Councillors' roles and responsibilities

The Council has 30 Councillors representing 10 Wards, elected by the voters of each Ward.

  • The Council is elected by thirds. Ten Councillors stand for election, usually on the first Thursday in May, every three out of four years (the fourth year is the County Council elections).

  • Each term of office lasts four years.

  • The next Borough elections will be held in 2019.

  • County Council elections were held in May 2017. Woking is represented by seven County Councillors who all serve for a period of four years. The next County Council elections will be held in 2021.

Key Roles and Functions of all Councillors

Councillors are democratically accountable to residents of their Wards. The overriding duty of Councillors is to the whole community, but they have a special duty to their constituents, including those who did not vote for them.


  • are collectively the ultimate policy-makers and carry out a number of strategic and corporate management functions;

  • contribute to the good governance of the area and actively encourage citizen involvement in decision making;

  • effectively represent the interests of their Ward and of individual constituents;

  • respond to constituents' enquiries and representations, fairly and impartially;

  • participate in the governance and management of the Council;

  • maintain the highest standards of conduct and ethics; and

  • serve the public interest and take decisions having regard to the interests of the whole local community.

Information about how to become a local Councillor, as well as the Council's full guide to being a Councillor is available.

For further information, please contact Member Services on 01483 743863 or email