Hillingdon London Borough Council
|Founded||1 April 1965|
Cllr Carol Melvin
Since 11 May 2017
Leader of the Council
Length of term
|First past the post|
|3 May 2018|
|Hillingdon Civic Centre, Uxbridge|
Hillingdon London Borough Council[a] is the local authority for the London Borough of Hillingdon in Greater London, England. It is a London borough council, one of 32 in the United Kingdom capital of London. Hillingdon is divided into 22 wards, electing a total of 65 councillors. The council was created by the London Government Act 1963 and replaced four local authorities: Uxbridge Borough Council, Hayes and Harlington Urban District Council, Ruislip-Northwood Urban District Council and Yiewsley and West Drayton Urban District Council.
There have previously been a number of local authorities responsible for the Hilligdon 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 Hillingdon on 1 April 1965. Hillingdon replaced Uxbridge Borough Council, Hayes and Harlington Urban District Council, Ruislip-Northwood Urban District Council and Yiewsley and West Drayton Urban District Council.
It was envisaged through the London Government Act 1963 that Hillingdon 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 Hillingdon 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.
Summary results of elections
The council has been alternated between Conservative, Labour Party and no overall control since it was first elected in 1964.
|Party in control||Years|
|Labour||1964 - 1968|
|Conservative||1968 - 1971|
|Labour||1971 - 1978|
|Conservative||1978 - 1986|
|No overall control||1986 - 1990|
|Conservative||1990 - 1994|
|Labour||1994 - 1998|
|No overall control||1998 - 2006|
- The Local Authorities (Categorisation) (England) Order 2006, SI 2006/3096, art 5
- "Constitution". London Borough of Hillingdon. Retrieved 19 March 2018.