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Local electoral arrangements finalised for Corby Borough Council

29th July 2014

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

 

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

 

The Commission’s final recommendations propose that Corby should continue to be represented by 29 councillors in the future. The recommendations also propose that those councillors should represent one single-member ward, five two-member wards and six three-member wards across the borough.

 

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

 

In light of feedback received during the public consultation, the Commission proposes to alter part of the recommendations it put forward in January. In its draft recommendations, the Commission proposed that three streets to the north of the town of Corby, namely Hooke Close, Watson Close and White Post Court should be part of the Rural West ward. Following representations made during consultation, the Commission believes the three streets share closer community ties with the urban Rowlett ward. The Commission has therefore altered its recommendations to reflect the change

 

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.

 

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/current-reviews/east-midlands/northamptonshire/corby-fer

or: https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/785.