Today, the villages of Bagshot, Lightwater and Windlesham are represented by a single 'Windlesham Parish Council', with a group of 18 councillors representing a Parish of over 17,000 people.
To put this in context, 80% of parishes in England have populations of less that 2,500 and the average number of councillors is between 5 and 7.
The current arrangement is even an anomaly within Surrey Heath - the neighbouring Parish Councils of Bisley, Chobham and West End are all 'village-specific' and typically have only six or seven councillors.
Since May 2023, a new electoral ward now means that Windlesham voters can elect Windlesham councillors and those who live in the Snows Ride area are no longer treated as if they live in a suburb of Bagshot.
We also managed to gain agreement to a more autonomous operating model, in which each of the three villages should be largely responsible for its own budget, decision-making and funding of projects. These changes were intended to deliver three big improvements: