Heiloo


Heiloo

Infobox Settlement
official_name = Heiloo


mapsize = 280px


flag_size = 125px
image_shield = Heiloo wapen.pngshield_size = 125px
subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_name = Netherlands
subdivision_type1 = Province
subdivision_name1 = North Holland
leader_name = T.J. Romeyn
leader_party = CDA
area_footnotes = (2006)
area_total_km2 = 18.99
area_land_km2 = 18.79
area_water_km2 = 0.21
population_as_of = 14 october, 2007
population_note = Source: CBS, [http://statline.cbs.nl/ Statline] .
settlement_type = Municipality
population_total = 22110
population_density_km2 = 1171
timezone = CET
utc_offset = +1
timezone_DST = CEST
utc_offset_DST = +2
latd = 52.60
latNS = N
longd = 4.70
longEW = E
website = [http://www.heiloo.nl www.heiloo.nl]

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Heiloo (From the Dutch "heilige loo", "sacred forest") was given its name because Saint Willibrord was said to have performed a miracle there around 690. The village has a town hall dating from 1926 and a chapel from the 12th century known as the "Onze Lieve Vrouwe ter Nood". In the 1950s and 1960s the population grew quickly as many residents of Amsterdam moved to the area. The village is near the city of Alkmaar where many residents work and attend school.

Local government

The municipal council of Heiloo consists of 19 seats, which are divided as follows:

* Heiloo 2000 - 5 seats
* VVD - 5 seats
* CDA - 3 seats
* PvdA - 3 seats
* GroenLinks - 2 seats
* NCPN - 1 seat

Current mayor: T.J. Romeyn (CDA)

Railway connections

Heiloo is connected to the Dutch railway network by Heiloo railway station. From this station there are many destinations available such as: Alkmaar, Hoorn, Uitgeest, Zaandam, Amsterdam, Utrecht, s'Hertogenbosch, Eindhoven, Weert, Roermond, Maastricht and Heerlen.For the Zaanse Schans, you should travel to Uitgeest and change onto a train to Koog-Zaandijk

There used to be a second station between Heiloo and Limmen. This was only in use to bring pilgrims to a nearby chapel. The name of both station and chapel was 'Onze lieve vrouwe ter nood' or 'Our Lady to Need'; the station was known as Runxputte until 1914. It was never officially closed, but part of the platforms was demolished in 1997. [ [http://stationsweb.brinkster.net/station.asp?station=olvternood tijdelijke halte Onze Lieve Vrouwe ter Nood - foto's en omschrijving op stationsweb ] ]

Born in Heiloo

* Jos Brink (1942-2007), television and theater personality
* Maarten van Roozendaal (May 3 1962), Dutch singer.

References

* Statistics are taken from the [http://www.sdu.nl/staatscourant/gemeentes/gem218nh.htm SDU Staatscourant]

External links

* [http://www.plattegronden.nl/gemeenteheiloo/index.html A map of the municipality Heiloo]
* [http://www.heiloo-online.nl A guide to websites in and related to Heiloo]
* [http://www.heiloo.nl Information about the municipal Heiloo]
* [http://www.brandweerheiloo.nl Information about the Fire Department]


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