Consultation on the Council's election process

We are inviting residents to have their say on the district’s election process.

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBC) is conducting a review of the electoral ward arrangements in our district to ensure the distribution and number of councillors is appropriate and broadly balanced to reflect the district’s population.

This review is a legal requirement. We will be able to comment on any changes proposed to ensure local factors have been fully considered by the LGBC.

District elections currently take place by thirds, which means a third of our councillors are elected each year. We are reviewing this and could decide to move to holding elections every four years where all our councillors would be elected at the same time.

Currently, Tandridge District Council has 42 district councillors, representing 20 wards. Depending on the population size in each ward, they are represented by either one, two or three councillors.

If we continue to elect by thirds, all the new wards will be represented by three councillors and the current ward boundaries are likely to change significantly.

If we move to elections every four years, the new wards can still be represented by one, two or three councillors and the current ward boundaries may have fewer changes.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of moving to a four year cycle for elections?

Council policies and plans can have a more stable, strategic and long term approach. An elected administration would be able to outline its four year policy programme and be able to plan over a four year term.

The election process would cost less and it would be less disruptive to schools and community centres which are used as polling stations.

Under a four year cycle there could be a loss of councillor experience and knowledge, because there could be a large number of newly elected councillors who need training and time for them to learn and understand council processes.

The current system allows residents to regularly have their say about the issues affecting them rather than only voting every four years. Residents may see this as a more democratic process.

How you can give your views

The quickest and easiest way to have your say is to complete this short one minute survey at from 9am on Monday 9 May to 5pm on Friday 17 June.

Paper copies of the survey are available at:

  • The reception at the Council Offices in Oxted.
  • Caterham, Lingfield, Oxted and Warlingham libraries.

What happens next?

The results of this public consultation will be taken to the Strategy and Resources Committee on 30 June. Potential changes to the frequency of council elections will need approval at a Full Council meeting and would not take effect until May 2024.

Number of Views: 274