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Local electoral arrangements finalised for Breckland District Council

29th July 2014

The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has published its final recommendations for new electoral arrangements for Breckland District Council.

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 Breckland should be represented by 49 councillors in the future, five fewer than the current arrangements. The recommendations also propose that those councillors should represent nine single-member wards, fourteen two-member wards and four three-member wards across the district.

Max Caller, Chair of the Commission, said, “We are extremely grateful to the people of Breckland 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 Breckland.”

In light of feedback received during the public consultation, the Commission proposes to alter the recommendations it put forward in January. For example, the Commission now proposes that the parish of Wretham should be part of the All Saints and Wayland ward rather than the Forest ward as originally proposed.

Elsewhere in the district, the Commission has agreed to change some of the proposed names of wards in response to evidence presented during consultation. For example, the Commission has added ‘Attleborough’ to the two wards in Attleborough town, which now become Attleborough Queens & Besthorpe and Attleborough Burgh & Haverscroft.

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.

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For further information contact the Commission’s press office on: 0207 664 8530/8534 or email: press@lgbce.org.uk

Notes to editors:

  1. The Local Government Boundary Commission for England is responsible for reviewing local authority electoral arrangements, e.g. defining boundaries for local elections and the number of councillors to be elected and – separately - for conducting reviews of local government external boundaries and structure.
  2. Full details of the Commission’s final recommendations (including maps) can be viewed at www.lgbce.org.uk/current-reviews/eastern/norfolk/breckland-fer or: https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/792.