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Local electoral arrangements finalised for Richmondshire District Council

3rd April 2018

News Release

 

Local electoral arrangements finalised for Richmondshire District Council

 

Embargoed until: 00.01, 3 April 2018

 

The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has published its final recommendations for new electoral arrangements for Richmondshire District Council.

 

Richmondshire Map

 

Illustrate your story with a map of the new ward boundaries. Find a high res image at:

http://s3-eu-west-2.amazonaws.com/lgbce/Reviews/Yorkshire%20and%20the%20Humber/North%20Yorkshire/Richmondshire/Final%20Recs/RichmondshireFinal_Summary%20Map.jpg

Credit: contains Ordnance Survey data (c) Crown copyright and database rights 2018

 

Today’s publication follows public consultation on its draft proposals and draws new boundaries for each council ward across Richmondshire.

 

All Richmondshire’s current council wards will change as a result of the review

 

The Commission’s final recommendations propose that Richmondshire should be represented by 24 district councillors in the future: ten fewer than the current arrangement. The recommendations also propose that those councillors should represent one three-councillor ward, six two-councillor wards and nine one-councillor wards across the district.

 

Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said, “We are extremely grateful to people across Richmondshire 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 Richmondshire.”

 

In response to local feedback during consultation, the Commission has made some changes to the proposals it originally published in October last year. For example, the Commission had previously proposed that the parish of Patrick Brompton should be part of a Scotton ward. However, during consultation, local people described the strong community links between Patrick Brompton and the Lower Wensleydale ward. The Commission listened to those views and has changed its recommendations so that Patrick Brompton will become part of the Lower Wensleydale ward.

 

Elsewhere in the district, the Commission has changed its draft recommendations to reflect local evidence that came forward during the consultation with local people. As such, the parish of Uckerby will be part of the Catterick & Brompton-on-Swale ward, the parish of Newton-le-Willows is included in the Lower Wensleydale ward and Hunton parish joins the Scotton ward.

 

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.

 

Ends

 

For further information contact the Commission’s press office on: 0330 500 1525 / 1250 or email: [email protected]

 

Notes to editors:

 

  1. Key to map over page:

1          Catterick & Brompton-on-Swale

2          Colburn

3          Croft & Middleton Tyas

4          Gilling West

5          Hawes, High Abbotside & Upper Swaledale

6          Hipswell

7          Leyburn

8          Lower Swaledale & Arkengarthdale

9          Lower Wensleydale

10        Melsonby

11        Middleham

12        Richmond East

13        Richmond North

14        Richmond West

15        Scotton

16        Yoredale

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. The electoral review of Richmondshire District 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.

 

  1. Full details of the Commission’s final recommendations (including maps) can be viewed at: https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/9799.