Local electoral arrangements finalised for Norwich City Council
The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has published its final recommendations for new electoral arrangements for Norwich City Council.
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Today’s publication follows public consultation on its draft proposals earlier this year and draws new boundaries for each council ward across Norwich.
All but one of Norwich’s current council wards will change as a result of the review.
The Commission’s final recommendations propose that Norwich should be represented by 39 city councillors in the future: the same as the current arrangement. The recommendations also propose that those councillors should represent thirteen three-councillor wards.
Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said, “We are extremely grateful to people across Norwich 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 Norwich.”
In response to local feedback during consultation, the Commission has made changes to the proposals it published in July. In the east of the city, local people and groups put forward strong evidence that the Commission’s initial boundary proposals would divide the community around St Augustines Street between wards. The Commission has listened to the feedback and changed its recommendations so that electors either side of St Augustines Street will remain within Mancroft ward.
To the south of the city, the Commission has changed its recommendations so that the area between Lakenham Way footpath and Hall Road should be part of the Town Close ward rather than Lakenham as previously proposed by the Commission. During public consultation, local people argued that the community shared close ties with Town Close.
In response to residents’ views, the Commission has also decided to change its draft recommendations so that the Mount Pleasant area is included in Eaton ward rather than Town Close ward.
Full details of the final recommendations and further minor changes to the draft proposals 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:
- Key to map over page:
- 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 Norwich City 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: https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/11623.