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Rushcliffe is a local government district with borough status in Nottinghamshire, England. The population of the Local Authority at the 2011 Census was 111,129.[2] Its council, Rushcliffe Borough Council (0115 981 9911), is based in West Bridgford. It was formed on 1 April 1974 by merging the West Bridgford Urban District, the Bingham Rural District and part of Basford Rural District.

Borough of Rushcliffe
Official logo of Borough of Rushcliffe
Shown within Nottinghamshire
Shown within Nottinghamshire
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionEast Midlands
Administrative countyNottinghamshire
Admin. HQWest Bridgford
 • TypeRushcliffe Borough Council
 • Leadership:Leader & Cabinet
 • Executive:Conservative
 • MPs:Kenneth Clarke,
Robert Jenrick
 • Total158.0 sq mi (409.2 km2)
Area rank97th
 (mid-2018 est.)
 • Total117,671
 • RankRanked 199th
 • Density740/sq mi (290/km2)
Time zoneUTC+0 (Greenwich Mean Time)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (British Summer Time)
ONS code37UJ (ONS)
E07000176 (GSS)
Ethnicity94.1% White
2.7% S.Asian
1.0% Black
1.3% Mixed
0.9% Chinese or Other[1]

The district was named after the old Rushcliffe wapentake. Rushcliffe means "cliff where brushwood grows", from Old English hris "brushwood" and clif "cliff".

Political representationEdit

The member of parliament for the parliamentary constituency of Rushcliffe is the Conservative, Kenneth Clarke. As of the June 2017 general election, Rushcliffe is one of five Tory-held constituencies in Nottinghamshire, out of a total of eleven.

Forty four councillors were elected at the borough council election in May 2019. There are 29 Conservatives, giving them control of the council. There are also 3 Liberal Democrats, 7 Labour, 2 Greens and 3 East Leake Independents. The next election is due in May 2023.


South-east of Nottingham, the Rushcliffe boundary splits from the City of Nottingham boundary near the Holme Pierrepont Watersports Centre and then follows the River Trent to near RAF Syerston, which is the most northern part of the district, although Syerston the village itself is in the Newark and Sherwood district. It meets the River Devon near Cotham, then follows this river to the east southwards to where it meets the Leicestershire boundary. To the south, the Leicestershire/Rushcliffe boundary goes across the runways of the former RAF Langar with most of the airfield in Rushcliffe.

Rushcliffe is split between an urbanised north-west, containing suburbs of Greater Nottingham that have resisted incorporation into the city, and the south and east which is predominantly rural, and stretching to the Leicestershire border. Many of these villages lie in the Vale of Belvoir. The Grantham Canal threads from nearby Grantham through Rushcliffe to the River Trent. Villages in the Vale of Belvoir include Redmile, Hickling, Harby, Stathern and Langar. Some of these villages cross the boundary, which is sometimes unclear i.e. Hickling is in Rushcliffe Borough Council, but has a Melton Mowbray (Leicestershire) address and postcode.

The borough which has seen numerous placings as 'best place to live in the United Kingdom' currently holds 7th place by the Halifax quality of life survey, which examines factors such as weather, crime rates and life expectancy.

The borough also is home to numerous villages along the A60 corridor, heading to Loughborough (Leicestershire) three of these are, Bradmore, Bunny and Wysall.


In 2001, there were around 43,600 households in the district, with about 106,000 people. 44% or nearly half of Rushcliffe's population lives in West Bridgford. The average house price is the highest in Nottinghamshire and in the top three in the East Midlands.


The district gets the best GCSE results within Nottinghamshire and throughout the East Midlands.[citation needed]. Rushcliffe school and West Bridgford school have ranked regularly in the top 100 comprehensive schools in the UK for GCSE results. In 2014 West Bridgford was ranked at 63rd of all comprehensives in the UK with 83% achieving '5+ A*-C GCSEs (or equivalent) including English and maths GCSEs' and Rushcliffe 81st in the UK with 82% achieving 5 A*-C in 2014.[3]

The Becket School (partly geographically outside the Rushcliffe district), West Bridgford School and Rushcliffe School get A level results for 'Average point score per A level student (full-time equivalent)' in the top 10% of all schools in the UK, comprehensive or selective, better than many English grammar schools.[4] These scores are in the top 2% for all UK comprehensives.

Sutton Bonington is in the south of the district, which has the Sutton Bonington Campus of the University of Nottingham.

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Notable residentsEdit


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  2. ^ "Local Authority population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 3 April 2016.
  3. ^ "DfE". DfE. Retrieved 2 February 2015.
  4. ^ "DfE". DfE. Retrieved 2 February 2015.

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