Greenwich London Borough Council

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Greenwich London Borough Council
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type
Leadership
Mayor
Jim Gillman
Structure
Seats 51 councillors in 17 wards
43 / 51
8 / 51
Elections
First past the post
Last election
22 May 2014
Next election
2018
Meeting place
Woolwich Town Hall
Website
www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk

Greenwich London Borough Council is the local authority for the Royal Borough of Greenwich in Greater London, England. It is a London borough council, one of 32 in the United Kingdom capital of London. Greenwich is divided into 17 wards, each electing three councillors.[1] The council was created by the London Government Act 1963 and replaced two local authorities: Greenwich Metropolitan Borough Council and Woolwich Metropolitan Borough Council.

History[edit]

There have previously been a number of local authorities responsible for the Greenwich 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 Greenwich on 1 April 1965. Greenwich London Borough Council replaced Greenwich Metropolitan Borough Council and Woolwich Metropolitan Borough Council.

It was envisaged through the London Government Act 1963 that Greenwich 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. This arrangement lasted until 1986 when Greenwich London Borough Council gained responsibility for some services that had been provided by the Greater London Council, such as waste disposal. Greenwich became an education authority in 1990. 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.

Controversies[edit]

In May 2014 the Labour-run council refused to support the building of a memorial to Lee Rigby, whose murder by Islamists occurred in the borough, in spite of being "overwhelmed by interest in a local memorial". The authority previous faced criticism at the time of the killing, with the cabinet attending an away day immediately after the murder, therefore missing a visit by the Prime Minister.[2] Following a campaign which saw 25,000 people sign a petition in support of the memorial the council dropped its opposition to the tribute.[3]

Finances[edit]

Greenwich 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.

Summary results of elections[edit]

Overall control Labour Conservative Lib Dem SDP
2010 Labour 40 11 - -
2006 Labour 36 13 2 -
2002 Labour 38 9 4 -
1998 Labour 52 8 2 -
1994 Labour 47 8 3 4
1990 Labour 44 12 2 4
1986 Labour 44 12 2 4
1982 Labour 43 16 2 1
1978 Labour 45 17 - -
1974 Labour 52 8 - -
1971 Labour 55 5 - -
1968 Conservative 22 38 - -
1964 Labour 49 11 - -

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