The Commission carried out an electoral review of Elmbridge between February 2015 - March 2016. The aim of the review was to deliver electoral equality for voters in local elections and recommend ward boundaries that means each councillor represented approximately the same number of electors.
Our review aimed to ensure that each Elmbridge councillor represented roughly the same number of voters and that ward boundaries reflected the interests and identities of local communities.
|Date from:||Date to:|
|Consultation on ward arrangements||03 February 2015||31 March 2015|
|Consultation on draft recommendations||30 June 2015||24 August 2015|
|Final recommendations||5 January 2016|
Recommendations become law
The Elmbridge (Electoral Changes) Order 2016, to implement recommendations made by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) for new boundaries in Elmbridge, was made on 3rd March 2016 and was published in March 2016. New ward arrangements for Elmbridge have now successfully completed a 40 day period of Parliamentary scrutiny and will come into force at the local elections in 2016.
The order for Elmbridge can be viewed through the following link:
Draft order laid in Parliament
On 11the January 2016 the Elmbridge (Electoral Changes) Order 2016 was laid in draft in Parliament.
The draft order if made would give effect to the final recommendations that were consulted on during the Local Government Boundary Commission for England’s review of electoral arrangements in 2016 and published on 5th January 2016.
The draft order will be laid in Parliament for a period of 40 sitting days. Parliament can either accept or reject our recommendations. If accepted, the new electoral arrangements will come into force at the next scheduled elections for Elmbridge Borough Council in 2016.
The draft order can be viewed here: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukdsi/2016/9780111142677/contents
The draft order refers to a map. The map comprises the following sheets:
On 5th January 2016 we published final recommendations for future electoral arrangements in Elmbridge Borough Council. The report is available in the link below.
An overview map of the final recommendations (PDF) is available. To interact with the final recommendations mapping click on the image above to visit our consultation area. You can view both the existing and proposed boundaries and search by area or postcode.
We have now completed our electoral review of Elmbridge Borough Council. The changes we have proposed must be approved by parliament. A draft Order - the legal document which brings into force our recommendations will be laid before parliament. The draft Order will provide for new electoral arrangements for the council to be implemented at the local elections in 2016.
We would like to invite you to participate in our online survey. The survey seeks feedback on the review processes and procedures, in order to identify improvements that can be made. We would be grateful if you could spare some time to complete the opinion survey.
Consultation closed on 24th August 2015
Below are the submissions we received:
All of the local resident submissions we received are contained in the documents below. At the front of each document is a list of names with links to the relevant document.
All 21 of the anonymous submissions we received are contained in the documents below.
Parish and Town Councils
We received a petition called Keep Hersham Library in Hersham Campaign. The submission can be found below.
We received a petition signed by 141 residents from Whiteley Village requesting that they remain in Hersham for voting purposes. The submission can be found below.
We received a petition signed by 50 residents from Queens Reach Residents/ Hampton Court Parade/ Waterside and Other Concerned Residents that opposed any changes to their current boundaries. The submission can be found below.
Consultation closed on 24 August 2015
On 30 June 2015 we published our draft recommendations for the further electoral review (FER) of Elmbridge Borough Council. Between 30 June 2015 and 24 August 2015 we invited comments on our draft recommendations. These can be found using the links below.
• An overview map of our draft recommendations (PDF) is available. Please note: this map is very large and may take some time to download.
Elmbridge Borough Council holds elections in three years out of every four. The Commission has a responsibility, set out in legislation, to devise a pattern of three-member wards across the whole authority. Such a ward pattern means that every elector would have the same opportunity to vote in local elections each time they are held. The Commission is able to move away from a uniform pattern of three-member wards – on a ward by ward basis - if it believes an alternative arrangement would better meet its other statutory criteria: to deliver electoral equality for voters, to reflect the interests and identities of local communities and to promote effective and convenient local government.
To interact with the draft recommendations mapping visit our consultation portal. You can view both the existing and proposed boundaries, searching by area or postcode.
You may find the electoral figures useful when considering our draft recommendations. The forecasts can be found here (XLS).
Guidance is available on our Guidance page. You may also wish to read our document Electoral Reviews: Technical Guidance, which contains detailed guidance on the review process and information on the legislation reviews are carried out under.
On 3 February 2015, we started the first period of consultation for a pattern of wards for Elmbridge Council. Between 3 February 2015 and 31 March 2015, we are inviting comments on the ward boundaries for the authority.
The Commission has also announced that it is minded to recommend that the council should have 48 borough councillors in the future.
The Commission now needs information from people and groups across Elmbridge to help it to produce a new pattern of wards to accommodate 48 borough councillors.
For more information read our news release and the letter to the Chief Executive of Elmbridge Borough Council (PDF)
You may find the electoral figures (XLS) useful when thinking about warding arrangements.
To view the existing warding arrangements visit our consultation area. You can search by area or postcode, and Have your say.
This consultation is now closed.
Below are the submissions we received:
All the local resident submissions can be located in four documents. At the front of each document is a list of names with links to the relevant submission.
All the local organisation submissions can be found in one document.
We also received a submission from St George's Hill Independents.
We also received a submission from Councillor Selleck and Councillor Sadler on behalf of the resident associations with members on Elmbridge Borough Council.
All the councillor submissions can be found in one document.
Political groups and MPs
We received a petition from St Georges Hill Independents signed by 112 residents requesting that the St George's ward retain the name St George's.
The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking people across Elmbridge to comment on its draft proposals for new council ward boundaries.
An eight-week public consultation on the recommendations begins today and will end on 24 August 2015. The consultation is open to anyone who wants to have their say on new council wards, ward boundaries and ward names across Elmbridge.
The Commission’s draft recommendations propose that Elmbridge Borough Council should have 48 councillors in the future, twelve fewer than the current arrangements. The recommendations also outline how those councillors should represent sixteen three-member wards across the borough.
The full recommendations and detailed interactive maps are available on the Commission’s website at www.consultation.lgbce.org.uk and www.lgbce.org.uk. Hard copies of the Commission’s report and maps will also be available to view at council buildings and libraries.
Max Caller CBE, Chair of the Commission, said: “We are publishing proposals for a new pattern of wards across Elmbridge and we are keen to hear what local people think of the recommendations.
“Over the next eight weeks, we are asking local people to tell us if they agree with the proposals or if not, how they can be improved.
“Our review aims to deliver electoral equality for local voters. This means that each councillor represents a similar number of people so that everyone’s vote in council elections is worth roughly the same regardless of where you live.
“We also want to ensure that our proposals reflect the interests and identities of local communities across Elmbridge and that the pattern of wards can help the council deliver effective local government to local people.
“We will consider all the submissions we receive whoever they are from and whether your evidence applies to the whole Borough or just part of it.
The Commission wants to hear as much evidence as possible in order to develop final recommendations for Elmbridge Borough Council. If you would like to make a submission to the Commission, please write or email us by 24 August 2015:The Review Officer (Elmbridge) Local Government Boundary Commission for England 14th floor, Millbank Tower London SW1P 4QP
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Have your say directly through the Commission’s consultation portal:
Link to the dedicated web page for the Elmbridge electoral review:
For further information contact:
Press Office: 0330 500 1250 / 1525
Notes to editors:
The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has published its final recommendations for new electoral arrangements for Elmbridge Borough Council.
Today’s publication follows an eight-week public consultation on its draft proposals and draws new boundaries for each council ward across Elmbridge.
The Commission’s final recommendations propose that Elmbridge should be represented by 48 councillors in the future: twelve fewer than the current arrangement. The recommendations also propose that those councillors should represent sixteen three-member wards across the borough.
Professor Colin Mellors, Chair the Commission, said, “We are extremely grateful to people across Elmbridge who took the time and effort to send us their views. The Commission considered every piece of evidence it received before finalising these recommendations.
“Across the borough, we have sought to balance the views expressed to us by local people with the criteria we must apply when we are deciding on new electoral arrangements. As such, we believe these recommendations deliver electoral equality for voters as well as reflecting the identities of communities in Elmbridge.”
In response to representations made to it on the draft recommendations, the Commission has made changes to the draft proposals it originally put forward for consultation last summer. For example, the Commission proposes that the area between Portsmouth Road and Thorkhill Road should be part of the Thames Ditton ward rather than Long Ditton ward as proposed in the draft recommendations. During consultation in its draft proposals, the Commission received persuasive evidence on community identities in this part of Elmbridge and has changed its recommendations to reflect them.
The Commission has also made a small amendment to the boundary of its proposed Hersham Village ward so that it will include Hersham library. In response to public consultation, the Commission has also amended its proposed boundary between Walton North and Walton South wards to provide for a clearer boundary that better reflects community ties.
Elsewhere in the borough, the Commission has confirmed its draft recommendations as final. Full details of the final recommendations are available on the Commission’s website at www.lgbce.org.uk.
The proposed new arrangements must now be implemented by Parliament. A draft order – the legal document which brings into force the recommendations – will be laid in Parliament in the coming months. The draft Order provides for the new electoral arrangements to come into force at the council elections in 2016.
For further information contact the Commission’s press office on: 0330 500 1250/1525 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to editors:
- The Local Government Boundary Commission for England is responsible for reviewing local authority electoral arrangements, e.g. defining boundaries for local elections and the number of councillors to be elected and – separately - for conducting reviews of local government external boundaries and structure.
- Full details of the Commission’s final recommendations (including maps) can be viewed at: /current-reviews/south-east/surrey/elmbridge.