Today’s publication follows an eight-week public consultation on its draft proposals and draws new boundaries for each council ward across Gloucester.
The Commission’s final recommendations propose that Gloucester should be represented by 39 councillors in the future: three more than the current arrangement. The recommendations also propose that those councillors should represent five three-member wards, eleven two-member wards and two single-member across the city.
Max Caller, Chair of the Commission, said, “We are extremely grateful to people across Gloucester 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 and surrounding areas, 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 Gloucester.”
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 in January. In particular, the Commission has changed its recommendations to the south west of the city to better reflect the communities in the Quedgeley and Kingsway areas. In response to local views, the Commission has made substantial amendments to its original proposal for two three-member wards in this part of the city in favour of three two-member wards whose boundaries better reflect local community interests and identities.
Elsewhere in Gloucester, the Commission has made minor changes to the draft recommendations as a result of representations made during consultation and, in particular, to reflect the use of open space in the city. Full details of the changes and 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 1525 / 1250 or email: email@example.com
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