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.
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 ato the LGBCE to keep this at 42 councillors.
Part 2 of the Electoral Review is to assess our layout and recommend to the LGBCE our proposed-ward arrangement to ensure each division serves a similar number of electors, both now and in the future.
This stage ran from 28 November 2017 to 12 February 2018. During this period, the LGBCE ran its own public consultation, with documentation available on its website.
LGBCE has published a guide to help you make submissions to the commission during public consultation.
Runnymede has made ato the LGBCE. This is accompanied by a - this is a large file and may take some time to download. Please note that the proposed ward names on the map are slightly different to the names in the submission document - where there is a difference, the submission document ward name is the preferred option.
LGBCE will consider all representations made and will put forward draft proposals on its website.
Any changes would be made through Statutory Instrument and come into force in May 2019.
It would mean Runnymede Borough Council holding an election of all councillors at one time to select three representatives for each new ward. The council would then revert to its normal pattern of having elections by thirds in 2020 onwards.