The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has published its final recommendations for new electoral arrangements for Harrogate Borough Council.
Today’s publication follows an eight-week public consultation on its draft proposals and draws new boundaries for each council ward across Harrogate.
The Commission’s final recommendations propose that Harrogate should be represented by 40 councillors in the future: fourteen fewer than the current arrangement. The recommendations also propose that those councillors should represent 40 single-member wards across the borough.
Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said, “We are extremely grateful to people across Harrogate 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 Harrogate.”
In response to representations made to it during consultation, the Commission has changed some of the proposals it put forward in June. For example, the Commission was persuaded by evidence to alter the proposed names of two wards in Knaresborough. As such, the proposed Knaresborough Scriven ward will be called Knaresborough Scriven Park and Knaresborough Tentergate ward is named Knaresborough Castle.
Elsewhere in the borough, the Commission has amended its proposed boundary between Harrogate High Harrogate ward and Harrogate Kingsley ward to ensure that each councillor represents roughly the same number of voters.
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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