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The Boundary Committee for England will begin a review of Corby, Kettering and South Northamptonshire's electoral arrangements today. The review aims to make sure that, where possible, every district councillor represents the same number of electors. The identities and interests of local communities in the area will also be taken into consideration.
The last reviews of these areas were completed in 1997 but, as a result of population changes, significant electoral imbalances have arisen . Because of these electoral imbalances it has been decided that a further review is required.
As part of the reviews, the Committee will be asking local people to consider whether there should be any changes to the number of councillors currently being elected to council. Local people, interested parties and associations will then have until 15 November 2004 to provide comments to the Committee.
Pamela Gordon, Chair of The Boundary Committee, says 'The purpose of the review is to ensure that, as far as possible, every councillor represents the same number of electors and that everyones vote is equal. We hope to hear from as many people as possible so that the recommendations put forward are fully representative of their views.'
Anyone wishing to make representations to the Committee on these reviews should do so by writing after the start of the review on 3 August 2004 to: The Boundary Committee for England, Trevelyan House, Great Peter Street, London SW1P 2HW.
All representations will be available for inspection, after 15 November 2004, by appointment at the Committees offices and copies will be available at the offices of the relevant local authority. A list of respondents will also be available on request from the Committee.
Maxine Hoeksma on 020 7271 0531 or Tabitha Cunniffe 020 7271 0529
Out of office hours 07789 920 414, Fax: 020 7271 0528
Notes to editors:
1. The Boundary Committee is a statutory committee of The Electoral Commission.
2. In Corby the worst imbalance is in Hillside ward, where the councillor represents 50% more electors than the borough average, while the councillor for Rural North ward represents 20% fewer electors than the borough average. In Kettering the worst imbalance is in Welland ward where the councillor represents 25% more electors than the borough average whereas the councillor for Buccleuch ward represents 22% fewer electors than the borough average. In South Northamptonshire the councillor for Courteenhall ward represents 40% more electors than average while in Cogenhoe the councillor represents 21% fewer electors than average.