The Boundary Committee for England has recommended changes to the boundaries of 13 wards in the district of Welwyn Hatfield, in a bid to ensure fairer levels of representation at local elections.
Following a two-year long review aimed at trying to ensure that each district councillor represents roughly the same number of electors, the Committee has also recommended that the number of sitting councillors 48 remains the same.
The decision to conduct the review was taken after it emerged that seven wards had significant imbalances in the number of electors each councillor represented. For example, due to unexpected growth occurring since the last review, each councillor in Hatfield North ward currently represents 23 per cent more electors than the average across the district.
The Committees final recommendations follow an extensive consultation period during which the views of local people and other interested groups such as political parties, community associations and the Council itself were sought.
.A number of factors were taken into consideration in formulating the recommendations for Welwyn Hatfield District Council, including identities and interests of local communities, expected electorate growth over a five year period and the geography of the area.
The Committees final recommendations are now passed to the Electoral Commission, who will not make an Order implementing these recommendations before 7 August 2007.
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Notes to editors:
1. The Boundary Committee for England is a statutory committee of the Electoral Commission and is responsible for conducting electoral reviews of local authorities in England.
2. The review of Welwyn Hatfield District Council began on 6 September 2005, when the Committee invited initial proposals from interested parties in the area.
3. The report can be viewed at http://www.boundarycommittee.org.uk/your-area/welwynhatfield.cfm