Redbridge London Borough Council
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Mayor of Redbridge
Thavathuray Jeyaranjan, Labour
since 30 May 2022
Leader of the Council
Jas Athwal, Labour
since 11 October 2011
Deputy Leader
Kam Rai, Labour
Leader of the Opposition
Paul Canal, Conservative
Chief execuitve
Andy Donald
since 17 November 2015
Seats63 councillors[1]
Redbridge council 2022 before mayfield.svg
Political groups
Administration (58)
  •   Labour (58)

Opposition (5)

Joint committees
East London Waste Authority
First past the post
Last election
5 May 2022
Next election
5 May 2022
Meeting place
Ilford Redbridge Town Hall.JPG
Redbridge Town Hall

Redbridge London Borough Council is the local authority for Redbridge in Greater London, England, and one of the capital's 32 borough councils. Redbridge is divided into 21 wards and elects 63 councillors. As of 6 May 2022, Redbridge Council comprises 55 Labour Party members, 5 Conservative Party members and three seats are vacant.[2] After alternating between Conservative administration and no overall control from its creation, the council has been run by the Labour Party since 2014.

The council was created by the London Government Act 1963 and replaced four local authorities: Ilford Borough Council and Wanstead and Woodford Borough Council, with parts from Chigwell Urban District Council and Dagenham Borough Council.


A map showing the wards of Redbridge from 2002 to 2018
A map showing the wards of Redbridge from 2002 to 2018

There have previously been a number of local authorities responsible for the Redbridge 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 Redbridge on 1 April 1965. Redbridge replaced Ilford Borough Council and Wanstead and Woodford Borough Council entirely, and replaced Chigwell Urban District Council in Hainault and Dagenham Borough Council in the Hog Hill area.[3]

It was envisaged that through the London Government Act 1963 Redbridge 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 Redbridge 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.[4]

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.[5] 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.[6]

Past Mayors and Deputy Mayors

The Redbridge Mayor is elected by the Council annually. The Mayor presides over meetings of the Council. The mayor or the Deputy Mayor will also attend civic and ceremonial functions.[7]

Municipal Year Mayor Deputy
1965/66 Sydney Loveless Charles Loveless, FAIA
1966/67 H.R. Aly Sydney Loveless
1967/68 Lionel Gooch H.R. Aly
1968/69 Sydney G. Gleed Mrs. L. Fallaize, OBE, JP
1969/70 I.B Natzler O.F. Walters, JP
1970/71 A.J. Escott, CENG, FIEE J.W.S. Telford, DFH, CENG, FIEE
1971/72 Charles Loveless, FAIA D.A. Stephens, FCA, ATII
1972/73 L.G. Bridgeman, JP B.E.R. Hamilton, FRSA
1973/74 Mrs. G. Chamberlin, JP Albert Reynolds
1974/75 J.W.S. Telford, DFH, CENG, FIEE F.C. Mountier, MIPR, MHCIMA
1975/76 T.F. Cobb, SBStJ, FSCA E.J. Watts
1976/77 F.C. Mountier, MIPR, MHCIMA R.C. Brian
1977/78 A.N. Barker H.G.A. Pearce
1978/79 B.E.R. Hamilton, FRSA L.G. Bridgeman, JP
1979/80 J.W.S. Telford, DFH, CENG, FIEE S.G. Curtis, OBE, FlnstB
1980/81 J.M. Clark J.D. Banyard
1981/82 R.C. Brian B.E.R. Hamilton, FRSA
1982/83 Miss N.H. Thurgood S.G. Curtis, OBE, FlnstB
1983/84 S.G. Curtis, OBE, FlnstB G.F. Borrott, AIB
1984/85 J.J.M. Smith, RIBA, FFAS, FRSH, FBID R.B.R. Hill, FCA
1985/86 R.E. Smith, BA R.W. Brunnen
1986/87 R.W. Brunnen D.S. Candy
1987/88 G.F. Borrott, AIB A.E. Weinberg
1988/89 K.E. Axon, FFA, FIAB, MBIM D.S. Candy
1989/90 G.H. Brewer, TD B.E.R. Hamilton, FRSA
1990/91 Mrs W.J. Roberts G.F. Borrott, AIB
1991/92 R.B.R. Hill, FCA J.J.M. Smith, RIBA, FFAS, FRSH, FBID
1992/93 D.S. Candy A.E. Weinberg
1993/94 E.J. Watts R.A. Cole, ARICS
1994/95 L. Perham, BA (Spec.Hons), ALA, JP J.W. Fairley-Churchill
1995/96 R.I. Barden, BSc (Hons) T.C.W. Howl
1996/97 R.H Hoskins R.J. Scott, OMA, MCIPS, Ml Mgt
1997/98 R.E. Golding K. M. Turner, BSC (Econ)
1998/99 J.R. Lovell A.E. Weinberg
1999/00 F. K. Maravala D.R. Sharma
2000/01 M. Hoskins, BA (Hons) A. Boyland
2001/02 A.E. Weinberg Mrs S. Nolan
2002/03 D.R. Sharma J.P. Coombes
2003/04 Mrs V. Cole L. Davies
2004/05 A. Leggatt Mrs J. Ryan
2005/06 C. Elliman M. Hickey
2006/07 A. Kumar J. O'Shea (18.05.06 - 20.07.16) & C. Cummins
2007/08 Mrs J. Ryan C. Cummins
2008/09 Mrs L. Sladden G. Hinds
2009/10 T. Chan B. Lambert
2010/11 J. 0 Shea Mrs R. Clark
2011/12 C. Cummins F. Banks
2012/13 M. Javed E. Norman
2013/14 F. Banks Mrs T. Solomon
2014/15 A. Kissin Mrs L. Huggett
2015/16 B. White T. Jeya ranjan
2016/17 G. Bhamra Z. Hussain
2017/18 Mrs L. Huggett A. Kissin
2018/19 Mrs. D Kaur-Thiara Mrs. Taifur Rashid MBE
2019/20 Z. Hussain Mrs. J. Ryan

Summary results of elections

Main article: Redbridge local elections

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

Party in control Years
Conservative 1964–1994
No overall control 1994–2002
Conservative 2002–2009
No overall control 2009–2014
Labour 2014–present


  1. ^ "Your Councillors by Party". Redbridge London Borough Council. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  2. ^ "Your Councillors by Party". London Borough of Redbridge. Redbridge Council. Retrieved 26 September 2021.
  3. ^ Youngs, Frederic (1979). Guide to the Local Administrative Units of England. Vol. I: Southern England. London: Royal Historical Society. ISBN 0-901050-67-9.
  4. ^ Leach, Steve (1998). Local Government Reorganisation: The Review and its Aftermath. Routledge. p. 107. ISBN 978-0714648590.
  5. ^ "Council Tax and Business Rates Billing Authorities". Council Tax Rates. Retrieved 8 April 2020.
  6. ^ "Local Plan Responses – within and outside London". Mayor of London. Retrieved 9 April 2020.
  7. ^ London Borough of Redbridge Constitution, 26 June 2017, p. 14