About the Borough

Covering 23 square miles, stretching from Heathrow Airport in the west to Chiswick in the east, Hounslow is one of the capital’s most diverse boroughs. The area combines town and country.

The borough features modern housing estates, quiet suburbs, green belt villages like Heston and bustling and fashionable cosmopolitan districts such as Chiswick.

We are proud that Hounslow is a real community of communities and one of the most culturally diverse areas in the UK. 210,000 people live in the borough. Over 140 languages are spoken and 36% of the population are from ethnic minority communities. The Council endeavours to ensure that its workforce, policies and approach to service delivery reflect that mix.

The borough is one of London’s most vibrant locations for business which is not surprising, considering its excellent transport links including the close proximity of London’s Heathrow Airport.

The A4 and M4 run through the Borough and the area has eight London Underground stations and seven main line railway stations. Hounslow is home to national and international HQs including Gillette; Glaxo SmithKline; IBM; DHLCable & Wireless; and Sky TV

Hounslow is an attractive place to live and work. With miles of river, canals, wildlife preserves and open spaces. The borough has some of the most beautiful parks and open spaces in London with no fewer than five historic houses and landscape gardens

Hounslow is currently twinned with the following communities:

Leningradsky DiRamallahstrict, Russia
Lahore, Pakistan Issy-les-Moulineaux

About the Council

The Council’s vision for future local government in Hounslow is as a community leader, not simply a provider of services. We will continue to bring our residents closer to the local democratic process through our Area Committees and consultation, so we can understand their priorities and meet their diverse needs. We are committed to modernisation and enthusiastic to seize the challenges and opportunities it brings.

Hounslow was one of the first wave of local authorities to take up the challenge to modernise local government in early 1999. A pilot model – of leader and cabinet, scrutiny panels and local area committees – was developed in consultation with local people. We also led the way as the first Council to webcast live Council meetings in 2001.

Following the election in May 2006, Hounslow is under No Overall Control (NOC) with the Conservative Party and Isleworth Community Group having formed an alliance to run the Council. The Council has 20 wards with 60 elected members. Currently 24 are Labour, 23 Conservative, 3 Hounslow Independent Alliance, 4 Liberal Democrat, and 6 Isleworth Community Group.

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Departmental Structure
The Council has 5 main departments/service areas:-

Chief Executive’s Directorate
Children’s Services and Lifelong Learning
Housing and Community Services
Street Management & Public Protection
Customer Services and Modernisation
In April 2002 the Council established ’Hounslow Homes’, an ’arms length management organisation’, to deliver housing management services. Statutory and strategic housing functions continue to be retained by the Council. Since May 1998, leisure services have been provided by Community Initiatives Partnerships Ltd (CIP), a charitable not-for-profit company, set up and mainly funded by the Council.

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Why not take a look at our specifically designed website to help you plan your next career move into one of our great schools?

Go the website by clicking here http://www.hounslow.gov.uk

You can also view our NQT primary pool http://www.teachinhounslow.org.uk/default.aspx?ContentCode=nqt

Information current vacancies about housing options

Employment Practices

The Council recognises that services need to be delivered by a workforce that reflects the diversity of the community and it is necessary therefore for these groups to be represented at all levels and within all types of work.

The Council actively promotes equal opportunity through the application of employment policies which ensure that individuals receive treatment which is fair, equitable and consistent with their relevant aptitudes, potential, skills and abilities.

The Council ensures that individuals are recruited, selected, appraised, promoted and treated on objective criteria, having regard to relevant experience, potential, skills and abilities. In particular, no applicant or employee will be placed at a disadvantage by requirements or conditions which are not necessary to the performance of the job, or which constitute indirect unfair discrimination.