The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has published its final recommendations for new electoral arrangements for High Peak Borough Council.
Today’s publication follows a ten-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 High Peak should continue to be represented by 43 councillors in the future. The recommendations also propose that those councillors should represent 14 single-member wards, 13 two-member wards and one three-member ward across the borough.
Max Caller, Chair of the Commission, said, “We are extremely grateful to people across High Peak 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 High Peak.”
In response to representations made to us during consultation, we have made some changes to the draft recommendations. For example, in Old Glossop, the final recommendations propose that the Shirebrook area is included in a two-member Old Glossop ward. The Commission believes that the areas share community interests and identity but had been separated under the draft proposals.
The Commission’s draft recommendations had also proposed a three-member Hadfield South & Gamesley ward. Following consideration of views expressed during consultation, the Commission has decided to alter that recommendation and, instead, recommends a two-member Hadfield South ward alongside a single-member Gamesley ward. The Commission was persuaded by local people and organisations that this arrangement provides a better reflection of community identity in this part of High Peak.
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.
For further information contact the Commission’s press office on: 0207 664 8530/8534 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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