We are one of 11 borough councils within Surrey. All borough councils carry out the same sorts of services. Surrey County Council carries out a different range of services, mainly relating to care of vulnerable adults and children, education and highways. Borough councils do not report to the County Council, we work in a two-tier arrangement with all authorities as equal partners.
Politicians and officers
We operate in a political environment, with 41 elected members and a committee structure, supported by member working groups. Councillors set the overall policy direction of our work, and approve budgets and major changes to its constitution. Officers advise, and deliver against those policies and report back to Members.
Our main base is the Civic Centre in Station Road Addlestone. This is a 10-year-old open-plan office building located in the centre of the new Addlestone One development which includes a Waitrose, Premier Inn, restaurants and a gym. The Chief Executive is the only member of staff with his own office, so we sit with our Corporate Heads of Services across two floors. We share this building with Runnymede's police officers and staff from Surrey County Council. The building itself has won awards and was opened by the Duke of Kent.
The Council's Direct Services Operation which includes Refuse Collection, Recycling and Street Cleansing are based at Chertsey Depot along with a small number of other direct services.
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