The Commission is carrying out an electoral review of Cornwall Council.
The aim of the electoral review is to recommend division boundaries that mean each councillor represents approximately the same number of voters.
We also aim to ensure that the division boundaries reflect the interests and identities of local communities, as well as promoting effective local government.
To achieve these aims, we need to re-draw division boundaries across Cornwall. You can find out more about the review below.
|Date From:||Date To:|
|Consultation on council size||13 June 2017||7 August 2017|
|Consultation on warding arrangements||26 September 2017||19 February 2018|
|Consultation on draft recommendations||5 June 2018||17 September 2018|
|Final recommendations||4 December 2018|
On 5 June 2018, we published our draft recommendations for the electoral review of Cornwall Council.
- Draft recommendations map for Cornwall Council - please note: this map is very large and may take some time to download.
- Summary of the Cornwall report
- News release
- Letter sent to the Chief Executive of Cornwall Council
- Promotional poster
- Electoral figures
- Bodmin Town Council
- Bude-Stratton Town Council
- Camborne Town Council
- Carn Brea Parish Council
- Dobwalls & Trewidland Parish Council
- Egloshayle Parish Council
- Falmouth Town Council
- Hayle Town Council
- Helston Town Council
- Illogan Parish Council
- Kenwyn Parish Council
- Launceston Town Council
- Liskeard Town Council
- Ludgvan Parish Council
- Luxulyan Parish Council
- Newquay Town Council
- Penryn Town Council
- Pentewan Valley Parish Council
- Penzance Town Council
- Perranzabuloe Parish Council
- Redruth Town Council
- Saltash Town Council
- St Agnes Parish Council
- St Austell Town Council
- St Clement Parish Council
- St Dennis Parish Council
- St Ives Town Council
- St Kew Parish Council
- St Stephen-in-Brannel Parish Council
- Torpoint Town Council
- Treverbyn Parish Council
- Truro City Council
An interactive map of the draft recommendations, visit our consultation area. You can view both the existing and proposed boundaries, search by area or postcode, and have your say. A non-interactive image of the proposed division boundaries is also available.
You can make a submission to the Cornwall electoral review:
- through our consultation area,
- by e-mailing email@example.com, or
- writing to the following address:
The Review Officer (Cornwall)
1st Floor Windsor House
50 Victoria Street
You may also wish to read our document Electoral Reviews: Technical Guidance, which contains guidance on the review process and information on the legislation reviews are carried out under.
The consultation on division arrangements for Cornwall Council closed on 19 February 2018.
Parish and Town Councils
The consultation on division arrangements for Cornwall Council has now closed.
On 26 September 2017, we started the first period of consultation for a new pattern of divisions for Cornwall Council. Between 26 September 2017 and 19 February 2018, we invited comments on the division boundaries for the authority.
The Commission also announced that it was minded to recommend that Cornwall Council should have 87 councillors in the future.
For more information, read our:
- News release,
- Letter to the Chief Executive of Cornwall Council,
- Commission Meeting Report on Cornwall's Council Size.
You may have found the electoral figures useful when thinking about division arrangements.
You can view the polling district map below. Please note, polling district mapping data has been supplied by Cornwall Council and may contain boundary errors.
To view the existing division arrangements, visit our consultation area. You can search by area or postcode. Alternatively, a non-interactive image of the current division boundaries is also available.
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.
The consultation on the number of councillors for Cornwall Council closed on the 7 August 2017.
Listed below are the submissions we received:
Parish and Town Councils:
All submissions from parish and town councils are combined in the documents below, alphabetically:
All submissions from local residents are combined in the documents below, by surname, alphabetically:
The first stage of this electoral review was to determine the number of councillors who should represent the local authority in the future. We call this stage 'council size'. During this preliminary stage of the review, the Commission received 4 proposals from Cornwall Council. The Commission considered these submissions and sought views on its proposal for a council size of 87 members for Cornwall Council.
We received four submissions on council size from the council:
We will consider the number, names and boundaries of wards during two further periods of public consultation later in 2017 and 2018.
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.
The Boundary Committee for England (BCFE) began reviewing the electoral arrangements of Cornwall County Council on 11 March 2003.
The Order implementing The Electoral Commission's decision on the final recommendations of this review has been made and can be viewed on Her Majesty's Stationery Office's website. The Order refers to a map comprising Sheet 1, Sheet 2, Sheet 3 and Sheet 4. The Implementation Team section of The Electoral Commission's website explains how The Boundary Committee for England's final recommendations are made into Orders.
Final recommendations (pdf), published on 14 September 2004.
Mapping sheet 1 , illustrates in outline form, the proposed divisions for Cornwall County Council, including constituent district wards and parishes.
Mapping sheet 2 illustrates the proposed electoral divisions of Meneage & South Helstone and Porthleven divisions in Kerrier district.
Mapping sheet 3 illustrates the proposed electoral divisions of Newquay Central, Newquay North, Newquay West and St Enoder & Colan divisions in Restormel borough.
Draft recommendations, published on 24 February 2004.
Sheet 1 illustrates in outline form the proposed divisions for Cornwall.
Sheet 2 illustrates the proposed divisions in (a) North Cornwall district and (b) Kerrier district.
Sheet 3 illustrates the proposed divisions in Restormel borough.
A structural review was carried out by the Local Government Commission for England (LGCE), and was started on 13 December 1993
Final report (PDF) published on 11 January 1995
Draft report (PDF) published on 8 September 1994
Links to submissions are currently unavailable on this page. Please bear with us as we work to restore the page.
Recommendations become law
The Cornwall (Electoral Changes) Order 2011, to implement recommendations made by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) for new boundaries in Cornwall, was made on 4 January 2011 and published on 7 January 2011.
New electoral divisions for Cornwall have now successfully completed a 40 day period of Parliamentary scrutiny and will come into force at the local elections in May 2013.
The order for Cornwall can be viewed through the following link: www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2011/1/made
The made order refers to the same map as the draft order.
Draft order laid in Parliament
On 11 October 2010 the Cornwall (Electoral Changes) Order 2011 was laid in draft in Parliament.
The draft order if made would give effect to the final recommendations that were consulted on during the Boundary Committee for England’s review of electoral arrangements in Cornwall and published on 8 December 2009.
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 Cornwall in 2013.
The draft order refers to a map. The map comprises the following sheets:
- Sheet 1 (Overview of whole county, PDF)
- Sheet 2 (Penzance and Madron, PDF)
- Sheet 3 (St Ives and Hayle, PDF)
- Sheet 4 (Helston, PDF)
- Sheet 5 (Camborne and Illogan, PDF)
- Sheet 6 (Carn Brea and Redruth, PDF)
- Sheet 7 (St Agnes, PDF)
- Sheet 8 (Perranzabuloe, PDF)
- Sheet 9 (Truro and Kea, PDF)
- Sheet 10 (Falmouth and Penryn, PDF)
- Sheet 11 (Newquay, PDF)
- Sheet 12 (St Dennis and St Stephen-in-Brannel, PDF)
- Sheet 13 (Pentewan Valley and Tywardreth, PDF)
- Sheet 14 (St Austell, PDF)
- Sheet 15 (Luxulyan and Bugle, PDF)
- Sheet 16 (Bodmin and Liskeard, PDF)
- Sheet 17 (St Kew and Wadebridge, PDF)
- Sheet 18 (Saltash and Torpoint, PDF)
- Sheet 19 (Calstock and Callington, PDF)
- Sheet 20 (Bude and Launceston, PDF)
Please note: some of these sheets may be very large and may take some time to download.
Final recommendations on future electoral arrangements in Cornwall
On 8 December 2009 we published final recommendations for future electoral arrangements in Cornwall. These are available through the links below.
- Map 1 (Overview of whole county, PDF)
- Map 2 (Penzance and Madron, PDF)
- Map 3 (St Ives and Hayle, PDF)
- Map 4 (Helston, PDF)
- Map 5 (Camborne and Illogan, PDF)
- Map 6 (Carn Brea and Redruth, PDF)
- Map 7 (St Agnes, PDF)
- Map 8 (Perranzabuloe, PDF)
- Map 9 (Truro and Kea, PDF)
- Map 10 (Falmouth and Penryn, PDF)
- Map 11 (Newquay, PDF)
- Map 12 (St Dennis and St Stephen-in-Brannel, PDF)
- Map 13 (Pentewan Valley and Tywardreth, PDF)
- Map 14 (St Austell, PDF)
- Map 15 (Luxulyan and Bugle, PDF)
- Map 16 (Bodmin and Liskeard, PDF)
- Map 17 (St Kew and Wadebridge, PDF)
- Map 18 (Saltash and Torpoint, PDF)
- Map 19 (Calstock and Callington, PDF)
- Map 20 (Bude and Launceston, PDF)
Please note: some of these maps may be very large and may take some time to download.
We have now completed our electoral review of Cornwall. The changes we have proposed must be approved by Parliament. An Order - the legal document which brings into force our recommendations - will be laid in Parliament. Parliament can either accept or reject our recommendations. If accepted, the new electoral arrangements will come into force at the next elections for Cornwall Council in 2013.
Further consultation - 10 August 2009 to 16 September 2009
Following our analysis of the responses received during Stage Three, we are sought further views in four specific areas in Cornwall. Below are the submissions we received:
Members of the public
Councillors, MPs and political groups
Camborne & Redruth Constituency Labour Party (PDF)
Cornwall Conservative Party (PDF)Cornwall County Labour Party (PDF)Mebyon Kernow (PDF)St Agnes Liberal Democrats (PDF)St Ives Constituency Conservatives Association (PDF)
Parish and town councils
On 2 December 2008 we published draft recommendations (PDF) for new electoral arrangements in Cornwall.
We also published a summary of the report (PDF).
Maps of the area: Map 1 (PDF), Map 2 (PDF), Map 3 (PDF), Map 4 (PDF), Map 5 (PDF), Map 6 (PDF), Map 7 (PDF), Map 8 (PDF), Map 9 (PDF), Map 10 (PDF), Map 11 (PDF), Map 12 (PDF), Map 13 (PDF), Map 14 (PDF), Map 15 (PDF), Map 16 (PDF), Map 17 (PDF), Map 18 (PDF), Map 19 (PDF) and Map 20 (PDF)
Please note: some of these maps may be very large and may take some time to download. Map 1 is an overview of the county and includes key boxes that show the specific areas of the county to which the detailed maps (2-20) refer.
Further consultation on council size
Following consideration of the evidence received during Stage One of the review of the new Cornwall unitary authority, we carried out a period of further consultation on council size. This ran from 5 June 2008 to 18 July 2008. On 15 August 2008, the Committee wrote to the Cornwall Implementation Executive regarding the outcome of the consultation on council size. The letter is below:
The submissions we received during the consultation period are below:
On 9 September Implementation Executive submitted revised figures for its 123 member scheme. These figures contain minor modifications to reflect the most up to date information and correct small errors in the original figures. The modified figures supersede those submitted in its original 123 member scheme.
On 21 May 2008, we sent a letter to Councillor David Whalley (PDF), chair of the Cornwall Implementation Executive, outlining the Committee's position at the time.
On 26 February 2008, we started an electoral review of Cornwall. During the first stage of the review (to 21 April 2008) we have invited proposals for the future electoral arrangements for Cornwall. Below are the submissions we received at Stage One.
Cornwall County Councillors
Local authorities and district Councillors
Parish and town councils and Councillors
Carlyon Baywatch (PDF)Sea Road Frontagers Ltd (PDF)
Having recieved submissions during Stage One, we wrote to some proponents to ask for further evidence relating to proposals for council size. The letters sent and questions asked can be found below.
Electorate figures (PDF) - the figures have been provided by Cornwall County Council, but are subject to approval by its Electoral Review Working Group