Seneffe

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Seneffe
Municipality of Belgium
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Coat of arms of Seneffe
Coat of arms
Seneffe is located in Belgium
Seneffe
Seneffe
Location in Belgium
Coordinates: 50°31′N 04°15′E / 50.517°N 4.250°E / 50.517; 4.250Coordinates: 50°31′N 04°15′E / 50.517°N 4.250°E / 50.517; 4.250
Country Belgium
Community French Community
Region Wallonia
Province Hainaut
Arrondissement Charleroi
Government
 • Mayor Philippe Bouchez (PS)
 • Governing party/ies PS, CDH
Area
 • Total 62.77 km2 (24.24 sq mi)
Population (1 January 2012)1
 • Total 11,006
 • Density 180/km2 (450/sq mi)
Postal codes 7180, 7181
Area codes 064
Website www.seneffe.be

Seneffe is a Walloon municipality located in the Belgian province of Hainaut. On January 1, 2006 Seneffe had a total population of 10,743. The total area is 62.77 km² which gives a population density of 171 inhabitants per km².

The Castle of Seneffe, now a museum belonging to the French Community of Belgium, is located in the municipality.

British Leyland

Between 1965 and 1982 Seneffe was the location of a car plant belonging to British Leyland, which in its later years assembled models including the Mini and the Austin Allegro from crated kits shipped from the company's Cowley facility.2 A significant milestone was reached in June 1977 when the plant produced its 500,000th vehicle, an Austin Allegro 1300 Special.3 The Seneffe plant was closed in 1982 as the company's aging model range lost market share across Europe, with further loss of demand resulting from the depressed state of the UK economy at the time. With alternative employment opportunities limited, the plant closure triggered considerable bitterness locally.

References

  1. ^ Population per municipality on 1 January 2012 (XLS; 214 KB)
  2. ^ "Deeper into Europe". Autocar. 136 (nbr 3975): pages 2–3. 22 June 1972. 
  3. ^ "News:Belgians build ½ -millionth Leyland". Autocar. 146 (nbr 4205): 19. 11 June 1977. 









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