Havering London Borough Council

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Havering London Borough Council
Whole council elected every four years
Houses Unicameral
Term limits
Founded 1 April 1965
Preceded by Hornchurch Urban District Council
Romford Borough Council
New session started
11 June 2014 (Municipal year 2014/2015)
Roger Ramsey, Conservative
Since 11 June 2014
Barbara Matthews
Since 11 June 2014
Seats 54 councillors
Joint committees
Thames Chase Joint Committee
Thames Gateway London Partnership
East London Waste Authority
London Councils
22 / 54
11 / 54
8 / 54
7 / 54
5 / 54
1 / 54
Last election
22 May 2014
Next election
Meeting place
Havering town hall london.jpg
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 2014, Havering London Borough Council has been in no overall control. It comprises 22 Conservative Party members, 19 Havering Residents Association members, seven UK Independence Party members, five independent residents members and one Labour Party 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 is exercised by the London Thames Gateway Development Corporation in the London Riverside designated area that is within the borough.


Electoral arrangements

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

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 Michael White who has held the position since 2004. 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.

Councillor Cabinet Post Ward
Cllr. Michael White Chair/Leader of the Council Squirrel's Heath
Cllr. Steven Kelly Vice-Chair/Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Individuals Emerson Park
Cllr. Michael Armstrong Cabinet Member for Transformation Pettits
Cllr. Robert Benham Cabinet Member for Community Empowerment Brooklands
Cllr. Andrew Curtin Cabinet Member for Culture, Towns and Communities Romford Town
Cllr. Roger Ramsey Cabinet Member for Value Emerson Park
Cllr. Paul Rochford Cabinet Member for Children and Learning Emerson Park
Cllr. Geoffery Starns Cabinet Member for Community Safety Havering Park
Cllr. Barry Tebbutt Cabinet Member for Environment Brooklands
Cllr. Lesley Kelly Cabinet Member for Housing Harold Wood


The mayor for 2013/2014 municipal year is Eric Munday.

List of leaders

Term Party Leader Image
1967-1971 Conservative Cllr. Jack Moultrie 50px
1971-1974 Labour Cllr. Michael Ward 50px
1974-1977 Conservative Cllr. Jack Moultrie 50px
1977-1978 Conservative Cllr. William Sibley 50px
1978-1984 Conservative Cllr. Jack Moultrie 50px
1984-1990 Conservative Cllr. Roger Ramsey 50px
1990-1996 Labour Cllr. Arthur Latham 50px
1996-1997 Residents' Association Cllr. Louise Sinclair 50px
1997-1998 Labour Cllr. Wilf Mills 50px
1998-2002 Labour Cllr. Ray Harris 50px
2002-2004 Conservative Cllr. Eric Munday 50px
2004-2014 Conservative Cllr. Michael White 50px