Today’s publication follows two phases of public consultation on draft proposals earlier this year and draws new boundaries for each council ward across the district.
The Commission’s final recommendations propose that Ashfield should be represented by 35 councillors in the future, two more than the current arrangements. The recommendations also propose that those councillors should represent 13 single-member wards, eight two-member wards and two three-member wards across the district.
Max Caller, Chair of the Commission, said, “We are extremely grateful to the people of Ashfield 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 district, 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 across the district.”
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 2015.
For further information contact the Commission’s press office on: 0207 664 8530/8534 or email: email@example.com
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