The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has published its final recommendations for new electoral arrangements for City of York Council.
Today’s publication follows several phases of public consultation and draws new boundaries for each council ward across the city.
The Commission’s final recommendations propose that York should be represented by 47 councillors in the future: the same as the current arrangements. The recommendations also propose that those councillors should represent five single-member wards, six two-member wards and ten three-member wards across the city.
Max Caller, Chair of the Commission, said, “We are extremely grateful to the people of York who took the time and effort to send us their views. The Commission considered every piece of evidence it received before finalising the recommendations.
“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 York.”
The Commission held an additional phase of consultation earlier this year to ensure that the University of York campus is included in the three-member Hull Road ward. Under the Commission’s previous proposals, the campus would have been split between two wards.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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