Havering London Borough Council

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Havering London Borough Council
Whole council elected every four years
Founded 1 April 1965
Preceded by Hornchurch Urban District Council
Romford Borough Council
Roger Ramsey, Conservative
Since 11 June 2014
Linda Van den Hende
Since 17 May 2017
Seats 54 Councillors
Havering 2018.svg
Political groups
Joint committees
Thames Chase Joint Committee
Thames Gateway London Partnership
East London Waste Authority
London Councils
Last election
22 May 2014
Next election
Meeting place
Havering Town Hall
Havering Town Hall, Romford

Havering London Borough Council is the local authority for the London Borough of Havering in Greater London, England. It is a London borough council, one of 32 in the United Kingdom capital of London. Havering is divided into 18 wards, each electing three councillors. Since May 2018, Havering London Borough Council has been in no overall control. It comprises 25 Conservative Party members, 23 Havering Residents Association members, 5 Labour Party members and 1 Independent member.[1] The council was created by the London Government Act 1963 and replaced two local authorities: Hornchurch Urban District Council and Romford Borough Council.


There have previously been a number of local authorities responsible for the Havering 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 Havering on 1 April 1965. Havering replaced Hornchurch Urban District Council and Romford Borough Council. Romford was governed by Romford Urban District Council from 1894 to 1937 and it replaced Noak Hill Parish Council, Havering-atte-Bower Parish Council and Romford Rural District Council in 1934 when the urban district was expanded. Hornchurch Urban District Council was formed in 1926 and replaced Hornchurch Parish Council and Romford Rural District Council in the parish of Hornchurch. In 1934 the urban district was expanded and the council replaced Romford Rural District Council, Cranham Parish Council, Great Warley Parish Council, Rainham Parish Council, Upminster Parish Council and Wennington Parish Council.

It was envisaged through the London Government Act 1963 that Havering 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 Havering London Borough Council gained responsibility for some services that had been provided by the Greater London Council, such as waste disposal. From 1986 to 2000, the London Planning Advisory Committee was run from within the council. 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.


The planning function for large developments was from 2005 to 2013 exercised by the London Thames Gateway Development Corporation in the London Riverside designated area that is within the borough.


Electoral arrangements[edit]

A map showing the wards of Havering since 2002

Wards were established for Havering when it came into existence on 1 April 1965. The first elections of ward councillors took place in 1964.[2] These boundaries were also used for the 1968, 1971 and 1974 elections. For the 1978 elections the ward boundaries were revised.[3] These boundaries were then also used at the 1982, 1986 and 1990 elections.

For the May 1994 elections there were minor adjustments to London borough boundaries, which affected the area and population of some Havering wards.[4][5] These boundaries were also used at the 1998 elections. The current ward boundaries came into effect at the May 2002 elections.[6] They were also used at the 2006, 2010 and 2014 elections.

Summary results of elections[edit]

Since 1964 political control of the council has been held by the following parties:[7]

Party in control Years
No overall control 1964–1968
Conservative 1968–1971
Labour 1971–1974
No overall control 1974–1978
Conservative 1978–1986
No overall control 1986–2006
Conservative 2006–2014
No overall control 2014–present


The London Borough of Havering is led by the Leader of the Council and an appointed cabinet formed from the party with majority control of the council. The leader is elected by fellow councillors once every four years following local elections (since 2010, previously annually, with the cabinet being directly appointed by the leader). The current leader is Roger Ramsey who has held the position since 2014. The leadership of the council -once elected- can only subsequently be changed by a vote in favour of such change supported by two thirds of councillors.[8]


The current composition of Havering Council's Cabinet is demonstrated in the table below.

Party key Conservative
East Havering Residents
Post Councillor Ward
Mayor and Deputy Mayor
Mayor of Havering Cllr. Linda Van den Hende Upminster
Deputy Mayor of Havering Cllr. Dilip Patel Mawneys
Cabinet members
Leader of the Council
Cabinet Member for Value
Cllr. Roger Ramsey Emerson Park
Deputy Leader of the Council
Cabinet Member for Housing
Cllr. Damian White Squirrels Heath
Cabinet Member for Children & Learning Cllr. Robert Benham Brooklands
Cabinet Member for Environment, Regulatory Services & Community Safety Cllr. Osman Dervish Pettits
Cabinet Member for Financial Management & Transformation Cllr. Clarence Bennett Cranham
Cabinet Member for Adult Social Services & Health Cllr. Wendy Brice-Thompson Romford Town
Cabinet Member for Culture & Community Engagement Cllr. Melvin Wallace Squirrels Heath
Cabinet Member for Housing Company Development & OneSource Management Cllr. Ron Ower Upminster
Deputy Cabinet members
Deputy Cabinet Member for Housing Cllr. Joshua Chapman Romford Town
Deputy Cabinet Member for Environment, Regulatory Services & Community Safety Cllr. Jason Frost Mawneys


The mayor for 2017/2018 municipal year is Linda Van den Hende.

List of leaders[edit]

Term Party Leader Image
1967-1971 Conservative Cllr. Jack Moultrie Cllr. Jack Moultrie.jpg
1971-1974 Labour Cllr. Michael Ward Cllr. Michael Ward.jpg
1974-1977 Conservative Cllr. Jack Moultrie Cllr. Jack Moultrie.jpg
1977-1978 Conservative Cllr. William Sibley Cllr. William Sibley.jpg
1978-1984 Conservative Cllr. Jack Moultrie Cllr. Jack Moultrie.jpg
1984-1990 Conservative Cllr. Roger Ramsey Cllr. Roger Ramsey.jpg
1990-1996 Labour Cllr. Arthur Latham Cllr. Arthur Latham.jpg
1996-1997 Residents' Association Cllr. Louise Sinclair Cllr. Louise Sinclair.jpg
1997-1998 Labour Cllr. Wilf Mills Cllr. Wilf Mills.jpg
1998-2002 Labour Cllr. Ray Harris Cllr. Ray Harris.jpg
2002-2004 Conservative Cllr. Eric Munday Cllr Eric Munday.jpg
2004-2014 Conservative Cllr. Michael White Cllr. Michael White.jpg
2014-2018 Conservative Cllr. Roger Ramsey Cllr. Roger Ramsey.jpg