Local electoral arrangements finalised for Windsor and Maidenhead
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The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has published its final recommendations for new electoral arrangements for the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.
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Today’s publication follows public consultation on its draft proposals and draws new boundaries for each council ward across Windsor and Maidenhead.
The boundaries of all but five wards in Windsor and Maidenhead will change.
The Commission’s final recommendations propose that Windsor and Maidenhead should be represented by 41 councillors in the future: sixteen fewer than the current arrangement. The recommendations also propose that those councillors should represent three three-councillor wards and sixteen two-councillor wards across the borough.
Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said, “We are extremely grateful to people across Windsor and Maidenhead 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 Windsor and Maidenhead.”
In response to local feedback during consultation, the Commission has made changes to some of the wards it put forward for consultation earlier this year. For example, the Commission’s final recommendations ensure that Windsor Great Park will be wholly included in the Old Windsor ward. In its previous proposals, the Commission had included the park and Windsor Castle in the Ascot & Sunninghill ward.
In the south of the Royal Borough, the Commission has also listened to local feedback on its draft recommendations and made changes to its plans. It now proposes that the area should be represented by a three-councillor Ascot & Sunninghill ward alongside a two-councillor Sunningdale & Cheapside ward. The Commission believes that the two wards represent a better reflection of local community ties.
Elsewhere in Windsor and Maidenhead, the Commission has made minor changes to its proposals to reflect local submission made to it during consultation.
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 the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead 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/10380.