The Boundary Committee for England has today recommended changes to the electoral arrangements of 37 wards in South Lakeland, in a bid to ensure fairer levels of representation at local elections.
The recommendations follow a two year long review of South Lakeland. The Committee was directed to undertake the review by the Electoral Commission as there were significant differences in the size of the electorate per councillor across the district.
In order to ensure that each district councillor represents roughly the same number of electors the Committee has proposed that the number of district councillors be reduced from 52 to 51. Changes to warding patterns in the area are also recommended.
As part of the review, the Committee held a public consultation and received submissions from the District Council, parish councils, local councillors and residents.
The consultation period has now closed and The Boundary Committee will make its final recommendations to the Electoral Commission. If accepted by the Commission, an Order will be made later in the Autumn.
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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.
The review of South Lakeland District Council began in November 2006, when the Committee invited initial proposals from interested parties in the area.
The report and consultation documents, including submissions, can be viewed at http://www.boundarycommittee.org.uk/our-work/southlakelandfer.cfm