The independent Boundary Committee for England has published its final recommendations for new local government electoral arrangements in Cornwall.
Today’s publication follows public consultation in the county and draws boundaries for each electoral division in Cornwall. The Committee published its draft recommendations, which provided for a council of 123 members, in December 2008. The Committee is today confirming its draft recommendation for 123 members for Cornwall.
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 pleased and grateful that people in Cornwall 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 our recommendations – will be laid in Parliament. Parliament can either accept or reject our recommendations. If accepted, the new electoral arrangements will come into force at the next elections for Cornwall 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. Cornwall became a unitary county 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 elections to the new Council.