The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) has published its final recommendations for new electoral arrangements for Rushmoor Borough Council.
Today’s publication follows a 10-week public consultation on its draft proposals and draws new boundaries for each council ward in Rushmoor. The draft recommendations, published in May 2011, provided for a council of 39 members (a reduction of three from the current arrangements) and the Commission today confirms that figure in its final recommendations.
The Commission’s final report also confirms a pattern of 13 three-member wards across the borough.
Max Caller, Chair of the Commission, said, “We’re extremely grateful to the people of Rushmoor who took the time and effort to send us their views. The Commission considered every piece of evidence it received before finalising these recommendations.
“In response to the views submitted to us during the consultation, we are proposing some alterations to the names of the wards we proposed in our draft recommendations. For example, we propose renaming Grange Field ward in the North of the borough as Cherrywood ward. In the South of the borough, we also propose renaming the Manor & Grove ward we proposed in our draft recommendations as Manor Park ward. In both cases, we believe the ward names better reflect local communities.
“Our recommendations for Rushmoor will deliver electoral equality for voters across the borough where the value of your vote is similar regardless of where you live. We also believe that our final recommendations reflect, as far as possible, the identities and interests of local communities across Rushmoor.”
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 next few weeks. The draft Order provides for the new electoral arrangements to come into force at the next local elections for Rushmoor in May 2012.
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1. The Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) is responsible for reviewing local authority electoral arrangements, e.g. defining boundaries for local elections and the number of councillors to be elected and – separately - for conducting reviews of local government external boundaries and structure.
2. In its final recommendations, the Commission is proposing two changes to its draft recommendations (published in May 2011) in response to representations made to it during consultation:
3. Full details of the Commission’s final recommendations (including maps) can be viewed at www.lgbce.org.uk .
4. The electoral review of Rushmoor Borough Council is a separate undertaking from the current review of parliamentary constituency boundaries which is being carried out by a separate body (Boundary Commission for England) under different rules and legislation.