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About the Borough

About the BoroughBarnet is a vibrant, diverse and successful city-suburb of London with big ambitions. Our residents enjoy:

.       A clean and green environment

.       Excellent schools

.       Low levels of crime

.       Good transport links

.       High quality housing and public spaces

Barnet is an ambitious council that aspires to deliver excellent modern services to residents at the best possible value to the tax payer. The diverse borough has some of the best schools in the country, over 200 parks and open spaces, and a comprehensive regeneration programme with 7 major regeneration schemes currently transforming the borough.

The borough is a net exporter of commuters into Central London, but with a significant local economy of our own with in-commuting. Generally, Barnet is affluent, but there are some significant areas of deprivation.

In common with other London boroughs, Barnet is an ethnically diverse area and is also one of the most religiously diverse boroughs nationally. Our communities are cohesive and people get on well with each other. 85 per cent of people are satisfied with Barnet as a place to live – above the London average.

Barnet residents also live healthier and longer lives than the national average, although we do experience significant health inequalities relating to socio-economic and other factors.

Beyond our borders, the attractions of Central London are within easy reach by Tube, road and overground rail services. The South East and the rest of the UK are easily accessible too, with the M1 and A1 both crossing Barnet. The M25 passes just north of the borough, providing direct access to Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted and Luton airports - and the new St Pancras Channel Link Terminal is a short journey away, bringing mainland Europe even closer.

Changing Demographics

Barnet is the largest Borough in London by population and is continuing to grow. The borough’s overall population is projected to increase by approximately 19% between 2017 and 2032, taking the number of residents to 462,300.  The highest rates of population growth are forecast to occur around the planned development works in the west of the Borough.

The borough will become more ethnically diverse, particularly among younger residents. We are actively promoting positive cohesion through our faith communities and their institutions. There will also be a marked increase in the number of children aged between 0 - 15 years old and of people aged over 65, paired with a higher than average number of residents aged 85 and over.

 


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