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Coordinates: 51°23′42″N 0°32′28″W / 51.395°N 0.541°W / 51.395; -0.541

Borough of Runnymede
In Freedom We Serve
Runnymede shown within Surrey
Runnymede shown within Surrey
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionSouth East England
Non-metropolitan countySurrey
StatusNon-metropolitan district
Admin HQAddlestone
Incorporated1 April 1974
 • TypeNon-metropolitan district council
 • BodyRunnymede Borough Council
 • LeadershipAlternative - Sec.31 (Conservative)
 • MPsBen Spencer
 • Total30.1 sq mi (78.0 km2)
 • Rank240th (of 309)
 (mid-2019 est.)
 • Total89,424
 • Rank272nd (of 309)
 • Density3,000/sq mi (1,100/km2)
 • Ethnicity
92.5% White
2.9% S.Asian
1.1% Black
1.5% Mixed
1.9% Chinese or Other
Time zoneUTC0 (GMT)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (BST)
ONS code43UG (ONS)
E07000212 (GSS)
OS grid referenceTQ0149367283

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 central London, such as the Wentworth Estate.

Runnymede is entirely unparished and is largely built-up. The borough's council is based in Addlestone; other settlements include Chertsey, Egham, Egham Hythe, Virginia Water, Englefield Green and Thorpe. At the 2011 Census, the population of the borough was 80,510.[1]

The borough was formed in 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972 by the merger of the Chertsey and Egham Urban Districts, both of which had been created in 1894. It is named after Runnymede, a water meadow on the banks of the River Thames, near Egham. Runnymede is connected with the sealing of Magna Carta by King John in 1215 and is the site of several significant monuments.

Runnymede borders the boroughs of Spelthorne, Elmbridge, Woking and Surrey Heath, as well as the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead in Berkshire. The M25 motorway runs through Runnymede from south to north, with junctions at Chertsey and Egham, while train services in the borough are provided by South Western Railway on the Waterloo–Reading line and the Chertsey branch line.

Borough Council Committees

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.


Runnymede Borough Council
Founded1 April 1974
Tom Gracey, Conservative
since 18 May 2022
Margaret Harnden, Runnymede Independent Residents
since 18 May 2022
Seats41 councillors
UK Runnymede Borough Council 2022.svg
Political groups
Administration (24)
  Conservative (24)
Opposition (17)
  Runnymede Independent Residents (6)
  Labour & Co-operative (3)
  Liberal Democrats (3)
  Green (1)
  Independent (4)
Length of term
4 years
Last election
5 May 2022
Next election
4 May 2023
Meeting place
Civic Centre, Station Road, Addlestone, KT15 2AH


Main article: Runnymede Borough Council elections

This Council has held elections by thirds (resulting in elections in May in three out of four years) since its inception. Most of its wards have three councillors. Immediately before each election, a different councillor's seat from the others at ward level is legally vacant.

Political Composition

Council composition by political party allegiance as of January 2022[3]
Political party Council members
Conservatve 24
24 / 41
6 / 41
Independent 4
4 / 41
Labour & Co-op 3
3 / 41
Liberal Democrats 3
3 / 41
Green 1
1 / 41


The council is based at Runnymede Civic Centre on Station Road in Addlestone. The new building cost a reported £12.6m and opened in May 2008. The council's former offices were on the adjoining site and were subsequently demolished to make way for a retail development.[4]


Runnymede is twinned with Bergisch Gladbach, situated 10 miles east of Cologne; Herndon, Virginia, about 20 miles west of Washington, D.C.; and Joinville-le-Pont, located to the east of Paris.


  1. ^ "Borough profile". Runnymede Borough Council. Archived from the original on 26 December 2017. Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  2. ^ "Runnymede Borough Council". Archived from the original on 23 April 2012. Retrieved 23 April 2012.
  3. ^ "Your Councillors". Runnymede Borough Council. Runnymede Borough Council. Retrieved 27 January 2022.
  4. ^ "New civic offices open for business". Surrey Live. 13 May 2008. Retrieved 14 July 2022.