East Hertfordshire District
East Hertfordshire shown within Hertfordshire
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Region||East of England|
|Admin HQ||Bishop's Stortford, Hertford|
|Incorporated||1 April 1974|
|• Type||Non-metropolitan district council|
|• Body||East Herts Council|
|• Leadership||Leader & Cabinet (Conservative)|
|• MPs||Oliver Heald|
|• Total||183.66 sq mi (475.69 km2)|
|Area rank||94th (of 317)|
|• Rank||141st (of 317)|
|• Density||820/sq mi (310/km2)|
|• Ethnicity||94.7% White|
1.3% Mixed Race
1.1% Chinese or Other
|Time zone||UTC0 (GMT)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+1 (BST)|
|ONS code||26UD (ONS)|
|OS grid reference|
The main settlement is Bishop's Stortford.The other main towns in the district are Hertford, Ware (on the River Lea), Buntingford (on the River Rib), and Sawbridgeworth (on the River Stort). Of these five major towns, all except Buntingford fall within the parliamentary constituency of Hertford and Stortford. Buntingford is part of the North East Hertfordshire constituency.
The district was formed on 1 April 1974, as a merger of the municipal borough of Hertford with Bishop's Stortford, Sawbridgeworth and Ware urban districts, and Braughing Rural District, Ware Rural District and part of Hertford Rural District. By area it is the largest of the ten local government districts in Hertfordshire.
In the 2006 edition of the Channel 4 "Best and Worst Places to Live in the UK", East Hertfordshire was rated the seventh best district to live in. In 2012 Halifax voted East Herts the 9th best place to live.
The district contains only one motorway - a small stretch of the M11 at Bishop's Stortford. The major roads within the district include:
A414 - (WSW-ENE) from Welwyn to Harlow, through Hertford, where it forms the Hertford by-pass.
A602 - (SE-NW), connecting at A10 at Ware with the A1(M) at Stevenage.
A120 - (west-east) connecting the A10 at Standon with the M11 at Bishop's Stortford.
Stansted Airport is just beyond the edge of the district near Bishop's Stortford, but officially sits within Uttlesford district in neighbouring Essex. Many of the district's towns have rail services into London at King's Cross, Moorgate, and Liverpool Street.
The district's biggest employer is the pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline, which has a research and manufacturing centre in Ware. The company also has large offices in neighbouring Stevenage and Harlow.
The district is entirely parished. See List of civil parishes in Hertfordshire.
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