- London Borough of Barnet
Infobox London Borough | name = London Borough of Barnet
short_name = Barnet
North London Business Park
London borough| area_rank = 255th
area_km2 = 86.74
ons_code = 00AC | url = http://www.barnet.gov.uk/
leadership = Leader & Cabinet
leader = Mike Freer
mayor = John Marshall
Andrew Dismore Theresa Villiers Rudi Vis
gla_constituency = Barnet and Camden
Brian ColemanThe London Borough of Barnet (audio|En-uk-LBBarnet.ogg|pronunciation) is a London boroughin North Londonand forms part of Outer London. It borders Hertfordshire to the north and five other London boroughs: Harrow and Brent to the west, Camden and Haringey to the south-east and Enfield to the east.
The pattern of settlement is somewhat diverse. To the north of the borough is
Barnet, also known as High Barnet or Chipping Barnet. Also in the north are the low-density districts of Edgware, Totteridge, Whetstone and Mill Hill.
Further south the development becomes steadily more intensive around the suburbs of
Cricklewood, Colindale, Hendonand Finchley. Golders Greenis renowned for its Jewish minority ethnic population and forms part of the south of the borough, along with Hampstead Garden Suburband Childs Hill.
The borough was formed under the
London Government Act 1963in 1965 from the Municipal Borough of Finchley, Municipal Borough of Hendonand the Friern Barnet Urban Districtof Middlesexand the East Barnet Urban Districtand Barnet Urban Districtof Hertfordshire.
Places of interest
Royal Air Force Museum
* Brent Cross Shopping Centre
Middlesex University(Hendon Campus)
Hendon Police College
Parks and open spaces
The borough has a large number of parks and open spaces. The Borough also has controls five
Local Nature Reserves (LNR), and is jointly responsible with the London Borough of Brentfor the Welsh Harp reservoir. In addition there are large areas taken over by cemeteries and golf courses; part of Hampstead Heath; as well as smaller recreation grounds.
The borough is home to a professional football club,
Barnet F.C.and Barnet Copthallleisure complex.
Demographics of Barnet
According to the 2001 census the borough has a population of 314,564 though the most recent ONS projection for 2007 is 338, 600. 67% of householders are owner-occupiers. The borough has the highest percentage (14.8%) of
Jewishresidents of any local government area in the United Kingdom. Many more people in Barnet have some Jewish ancestry, but don't consider themselves Jewish. Barnet has the largest Chinese population of any London borough population wise, and ranks 5th by percentage of Chinese people.
Former mayor of London,
Ken Livingstonesaid "Barnet's transport agenda is recklessly anti-public transport, anti-pedestrian and anti-cycling. Barnet has become a laboratory experiment for some very ill-thought out policies" [ [http://www.barnettimes.co.uk/display.var.473450.0.humps_faceoff.php Humps Faceoff (from Times Series) ] ] .
The borough is served by the northern-most sections of the
London Underground's Northern Line, including all three of the line's northern termini (Edgware, High Barnet, and Mill Hill East):
National Railservices in Barnet are operated by First Capital Connecton two routes.
The borough is served by a large number of bus routes managed by
Transport for London.
The borough is divided into 21 wards, each with 3
councillors. Following the Barnet local government election on May 4, 2006the Conservative party gained a working majority and full control of the council.
For administrative purposes, such as planning committees, the borough is divided into three areas. They match the respective parliamentary seats and each contains seven council wards.
*North (Chipping Barnet) - "Brunswick Park, Coppetts, East Barnet, High Barnet, Oakleigh, Totteridge, Underhill"
*South (Finchley and Golders Green) - "Childs Hill, East Finchley, Finchley Church End, Garden Suburb, Golders Green, West Finchley, Woodhouse"
*West (Hendon) - "Burnt Oak, Colindale, Edgware, Hale, Hendon, Mill Hill, West Hendon"
London Fire Brigade
There are four fire stations that operate in the Bourough of Barnet. These are mobilised to protect around 330,000 people. The main risks identified in the borough include Barnet FC's stadium, Underhill Stadium, Brent Cross shopping centre, Coppetts Wood Hospitals and Barnet General Hospital. There are also several busy roads that run through the borough such as the [A1] and [A406] .
Between the four stations; five pumping appliances, two equipment lorries, a bulk foam unit, a breathing apparatus support unit, a damage control support unit and a hazardous materials support unit are operated [http://www.london-fire.gov.uk/about_us/media/Barnet.pdf/ London Fire Brigade - Barnet Profile] .
[http://www.london-fire.gov.uk/about_us/media/Barnet.pdf/ London Fire Brigade - Barnet Profile]
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Ramat Gan, Israel
Hampstead Garden Suburb
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* [http://www.barnet.gov.uk Barnet Council]
* [http://www.artsinbarnet.org.uk Barnet Borough Arts Council]
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