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Northumberland UA

The Commission carried out an electoral review of Northumberland Unitary Authority between July 2008 - January 2011. 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 Northumberland councillor represented roughly the same number of voters and that ward boundaries reflected the interests and identities of local communities.

 

Information regarding past electoral reviews of the Northumberland County Council, prior to it becoming part of a unitary authority, which replaced the county and district councils on 1 April 2009, can be found here.

Recommendations become law 

The Northumberland (Electoral Changes) Order 2011, to implement recommendations made by the Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) for new boundaries in Northumberland, was made on 4 January 2011 and published on 7 January 2011.

New electoral divisions for Northumberland 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 Northumberland can be viewed through the following link: www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2011/2/made

The made order refers to the same map as the draft order.  

Draft Order laid in Parliament

On 11 October 2010 the Northumberland (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 Northumberland and published on 9 March 2010.

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 Northumberland in 2013.

The draft order refers to a map. The map comprises the following sheets:

Please note: Some of these sheets may be very large and may take some time to download.

On 9 March 2010 we published final recommendations for future electoral arrangements in Northumberland.  These are available through the links below.

You can see the maps of the proposed recommended boundaries below:

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 Northumberland.  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 Northumberland Council in 2013.

Below are the submissions we received:

Northumberland County Council (PDF)

Political groups, MPs and councillors

Councillor Bradbury (PDF)
Councillor Heslop (PDF)
Councillor Kennedy (PDF)
Councillor Scott (PDF)
A Beith MP (PDF)

Parish and town councils

Ashington Town Council (PDF)
Beadnell Parish Council (PDF)
East Chevington Parish Council (PDF)
Ellingham Parish Council (PDF)
Elsdon Parish Council (PDF)
Felton Parish Council (PDF)
Hepple Parish Council (PDF)
Hexham Parish Council (PDF)
Morpeth Town Council (PDF)
Pegswood Parish Council (PDF)
Ponteland Town Council (PDF)
Prudhoe Town Council (PDF)
Rothbury Parish Council (PDF)
Sandhoe Parish Council (PDF)
Thirston Parish Council (PDF)
Ulgham Parish Council (PDF)
Widdrington Village Parish Council (PDF)

Local organisations

Northumberland Association of Local Councils (PDF)
Northumberland National Park (PDF)

Residents

S Bolam (PDF)
R Dickinson (PDF)
P Holden (PDF)
T Ives, 1st submission (PDF)
T Ives, 2nd submission (PDF)
G Nichol (PDF)
L Pennington (PDF)
L Robson (PDF)
R Simmance (PDF)
J Woodman (PDF)

 



The Boundary Committee for England published its draft recommendations (PDF) for electoral arrangements for Northumberland County Council in August 2009.

We have 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) and  Map 11 (PDF)
Please note: some of these maps may be very large and may take some time to download.
On 17 February 2009, we started Stage One of the electoral review for the new Northumberland unitary authority. In the previous stage, we consulted on the proposed council size for the new council and has decided it should have 67 elected members. All views were due by 11 May 2009. Link to original press release.

Letter sent to Chief Executives of County and District Councils for Stage One (PDF)
Letter sent to Parish and local Councils for Stage One (PDF)

Below are the submissions we received during Stage One:

Northumberland County Council (PDF)

Political groups, MPs and councillors

Councillor Bridgett (PDF)
Councillor Castle (PDF)
Councillor Dale (PDF)
Councillor Dickinson (PDF)
Councillor Fearon (PDF)
Councillor Horncastle (PDF)
Councillor Jackson (PDF)
Councillor Reid (PDF)
Councillor Watson (PDF)
Councillor Woodard (PDF)
Northumberland Conservatives (PDF)
Northumberland Labour Group (PDF)
Northumberland Liberal Democrats (PDF)
Northumberland Local Government Committee (PDF)
Peter Atkinson MP (PDF)
Prudhoe & District Labour Party (PDF)
Anne-Marie Trevelyan, Prospective Parliamentary Candidate (Con.) (PDF)

Parish and town councils

Acomb Parish Council (PDF)
Amble Town Council (PDF)
Branxton Parish Council (PDF)
Cornhill on Tweed Parish Council (PDF)
Doddington Parish Council (PDF)
East Chevington Parish Council - 1 (PDF)
East Chevington Parish Council - 2 (PDF)
Hexham Town Council (PDF)
Kirknewton Parish Council (PDF)
Kirkwhelpington Parish Council - 1 (PDF)
Kirkwhelpington Parish Council - 2 (PDF)
Morpeth Town Council (PDF)
Newton on the Moor & Swarland Parish Council (PDF)
Ovingham Parish Council (PDF)
Ponteland Town Council (PDF)
Sandhoe Parish Council (PDF)
Whittington Parish Council (PDF)
Whitton & Tosson Parish Council (PDF)
Widdrington Station & Stobswood Parish Council (PDF)

Local organisations/community groups

CCC Action Group (PDF)
Hadston House Youth & Community Building (PDF)

Residents

D & L Athey (PDF)
J Famelton (PDF)
A Harrison (PDF)
L Pennington (PDF)
D Wise (PDF)

Former local authorities

Blyth Valley Borough Council (PDF)

On 1 July 2008, we started an electoral review of Northumberland. During the first stage of the review (to 15 September 2008) we invited proposals for the future council size of Northumberland. We only considered comments on council size at this time, and we will consider electoral arrangements during two further periods of consultation.

Local authorities

Northumberland County Council (PDF)
Alnwick District Council (PDF)
Berwick-upon-Tweed Borough Council (PDF)
Blyth Valley Borough Council (PDF)
Tynedale Council (PDF)

Parish and Town Councils

Acklington Parish Council (PDF)
Bavington Parish Council (PDF)
Berwick-upon-Tweed Town Council (PDF)
East Chevington Parish Council (PDF)
Felton Parish Council (PDF)
Ford Parish Council (PDF)
Glanton Parish Council (PDF)
Harbottle Parish Council (PDF)
Hexham Town Council (PDF)
Kirkwhelphington Parish Council (PDF)
Lowick Parish Council (PDF)
Morpeth Town Council (PDF)
Newton-by-Sea Parish Council (PDF)
North Sunderland Parish Council (PDF)
Plenmiller-with-Whitfield Parish Council (PDF)
Ponteland Town Council (PDF)
Rothbury Parish Council (PDF)
Shilbottle Parish Council (PDF)
Thirston Parish Council (PDF)
Warkworth Parish Council (PDF)
Whitton-and-Tosson Parish Council (PDF)
Widdrington Station and Stobswood Parish Council (PDF)
Widdrington Village Parish Council (PDF)

Northumberland Association of Local Councils (PDF)

County and District Councillors and Political Groups

Councillor Bridgett (PDF)
Councillor Brown (PDF)
Councillor Clark (PDF)
Councillor Jackson (PDF) - 1st submission
Councillor Jackson (PDF) - 2nd submission
Councillor Kelly (PDF)
Councillor Thompson (PDF)
Prudhoe & District Labour Party (PDF)

Residents

G Miller (PDF)
J Wood (PDF)
T Sykes (PDF)

Original press release (PDF)

Letter sent to Chief Executives of County and District Councils at the beginning of the review (PDF)
Letter sent to Parish and local Councils at the beginning of the review (PDF)