Hillingdon Council
Founded1 April 1965
Mayor of Hillingdon
Becky Haggar (Conservative)
since 12 May 2022
Leader of the Council
Ian Edwards, Conservative[1]
since 14 January 2021
Chief executive
Fran Beasley
since 19 October 2012
Seats65 councillors
Hillingdon Council 2018.svg
Political groups
  Conservative (30)
Other parties
  Labour (23)
Length of term
4 years
First past the post
Last election
5 May 2022
Next election
5 May 2026
Meeting place
Civic Centre at Uxbridge
Hillingdon Civic Centre, Uxbridge

Hillingdon London Borough Council[a] is the local authority for the London Borough of Hillingdon in Greater London, England. It is a London borough council, one of 32 in the United Kingdom capital of London. Hillingdon is divided into 22 wards, electing a total of 65 councillors.[4] The council was created by the London Government Act 1963 and replaced four local authorities: Uxbridge Borough Council, Hayes and Harlington Urban District Council, Ruislip-Northwood Urban District Council and Yiewsley and West Drayton Urban District Council.


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

There have previously been a number of local authorities responsible for the Hilligdon 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 Hillingdon on 1 April 1965. Hillingdon replaced Uxbridge Borough Council, Hayes and Harlington Urban District Council, Ruislip-Northwood Urban District Council and Yiewsley and West Drayton Urban District Council.[5]

It was envisaged that through the London Government Act 1963 Hillingdon 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 Hillingdon 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.[6]

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.[7] 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.[8]

Summary results of elections

Main article: Hillingdon local elections

The council has been alternated between Conservative, Labour Party and no overall control since it was first elected in 1964.

Party in control Years
Labour 1964 - 1968
Conservative 1968 - 1971
Labour 1971 - 1978
Conservative 1978 - 1986
No overall control 1986 - 1990
Conservative 1990 - 1994
Labour 1994 - 1998
No overall control 1998 - 2006
Conservative 2006–present


  1. ^ Formally known as Hillingdon London Borough Council, however the name Hillingdon Council is also commonly used by the council, and is the name used in the council's constitution adopted in 2002.[2][3]


  1. ^ "Councillor Ian Edwards". Hillingdon London Borough Council. Retrieved 15 January 2021.
  2. ^ The Local Authorities (Categorisation) (England) Order 2006, SI 2006/3096, art 5
  3. ^ "Constitution". London Borough of Hillingdon. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Councillors". Who runs London.
  5. ^ Youngs, Frederic (1979). Guide to the Local Administrative Units of England. Vol. I: Southern England. London: Royal Historical Society. ISBN 0-901050-67-9.
  6. ^ Leach, Steve (1998). Local Government Reorganisation: The Review and its Aftermath. Routledge. p. 107. ISBN 978-0714648590.
  7. ^ "Council Tax and Business Rates Billing Authorities". Council Tax Rates. Retrieved 8 April 2020.
  8. ^ "Local Plan Responses – within and outside London". Mayor of London. 12 November 2015. Retrieved 9 April 2020.