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Local electoral arrangements finalised for Runnymede Borough Council

4th September 2018

The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has published its final recommendations for new electoral arrangements for Runnymede Borough Council.

Final recommendations for Runnymede

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Credit: contains Ordnance Survey data (c) Crown copyright and database rights 2018

Today’s publication follows public consultation on its draft proposals and draws new boundaries for each council ward across Runnymede.

The boundaries of all Runnymede’s current wards will change as a result of the review.

The Commission’s final recommendations propose that Runnymede should be represented by 41 borough councillors in the future: one fewer than the current arrangement. The recommendations also propose that those councillors should represent thirteen three-councillor wards and one two-councillor ward across the borough.

Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said, “We are extremely grateful to people across Runnymede who took part in the review. The Commission has looked at all the evidence that was put forward during the consultation.

“We believe these recommendations deliver electoral fairness for voters as well as reflecting community ties throughout Runnymede.”

In response to local feedback during consultation, the Commission has made changes to some of the wards it put forward for consultation earlier this year. For example, in the north of the borough, the Commission has made changes to its proposals for wards in Egham and Englefield Green. The final proposals ensure that the residential area to the west of Egham will be part of the Egham Town ward. It had previously been included in an Egham Hill ward with parts of Englefield Green. The Commission has also changed its recommendations for Englefield Green to create an Englefield Green East ward and Englefield Green West ward to reflect local views and reflect community ties in this part of the borough.

Elsewhere in Runnymede, the Commission has made minor amendments to its draft recommendations to reflect local responses to the consultation.

Full details of the final recommendations are available on the Commission’s website at www.lgbce.org.uk.

The proposed new arrangements must now be implemented by Parliament. A draft Order – the legal document which brings into force the recommendations – will be laid in Parliament in the coming months. The draft Order provides for the new electoral arrangements to come into force at the council elections in 2019.

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For further information contact the Commission’s press office on: 0330 500 1525 / 1250 or email: [email protected]

Notes to editors:

  1. The Local Government Boundary Commission for England is responsible for reviewing local authority electoral arrangements, e.g. defining boundaries for local elections and the number of councillors to be elected and – separately - for conducting reviews of local government external boundaries and structure.
  1. The electoral review of Runnymede Borough Council is a separate undertaking from the review of parliamentary constituency boundaries which is being carried out by a separate body (Boundary Commission for England) under different rules and legislation.
  1. Full details of the Commission’s final recommendations (including maps) can be viewed at: https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/11063.

Or: www.lgbce.org.uk/all-reviews/south-east/surrey/runnymede.