The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has published its final recommendations for new local government electoral arrangements for Mansfield District Council.
Today’s publication follows a 12 week public consultation and draws boundaries for each ward in Mansfield. The draft recommendations, published in March 2010, provided for a council of 36 members (plus the elected mayor), and the Commission today confirms that figure in its final recommendations.
The Commission carried out the review following a request made by Mansfield District Council to move to a pattern of single-member wards to represent the district. The Commission’s recommendations deliver that pattern for the whole district.
Max Caller, Chair of the Local Government Boundary Commission, said: “Our recommendations determine how many councillors will serve on the council. They also decide which ward you vote in and which other communities are in that ward. We’re extremely grateful to the people in Mansfield who took the time and effort to send us their views because having fair electoral wards where each councillor is representing around the same number of people is important.”
The proposed new arrangements must now be implemented by Parliament. A draft Order – the legal document which brings into force the recommendations – will be laid in Parliament in the New Year. The draft Order provides for new electoral arrangements which would come into force at the next local elections for Mansfield in May 2011.
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1. The Local Government Boundary Commission 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.Full details of the Commission’s final recommendations (including maps) can be viewed at www.lgbce.org.uk .