The Boundary Committee for England has published its final recommendations on what the electoral arrangements for the new West Sussex County Council should look like.
The majority of the Committees draft recommendations, published for public consultation on 1 July, have been retained in the final recommendations, including the decision that the new authority should be served by a council size of 71 members. However, there have been some modifications to electoral divisions as a result of that consultation.
Archie Gall, Director of the Boundary Committee, said "The recommendations we make today are the product of months of work by the Boundary Committee and the involvement of the people of West Sussex through public consultation. The aim of reviews such as this is to ensure that local government electoral arrangements are right for the people of West Sussex, and If implemented by the Electoral Commission, these recommendations should ensure an effective and representative future for local government in West Sussex."
The Committees final recommendations are viewable at www.boundarycommittee.org.uk. The recommendations will now be sent to the Electoral Commission, who must check that the Boundary Committee has followed the correct procedures and that the recommendations the Committee has made are sound. As part of this work, the Electoral Commission will receive representations until 9 January 2009 before it can make an Order (the legal instrument that implements the recommendations).
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Notes to editors
1. The Boundary Committees recommendations for electoral divisions have changed in the following areas: Littlehampton; Bewbush, Ifield and Gossops Green; Billinghurst, Ashington and Itchingfield; central Crawley. In addition, three division names have been changed. The draft recommendations have been confirmed as final in other divisions in West Sussex. They provide for 71 single-member divisions.
2. 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.
3. Representations made to the Electoral Commission in respect of the Boundary Committees final recommendations should be sent to:
Legal and Implementation Team
Great Peter Street
London SW1P 2HW
Fax 020 7271 0505