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Suurey County Council coat of arms. Author H. Malagon.

Overview[]

Surrey County Council is the county council that governs the non-metropolitan county of Surrey in England. The council is composed of 81 elected Councillors, the majority of whom are members of the Conservative party.

Surrey was established before 1066.

It had a population of 1.18m in 2020.

It had both the highest county GDP and house prices in the UK during 2020.

Guildford is popularly regarded as the county town, although Surrey County Council is based extraterritorially at Kingston upon Thames. Surrey is divided into eleven districts, each of which has a subordinate council it it.

The original county name was Sūþrīge (or Suthrige), meaning "southern region" in Anglo-Saxon.

Stats[]

  • County seat- Kingston-upon-Thames.
  • Lord Lieutenant- Michael More-Molyneux as of 2020.
  • High Sheriff- Shahid Azeem (2020–21).
  • Area- 1,663 km2 (642 sq mi).
  • Population (mid-2019 est.)- 1,189,934.
  • Population density- 716/km2 (1,850/sq mi).
  • Council executive- Conservatives in 2020.
  • Chair of the Council- Cllr Tony Samuels, as of 2020.
  • Leader of the Council- Cllr Tim Oliver, as of 2020.
  • Chief Executive- Joanna Killian, as of 2020.

Surrey County Council[]

Surrey County Council is elected every four years and was made in 1889 under the Local Government Act 1888. Since 1965 this council has had one of two statuses as to its body of councillors: no overall political control, or overall Conservative party control.

For current membership see the Wikipedia page [1].

Formation[]

Surrey County Council was created in 1889 by the Local Government Act 1888

County administrative centre[]

  1. Godelming then Guilford in Anglo-Saxon times.
  2. Southwark then Guilford in Norman times.
  3. Guilford in Medieval times.
  4. Newington in 1889.
  5. Kingston upon Thames in 1893.
  6. Kingston upon Thames in 1963, despite becoming became part of Greater London in 1965.
  7. Popular opinion since the millennium would like it to be Guilford.

Territory held[]

  1. The London boroughs of Lambeth, Wandsworth and Southwark were lost to the London County Council in 1889.
  2. The London boroughs of Croydon, Kingston, Merton, Sutton, Barnes and Richmond were lost to the GLC in 1965.
  3. Local Government Act 1972 placed Horley, Gatwick and Charlwood in West Sussex.
  4. Charlwood and Horley Act 1974 Horley and Charlwood were subsequently returned to Surrey.
  5. Under the London Government Act 1963, Staines Urban District and Sunbury-on-Thames Urban District were transferred from Middlesex to to Surrey.

Local government[]

Hundreds of Surrey[]

The Anglo-Saxon period saw the emergence of the shire's internal division into 14 hundreds, which continued until Victorian times.

There were 13 hundreds and 1 half hundred were:

  1. Blackheath
  2. Brixton
  3. Copthorne
  4. Elmbridge
  5. Effingham half hundred
  6. Farnham
  7. Godalming
  8. Godley
  9. Kingston
  10. Reigate
  11. Tandridge
  12. Wallington
  13. Woking
  14. Wotton

Pre-1974 districts[]

Only those within the Greater London Area are linked

District. Successor.
Bagshot Rural District Surrey Heath
Banstead Urban District Reigate and Banstead
Caterham and Warlingham Urban District Tandridge
Chertsey Urban District Runnymede
Dorking Urban District Mole Valley
Dorking and Horley Rural District Crawley (West Sussex), Mole Valley, Reigate and Banstead
Egham Urban District Runnymede
Epsom and Ewell Borough Epsom and Ewell
Esher Urban District Elmbridge
Farnham Urban District Waverley
Frimley and Camberley Urban District Surrey Heath
Godalming Borough Waverley
Godstone Rural District Tandridge
Guildford Borough Guildford
Guildford Rural District Guildford
Hambledon Rural District Waverley
Haslemere Urban District Waverley
Leatherhead Urban District Mole Valley
Reigate Borough Reigate and Banstead
Staines Urban District Spelthorne
Sunbury-on-Thames Urban District Spelthorne
Walton and Weybridge Urban District Elmbridge
Woking Urban District Woking
  • There were no county boroughs in Surrey.

Post 1973 district and borough councils[]

There are 11 borough or district councils that govern at a more local level than Surrey County Council.

The 5 proposed mid to late 1990s unitary borough councils[]

  1. Spelthorne U.A.
  2. Guilford U.A.
  3. Reigate U.A.
  4. Mole Valy U.A.
  5. Woking U.A.


Sources[]

  1. https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/how-the-council-works/county-district-and-parish-council-functions
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surrey_County_Council#District_and_borough_councils
  3. https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/how-the-council-works/county-district-and-parish-council-functions#council
  4. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-45705809
  5. https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/site-map
  6. https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/people-and-community/emergency-planning-and-community-safety/coronavirus/please-help-us-to-provide-more-ppe
  7. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_rural_and_urban_districts_in_England_in_1973#Surrey
  8. https://online.surreycc.gov.uk/sccwebsite/sccwspages.nsf/LookupWebPagesByTITLE_RTF/County+district+and+parish+council+functions?opendocument#council
  9. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surrey_County_Council
  10. https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/special-features/?service=responsive
  11. https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/weybridge-councillor-tim-oliver-announced-15458072
  12. https://mycouncil.surreycc.gov.uk/mgMemberIndex.aspx?VW=TABLE&PIC=1&FN=ALPHA
  13. https://www.healthysurrey.org.uk/about/borough-and-district-councils-in-surrey
  14. https://mycouncil.surreycc.gov.uk/mgListOutsideBodiesByCategory.aspx?bcr=1&CT=13114&META=mgboroughs
  15. http://www.surreycc.gov.uk/sccwebsite/sccwspages.nsf/LookupWebPagesByTITLE_RTF/District+and+borough+councils?opendocument
  16. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Hundreds_of_Surrey
  17. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_hundreds_of_England_and_Wales#Surrey
  18. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_rural_and_urban_districts_in_England_in_1973#Surrey
  19. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surrey
  20. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Middlesex
  21. https://mycouncil.surreycc.gov.uk/mgMemberIndex.aspx?VW=TABLE&PIC=1&FN=ALPHA
  22. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunbury-on-Thames_Urban_District
  23. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Staines_Urban_District
  24. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hundred_of_Blackheath,_Surrey
  25. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godalming_Hundred
  26. https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/62943/page/5161
  27. https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/
  28. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surrey
  29. https://online.surreycc.gov.uk/sccwebsite/sccwspages.nsf/LookupWebPagesByTITLE_RTF/District+and+borough+councils?opendocument
  30. https://news.surreycc.gov.uk/2017/05/05/live-election-results-declared/
  31. https://web.archive.org/web/20180212005043/https://news.surreycc.gov.uk/2017/05/05/live-election-results-declared/
  32. https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/how-the-council-works/county-district-and-parish-council-functions
  33. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surrey_County_Council#District_and_borough_councils
  34. https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/how-the-council-works/county-district-and-parish-council-functions#council
  35. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-45705809
  36. https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/site-map
  37. https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/people-and-community/emergency-planning-and-community-safety/coronavirus/please-help-us-to-provide-more-ppe
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