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The London Borough of Brent ( ) is a London borough in North-West Londonmarker, UKmarker and forms part of Outer London. The major area is Wembleymarker.

It borders Harrowmarker to the north-west, Barnetmarker to the north-east, Camdenmarker to the east and Ealingmarker, Hammersmith & Fulhammarker, and Kensington & Chelseamarker to the south, and Westminstermarker to the southeast. Most of the eastern border is formed by the Roman road Watling Streetmarker, now the modern A5.

Brent has a mixture of residential, industrial and commercial land.Wembleymarker is the major town of Brent, which is home to Wembley Stadiummarker and Wembley Arenamarker. 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 areamarker and the NW postcode areamarker. Postcodes that cover Brent includes: HA0, HA1, HA3, HA9, NW2, NW6, NW9 and NW10.

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

Areas

The following are towns and districts in Brent, followed by the areas postcode and the Zone it is located to Central London.

History

Brent was formed in 1965 from the area of the former Municipal Borough of Wembleymarker and Municipal Borough of Willesdenmarker of Middlesexmarker. Its name derives from the River Brentmarker which runs through the Borough.

Motto

Brent's motto is Forward Together.

Wards

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

Brent is currently divided into three constituencies, Brent Northmarker, Brent Eastmarker and Brent Southmarker. Following a boundary review, it will be divided into two constituencies contained wholly within the borough - Brent Centralmarker and Brent Northmarker - plus a third, Hampstead and Kilburnmarker, which will be split between Brent and the neighbouring borough of Camdenmarker. These new seats are to be fought at the 2009 or 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.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.

Demographics

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.

Education

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 Royalmarker, Wembleymarker and Willesdenmarker. 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. 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. 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.

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. 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.

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References

  1. http://www.brent.gov.uk/elections
  2. Brent Council election pages
  3. Key Figures for 2001 Census: Census Area Statistics: Brent accessed 25 February 2009
  4. http://www.london-fire.gov.uk/about_us/media/Brent.pdf London Fire Brigade - Brent Profile
  5. PublicTechnology.net - Case study: Data Excellence at the London Borough of Brent
  6. IT Pro - Brent Council unveils data clean-up plan


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