Harrow London Borough Council
Coat of arms or logo
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Type
Type
Leadership
Mayor of Harrow
Janet Mote, Conservative
since May 2022
Leader of the Council
Paul Osborn, Conservative
since 24 May 2022
Chief executive
Paul Hewitt
since June 2022
Structure
Seats55 councillors
Harrow London Borough Council 2022.svg
Political groups
Administration (31)
  •   Conservative (31)

Opposition (24)

Elections
First past the post
Last election
5 May 2022
Next election
7 May 2026
Meeting place
Harrow Civic Centre - geograph.org.uk - 76998.jpg
Harrow Civic Centre
Website
www.harrow.gov.uk

Harrow London Borough Council /ˈhær/[1] is the local authority for the London Borough of Harrow in Greater London, England. It is a London borough council, one of 32 in the United Kingdom capital of London. It is currently controlled by the Conservative Party with 31 seats. The Labour Party is the sole opposition, with 24 seats.

History

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

There have previously been a number of local authorities responsible for the Harrow 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 Harrow on 1 April 1965. Harrow London Borough Council replaced Harrow Borough Council, which was formed when Harrow was incorporated in 1954. Harrow Urban District Council was the local authority from 1934 to 1954. Harrow Urban District Council replaced Harrow on the Hill Urban District Council, Wealdstone Urban District Council and Hendon Rural District Council, including Little Stanmore Parish Council, Great Stanmore Parish Council, Harrow Weald Parish Council and Pinner Parish Council, which were all created in 1894.[2]

It was envisaged that through the London Government Act 1963 Harrow 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 Harrow 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.[3]

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.[4] 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.[5]

Councillors

As of 5 May 2022, the composition of Harrow Council is 31 Conservative councillors to 24 Labour councillors:

Harrow Councillors[6]
Ward Councillors Party
Belmont Mina Parmar Conservative
Anjana Patel Conservative
Canons Ameet Jogia Conservative
Amir Moshenson Conservative
Centenary David Ashton Conservative
Govind Bharadia Conservative
Salim Chowdhury Conservative
Edgware Nicola Blackman Conservative
Nitin Parekh Labour
Yogesh Teli Conservative
Greenhill Ghazanfar Ali Labour
Sue Anderson Labour
Aneka Shah-Levy Labour
Harrow on the Hill Stephen Hickman Labour
Eden Kulig Labour
Harrow Weald Ramji Chauhan Conservative
Stephen Greek Conservative
Pritesh Patel Conservative
Hatch End Matthew Goodwin-Freeman Conservative
Susan Hall Conservative
Headstone Simon Brown Labour
Natasha Proctor Labour
Sasi Suresh Labour
Kenton East Chetna Halai Conservative
Nitesh Hirani Conservative
Samir Sumaria Conservative
Kenton West Vipin Mithani Conservative
Kanti Rabadia Conservative
Marlborough Varsha Parmar Labour
David Perry Labour
Antonio Weiss Labour
North Harrow Christopher Baxter Conservative
Janet Mote Conservative
Pinner Kuha Kumaran Conservative
Paul Osborn Conservative
Norman Stevenson Conservative
Pinner South June Baxter Conservative
Hitesh Karia Conservative
Jean Lammiman Conservative
Rayners Lane Thaya Idaikkadar Conservative
Krishna Suresh Labour
Roxbourne Graham Henson Labour
Maxine Henson Labour
Roxeth Peymana Assad Labour
Rashmi Kalu Labour
Jerry Miles Labour
Stanmore Marilyn Ashton Conservative
Phillip Benjamin Conservative
Zak Wagman Conservative
Wealdstone North Shahania Choudhury Labour
Phillip O'Dell Labour
Wealdstone South Kandy Dolor Labour
Dean Gilligan Labour
West Harrow Asif Hussain Labour
Rekha Shah Labour

Summary results of elections

Main article: Harrow local elections

References

  1. ^ Wells, John C. (2008), Longman Pronunciation Dictionary (3rd ed.), Longman, p. 368, ISBN 9781405881180
  2. ^ Youngs, Frederic (1979). Guide to the Local Administrative Units of England. Vol. I: Southern England. London: Royal Historical Society. ISBN 0-901050-67-9.
  3. ^ Leach, Steve (1998). Local Government Reorganisation: The Review and its Aftermath. Routledge. p. 107. ISBN 978-0714648590.
  4. ^ "Council Tax and Business Rates Billing Authorities". Council Tax Rates. Retrieved 8 April 2020.
  5. ^ "Local Plan Responses – within and outside London". Mayor of London. Retrieved 9 April 2020.
  6. ^ webmaster@harrow.gov.uk (1 January 2004). "Your Councillors". www2.harrow.gov.uk. Retrieved 23 June 2020.