Havering London Borough Council
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Type
Type
History
Founded1 April 1965
Preceded byHornchurch Urban District Council
Romford Borough Council
Leadership
Mayor of Havering
Trevor McKeever, Labour Party
since 25 May 2022
Leader of the Council
Ray Morgon, Havering Residents Association
since 25 May 2022
Chief executive
Andrew Blake-Herbert
since 31 March 2016
Structure
Seats55 Councillors
Havering London Borough Council 2022.svg
Political groups
Administration (30)
  •   Havering Residents Association (21)
  •   Labour (9)

Opposition (25)

Committees
7
  • Adjudication and Review
  • Audit
  • Governance
  • Highways Advisory
  • Licensing
  • Pensions
  • Regulatory Services
Joint committees
Thames Chase Joint Committee
Thames Gateway London Partnership
East London Waste Authority
London Councils
Length of term
Whole council elected every four years
Elections
Plurality-at-large
Last election
5 May 2022
Next election
7 May 2026
Motto
Liberty
Meeting place
Havering Town Hall
Havering Town Hall, Romford
Website
www.havering.gov.uk
Constitution
Constitution

Havering London Borough Council is the local authority for the London Borough of Havering in Greater London, England. It is a London borough council, one of 32 in the United Kingdom capital of London. Havering is divided into 18 wards, each electing three councillors. Since May 2018, Havering London Borough Council has been in no overall control. It comprises 25 Conservative Party members, 23 Havering Residents Association members, 5 Labour Party members and 1 Independent member.[1] The council was created by the London Government Act 1963 and replaced two local authorities: Hornchurch Urban District Council and Romford Borough Council.

History

There have previously been a number of local authorities responsible for the Havering 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 Havering on 1 April 1965. Havering replaced Hornchurch Urban District Council and Romford Borough Council. Romford was governed by Romford Urban District Council from 1894 to 1937 and it replaced Noak Hill Parish Council, Havering-atte-Bower Parish Council and Romford Rural District Council in 1934 when the urban district was expanded. Hornchurch Urban District Council was formed in 1926 and replaced Hornchurch Parish Council and Romford Rural District Council in the parish of Hornchurch. In 1934 the urban district was expanded and the council replaced Romford Rural District Council, Cranham Parish Council, Great Warley Parish Council, Rainham Parish Council, Upminster Parish Council and Wennington Parish Council.[2]

It was envisaged that through the London Government Act 1963 Havering 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 Havering London Borough Council gained responsibility for some services that had been provided by the Greater London Council, such as waste disposal. From 1986 to 2000, the London Planning Advisory Committee was run from within the council. 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]

Elections

Electoral arrangements

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

Main article: List of electoral wards in Havering

Wards were established for Havering when it came into existence on 1 April 1965. The first elections of ward councillors took place in 1964.[6] These boundaries were also used for the 1968, 1971 and 1974 elections. For the 1978 elections the ward boundaries were revised.[7] These boundaries were then also used at the 1982, 1986 and 1990 elections.

For the May 1994 elections there were minor adjustments to London borough boundaries, which affected the area and population of some Havering wards.[8][9] These boundaries were also used at the 1998 elections. The current ward boundaries came into effect at the May 2002 elections.[10] They were also used at the 2006, 2010 and 2014 elections.

Summary results of elections

Main article: Havering local elections

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

Party in control Years
No overall control 1964–1968
Conservative 1968–1971
Labour 1971–1974
No overall control 1974–1978
Conservative 1978–1986
No overall control 1986–2006
Conservative 2006–2014
No overall control 2014–present

Leadership

The London Borough of Havering is led by the Leader of the Council and an appointed cabinet formed from the party with majority control of the council. The leader is elected by fellow councillors once every four years following local elections (since 2010, previously annually, with the cabinet being directly appointed by the leader). The current leader is Ray Morgon who has held the position since 2022. The leadership of the council - once elected - can only subsequently be changed by a vote in favour of such change supported by two thirds of councillors.[12]

Cabinet

The current composition of Havering Council's Cabinet is as follows.

Party key Havering Residents Association
Labour
Post Councillor Ward
Mayor and Deputy Mayor
Mayor of Havering Trevor McKeever Beam Park
Deputy Mayor of Havering Stephanie Nunn Elm Park
Cabinet members
Leader of the Council Ray Morgon Hacton
Deputy Leader of the Council
Cabinet Member for Adults and Health
Gillian Ford Cranham
Cabinet Member for Development and Regeneration Graham Williamson South Hornchurch
Cabinet Member for Children's' Services Oscar Ford Upminster
Cabinet Member for Housing Paul McGeary Gooshays
Cabinet Member for Finance and Transformation Chris Wilkins Upminster
Cabinet Member for Environment Barry Mugglestone Elm Park
Cabinet Member for Corporate, Culture & Leisure Services Paul Middleton St Andrew's
Cabinet Member for Climate Keith Darvill Heaton

Mayor

Further information: List of mayors of Havering

The mayor for 2020/2021 municipal year is John Mylod.

List of leaders

Term Party Leader Image
1967-1971 Conservative Jack Moultrie
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1971-1974 Labour Michael Ward
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1974-1977 Conservative Jack Moultrie
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1977-1978 Conservative William Sibley
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1978-1984 Conservative Jack Moultrie
Cllr. Jack Moultrie.jpg
1984-1990 Conservative Roger Ramsey
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1990-1996 Labour Arthur Latham
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1996-1997 Residents' Association Louise Sinclair
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1997-1998 Labour Wilf Mills
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1998-2002 Labour Ray Harris
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2002-2004 Conservative Eric Munday
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2004-2014 Conservative Michael White
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2014-2018 Conservative Roger Ramsey
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2018-2022 Conservative Damian White
2022-present Havering Residents Association Ray Morgon

Controversies

The council's leader, Cllr Damian White, was secretly recorded outlining plans to modify ward boundaries intended to give political advantage to the Conservative party, reported Private Eye in July 2020. The recording was attributed to a "disgruntled" Tory councillor, Bob Perry, who quit shortly after, citing the group's "dictatorial behaviour". The scheme was reported to involve splitting areas unlikely to vote Conservative into wards with large populations, while merging areas with Conservative support into wards with few residents. Where unpopular development projects were located, new boundaries would be drawn intending to divide anti-Tory vote into multiple wards to minimise its overall impact.[13]

In the recording, Cllr White reportedly claimed council chief executive, Andrew Blake-Herbert, had supported White's "influence" of the newly defined boundaries, and had selected a Tory-controlled committee to review all boundary change options put forward by council officers and to select their preferred one to take to a full council meeting. White reportedly went on to say the Boundary Commission had so few staff it was "highly unlikely they'll put in the effort" to scrutinise the changes and that "They only look at what was discussed ... at the full council meeting. So there will be only one option.". The council's press office denied "any suggestion the chief executive was influenced in any way". Despite this denial, after a complaint by Labour MP John Cruddas, the council's monitoring officer agreed to an investigation by a "senior figure from another council".[13]

References

  1. ^ "Election results". Havering London Borough Council.
  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. ^ London Borough Council Elections (1964) Archived 2013-08-22 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ London Borough Council Elections (1978) Archived 2012-08-15 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Alteration of Status of Local Authorities 1993-1994 Archived 2014-02-21 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ London Borough Council Elections (1994) Archived 2013-08-22 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ London Borough Council Elections (2002) Archived 2013-08-22 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ "Local elections: Havering". BBC News Online. Retrieved 20 December 2009.
  12. ^ "Council and democracy". Havering London Borough Council.
  13. ^ a b Private Eye, Issue 1527, p.21