Borough of Runnymede

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

Borough of Runnymede
In Freedom We Serve
Runnymede shown within Surrey
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)
 • MPsPhilip Hammond
 • Total30.1 sq mi (78.0 km2)
Area rank240th (of 317)
 (mid-2018 est.)
 • Total88,000
 • Rank276th (of 317)
 • Density2,900/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 zoneUTC0 (GMT)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (BST)
ONS code43UG (ONS)
E07000212 (GSS)
OS grid referenceTQ0149367283

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.

Political Composition

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. Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  2. ^ "Your councillors". Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  3. ^ "Page not found".

External links

1922 Chertsey by-election

The Chertsey by-election, 1922 was a parliamentary by-election for the British House of Commons constituency of Chertsey on 24 March 1922.

1937 Chertsey by-election

The Chertsey by-election of 1937 was held on 2 July 1937. The by-election was held due to the death of the incumbent Conservative MP, Archibald Boyd-Carpenter.


Addlestone ( or ) is a town in Surrey, England, just within the M25 18.6 miles (29.9 km) southwest of London.

Addlestone is home to the ancient Crouch Oak tree, under which it is said Queen Elizabeth I picnicked. It also marked the edge of Windsor Forest before the forest was cut down to build towns. Chertsey is the adjoining town, in which it was historically included, and Addlestone railway station is on the Chertsey Branch Line. It is also home to parts of St George's College, Weybridge.

British Marine

British Marine is the trade association for the UK leisure, superyacht and small commercial marine industry, currently representing 12 regional associations, 16 Group Associations and 1600+ members across the UK marine supply chain. These include the Superyacht sector, chandlers, boatbuilders, brokers, suppliers of equipment for yachts and motorboats, to flag makers, Sailing Training and operators of marinas both coastal and inland. British Marine also promotes career opportunities in the marine industry and advice and assistance through their Environment and Boating Facilities, and Training and Technical teams.


Egham ( EG-əm) is a town in the Runnymede borough of Surrey, in the south-east of England. It is part of the London commuter belt and has its own railway station. It adjoins, narrowly, junction 13 of the M25 motorway and is situated 19 miles (31 km) WSW of London. It can be considered a university town as it has on its higher part, Egham Hill, the campus of Royal Holloway, University of London.

Not far from this town, at Runnymede, Magna Carta was sealed.

Englefield Green

Englefield Green is a large village in northern Surrey, England. It is home to Royal Holloway, University of London, the south eastern corner of Windsor Great Park, borders the town of Egham and more tightly-clustered village of Virginia Water. Its nearest main commercial hubs are Staines-upon-Thames (2.5 miles (4 km)) and Windsor (4 miles (6 km)). The village grew from a hamlet in Egham in the 19th century, when much of it was sold off from the Great Park in the Crown Estate, and is mostly residential. There are pretty gardens as well as some Cycle paths. The village is not bisected by trunk transport infrastructure, however it is connected to the M25 motorway by the Egham bypass of the A30 road, and is centred 1 mile (1.6 km) from Egham railway station.

It takes up two electoral wards of the United Kingdom that include the Magna Carta location of Runnymede (this remains a part of the ancient and reduced Egham ecclesiastical parish), various public greens and woodland at Cooper's Hill.

Frank Muir

Frank Herbert Muir (5 February 1920 – 2 January 1998) was an English comedy writer, radio and television personality, and raconteur. His writing and performing partnership with Denis Norden endured for most of their careers. Together they wrote BBC Radio's Take It From Here for over 10 years, and then appeared on BBC radio quizzes My Word! and My Music for another 35. Muir became Assistant Head of Light Entertainment at the BBC in the 1960s, and was then London Weekend Television's founding Head of Entertainment. His many writing credits include editorship of The Oxford Book of Humorous Prose.

Great Fosters

Great Fosters is a 16th-century mansion which originally lay within Windsor Great Park and is still adjacent to the town of Egham, Surrey, England. It is a Grade I listed building, close to Heathrow and the M25 London orbital motorway.

It has been listed Grade I on the National Heritage List for England since July 1951, and its gardens and parkland have been Grade II* listed on the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens since July 1988. The grounds are also home to a 17th-century Grade II listed barn which was reconstructed on the site from its original home in a field in Malden, Surrey. The Grade II listed former stables date from the 16th century and are now used as a conference centre.The formal gardens of Great Fosters were laid out in 1918 by W. H. Romaine-Walker in partnership with G. H. Jenkins, the pair also extended the house.


Longcross is a dispersed village across a woodland and heath area of Green Belt, specifically Thames Basin Heaths in Surrey, England. Tucked away within the area are Longcross Film Studios. The village has a railway station, a minor stop on a major two-track line in the region. The station adjoins the North or Upper Longcross development, a large new Garden village in the process of building in the late 2010s and early 2020s.

Lyne, Surrey

Lyne is a semi-rural village and civil parish in the Runnymede district of Surrey, England. Its nearest town is Chertsey, centred approximately 1.6 miles (2.6 km) north-east from the village officially separated by the M25 motorway from the town.

New Haw

New Haw is a residential and part-nature reserve village in Surrey, England situated 20 miles (32 km) southwest by west of London which has a minor railway station on the South Western Main Line shared with Byfleet.

The Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency, an executive agency of DEFRA, has its central laboratories in a semi-rural part of New Haw. The laboratory is notable as being one of the principal test centres for the H5N1 virus.


Ottershaw is a village in the Runnymede district of Surrey, England about 20 miles to the south-west of London. It is in the mixed rural and suburban Foxhills ward and is part of the ecclesiastical parish of Ottershaw first established as a chapelry in 1865 in what was part of the parish of Addlestone, itself then a new parish. It became a parish in its own right in 1871. It is outside of and adjoins the M25 motorway's circuit of London.

Adjoining settlements are West Byfleet, Woodham, Addlestone and Chertsey.

Runnymede Borough Council elections

One third of Runnymede Borough Council in Surrey, England is elected each year, followed by one year where there is an election to Surrey County Council instead. The council is divided up into 14 wards, electing 41 councillors, since the last boundary changes in 2019.

Runnymede Independent Residents' Group

Runnymede Independent Residents' Group was founded in 2001; it has held exactly one seventh of councillors' seats and formed the largest opposition party since the election it first contested in 2002.

Thorpe Interchange

The Thorpe Interchange is a large motorway free-flow intersection in Surrey, United Kingdom, connecting the M3 with the M25.

Veterinary Medicines Directorate

The Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) is an Executive Agency of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) seeking to protect public health, animal health, the environment and promoting animal welfare by assuring the safety, quality and efficacy of veterinary medicines in the United Kingdom.

Virginia Water

Virginia Water is a commuter town or village in northern Surrey, home to the Wentworth Estate and the Wentworth Club. The place occupies a large minority of the Borough of Runnymede. Its name is shared with the lake on its western boundary: Windsor Great Park. Virginia Water is close to the M25, M4 and M3 motorways. Heathrow Airport is seven miles to the north-east.

A report from October 2015 listed Virginia Water as the most expensive town (excepting individual London boroughs) for property in the UK, having an average house price exceeding £1m. The 2011 Census showed the population of Virginia Water to be 5,940. Many of the homes are situated on the Wentworth Estate, the home of the Wentworth Club which has four golf courses. The Ryder Cup was first played there. It is also home to the headquarters of the PGA European Tour, the professional golf tour. The estate reached the headlines in 1998 when General Augusto Pinochet was kept under house arrest in one of its houses prior to his extradition.The town has a junction railway station within the estate. Frequent South Western Railway trains run to London Waterloo, Weybridge, Twickenham, Richmond, Staines, Feltham, Clapham Junction, Vauxhall and Reading.

Virginia Water Lake

Virginia Water Lake lies on the southern edge of Windsor Great Park, in the borough of Runnymede in Surrey and the civil parishes of Old Windsor and Sunningdale in Berkshire, in England. It is a man-made lake taking its name from a natural body of water of the same name. There is a village of Virginia Water which stretches out to the east of the lake. The grounds of the lake, nearby Fort Belvedere, and the Clockcase are all Grade I listed on the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens.

Wentworth Estate

The Wentworth Estate is a 1920s-founded estate of houses and woodland across 7 square kilometres (2.7 sq mi) (a typical small village size in England) around the home of the first Ryder Cup, Wentworth Club. It is in Virginia Water, Surrey, England and forms one of Europe's premier residential areas on a gently undulating area of coniferous heath, a nationally rare soil type. Most of its invariably large plots have homes built from scratch or rebuilt after 1930 in a range of styles from the ornate multi-chimneyed Arts and Crafts movement of the earliest properties through Neo-Georgian and colonial revival to the postmodern simple style as in the recording studios at John Lennon's Tittenhurst Park (1971) in the adjoining parish of Sunninghill and Ascot, the north of which, with parts of Windsor, Winkfield and Virginia Water is the main piece of Crown Estate in South-East England, Windsor Great Park.

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