Borough of Runnymede

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.

Borough of Runnymede
In Freedom We Serve
Runnymede shown within Surrey
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionSouth East England
Non-metropolitan countySurrey
StatusNon-metropolitan district
Admin HQAddlestone
Incorporated1 April 1974
  TypeNon-metropolitan district council
  BodyRunnymede Borough Council
  LeadershipAlternative - Sec.31 (Conservative)
  MPsBen Spencer
  Total30.1 sq mi (78.0 km2)
Area rank240th (of 309)
 (mid-2019 est.)
  Rank272nd (of 309)
  Density3,000/sq mi (1,100/km2)
92.5% White
2.9% S.Asian
1.1% Black
1.5% Mixed
1.9% Chinese or Other
Time zoneUTC0 (GMT)
  Summer (DST)UTC+1 (BST)
ONS code43UG (ONS)
E07000212 (GSS)
OS grid referenceTQ0149367283

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.

Political Composition

  Conservative Party: 25 seats
  Liberal Democrats: 3 seats
  Labour Party: 2 seats
  Runnymede Independent Residents' Group: 6 seats
  Green Party of England and Wales: 1 seat
  Runnymede Residents and Community Group: 2 seats
  Independent : 2 seats

As 2019 the current composition of the council is as follows[2]

  • 25 Conservatives
  • 6 Runnymede Independent Residents' Group
  • 3 Liberal Democrats
  • 2 Independent
  • 2 Labour and Co-Operative
  • 2 Runnymede Residents and Community Group
  • 1 Green


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.


This Council has held elections by thirds (resulting in elections in May in three out of four years) since its inception. Most of its wards have three councillors. Immediately before each election a different councillor's seat from the others at ward level is legally vacant.


  1. "Borough profile". Runnymede Borough Council. Archived from the original on 26 December 2017. Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  2. "Your councillors". Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  3. Archived from the original on 23 April 2012. Retrieved 23 April 2012. Missing or empty |title= (help)