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Final plans for new electoral arrangements in North Kesteven are being submitted to The Electoral Commission today. The recommendations from The Boundary Committee for England mark the end of a review which began in August 2004. They include changes to ward boundaries across the area.
Pamela Gordon, Chair of the Committee said: 'In May 2005, a 12-week period of public consultation on the draft recommendations began. The responses lead to some changes to our original proposals. The aim of the review has been to ensure that, as far as possible, one person's vote should have the same value as anothers. The improvements in electoral equality we are recommending today meet that objective without disrupting community interests'.
The Electoral Commission is now responsible for deciding the outcome of the Committee's recommendations and all further correspondence should be addressed to The Secretary, The Electoral Commission, Trevelyan House, Great Peter Street, London SW1P 2HW.
As part of its final recommendations, the Committee proposes a council size of 43 councillors, an increase of three, representing 26 wards, a reduction of four.
The Committee's reports are available on its website at www.boundarycommittee.org.uk or at council offices and at public libraries. Copies of the reports can also be obtained by writing to The Boundary Committee for England, Trevelyan House, Great Peter Street, London, SW1P 2HW.
Maxine Hoeksma on 020 7271 0531 or Gemma Thomas on 020 7271 0527
Out of Office hours 07789 920 414, Fax: 020 7271 0528
Notes to editors:
1. PDFs of maps are available on The Boundary Committees website www.boundarycommittee.org.uk For copyright permission, contact Ordnance Surveys helpline on 023 8030 5092.
2. The present review of North Kesteven began on 3 August 2004. Draft recommendations were published on 17 May 2005 and are also available on the Committees web site at www.boundarycommittee.org.uk
3. The Boundary Committee is a statutory committee of The Electoral Commission.