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Local electoral arrangements finalised for City of Lincoln Council

17th February 2015

Embargoed until 00:01 on 17 February 2015

 

The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has published its final recommendations for new electoral arrangements for City of Lincoln Council.

 

Today’s publication follows a twelve-week public consultation on its draft proposals and draws new boundaries for each council ward across Lincoln.

 

The Commission’s final recommendations propose that Lincoln should continue to be represented by 33 councillors in the future. The recommendations also propose that those councillors should represent eleven three-member wards across the city.

 

Max Caller, Chair of the Commission, said, “We are extremely grateful to people across Lincoln 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 city, 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 in Lincoln.”

 

In response to public consultation on the draft recommendations, the Commission has made a change to the name of a ward it proposed in its draft recommendations. As such, the Bracebridge ward - to the south of the city - will be called Witham ward.

 

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 2016.

 

Ends

 

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.

 

  1. Full details of the Commission’s final recommendations (including maps) can be viewed at: www.lgbce.org.uk/all-reviews/east-midlands/lincolnshire/lincoln-fer

or https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/2768.