Borough of Woking
|Borough of Woking|
Woking shown within Surrey
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Region||South East England|
|Incorporated||1 April 1974|
|• Type||Non-metropolitan district council|
|• Body||Woking Borough Council|
|• Leadership||Leader & Cabinet (Conservative)|
|• MPs||Jonathan Lord|
|• Total||24.6 sq mi (63.6 km2)|
|Area rank||259th (of 326)|
|Population (2011 est.)|
|• Rank||230th (of 326)|
|• Density||4,100/sq mi (1,600/km2)|
|• Ethnicity||91.3% White
1.1% Black British
1.4% Chinese or Other
|Time zone||GMT (UTC0)|
|• Summer (DST)||BST (UTC+1)|
|ONS code||43UM (ONS)
|OS grid reference||TQ0040358550|
- See Woking for the town.
It was formed in 1895 as an urban district under the Local Government Act 1894. The present-day borough was established in 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972, and is one of two districts in Surrey to retain the boundaries of a single former urban district (the other being Epsom and Ewell). It is also the only district of Surrey not to have a boundary with a district of any other county.
At the 2001 Census, the population of the borough was 88,125, over 70% of whom (62,796) lived in the town of Woking. The rest of the borough is divided into five areas located around a village. These villages are:
- Brookwood, population 1,442
- Byfleet, population 6,995
- Knaphill, population 10,062
- Mayford, population 1,776
- West Byfleet, population 5,054
Byfleet is the only civil parish in the borough.
Elections to the council are held in three out of every four years, with one third of the 36 seats on the council being elected at each election. The elections are normally battled out between the Conservative Party and the Liberal Democrats. From the 1998 election to 2007 no party had a majority on the council, but in the 2007 election the Conservative party won a majority. Since then until 2009, the Conservatives had 19 seats on the council compared to 17 for the Liberal Democrats. Following the resignation of councillor Peter Ankers from the Conservatives to sit as an independent in 2009 the Conservatives continued in administration as the largest Party with 18 seats but with no overall control. At the 2011 election 20 Conservative and 16 Liberal Democrats were elected giving the Conservatives an overall majority once again. In the 2012 elections the Conservatives took a further seat from the Liberal Democrats, giving them 21 seats to the Liberal Democrats 15.
- Office for National Statistics: Neighbourhood Statistics: Woking
- Surrey Council
- Surrey County council census data
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