Following its electoral review of Basingstoke and Deane, the Boundary Committee for England has recommended that the existing council size of 60 members be retained. It has also recommended changes to the existing ward boundaries.
The recommendations follow a two-year long review of Basingstoke and Deane. The Committee was directed to undertake the review by the Electoral Commission to ensure that the number of voters represented by each borough councillor remains approximately equal.
As part of the review process the Committee held two rounds of public consultation and received submissions from the Borough Council, parish councils, local councillors and residents. The Committee is confirming its draft proposal to retain the existing council size of 60 members as final.
The Committee has recommended a number of amendments to the ward boundaries in the Basingstoke town area, but retained the existing Brookvale & Kings Furlong, Eastrop, Grove and Norden wards. It has also recommended amendments to the ward boundaries in the surrounding area, but retained the existing Basing, East Woodhay, Kingsclere, Overton Laverstoke & Steventon, Upton Grey & The Candovers and Whitchurch wards.
The review has now ended and The Boundary Committee will make its final recommendations to the Electoral Commission. If the recommendations are accepted by the Commission, an Order will be made later in the year.
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Notes to editors:
1. The Boundary Committee for England is a statutory committee of the Electoral Commission and is responsible for conducting electoral reviews of local authorities in England.
2. The review of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council began in May 2005, when the Electoral Commission directed the Committee to undertake the review.
3. The report and consultation documents, including submissions, can be viewed at http://www.boundarycommittee.org.uk/our-work/basingdeanefer.cfm