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More information needed for electoral arrangements in Cornwall

25th February 2010

More information needed for electoral arrangements in Cornwall

10th August 2009

The independent Boundary Committee for England has opened a further consultation period for Cornwall Council’s electoral arrangements to ensure local people get the most effective representation.

The consultation, which will end on 18 September 2009, calls for evidence in relation to four specific areas:

• Bude
• Camborne & Redruth
• China Clay and St Blazey, Fowey & Lostwithiel
• Crowan & Helston

Archie Gall, Director of the Boundary Committee, said: "We’re very pleased with the response we’ve had to our draft recommendations for Cornwall. It’s given us lots to think about. We're looking for more information and views on these specific areas so that our final recommendations strike the right balance between community identities and equality of representation for residents.

“Having fair electoral boundaries is important. They ensure that every voter in Cornwall, wherever they live in the county, has a vote of the same weight when it comes to the election of councillors.”

The Committee will be writing to everyone who responded to its draft recommendations consultation to make them aware of the new consultation. Detailed information is available on the Committee’s website at www.boundarycommittee.org.uk and click on ‘About electoral reviews’ and go to the Cornwall review.

To have your say, please write to:

The Review Officer (Cornwall)
The Boundary Committee for England
Trevelyan House
30 Great Peter Street
London
SW1P 2HW

Or email reviews@boundarycommittee.org.uk

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For further information contact:

Gareth Nicholson on 020 7271 0638
press@boundarycommittee.org.uk
outside office hours: 07789 920414

Notes to editors:

1. The Boundary Committee for England is the independent body 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. As the structure of local government in Cornwall has changed, the Boundary Committee is undertaking a review of electoral arrangements in the county to ensure there are fair arrangements in place for elections to the new Council

3. On 26 February 2008, the Boundary Committee for England began the first round of public consultation in the review of local government electoral arrangements for the new Cornwall unitary authority. Draft recommendations were published in December 2008 and were used as the basis for elections to Cornwall Council in June 2009.