Best, Netherlands

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Best (About this sound pronunciation ) is a municipality and a village in the southern Netherlands. It is situated northwest of the city Eindhoven, and is also part of the agglomeration of this city. The village was part of a neighbourhood town, called Oirschot but, as Best was situated on the state road from Amsterdam to Maastricht, this often created difficulties.Each time the military wanted to quarter troops in Best,they had to request to be stationed 10 km away, in Oirschot for this to be allowed. This made The Hague decide to separate Best in 1819.

Archaeological excavations around the village suggest settlement in the area dating back to the Roman era.The first written text about Best dates back to 1421.[1]

The village itself, however, did not exist until the 19th century. There were three small villages: Naastenbest in the west, Wilhelminadorp in the south and Verrenbest where Oranjestraat is presently located. They grew together, and formed the village with the name Best.

Best received a train station on the line Rotterdam - Breda - Boxtel - Helmond - Venlo - Maastricht. Initially the line had only one track, but eventually traffic congestion necessitated another track, so it was made double-tracked. In the 1980s, congestion once again became a problem so two more tracks were added in 2002. It is now possible to travel to Best from Utrecht or Eindhoven by train.

The headquarters of Europe's largest meat processor Vion NV are located in Best, as are Philips Healthcare and the Bata Branded Business.

One can take a bus (line numbers 144/145) from the Eindhoven central station to Best. One can slso take a bus (line numbers 141/142) from the Tilburg central station to Best.

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As of March 7 2006:

  • CDA - 5 seats
  • PvdA - 5 seats
  • Best Open - 4 seats
  • VVD - 3 seats
  • Jongerenpartij JO - 2 seats
  • political party PBB|PBB - 1 seat
  • D66 - 1 seat

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