Borough of Runnymede

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Coordinates: 51°23′42″N 0°32′28″W / 51.395°N 0.541°W / 51.395; -0.541

Borough of Runnymede
Non-metropolitan district
Motto(s): In Freedom We Serve
Runnymede shown within Surrey
Runnymede shown within Surrey
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region South East England
Non-metropolitan county Surrey
Status Non-metropolitan district
Admin HQ Addlestone
Incorporated 1 April 1974
Government
 • Type Non-metropolitan district council
 • Body Runnymede Borough Council
 • Leadership Alternative - Sec.31 (Conservative)
 • MPs Philip Hammond
Area
 • Total 30.1 sq mi (78.0 km2)
Area rank 245th (of 326)
Population (mid-2016 est.)
 • Total 86,900
 • Rank 277th (of 326)
 • Density 2,900/sq mi (1,100/km2)
 • Ethnicity 92.5% White
2.9% S.Asian
1.1% Black
1.5% Mixed
1.9% Chinese or Other
Time zone GMT (UTC0)
 • Summer (DST) BST (UTC+1)
ONS code 43UG (ONS)
E07000212 (GSS)
OS grid reference TQ0149367283
Website www.runnymede.gov.uk

The Borough of Runnymede is a local government district with borough status in the English county of Surrey. It is a very prosperous part of the London commuter belt, with some of the most expensive housing in the United Kingdom outside central London, such as the Wentworth Estate.

Runnymede is entirely unparished and is largely built-up. The borough's council is based in Addlestone; other settlements include Chertsey, Egham, Egham Hythe, Virginia Water, Englefield Green and Thorpe. At the 2011 Census, the population of the borough was 80,510.[1]

The borough was formed in 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972 by the merger of the Chertsey and Egham Urban Districts, both of which had been created in 1894. It is named after Runnymede, a water meadow on the banks of the River Thames, near Egham. Runnymede is connected with the sealing of Magna Carta by King John in 1215 and is the site of several significant monuments.

Runnymede borders the boroughs of Spelthorne, Elmbridge, Woking and Surrey Heath, as well as the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead in Berkshire. The M25 motorway runs through Runnymede from south to north, with junctions at Chertsey and Egham, while train services in the borough are provided by South Western Railway on the Waterloo–Reading line and the Chertsey branch line.

At the 2007 elections, the borough was held by the Conservative Party with 36 seats, while the Runnymede Residents Association obtained six seats. This result was unchanged from the last election.[2]

Twinning

Runnymede is twinned with Bergisch Gladbach, situated 10 miles east of Cologne; Herndon, Virginia, about 20 miles west of Washington, D.C.; and Joinville-le-Pont, located to the east of Paris.

Borough Council Committees

  • Corporate Management Committee
  • Environment and Sustainability Committee
  • Housing Committee
  • Standards and Audit Committee
  • Overview and Scrutiny Select Committee
  • Regulatory
  • Planning Committee
  • Licensing Committee and Sub-Committee
  • Crime and Disorder Committee
  • Community Services Committee
  • Addlestone Leisure Centre JMC
  • Chertsey Meads Management Liaison Group
  • Cabrera Trust Management Committee
  • External Appointments Sub-Committee [3]

The budgetary strategy and political agenda are set by The Leader and Deputy Leader of the Council.
The role of the Mayor of Runnymede is to chair full council meetings and perform ceremonial duties.

References

  1. ^ "Borough profile". Runnymede Borough Council. Retrieved 25 December 2017. 
  2. ^ "Vote 2007: English councils map". BBC News. Retrieved 9 May 2007. 
  3. ^ "Page not found". www.runnymede.gov.uk. 

External links

  • Runnymede Borough Council
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