Electoral Review: Review of Borough Electoral Arrangements

Runnymede Borough is currently divided into 14 wards, each of which is served by three elected councillors. As a council we strongly believe this is the most appropriate figure to allow members to carry out their duties, engage with residents and help future proof the Borough as its population ages and grows.

Following cuts to local authority funding after the 2008 global financial crash, it was felt retaining 42 members would ensure the council could achieve its strategic aims without impacting its ability to deliver services or reduce engagement between residents and councillors.

Runnymede operates under a committee system, each with its own unique range of responsibilities. Cutting the number of councillors would have an adverse effect on members' ability to dedicate their time to these.

The Borough experimented with an executive approach in 2000/01 but the committee system has been preferred since as it gives a greater number of councillors roles in the decision-making process.

A two part review

However, the Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE)  has initiated an electoral review of the existing ward patterns across the borough.

Reviews are normally carried out to improve electoral equality in an area.

This means ensuring, so far as is reasonable, each councillor on a local authority represents the same number of electors.

Part 1 of the Electoral Review is to recommend the number of councillors sitting on a local authority in order to serve and fulfil duties in the borough.

Runnymede has made an Icon for pdf Electoral Review Council Size Submission [374.37KB]  to the LGBCE to keep this at 42 councillors.

The initial consultation

Part 2 of the Electoral Review is to assess our layout and recommend to the LGBCE our proposed-ward arrangement to ensure each serves a similar number of electors, both now and in the future.

This stage ran from 28 November 2017 to 12 February 2018. Details of the comments received during the initial consultation can be found on the Local Government Boundary Commission for England review page for Runnymede.

Draft warding proposals

The LGBCE has now made a draft proposal for new wards. You can view and comment on these proposals on the LGBCE consultation website, which is available until Monday 16 July.

Runnymede Borough Council has produced a Icon for pdf response to the LGBCE draft proposals [2.12MB]. Other submissions will be made available on the LGBCE website after the close of the consultation. 

Final outcome

The LGBCE has finalised its recommendations and the statutory instrument which formally changes the wards has finished its passage through Parliament. The final ward boundaries can be seen on the LGBCE website and the Runnymede (Electoral Changes) Order 2019 is available on the UK legislation website.

The boundaries can also be seen on the Runnymede maps website by selecting the "Ward Boundary Review Final Wards" layer from the "Council and Democracy" section.

The number of wards remains at 14, with a reduction by one in the number of councillors, to leave 41. A full council election, electing all 41 councillors will take place on 2 May 2019. For more information please see the  page. Following this election, the normal pattern of one councillor being elected for each ward each year (apart from years with scheduled Surrey County Council elections) will resume from 2020.

Until 2 May 2019, the existing councillors remain in post.