Bromley London Borough Council
Bromley London Borough Council
|Whole council elected every four years|
Mayor of Bromley
Councillor Nicholas Bennett, Conservative
since 8 May 2019
Leader of the Council
Cllr Colin Smith, Conservative
since 26 September 2017
Ade Adetosoye OBE
since 15 July 2019
|First past the post|
|3 May 2018|
|Civic Centre, Bromley|
It was envisaged through the London Government Act 1963 that Bromley 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 Bromley 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.
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|
|Conservative||1964 - 1998|
|No overall control||1998 - 2001|
Powers and functions
The local authority derives its powers and functions from the London Government Act 1963 and subsequent legislation. Bromley 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, 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.
Bromley 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.
Bromley Council has an agreement with the Environment Agency to clear a 40-foot "stinking pile of rubbish" abandoned by the company Waste4Fuel next to people's homes. The rubbish has been there for four years but according to the Telegraph progress expected since the council became involved in March has not been made.
Bromley Education Authority have a batshit insane admissions policy which means a 2 to 3 month wait for a school place for anyone moving to Bromley from outside the borough.
- Victoria Ward (17 August 2015). "Rat-infested rubbish mountain that towers over homes causes misery for families". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 17 August 2015.