Windsor and Maidenhead Borough Council

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Windsor and Maidenhead Borough Council
Whole council elected every four years
Type
Type
Unitary authority council of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead
Houses Unicameral
Term limits
None
History
Founded 1 April 1974
Leadership
David Burbage
Mayor
Andrew Jenner
Structure
Seats 57 councillors
47 / 57
3 / 57
3 / 57
2 / 57
2 / 57
Elections
Plurality-at-large
Last election
2011
Next election
2015
Meeting place
Town Hall, Maidenhead
Website
www.rbwm.gov.uk

Windsor and Maidenhead Borough Council is the local authority of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead in Berkshire, England. It is a unitary authority council, having the powers of a non-metropolitan county and district council combined. Windsor and Maidenhead is divided into 23 wards, electing 57 councillors.[1] The council was created by the Local Government Act 1972 and replaced six local authorities: Cookham Rural District Council, Eton Urban District Council, Eton Rural District Council, Maidenhead Borough Council, New Windsor Borough Council and Windsor Rural District Council. Since 1 April 1998 it has been a unitary authority, assuming the powers and functions of Berkshire County Council. The next election to the authority will be in 2015.

History[edit]

The authority was formed as the Windsor and Maidenhead District Council. It replaced Cookham Rural District Council, Eton Urban District Council, Eton Rural District Council, Maidenhead Borough Council, New Windsor Borough Council and Windsor Rural District Council. The current local authority was first elected in 1973, a year before formally coming into its powers and prior to the creation of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead on 1 April 1974. The council gained borough status, entitling it to be known as Windsor and Maidenhead Borough Council.

It was envisaged through the Local Government Act 1972 that Windsor and Maidenhead as a non-metropolitan district council would share power with the Berkshire County Council. This arrangement lasted until 1998 when Berkshire County Council was abolished and Windsor and Maidenhead Borough Council gained responsibility for services that had been provided by the county council.

Political control[edit]

Since 1973 political control of the council has been held by the following parties:[2]

Party in control Years
Conservative 1973–1991
No overall control 1991–1995
Liberal Democrats 1995–1997
No overall control 1997–2003
Liberal Democrats 2003–2007
Conservative 2007–present

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