Windsor and Maidenhead Borough Council

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Windsor and Maidenhead Borough Council
Type
Type
History
Founded1 April 1974
Leadership
Mayor of the Royal borough of Windsor & Maidenhead
Cllr John Lenton
since 23 May 2017
Leader of the Council
Cllr Simon Dudley, Conservative
since 24 May 2016
Managing director
Duncan Sharkey
since 28th January 2019
Structure
Seats57 councillors
Windsor and Maidenhead Borough Council composition
Political groups
Administration
     Conservative (48)
Other parties
     Liberal Democrats (1)
     Independent (6)
     Independent - Old Windsor Residents' Association (2)
Length of term
4 years
Elections
Plurality-at-large
Last election
7 May 2015
Next election
2 May 2019
Meeting place
Town Hall at Maidenhead
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.

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.rbwm.gov.uk/web/members_index.htm
  2. ^ "Windsor & Maidenhead Royal". BBC News Online. Retrieved 24 March 2010.