Bexley London Borough Council
Bexley London Borough Council
|Founded||1 April 1965|
Mayor of Bexley
since 20 May 2020
Leader of the Council
Teresa O'Neill, Conservative
since 17 April 2019
|Seats||45 councillors in 17 wards|
Length of term
|5 May 2022|
|7 May 2026|
|Bexley Civic Offices|
2 Watling Street, Bexleyheath
Bexley London Borough Council is the local authority for the London Borough of Bexley in the ceremonial county of Greater London, England. It is one of 32 London borough councils in the county. The council comprises 45 councillors.
There have previously been a number of local authorities responsible for the Bexley 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 Bexley. Bexley replaced the Municipal Boroughs of Bexley and Erith, Crayford Urban District and part of Chislehurst and Sidcup Urban District.
It was envisaged that through the London Government Act 1963, Bexley 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 Bexley 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.
Powers and functions
The local authority derives its powers and functions from the London Government Act 1963 and subsequent legislation, and has the powers and functions of a London borough council. It sets council tax and as a billing authority also collects precepts for Greater London Authority functions and business rates. It sets planning policies which complement Greater London Authority and national policies, and decides on almost all planning applications accordingly. It is a local education authority and is also responsible for council housing, social services, libraries, waste collection and disposal, traffic, and most roads and environmental health.
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|
|Labour||1964 - 1968|
|Conservative||1968 - 1971|
|Labour||1971 - 1974|
|Conservative||1974 - 1994|
|No overall control||1994 - 1998|
|Conservative||1998 - 2002|
|Labour||2002 - 2006|
The May 2022 elections returned a council composition of 33 Conservative councillors and 12 Labour councillors.
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