Brent London Borough Council
Whole council elected every four years
Coat of arms of the London Borough of Brent.svg
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Council logo
Mayor of Brent
Lia Colacicco
since 29 April 2021
Leader of the Council
Muhammed Butt, Labour
since May 2014
Chief executive
Carolyn Downs
Seats57 councillors
Brent Council composition
Political groups
Administration (49)
  Labour (49)
Opposition (8)
  Conservatives (5)
  Liberal Democrats (3)
First past the post
Last election
5 May 2022
Next election
7 May 2026
Meeting place
Brent Civic Centre and Wembley Library (13830389734).jpg
Brent Civic Centre

Brent London Borough Council is the local authority for the London Borough of Brent in Greater London, England. It is a London borough council, one of 32 in the United Kingdom capital of London. It is based at Brent Civic Centre in Engineers Way, Wembley.


A map showing the wards of Brent since 2002
A map showing the wards of Brent since 2002

There have previously been a number of local authorities responsible for the Brent area. The current local authority was first elected in 1964, a year before formally coming into its powers and prior to the creation of the London Borough of Brent on 1 April 1965. Brent replaced the Municipal Borough of Wembley and the Municipal Borough of Willesden.[1]

It was envisaged that through the London Government Act 1963, Brent as a London local authority would share power with the Greater London Council. The split of powers and functions meant that the Greater London Council was responsible for "wide area" services such as fire, ambulance, flood prevention, and refuse disposal; with the local authorities responsible for "personal" services such as social care, libraries, cemeteries and refuse collection. As an outer London borough council it has been an education authority since 1965. This arrangement lasted until 1986 when Brent London Borough Council gained responsibility for some services that had been provided by the Greater London Council, such as waste disposal. Since 2000 the Greater London Authority has taken some responsibility for highways and planning control from the council, but within the English local government system the council remains a "most purpose" authority in terms of the available range of powers and functions.[2]

On 27 February 2018, Brent was awarded the title of London Borough of Culture 2020, receiving £1.35m of funding under a new initiative launched by the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.[3] On Valentine's Day in 2016, the Council launched its ‘Love Where You Live’ campaign, an initiative which encouraged local people to work alongside the Council and make Brent a better, happier place to live. Groups such as Kensal Green Streets, Harlesden Environmental Action Residents, Northwest TWO and Keep Wembley Tidy all took action as a result of the campaign.[4] In June 2016, a short, community-based documentary called ‘Stories of Brent’ was produced, based on the campaign, starring Audley Harrison, Rachel Yankey and Liz Mitchell from Boney M.[5]

Powers and functions

The local authority derives its powers and functions from the London Government Act 1963 and subsequent legislation, and has the powers and functions of a London borough council. It sets council tax and as a billing authority also collects precepts for Greater London Authority functions and business rates.[6] It sets planning policies which complement Greater London Authority and national policies, and decides on almost all planning applications accordingly. It is a local education authority and is also responsible for council housing, social services, libraries, waste collection and disposal, traffic, and most roads and environmental health.[7]


In 2001, Brent launched its twenty-year Regeneration Strategy, which included participating in the redevelopment of Wembley Stadium. Considerable investment has been made in neighbourhood renewal programmes in the borough's most deprived neighbourhoods to improve social and economic conditions and work has now begun to transform the physical environment in South Kilburn.[8]

Wembley is one of the largest regeneration projects in the country. According to the Mayor of London it can accommodate approximately 11,500 new homes and 10,000 new jobs through the development of sites along Wembley High Road and land around Wembley Stadium.[9]

The Old Oak and Park Royal area is also proposed to undergo significant development. Under the Mayor of London's proposals, it will see the development of 25,500 new homes and 65,000 new jobs over the next 20–30 years. Old Oak and Park Royal will become a major transport hub where High Speed 2 meets Crossrail, creating super-fast links in and out of the area. The 640 plus hectare development site, which spans the three boroughs of Brent, Ealing and Hammersmith and Fulham, will be the largest regeneration site in London.[10]

Political control

Main article: Brent local elections

Since 1964 political control of the council has been held by the following parties:[11]

Party in control Years
Labour 1964–1968
Conservative 1968–1971
Labour 1971–1982
No overall control 1982–1986
Labour 1986–1990
No overall control 1990–1998
Labour 1998–2006
No overall control 2006–2010
Labour 2010–present


Party Councillors
2018 election Before 2022 election After 2022 election
Labour 60 59 49
Conservative 3 3 5
Liberal Democrats 0 1 3

See also


  1. ^ Youngs, Frederic (1979). Guide to the Local Administrative Units of England. Vol. I: Southern England. London: Royal Historical Society. ISBN 0-901050-67-9.
  2. ^ Leach, Steve (1998). Local Government Reorganisation: The Review and its Aftermath. Routledge. p. 107. ISBN 978-0714648590.
  3. ^ "Waltham Forest & Brent crowned first-ever London Boroughs of Culture". London City Hall. 27 February 2018.
  4. ^ "Love where you live - Brent Council".
  5. ^ "YouTube".
  6. ^ "Council Tax and Business Rates Billing Authorities". Council Tax Rates. Retrieved 8 April 2020.
  7. ^ "Local Plan Responses – within and outside London". Mayor of London. 12 November 2015. Retrieved 9 April 2020.
  8. ^ "6424 regen stratv5.qxp" (PDF). Retrieved 29 November 2018.
  9. ^ "Wembley regeneration - Brent Council".
  10. ^ "Old Oak and Park Royal regeneration".
  11. ^ "Brent". BBC News Online. 19 April 2009. Retrieved 8 May 2010.