The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has published its final recommendations for new electoral arrangements for Chichester District Council.
Today’s publication follows public consultation on its draft proposals earlier this year and draws new boundaries for each council ward across Chichester.
The Commission’s final recommendations propose that Chichester should be represented by 36 district councillors in the future: twelve fewer than the current arrangement. The recommendations also propose that those councillors should represent two three-member wards, eleven two-member wards and eight single-member wards across the district.
Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said, “We are extremely grateful to people across Chichester 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 Chichester.”
In response to local feedback, the Commission has made amendments to the draft proposals it published in August. For example, the Commission has included the parish of Elsted & Treyford in Harting ward rather than Midhurst as originally proposed. Local people and organisations argued that the parish shared closer community ties with other parishes in the Harting area.
In Chichester, the Commission has changed its recommendations following local feedback so that the Pound Farm area will be part of the Chichester East ward rather than Chichester South as previously proposed. Similarly, the Commission has agreed to amend its recommendations so that part of the Velyn Avenue area remains part of the Chichester South ward rather than being included in Chichester Central.
The Commission has also listened to local representations on its proposed ward names and has amended Bosham & Donnington ward so that it will now be called Harbour Villages.
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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