The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has published its final recommendations for new electoral arrangements for Allerdale Borough Council.
Today’s publication follows public consultation on its draft proposals earlier this year and draws new boundaries for each council ward across Allerdale.
The Commission’s final recommendations propose that Allerdale should be represented by 49 borough councillors in the future: seven fewer than the current arrangement. The recommendations also propose that those councillors should represent nine three-councillor wards, eight two-councillor wards and six one-councillor wards across the borough.
Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said, “We are extremely grateful to people across Allerdale who took part in the review. The Commission has looked at all the evidence that was put forward during the consultation.
“We believe these recommendations deliver electoral fairness for voters as well as reflecting community ties throughout Allerdale.”
In response to local feedback during consultation, the Commission has made changes to some of its proposals. For example, In Maryport, the Commission has moved away from its proposal for a Maryport South ward to be represented by three councillors. Instead, and in response to local views on the shape of local communities in the area, it has decided to create a Maryport South ward which will be represented by two councillors alongside a Flimby ward which will be represented by one councillor.
In Workington, the Commission has also listened to local evidence and has altered the boundary between its proposed St John’s ward and St Michael’s ward. St John’s ward will now be represented by three councillors and St Michael’s ward will be represented by two councillors.
To the east of Cockermouth, the Commission has agreed with local representations that argued for the parish of Blindcrake to be included in All Saints ward rather than Aspatria ward as previously proposed by the Commission. The Commission believes that the amended recommendation is a better reflection of local community ties.
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 2019.
For further information contact the Commission’s press office on: 0330 500 1525 / 1250 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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