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Final plans for new electoral arrangements in Wansbeck 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 June 2005. They include changes to ward boundaries across the borough.
Pamela Gordon, Chair of the Committee said: In January 2006, a 12-week period of public consultation on the draft recommendations began. The aim of the review has been to ensure that, as far as possible, one persons vote should have the same value as anothers.
The Electoral Commission is now responsible for deciding the outcome of the Committees 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 that the council size remains at 45 councillors.
The Committees 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.
Anna McGlynn on 020 7271 0530 or Tabitha Cunniffe on 020 7271 0529
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 Wansbeck began on 21 June 2005. Draft recommendations were published on 17 January 2006 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.