty-five wards. Wards electing three members are denoted with an asterisk (*). Those electing one member are denoted with an obelus (†).

Political controlEdit

Party in control Years
Labour 1973–1976
Conservative 1976–1995
Labour 1995–1999
No overall control 1999–2003
Conservative 2003–present

Town twinningEdit

Two of the civil parishes in the borough also maintain their own separate twinning arrangements:

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Page 3559". Archived from the original on 8 June 2011. Retrieved 13 April 2009.
  2. ^ Tom Williamson, 2010. The Origins of Hertfordshire. Hertfordshire Publications: Hertfordshire
  3. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20081218202812/http://www.dacorum.gov.uk/default.aspx?page=1525. Archived from the original on 18 December 2008. Retrieved 13 April 2009. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/topics/c5xyn34w1k8t/dacorum-borough-council

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