Borough of Runnymede
|Borough of Runnymede|
Runnymede shown within Surrey
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Region||South East England|
|Incorporated||1 April 1974|
|• Type||Non-metropolitan district council|
|• Body||Runnymede Borough Council|
|• Leadership||Alternative - Sec.31 (Conservative)|
|• MPs||Philip Hammond|
|• Total||30.1 sq mi (78.0 km2)|
|Area rank||245th (of 326)|
|Population (mid-2014 est.)|
|• Rank||282nd (of 326)|
|• Density||2,800/sq mi (1,100/km2)|
|• Ethnicity||92.5% White
1.9% Chinese or Other
|Time zone||GMT (UTC0)|
|• Summer (DST)||BST (UTC+1)|
|ONS code||43UG (ONS)
|OS grid reference|
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 of central London, such as the Wentworth Estate.
Runnymede is entirely unparished and is largely built-up, although with expanses of countryside. Places in the district include Addlestone, Egham, Egham Hythe, Chertsey, Thorpe, Virginia Water and Englefield Green.
The district is named after Runnymede, a water meadow on the banks of the River Thames near Egham. Runnymede is celebrated in connection with the signature of Magna Carta by King John in 1215, and is the site of several significant monuments.
The district was formed in 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972 by the merger of the Chertsey and Egham urban districts. Chertsey UD had been created in 1894 under the Local Government Act 1894 consisting of all of the ancient parish of Chertsey, whilst Egham UD had been created by the same Act, and then had the parish of Thorpe added to it in 1933 after a County Review Order dissolved the Chertsey Rural District.
The M4 via M25 offers a very short journey into West London and Knightsbridge, Runnymede has junctions at Egham and Chertsey on the M25.
Borough Council Committees
- Corporate Management Committee
- Economic Development Committee
- Environment and Sustainability Committee
- Housing Committee
- Leisure and Environment Committee
- Standards and Audit Committee
- Overview and Scrutiny Select Committee
- 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 
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.