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London Borough of Hillingdon
Official logo of London Borough of Hillingdon
Council logo
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region London
Ceremonial county Greater London
Status Middlesex
Admin HQ Civic Centre,
Incorporated 1 April 1965
 • Type London borough council
 • Body Hillingdon London Borough Council
 • Leadership Leader (Cllr Raymond Puddifoot)[1] (Conservative)
 • Mayor Cllr Alan Kauffman[2]
 • MPs Nick Hurd
John McDonnell
John Randall
 • London Assembly Onkar Sahota AM for Ealing and Hillingdon
 • EU Parliament London
 • Total 44.67 sq mi (115.70 km2)
Area rank 203rd (of 326)
Population (2011 est.)
 • Total 275,500
 • Rank 41st (of 326)
 • Density 6,200/sq mi (2,400/km2)
 • Ethnicity[3] 67.9% White British
2.5% White Irish
4.8% Other White
0.7% White & Black Caribbean
0.4% White & Black African
0.9% White & Asian
0.7% Other Mixed
10.0% Indian
1.8% Pakistani
0.7% Bangladeshi
2.3% Other Asian
1.5% Black Caribbean
3.1% Black African
0.3% Other Black
1.1% Chinese
1.4% Other
Time zone GMT (UTC0)
 • Summer (DST) BST (UTC+1)
Postcodes HA, UB, TW
Area code(s) 01895, 01923, 020
Police force Metropolitan Police

The London Borough of Hillingdon (Brunel University, and is the second largest of the 32 London boroughs by area.

Hillingdon Council governs the borough, with its headquarters in the Civic Centre in Uxbridge. For administrative purposes, the borough is split into North and South Hillingdon. The south's former strong connection with industry has diminished since the 1980s to be replaced by a preponderantly residential suburban population; the north has remained a consistently residential suburban area. The borough's residential areas expanded with the extension of the Metropolitan Railway from Harrow on the Hill to Uxbridge in the early 1900s and the gradual establishment of stops along the line, becoming known as "Metro-land".


The borough was formed in 1965 from the Hayes and Harlington Urban District, Municipal Borough of Uxbridge, Ruislip-Northwood Urban District, and Yiewsley and West Drayton Urban District of Middlesex.[5] The councils involved were initially unable to decide upon a name, with Keith Joseph suggesting "Uxbridge" in October 1963, later revised to Hillingdon.[5]

The coat of arms for the London Borough of Hillingdon was granted on 22 March 1965.[6] Between 1973 and 1978, the borough's civic centre was built in Uxbridge.[7]

The borough has been twinned with the French town of Mantes-la-Jolie and the German town of Schleswig since the Hayes & Harlington Urban District created the link in 1958.[8] The twinning programme was reviewed in 2011 and it was suggested that the link with Schleswig be ended owing to a lack of contact between the towns.[9] In December 2011, the borough decided instead to end the link with a second German town, Emden, citing administrative problems.[10]

Population grew from 2001–2011 by 11.5% - 4.4% above the England and Wales mean of 7.1% - as part of the fastest population-growth area, Greater London. By comparison Merton and Bromley had growth of 4.5% and Tower Hamlets had growth of 26.4%.[11] Households increased from 2001–2011 by 3.3%, and the average number of people per household was 2.7.[4]


Hillingdon Council

The borough is governed by an elected council, known interchangeably by the full name and as Hillingdon Council.[12] It is split into wards represented by 65 Conservative, Labour and independent councillors.[13] A cabinet and leader are elected annually.[14] The present leader of the council is Councillor Raymond Puddifoot of the Conservative Party.[1] Elections for councillors are held every four years.[14]

A Mayor is chosen yearly by councillors; the role is largely ceremonial.[15] The present mayor is Councillor Allan Kauffman, who was selected in May 2013.[2]

London Assembly

In the London assembly elections, Ealing and Hillingdon Borough form a geographical constituency with one member as there are eleven London-wide members, currently from the four biggest parties. Conservative candidate Richard Barnes won the 2000, 2004 and 2008 elections, and since the 2012 election the Labour candidate Onkar Sahota has served as the area's designated member on the London Assembly.

At the same election in 2012 Conservative mayoral candidate Boris Johnson won the largest share of Hillingdon's votes in becoming elected Mayor of London for a second term.

Government facilities

The British Government's UK Border Agency have two immigration removal centres: Colnbrook Immigration Removal Centre and Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre in Harmondsworth.[16][17]


The borough comprises 17 main districts, several of which have neighbourhoods, communities or localities within them and one of which is historic:

Town/District/Village 1 2 3 4
Cowley Cowley Peachey Little Britain or Cowley Lock
Eastcote Eastcote Village
Harefield Mount Pleasant South Harefield Hill End
Harlington Cranford Park Pinkwell Park
Hayes Wood End Green or Wood End Hayes End
Heathrow — historic
Hillingdon North Hillingdon Colham Green Hillingdon Heath or Gould's Green
Northwood[n 1] Northwood Hills
Ruislip Ruislip Common Ruislip Manor Ruislip Gardens West Ruislip
South Ruislip
Uxbridge Uxbridge Common Uxbridge Moor
West Drayton
Yeading (south) [n 2]

For local elections, the borough is further divided into wards: Barnhill Ward, Botwell Ward, Brunel Ward, Cavendish Ward, Charville Ward, Eastcote and East Ruislip Ward, Harefield Ward, Heathrow Villages Ward, Hillingdon East Ward, Ickenham Ward, Manor Ward, Northwood Hills Ward, Northwood Ward, Pinkwell Ward, South Ruislip Ward, Townfield Ward, Uxbridge North Ward, Uxbridge South Ward, West Drayton Ward, West Ruislip Ward, Yeading Ward, Yiewsley Ward:.[18]

The borough also includes RAF Northolt and the former sites of RAF Eastcote, RAF South Ruislip, RAF West Drayton, RAF Ruislip 4MU, RAF West Ruislip and RAF Uxbridge.

Parks and recreation

The borough maintains over 200 green spaces, totalling around 1,800 acres (730 ha).[19] As much of the area is within the Metropolitan Green Belt it was, in 2008, one of the least densely populated of all the London boroughs; open spaces range in size from the Colne Valley Regional Park by the River Colne in the north of the borough, to smaller gardens and parks such as the Norman Leddy Memorial Gardens and Lake Farm Country Park in the south of the borough.[20]

Council leader Raymond Puddifoot had given a promise that green-belt land in Hillingdon would be safe on his watch: 'I can give a categoric assurance that under this adminsitration we will never see a threat to the green belt.'[21] In August 2012, however, Mr Puddifoot announced plans to build on green-belt (and longtime common land) site Lake Farm in the south of the borough.[22] Dismissing the discontent of residents in the south of the borough, the Conservative majority of the Council's planning committee peremptorily rubber-stamped the plans in March 2013.[23]

Harmondsworth Moor, a park owned by the borough, is administered by British Airways on behalf of the borough.[24] After British Airways planned to create a new headquarters in 1992, the airline agreed to convert a former landfill site into Harmondsworth Moor.[25]

The Grand Union Canal passes through parts of the borough, including Hayes, Uxbridge, Yiewsley and West Drayton. Ruislip Lido was built as a feeder reservoir for the canal, but was eventually disconnected and changed to become a recreational lido. Two Sites of Special Scientific Interest next to the canal, Frays Farm Meadows and Denham Lock Wood, are managed by the London Wildlife Trust.

The borough also operates children's centres, recreational areas for children of under five years of age and their families. The centres include: Barra Hall, Belmore, Cherry Lane, Colham Manor, Cornerstone, Cowley St. Laurence, Harefield, Hillside, McMillan Early Childhood Centre, Nestles Avenue, Oak Farm, and Uxbridge College (Hayes Campus).[26]

The borough owns three theatres: the Beck Theatre in Hayes (which is operated on behalf of the borough by HQ Theatres Limited),[27] the Compass Theatre in Ickenham, and the Winston Churchill Hall (part of the Manor Farm site).

Sport and leisure

The Borough has five Non-League football clubs:


Hillingdon has a large economy by national standards, ranked 14th out of 408 local area districts in Britain, and ranked 5th out of the London boroughs.[20]

British Airways is headquartered in Waterside, Harmondsworth, in Hillingdon.[28] The building officially opened in 1998.[29] Prior to the opening of Waterside, the airline's head office was the Speedbird House at London Heathrow Airport.[30]

In 2007 Cadbury Schweppes announced it would be moving to Uxbridge from Mayfair to cut costs.[31] The company later split and Cadbury plc moved to its new head office in Cadbury House in the Uxbridge Business Park in June 2008.[32]

Guoman Hotel Management (UK) Limited has its head office in the Thistle London Heathrow in West Drayton.[33][34]

British Midland International has an office in Stockley Close, West Drayton, Borough of Hillingdon.[35] In July 1999 Sir Michael Bishop formally opened the British Midland Training Centre, which is located in Stockley Close.[36] Hellenic Imperial Airways has its United Kingdom offices in the Axis House in Harlington in the London Borough of Hillingdon.[37] China Airlines has its UK office in the Hyde Park Hayes 3 (HPH3) in Hayes in the borough.[38]

One of the predecessor organisations of British Airways, British Overseas Airways Corporation had its head office in the Speedbird House.[39] The other predecessor, British European Airways had its headquarters in Ruislip,[40] as did BEA Helicopters.[39] During its existence the airline British Eagle had its head office on the grounds of Heathrow Airport.[41]


The borough maintains seventeen libraries: Charville, Eastcote, Harefield, Harlington, Hayes End, Hayes, Ickenham, Manor Farm, Northwood Hills, Northwood, Oak Farm, Ruislip Manor, South Ruislip, Uxbridge, West Drayton, Yeading, and Yiewsley.[42]

In May 2011, Hillingdon Council received the Library Innovation of the Year award at the 2011 Bookseller Industry Awards.[43]

Also within the borough is Brunel University and Uxbridge College's Uxbridge and Hayes campuses.


London Bus routes 81, 90, 105, 111, 114, 140, 195, 203, 207, 222, 282, 285, 331, 350, 398, 423, 427, 482, 490, 607, A10, E6, E7, E9, H11, H13, H26, H98, U1, U2, U3, U4, U5, U7, U9, U10, X26, night routes N9 and N207 and school routes 696, 697 and 698 operate in the borough. The routes 58, 60, 61, 71, 75, 76, 77, 305, 441, 555, 557, 581, 615, 724, 740, A30, A40, R21, W7 and W9 are run by other operators.

National Rail and London Underground stations in the borough are:

The council announced in June 2011 that it would be lobbying Transport for London to have the Central line extended from West Ruislip station to Uxbridge station. Such a project would require a business case approved by TfL and the completion of signal upgrade work on the Metropolitan line.[44]

The Royal Air Force station, RAF Northolt, is situated in South Ruislip near the A40 and the tube station. Most early RAF airfields were named after the nearest railway station; in this case Northolt Junction, the original name of South Ruislip station. The station has been redeveloped in recent years to house a number of additional military capabilities besides the RAF operations, and is popular with business people and politicians for private flights.[45]

See also

Notes and References

  • Cotton, Carolynne. (1994) Uxbridge Past. London: Historical Publications ISBN 0-948667-30-3

External links

  • Hillingdon Council
  • Hillingdon Association of Voluntary Services
  • Index to all Hillingdon streets
  • List of parks and open spaces
  • YouTube

Coordinates: 51°30′N 0°27′W / 51.500°N 0.450°W / 51.500; -0.450