Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Region||South East England|
|Incorporated||1 April 1974|
|• Type||Unitary authority|
|• Body||Windsor and Maidenhead Borough Council|
|• Leadership||Cllr Andrew Johnson (Leader of the Council) (Conservative)|
|• Total||76.61 sq mi (198.43 km2)|
|Area rank||161st (of 309)|
|• Rank||131st (of 309)|
|• Density||2,000/sq mi (760/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC0 (GMT)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+1 (BST)|
|ONS code||00ME (ONS) E06000040 (GSS)|
|OS grid reference|
The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead is a Royal Borough of Berkshire, in South East England. It is home to Windsor Castle, Eton College, Legoland Windsor and Ascot Racecourse. It is one of four boroughs entitled to be prefixed Royal and is one of six unitary authorities in its county, which has historic and ceremonial status.
The borough straddles the River Thames. Approximately half of its flow through the borough has a bypass and seasonally-variable flood relief channel, the Jubilee River. Further flood relief channels are planned for the reaches below the Borough to benefit many other settlements including Datchet and Wraysbury in the borough which were the settlements most widely affected by the UK storms of January-February 2014.
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 (for Windsor) and Theresa May (for Maidenhead). Maidenhead has been held by the Conservative Party since its creation in 1997. Windsor has been held by the same party since 1874 with varying representation from its 1484 creation including more than 350 initial years with two MPs. Small parts of wards of other seats, notably the Slough unitary area and Wokingham have intermittently been included in each seat to prevent malapportionment which is a definition of boundaries which causes any MP to serve a significantly different number of potential voters (electors) than the others.
The irregular, elongated shape of the Windsor seat being the south-east half of the Borough has been criticised by academics who noted the net changes which the Heath administration led through Parliament in 1972, implemented in 1974, intensified difference. They frequently grouped right-leaning suburban areas within urban historic centres and more modern, urban left-leaning areas such as the bulk of Slough. This ostensibly amounted to nationwide gerrymandering or homogenisation to install a greater number safe seats at the expense of marginal seats however also reflected the majority of social associations of people in each area.
Main article: Windsor and Maidenhead local elections
Elections for councillors to the Royal Borough take place every four years; the last took place in 2019. The local authority is controlled a cabinet. The Royal Borough is currently under a Conservative administration, with Cllr Andrew Johnson the leader of the council.
The borough's Mayor is Cllr John Story, and Mayor's Consort Barbara Story.
41 councillors represent the electorate of 19 wards. The political control of the Royal Borough is as follows:
|Party in control||Years|
|No overall control||1991–1995|
|No overall control||1997–2003|
There are 14 parish councils and 1 town council in the borough:
The towns of Maidenhead and Windsor are unparished.
Main article: List of schools in Windsor and Maidenhead
The Windsor and Maidenhead LEA provides a comprehensive system, with a three-tier successive school system in Windsor, and two-tier education elsewhere. Colleges and sixth forms are available in the main two towns as well as across its borders in Egham, Slough and Wokingham.
The following people and military units have received the Freedom of the Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.
The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead is twinned with the following Towns: