Bexley London Borough Council
Bexley London Borough Council is the local authority for the London Borough of Bexley in the ceremonial county of Greater London, England. It is one of 32 London borough councils in the county. The council comprises 45 councillors.
Bexley London Borough Council
|Founded||1 April 1965|
Mayor of Bexley
Cllr Geraldine Lucia-Hennis
since 29 May 2019
Leader of the Council
Cllr Teresa O'Neill, Conservative
since 17 April 2019
|Seats||45 councillors in 17 wards|
Length of term
|3 May 2018|
|Bexley Civic Offices|
2 Watling Street, Bexleyheath
There have previously been a number of local authorities responsible for the Bexley 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 Bexley. Bexley replaced the Municipal Boroughs of Bexley and Erith, Crayford Urban District and part of Chislehurst and Sidcup Urban District.
It was envisaged, in accordance with the London Government Act 1963, that Bexley 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 Bexley 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.
Powers and functionsEdit
The local authority derives its powers and functions from the London Government Act 1963 and subsequent legislation. Bexley has the powers and functions of a London borough council. It is a billing authority collecting Council Tax and business rates, it processes local planning applications, and it is responsible for housing, waste collection and environmental health. It is a local education authority, responsible for social services, libraries and waste disposal. The council shares responsibility with the Greater London Authority for strategic policies including housing, planning and the environment.
Bexley London Borough Council is the billing authority for Council Tax, and collects a precepts on behalf of the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime, the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority the Greater London Authority and Transport for London.
Since the first election to the council in 1964 political control of the council has been held by the following parties:
|Party in control||Years|
|Labour||1964 - 1968|
|Conservative||1968 - 1971|
|Labour||1971 - 1974|
|Conservative||1974 - 1994|
|No overall control||1994 - 1998|
|Conservative||1998 - 2002|
|Labour||2002 - 2006|
The May 2018 elections returned a council composition of 34 Conservative Party and 11 Labour Party.
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