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Commission publishes new proposals for Doncaster council ward boundaries

24th September 2014

The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has opened a new phase of public consultation on new council ward boundaries across Doncaster.

Earlier this year, the Commission held a public consultation on new ward boundaries across the borough. Residents now have another opportunity to have their say on new recommendations published by the Commission today.

The consultation will close on 24 October 2014.

The Commission listened to the views put to it during the previous phase of consultation and now proposes to make substantial changes to the plans it put forward earlier this year. Due to the significance of the proposed changes, the Commission has re-opened its consultation with local people to see what they think of the recommendations.

Max Caller CBE, Chair of the Local Government Boundary Commission for England said: "We listened carefully to all the views put to us during the previous consultation and have made a series of changes to the original recommendations. We are now asking local people to have their say on the revised proposals.

"There were some strong arguments made to us by local people that alternative wards would better reflect community interests and identities as well as delivering electoral equality for Doncaster voters. That is why we are now putting new recommendations forward for consultation.

"We are asking local people to log on to our website to tell us what they think about these proposals before we publish final recommendations in November."

The Commission is putting forward several changes to the proposals it previously put forward in May 2014. In particular, it has changed its original proposal to divide the village of Edenthorpe between two wards. Instead, the new recommendations suggest that the whole village is included in a ward with Kirk Sandall.

Elsewhere in the borough, the Commission has made amendments to its original proposals in the northern and western parts of Doncaster to ensure that local parishes which share community interests and identities are included in the same ward, especially in rural parts of the borough.   

The Commission is also proposing that Doncaster Council should have 55 councillors in future: a reduction of eight from the current arrangement. The Commission had previously proposed that the council should have 54 councillors but has found that an additional councillor will help it draw up a pattern of wards which better reflects community identities in Doncaster.

Residents can view – and comment on - the proposals and interactive maps by logging on to www.lgbce.org.uk.

Submissions can also be made in writing to:

The Review Officer (Doncaster)

Local Government Boundary Commission for England

Layden House

76-86 Turnmill Street

London

EC1M 5LG

Or email: reviews@lgbce.org.uk

For further information contact: Press Office: 020 7664 8530/8534 or email press@lgbce.org.uk

Ends

1. The Local Government Boundary Commission for England is responsible for reviewing local authority electoral arrangements, defining boundaries for local elections and the number of councillors to be elected, as well as conducting reviews of local government external boundaries and structures.

2. The Commission published draft recommendations for new ward boundaries across Doncaster on 27 May 2014 and invited comments on them over an 11-week period up to 11 August. In light of the representations made to the Commission on the draft recommendations by local people and groups, the Commission has made several changes to the recommendations and will ask for views on the new boundaries between 24 September and 24 October 2014. The Commission then aims to publish its final recommendations in November 2014. The final recommendations will need to be approved by Parliament over December 2014 and January 2015. Subject to Parliamentary scrutiny, new electoral arrangements are scheduled to come into force at the local elections in May 2015.

3. The further draft recommendations will be published on 24 September on the Commission’s website at www.lgbce.org.uk. The Commission’s specialist consultation portal will also allow residents to view the maps and report in detail at https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/2215. In addition, interested parties can find out more about the review and previous representations made to the Commission on the dedicated web page for the review at www.lgbce.org.uk/current-reviews/yorkshire-and-the-humber/south-yorkshire/doncaster-fer. Hard copies of the further recommendations will also be made available to council libraries and information points.