Runnymede Borough is currently divided into 14 wards, each of which is served by three elected councillors. As a council we strongly believe this is the most appropriate figure to allow members to carry out their duties, engage with residents and help future proof the Borough as its population ages and grows.
Following cuts to local authority funding after the 2008 global financial crash, it was felt retaining 42 members would ensure the council could achieve its strategic aims without impacting its ability to deliver services or reduce engagement between residents and councillors.
Runnymede operates under a committee system, each with its own unique range of responsibilities. Cutting the number of councillors would have an adverse effect on members' ability to dedicate their time to these.
The Borough experimented with an executive approach in 2000/01 but the committee system has been preferred since as it gives a greater number of councillors roles in the decision-making process.
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