Borough of Broxbourne
Broxbourne shown within Hertfordshire
Broxbourne shown within Hertfordshire
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionEast of England
Non-metropolitan countyHertfordshire
StatusNon-metropolitan district, Borough
Admin HQCheshunt
Incorporated1 April 1974
 • TypeNon-metropolitan district council
 • BodyBroxbourne Borough Council
 • LeadershipLeader & Cabinet (Conservative)
 • MPsCharles Walker
 • Total19.86 sq mi (51.43 km2)
 • Rank263rd (of 309)
 (mid-2019 est.)
 • Total97,279
 • Rank(of 309)
 • Density4,900/sq mi (1,900/km2)
 • Ethnicity
92.7% White
2.7% Black
2.2% S.Asian
1.6% Mixed
Time zoneUTC0 (GMT)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (BST)
ONS code26UB (ONS)
E07000095 (GSS)
OS grid referenceTL358021

The Borough of Broxbourne is a local government district and borough in Hertfordshire, England. Its council is based in Cheshunt, other towns include Broxbourne, Hoddesdon and Waltham Cross. The eastern boundary of the district is the River Lea. The borough covers 20 square miles (52 km2) in south east Hertfordshire having a population of about 96,000.

The borough was formed on 1 April 1974 by the merger of Cheshunt and Hoddesdon urban districts.

In Broxbourne borough, the Metropolitan Green Belt protects the surrounding countryside. The west of Broxbourne borough extends over well-wooded countryside to include Goffs Oak and the popular Lee Valley Park which marks the eastern boundary. Although urbanised with industrial and commercial activity, the whole area retains much of its rural character and is liked by people commuting to London. Most of Broxbourne is classified as part of the Greater London Urban Area.

The borough is twinned with the Sicilian city of Sutera.


Main article: Broxbourne Borough Council elections

Broxbourne Borough Council
Paul Seeby, Conservative
since 17 May 2022
Leader of the Council
Lewis Cocking, Conservative
since 14 May 2019[1]
Political groups
Administration (26)
  Conservatives (26)

Opposition (4)

  Labour (3)
  Independent (1)
Last election
6 May 2021
Meeting place
Broxbourne Borough Offices, Churchgate, Cheshunt, Hertfordshire - - 96383.jpg

Borough Offices, Bishop's College, Churchgate, Cheshunt

The Council consists of 30 elected members, representing ten electoral wards. All ten wards elect three councillors each.

The Council is currently controlled by the Conservatives, who hold 26 of the 30 seats. Labour hold three seats all in the Waltham Cross ward, and there is one independent councillor.

The Conservatives have controlled the council since the first election in 1973, making it the nineteenth safest in the country.


See also: Broxbourne Borough Council elections

Broxbourne consists of ten wards.

Goffs Oak


Coat of arms of Borough of Broxbourne
Granted 4 December 1974.[2]
On a wreath Argent and Gules a demi badger Proper holding in the paws a cross formy Or.
Per pale wavy Ermine and Gules on a chevron Or between in dexter chief a rose Gules slipped and leaved dimidiated with a thistle slipped Proper in sinister chief an oak tree eradicated Proper fructed Or and in base a Catherine wheel Sable a chevron couped per pale wavy Gules and Ermine.
Cor Unum Via Una (One Heart One Way)


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There are 600 companies in the borough, with warehousing and distribution sectors being particularly well represented. The main industrial areas are around Waltham Cross and the Essex Road area of Hoddesdon.[3] The employers with over 250 employees include: Fitzpatrick PLC in Hoddesdon (civil engineers); J Sainsbury also in Hoddesdon; Marks & Spencer, Turnford Retailers; Merck Sharp & Dohme in Hoddesdon involved in pharmaceutical research. Tesco previously had a national headquarters at Delamere Road, Cheshunt but this has now moved to Welwyn Garden City.[4]

The Borough of Broxbourne at Park Plaza Waltham Cross is also home to the world's largest printing plant, which produces publications for News International including The Sun, The Times and The Sun on Sunday (formerly the News of the World). Employing 200 people on a 23-acre (93,000 m2) site to produce 86,000 newspapers per hour on each of its twelve printing presses (a total capacity of over 1,000,000 newspapers per hour),[5] the plant cost £350 million and replaced the News International press in Wapping.[6]


  1. ^ "Council minutes, 14 May 2019". Broxbourne Borough Council. Retrieved 5 December 2021.
  2. ^ "East of England Region". Civic Heraldry of England. Retrieved 8 March 2021.
  3. ^ Broxbourne borough - business page Archived 4 June 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Terms & Conditions Archived 31 August 2013 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 20 June 2010. "The Site is owned and operated by Tesco Stores Limited a company registered in England and Wales whose registered office is at Tesco House, Cheshunt, Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire, EN8 9SL."
  5. ^ "News International unveils 'biggest printing plant in the world', Press Gazette, 14 March 2008". Archived from the original on 12 February 2012. Retrieved 1 November 2008.
  6. ^ "World's biggest print plant opens". BBC News. 17 March 2008. Retrieved 27 April 2010.