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London Borough of Brent
Motto: Forward Together
Shown within Greater London
Status London borough
— Total
Ranked 284th
43.24 km2 (16.7 sq mi)
ONS code 00AE
Admin HQ Forty Lane, Wembley
— Total (2008 est.)
Ranked 38th (of 326)
6,259 /km2 (16,211 /sq mi)
White British
White Irish
Other White
White & Black Caribbean
White & Black African
White & Asian
Other Mixed
Other Asian
Black Caribbean
Black African
Other Black
(2005 estimates)[1]
Brent London Borough Council
Logo of Brent London Borough Council
Leadership Leader & Cabinet
Mayor Jim O'Sullivan [2]
Executive Liberal Democrat / Conservative
MPs Dawn Butler
Barry Gardiner
Sarah Teather
London Assembly
— Member
Brent and Harrow
Navin Shah
Coat of Arms
Coat of arms of Brent London Borough Council
Official website

The London Borough of Brent (About this sound pronunciation ) is a London borough in North-West London, UK and forms part of Outer London. The major area is Wembley.

It borders Harrow to the north-west, Barnet to the north-east, Camden to the east and Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, and Kensington & Chelsea to the south, and Westminster to the southeast. Most of the eastern border is formed by the Roman road Watling Street, now the modern A5.

Brent has a mixture of residential, industrial and commercial land. Wembley is the major town of Brent, which is home to Wembley Stadium and Wembley Arena. According to the 2001 census, the Borough of Brent has the United Kingdom's highest percentage of people born outside of the country (69.10%).

Brent is in the HA postcode area and the NW postcode area. Postcodes that cover Brent includes: HA0, HA1, HA3, HA9, NW2, NW6, NW9 and NW10.

The Brent Cross shopping centre is not located in Brent, but in the London Borough of Barnet. It takes its name from the River Brent which runs through the site.




Brent was formed in 1965 from the area of the former Municipal Borough of Wembley and Municipal Borough of Willesden of Middlesex. Its name derives from the River Brent which runs through the Borough.


Brent is divided into 21 Electoral Wards, some which share a name with the traditional areas above, others include Barnhill, Dudden Hill, Fryent, Mapesbury and Welsh Harp.[3]

Brent is currently divided into three constituencies, Brent North, Brent East and Brent South. Following a boundary review, it will be divided into two constituencies contained wholly within the borough - Brent Central and Brent North - plus a third, Hampstead and Kilburn, which will be split between Brent and the neighbouring borough of Camden. These new seats are to be fought at the 2010 United Kingdom general election.

Political composition

Council elections were held on Thursday 4 May 2006. Labour lost control of the borough with 14 of their seats falling to Liberal Democrats.[4] The political composition of Brent Council (with gains or losses following the 2006 local elections in brackets) was:
Liberal Democrats: 27(+18 Councillors)
Labour: 21 (-14)
Conservative: 15 (-4)

Following defections and expulsions the composition is now
Liberal Democrats - 26
Labour - 20
Conservatives - 14
Democratic Conservative Group - 2
Independent - 1

The leader of the Council is currently Liberal Democrat Paul Lorber.


Year Pop.  %±
1801 2,022
1811 2,690 33.0%
1821 3,074 14.3%
1831 3,991 29.8%
1841 5,416 35.7%
1851 5,646 4.2%
1861 14,749 161.2%
1871 23,852 61.7%
1881 32,955 38.2%
1891 67,674 105.4%
1901 105,613 56.1%
1911 164,833 56.1%
1921 202,448 22.8%
1931 248,656 22.8%
1941 277,842 11.7%
1951 310,457 11.7%
1961 294,804 −5.0%
1971 280,009 −5.0%
1981 251,249 −10.3%
1991 248,569 −1.1%
2001 263,463 6.0%
Source: A Vision of Britain through time

In 1801, the civil parishes that form the modern borough had a total population of 2,022. This rose slowly throughout the 19th century, as the district became built up; reaching 5,646 in the middle of the century. When the railways arrived the rate of population growth increased. The population peaked in the 1960s, when industry began to relocate from London.

In the 2001 Census, the borough had a population of 263,464 – of whom 127,806 were male, and 135,658 female. Of those stating a choice, 47.71% described themselves as Christian, 17.71% as Hindu, 12.26% as Muslim and 9.96% as having no religion. Of the population, 39.96% were in full-time employment and 7.86% in part-time employment – compared to a London average of 42.64% and 8.62%, respectively. Residents were predominantly owner-occupiers, with 23.17% owning their house outright, and a further 31.33% owning with a mortgage. 10.59% were in local authority housing, with a further 13.29% renting from a housing association, or other registered social landlord.[5]


Brent Street Dancers

Brent won the country's Street Dance Award of this year, which was held around March 2009.

Compulsory recycling

Recycling has been compulsory in the borough of Brent since 4 August 2008.Through a green box collection scheme the borough aims to improve on the 25 per cent recycled waste it already achieves.

London Fire Brigade

The London Borough of Brent has three fire stations within the borough; Park Royal, Wembley and Willesden. Brent has a mixture of residential, industrial and commercial land. Most notably, Wembley National Stadium is within the area - on match days over 90,000 peoples' safety are the responsibility of the LFB. Wembley covers the largest area in the borough, 19.1 kmsq.[6] Two pumping appliances, a fire rescue unit and an aerial ladder platform are based there. Willesden, for its relatively small, in comparison to Wembley, station ground (10.5 kmsq), responded to over a thousand incidents in 2006/2007.[6] Two pumping appliances reside there. Park Royal, with its one pumping appliance and an incident response unit, has one of the smallest station grounds; just 8.1 kmsq.

Within the borough, 4,105 incidents occurred in 2006/2007.[6]

Information technology

In 2007, the council set an objective for Brent to become a centre of excellence in the use of structured and unstructured information.[7] This has brought strategic focus onto two areas:

  • Information Management (using new data governance/security security models, data sharing and an IPSV based taxonomy);
  • Client Index (the deployment of Customer Data Integration and Data quality software to create and maintain a single view of Brent's customers).

The Client Index contains more than 1.2 million records concerning some 230,000 people. It links data from back-office systems that support the council's services (Council Tax, Housing, Benefits, Electoral Registration, Social Care, CRM, Schools, Libraries and Complaints). The single view of customers is maintained using Initiate Identity Hub software with data cleansing provided by dn:Director software from Datanomic.

A study by the Data Connects group (a collaboration between local authorities) estimated that the use of this technology could result in savings of £1.4m per annum. Tony Ellis, Head of IT at Brent, claimed that improvements in the quality of data delivered improvements in customer service, reduced the cost of contacting customers and reduced instances of fraud.[8]


London bus route 6, 16, 18, 31, 32, 36, 52, 79, 83, 92, 98, 112, 114, 142, 182, 183, 196, 187, 189, 204, 206, 220, 223, 224, 226, 228, 232, 245, 260, 266, 288, 292, 297, 302, 303, 305, 316, 328, 332, 440, 452, 460, 487, H9, H10, H14, H17, H18, H19, PR2, night route N11, N16, N18, N31, N52 and N98.


The numerous National Rail, London Underground and London Underground stations in the borough are:


Parks and open spaces


External links

Video clips

Coordinates: 51°33′58″N 0°16′26″W / 51.56611°N 0.27389°W / 51.56611; -0.27389

Simple English

London Borough of Brent
Shown within Greater London
Official website
Status London borough
— Total
Ranked 312th
43.24 km²
ONS code 00AE
Admin HQ Forty Lane, Wembley
— Total (2005 est.)
Ranked 29th (of 354)
6,247 / km²
Ethnicity 29.1% White British
9.1% White other
7.0% Irish
27.7% South Asian
19.9% Black British
5.9% Mixed Race or other
1.1% Chinese
0.1% Brazilian
Leadership Leader & Cabinet
Mayor Cllr Bertha Joseph
MPs Dawn Butler
Barry Gardiner
Sarah Teather
London Assembly
— Member
Brent and Harrow
Robert Blackman

The London Borough of Brent is a London borough in north west London and is part of Greater London.

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