Local electoral arrangements finalised for Ashford Borough Council
The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has published its final recommendations for new electoral arrangements for Ashford Borough Council.
Today’s publication follows public consultation on its draft proposals earlier this year and draws new boundaries for each council ward across Ashford.
The Commission’s final recommendations propose that Ashford should be represented by 47 borough councillors in the future: four more than the current arrangement. The recommendations also propose that those councillors should represent eight two-councillor wards and 31 one-councillor wards across the borough.
Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said, “We are extremely grateful to people across Ashford who took part in the review. The Commission has looked at all the evidence that was put forward during the consultation.
“We believe these recommendations deliver electoral fairness for voters as well as reflecting community ties throughout Ashford.”
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 2019.
For further information contact the Commission’s press office on: 0330 500 1525 / 1250 or email: [email protected]
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.
- The electoral review of Ashford Borough Council is a separate undertaking from the review of parliamentary constituency boundaries which is being carried out by a separate body (Boundary Commission for England) under different rules and legislation.
- Full details of the Commission’s final recommendations (including maps) can be viewed at: /current-reviews/south-east/kent/ashford .