Son en Breugel

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Son en Breugel (About this sound pronunciation ) is a municipality in the southern Netherlands just outside of Eindhoven. 15,204 lived in this municipality as of June 1, 2005. Son en Breugel is 26,67 km² (of which 0,28 km² water). Son en Breugel used to be two different towns 'Son' and 'Breugel'. The border between these towns is made by the stream the Dommel. Son en Breugel borders to the following municipalities: Eindhoven, Sint-Oedenrode, Nuenen, Gerwen en Nederwetten, Best and Laarbeek.

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History

The villages of Son and Breugel were founded between the 12th and 14th centuries. The villages developed quickly; some 300 households (150 each) were reported in both villages during the 15th century. However, both Son as well as Breugel were hit badly during the Eighty Years' War, and the number of households shrank to some 140 (with a total of 600 - 800 inhabitants). However, both villages managed to recover.

During the reign of Napoleon, both villages are combined into one municipality. Until the beginning of the 20th century, the population stayed relatively stable at some 1,500 persons. However, between 1910 and 1940 the population increased from 1,600 to 3,500 when people started moving to the village for economic reasons. It was the scene of heavy fighting at the end of the Second World War, particularly during Operation Market Garden. From 1960 onwards, Son en Breugel continued to grow. As of August 2002, the number of inhabitants was 15,000.

Future

The current number of households in Son en Breugel is 6,000. The village is expected to grow with some 3,000 households in the coming years, a 50% growth (Sonniuswijk or Breugel, which has to be decided after a MER investigation)[vague], as a measure to prevent the municipality from being absorded within the neighbouring municipality of Eindhoven.

Starting early 2009, a new neighbourhood will be built. This neighbourhood, called 'Sonniuspark', will contain 600 households and will be finished in 2013.

Politics

During the municipal elections on March 7 2006, five political parties gained seats in the Son & Breugel town council:

  • Dorpsbelang Son & Breugel: 5 seats (4 seats since August 2006 - see below)
  • VVD: 3 seats
  • CDA: 3 seats
  • PvdA/GroenLinks (combined list): 3 seats
  • Gemeentelijke Samenwerking Son & Breugel: 3 seats
  • Lijst Van Aken: 1 seat (In August 2006 one seat out of Dorpsbelang Son en Breugel started his own List)

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