Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead
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|Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead|
|Unitary authority, Borough, Royal borough|
Shown within Berkshire
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Region||South East England|
|Incorporated||1 April 1974|
|• Type||Unitary authority|
|• Body||Windsor and Maidenhead Borough Council|
|• Leadership||Leader & Cabinet (Conservative)|
|• MPs||Adam Afriyie, Theresa May|
|• Total||76.61 sq mi (198.43 km2)|
|Area rank||167th (of 326)|
|Population (mid-2014 est.)|
|• Rank||131st (of 326)|
|• Density||1,900/sq mi (740/km2)|
|• Ethnicity||90.2% White
1.7% Mixed Race
1.4% Chinese or Other
|Time zone||GMT (UTC0)|
|• Summer (DST)||BST (UTC+1)|
|ONS code||00ME (ONS) E06000040 (GSS)|
|OS grid reference|
The borough was formed on 1 April 1974 as a non-metropolitan district of Berkshire, under the Local Government Act 1972, from parts of the former administrative counties of Berkshire and Buckinghamshire. From Berkshire came the boroughs of Maidenhead and Windsor, and the rural districts of Cookham and Windsor, and from Buckinghamshire came the Eton urban district, and the parishes of Datchet, Horton and Wraysbury from the rural district of Eton. It inherited royal borough status from Windsor, the site of Windsor Castle.
The local authority is Windsor and Maidenhead Borough Council . It became a unitary authority on 1 April 1998 with the abolition of Berkshire County Council. It is the only Royal Borough outside Greater London.
As with many other parts of the United Kingdom, the Borough was affected by the UK storms of January-February 2014.
Towns and villages
The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead contains the following towns and villages
The Royal Borough is represented at Westminster by two members of parliament of the Conservative Party: Adam Afriyie (Windsor) and Theresa May (Maidenhead). The UK Parliamentary constituency of Maidenhead has been held by the Conservative Party since its creation in 1997, while the UK Parliamentary constituency of Windsor has been held by the Conservative Party since its creation in 1874. The two seats are considered to be safe Conservative seats.
|Party in control||Years|
|No overall control||1991–1995|
|No overall control||1997–2003|
Parish and town councils
There are 14 parish councils and 1 town council in the borough. They are: Bisham, Bray, Cookham, Cox Green, Datchet, Eton (town), Horton, Hurley, Old Windsor, Shottesbrooke, Sunningdale, Sunninghill and Ascot, Waltham St Lawrence, White Waltham, Wraysbury.
The towns of Maidenhead and Windsor are unparished.
The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead is twinned with the following Towns:
- Neuilly-sur-Seine, France – established 1955 with Royal Borough of New Windsor.
- Saint-Cloud, France – established 1957 with Maidenhead.
- Bad Godesberg, Germany – established 1960 with Maidenhead.
- Goslar, Germany – established 1969 with Royal Borough of New Windsor.
- Frascati, Italy – established 1972 with Maidenhead.
- Kortrijk, Belgium – established 1981 with Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.
- Population estimates
- The English Non-metropolitan Districts (Definition) Order 1972. SO 1972/2039.
- The Berkshire (Structural Change) Order 1996. SI 1996/1879
- UK Politics | Local Elections 2000 | Windsor & Maidenhead Royal. BBC News. Retrieved on 17 July 2013.
- Election 2007 | Local Council Elections | Windsor & Maidenhead Royal council. BBC News (4 May 2007). Retrieved on 17 July 2013.
- "Councillors". The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead. Retrieved 24 March 2010.
- "School system in Windsor to remain as three-tier". Windsor Advertiser. 5 July 2012.
- "British towns twinned with French towns". Archant Community Media Ltd. Retrieved 11 July 2013.