The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has published its final recommendations for new electoral arrangements for Elmbridge Borough Council.
Today’s publication follows an eight-week public consultation on its draft proposals and draws new boundaries for each council ward across Elmbridge.
The Commission’s final recommendations propose that Elmbridge should be represented by 48 councillors in the future: twelve fewer than the current arrangement. The recommendations also propose that those councillors should represent sixteen three-member wards across the borough.
Professor Colin Mellors, Chair the Commission, said, “We are extremely grateful to people across Elmbridge 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 Elmbridge.”
In response to representations made to it on the draft recommendations, the Commission has made changes to the draft proposals it originally put forward for consultation last summer. For example, the Commission proposes that the area between Portsmouth Road and Thorkhill Road should be part of the Thames Ditton ward rather than Long Ditton ward as proposed in the draft recommendations. During consultation in its draft proposals, the Commission received persuasive evidence on community identities in this part of Elmbridge and has changed its recommendations to reflect them.
The Commission has also made a small amendment to the boundary of its proposed Hersham Village ward so that it will include Hersham library. In response to public consultation, the Commission has also amended its proposed boundary between Walton North and Walton South wards to provide for a clearer boundary that better reflects community ties.
Elsewhere in the borough, the Commission has confirmed its draft recommendations as final. 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 2016.
For further information contact the Commission’s press office on: 0330 500 1250/1525 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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