The independent Boundary Committee for England has published its final recommendations for new local government electoral arrangements for Northumberland County Council.
Today’s publication follows public consultation in the county and draws boundaries for each electoral division in Northumberland. The Committee published its draft recommendations, which provided for a council of 67 members, in August 2009 and today confirms that figure in its final recommendations.
Max Caller, Chair of the Boundary Committee, said: “Our recommendations determine how many councillors will serve on the council. They also decide which electoral division you vote in, which other communities are in that division and, in some instances, which parish or town council wards you vote in. We’re grateful to the people in Northumberland that took the time and effort to send us their views because having fair electoral divisions where each councillor is representing around the same number of people is important.”
The proposed new arrangements must now be implemented by Parliament. An Order – the legal document which brings into force the recommendations – will be laid in Parliament. Parliament can either accept or reject the recommendations. If accepted, the new electoral arrangements will come into force at the next elections for Northumberland County Council in 2013.
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1. The Boundary Committee 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 for conducting reviews of local government external boundaries and structure.
2. Northumberland became a unitary authority on 1 April 2009. As the structure of local government in the area has changed, the Boundary Committee has reviewed the electoral arrangements in the county to ensure there are fair arrangements in place for future elections to the new Council.
3. Table of new electoral divisions for Northumberland County Council.
|Electoral division name||Number of councillors||Electorate (2008)||Number of electors per councillor|
|3||Amble West with Warkworth||1||3,290||3,290||-10%|
|12||Berwick West with Old||1||3,363||3,363||-8%|
|22||Cramlington South East||1||3,835||3,835||5%|
|30||Haydon & Hadrian||1||3,538||3,538||-3%|
|31||Hexham Central with Accomb||1||3,443||3,443||-6%|
|45||Newbiggin Central & East||1||3,756||3,756||3%|
|47||Norham & Islandshires||1||3,634||3,634||-1%|
|50||Ponteland East & Stannington||1||3,224||3,224||-12%|
|52||Ponteland South with Heddon||1||3,368||3,368||-8%|
|57||Seaton with Newbiggin West||1||3,540||3,540||-3%|
|58||Seghill with Seaton Deleval||1||3,987||3,987||9%|
|64||Stocksfield & Broomhaugh||1||3,947||3,947||8%|
*Variance from the average ratio of elector to councillor for the county as a whole, as derived by dividing the total electorate by the number of councillors.
4. The Local Democracy Economic Development and Construction Act 2009 provides for the separation of the Boundary Committee for England from the Electoral Commission and its establishment as a separate body, to be called the Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE). The LGBCE will take forward work on all ongoing Boundary Committee electoral reviews from its vesting day on 1 April 2010.
5. The full report can be accessed below: