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Waltrop is a town in the district of Recklinghausen, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is situated on the Datteln-Hamm Canal, approximately 15 km east of Recklinghausen and 15 km north-west of Dortmund.Division of the townThe town of Waltrop is surrounded by the Bauerschaften Lippe, Elmenhorst, Brockenscheidt, Leveringhausen, Oberwiese and Holthausen.HistoryPeople already settled in this area about 2,000 years ago.The village developed around the parish church of St. Peter which was built in the 9th/10th century. It is known that in 1432 Waltrop was a part of the county Dortmund. After the Soest Feud, the archbishops of Cologne could intervene against the counts of Mark, so that Waltrop became a part of Vest Recklinghausen.The production of coal in the mine started in 1905. As a consequence, Waltrop grew larger and became an industrial town. The coal mine was closed down in 1974.In 1939, Waltrop got its municipal rights.GovernanceThe town council of Waltrop consists of 40 seats, which are divided into 6 parliamentary groups SPD, 15 seatsCDU, 14 seatsFDP, 2 seatsWaltroper Aufbruch (WA), 3 seatsGrüne Liste Waltrop (GLW), 2 seatsBündnis für Waltrop, 2 seats plus a single member of Die Linke plus a single member with no-party
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