Today’s publication follows an eight-week public consultation on its draft proposals and draws new boundaries for each council ward across Knowsley.
The Commission’s final recommendations propose that Knowsley should be represented by 45 councillors in the future: eighteen fewer than the current arrangement. The recommendations also propose that those councillors should represent fifteen three-member wards across the borough.
Max Caller, Chair of the Commission, said, “We are extremely grateful to people across Knowsley who took the time and effort to send us their views. The Commission considered every piece of evidence it received before finalising these recommendations.
“Across the borough, we have sought to balance the views expressed to us by local people with the criteria we must apply when we are deciding on new electoral arrangements. As such, we believe these recommendations deliver electoral equality for voters as well as reflecting the identities of communities in Knowsley.”
In response to representations made to it on the draft recommendations, the Commission has made changes to the draft proposals it originally put forward for consultation in February. For example, the Commission now proposes that the ward to the south east of the borough should be called Whiston & Cronton rather than Whiston ward as originally proposed. The Commission listened to local evidence that the amended name would be a better reflection of local community identities.
The Commission also proposes changes to the boundaries of the proposed Whiston & Cronton ward so that the area between the A5300 and A5080 (Cronton Road) is included in that ward rather than Halewood North ward as previously proposed in the draft recommendations.
Elsewhere in the borough, the Commission has made minor changes to the draft recommendations as a result of representations made during consultation. Full details of the final recommendations are available on the Commission’s website at www.lgbce.org.uk.
The proposed new arrangements must now be implemented by Parliament. A draft order – the legal document which brings into force the recommendations – will be laid in Parliament in the coming months. The draft Order provides for the new electoral arrangements to come into force at the council elections in 2016.
For further information contact the Commission’s press office on: 0330500 1525 / 1250 or email: email@example.com
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