The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has published its final recommendations for new electoral arrangements for Eastleigh Borough Council.
Today’s publication follows an eight-week public consultation on its draft proposals and draws new boundaries for each council ward across Eastleigh.
The Commission’s final recommendations propose that Eastleigh should be represented by 39 councillors in the future: five fewer than the current arrangement. The recommendations also propose that those councillors should represent eleven three-member wards and three two-member wards across the borough.
Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said, “We are extremely grateful to people across Eastleigh 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 in Eastleigh.”
In response to representations made to the Commission during consultation, the Commission has changed its recommendations in the south of the borough. The Commission was persuaded by evidence presented to it that the Ingleside estate shared closer community ties with Netley Abbey than with Burlesdon and Hound. The Commission’s final recommendations therefore propose that the estate should be part of the Hamble & Netley ward rather than Burlesdon & Hound North ward.
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 2018.
For further information contact the Commission’s press office on: 0330 500 1250/1525 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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