The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has published its final recommendations for new electoral arrangements for the Council of the Isles of Scilly.
Today’s publication follows public consultation on its draft proposals earlier this year.
The Commission’s final recommendations propose that 16 councillors should be elected to the council in the future: five fewer than the current arrangement.
The recommendations also propose that twelve councillors should represent St Mary’s with one councillor elected to each of the four off-islands.
Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said, “We are extremely grateful to the local people who took part in the review. The Commission has looked at all the evidence that was put forward during the consultation.”
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 weeks. The draft Order provides for the new electoral arrangements to come into force at the council elections in 2017.
For further information contact the Commission’s press office on: 0330 500 1525 / 1250 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to editors:
1. The Local Government Boundary Commission for England is responsible for reviewing local authority electoral arrangements, e.g. defining boundaries for local elections and the number of councillors to be elected and – separately - for conducting reviews of local government external boundaries and structure.