Today’s publication follows a twelve-week public consultation on its draft proposals and draws new boundaries for each council ward across the district.
The Commission’s final recommendations propose that Braintree and surrounding areas should be represented by 49 councillors in the future, eleven fewer than the current arrangements. The recommendations also propose that those councillors should represent six single-member wards, seventeen two-member wards and three three-member wards across the district.
Max Caller, Chair of the Commission, said, “We are extremely grateful to people in Braintree and across the wider district 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 Braintree and outlying areas.”
In light of feedback received during the public consultation, the Commission proposes to alter parts of the recommendations it put forward in January. For example, the Commission now proposes to change the names of three wards it put forward as part of the draft recommendations. As such, Braintree Blackwater, Kelvedon and Witham Maltings wards have been renamed Bocking Blackwater, Kelvedon & Feering and Witham South respectively.
Elsewhere in the district, the Commission has agreed to alter its draft recommendation for the boundary between Braintree Central & Beckers Green and Braintree Blackwater wards so that properties on that part of Coggeshall Road are not separated by a ward boundary.
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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