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The London Borough of Barnet is a London borough in North London and 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.

DistrictsEdit

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, Hendon and Finchley. Golders Green is renowned for its Jewish minority ethnic population and forms part of the south of the borough, along with Hampstead Garden Suburb and Childs Hill.

HistoryEdit

The borough was formed under the London Government Act 1963 in 1965 from the Municipal Borough of Finchley, Municipal Borough of Hendon and the Friern Barnet Urban District of Middlesex and the East Barnet Urban District and Barnet Urban District of Hertfordshire.

Places of interestEdit

Parks and open spacesEdit

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 Brent for 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.

SportEdit

The borough is home to a professional football club, Barnet F.C. and Barnet Copthall leisure complex.

Demographics of BarnetEdit

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 Jewish residents 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.

TransportEdit

BicycleEdit

Former mayor of London, Ken Livingstone said "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".

TubeEdit

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):

The Piccadilly Line skirts around the north eastern edge of the Barnet. Three stations are close to the borough border.

TrainEdit

National Rail services in Barnet are operated by First Capital Connect on two routes.

Thameslink Route

Great Northern Route

BusEdit

The borough is served by a large number of bus routes managed by Transport for London.

RoadEdit

The following major roads run through the borough:

  • M1
  • A1 (Great North Way)
  • A5
  • A41
  • A406 (North Circular)

CouncilEdit

The borough is divided into 21 wards, each with 3 councillors. Following the Barnet local government election on May 4, 2006 the Conservative party gained a working majority and full control of the council.

The current political composition of the Council is:

  • Conservative: 37
  • Labour: 20
  • Liberal Democrat: 6

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

See also List of Mayors of Barnet

London Fire BrigadeEdit

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.

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