Boundaries and Governance

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Within Tonbridge & Malling there are a number of different types of election. For each type of election we run, there are boundaries to separate areas to ensure they vote for the right set of candidates. Some boundaries are reviewed periodically, others when required.

Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council

Elections of Borough Councillors to Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council take place every 4 years.

The Borough of Tonbridge & Malling is currently served by 54 Councillors, representing 26 wards.

The most recent elections were held in May 2015, with the next scheduled elections due in May 2019.

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England completed a review of Borough wards throughout Tonbridge & Malling. The new arrangements took effect from May 2015.

Parish and Town Councils

Elections of Parish and Town Councillors within Tonbridge & Malling take place every 4 years.

Much of the borough (all areas outside of Tonbridge) is currently represented by a parish or town council.

The most recent elections were held in May 2015, with the next scheduled elections due in May 2019.

Reviews of parish electoral arrangements are called Community Governance Reviews. These are run in response to changes in population or significant housing developments, to ensure good local representation of local people. A full review took place from 2008, and we completed a review of arrangements in Ryarsh and Leybourne in 2013, and Kings Hill in 2016. Find out more about these reviews.

Kent County Council

Elections of Councillors to Kent County Council take place every 4 years.

The Borough of Tonbridge & Malling is currently served by 7 County Councillors, representing 6 electoral divisions within Tonbridge & Malling.

The most recent elections were held in May 2013, with the next scheduled elections due in May 2017.

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England is undertaking a review of County electoral divisions throughout Kent. The new arrangements are due to take effect from May 2017.

UK Parliament

Elections of Members of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons take place every 5 years.

The Borough of Tonbridge & Malling is currently served by 2 Parliamentary Constituencies, and so 2 MPs.

The most recent elections were held in May 2015, with the next scheduled elections due in May 2020.

The Boundary Commission for England is due to undertake a review of Parliamentary Constituencies throughout England from 2018.

European Parliament

Elections of Members of the European Parliament (MEP) take place every 5 years.

MEPs serve in regions. Tonbridge & Malling is within the South East England region, which is served by 10 MEPs.

The most recent elections were held in May 2014, with the next scheduled elections due in May 2019.

Police & Crime Commissioner

Elections of Police & Crime Commissioners take place every 4 years.

Tonbridge & Malling is served by the Police & Crime Commissioner for the Kent Police area.

The most recent elections were held in November 2012, with the next scheduled elections due in May 2016.

National referenda

National referenda do not happen often.

The last referendum held, on the Voting System to use at Parliamentary Elections, took place in May 2011.

The next referendum is expected to be on whether the UK remains a member of the European Union, and is due to be held by the end of 2017.

Parish polls

Parish polls, which canvass opinion of local residents in the parish and town council areas, are conducted when required. The results of these polls are not legally binding.

Voting arrangements

Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council is required to divide the Borough into 'polling districts' and to set a 'polling place' for each district. These then determine where electors go to vote. We keep these arrangements under review. We last reviewed our arrangements across the Borough in 2013-14.

Petition notice

Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council is required to publish a notice each year, which sets out the number of valid signatures required on a petition to request a local referendum on whether the council should change to a different form of governance. The petition notice is available here.