The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has published its final recommendations for new electoral arrangements for the Lancaster City Council.
Today’s publication follows an eight-week public consultation on its draft proposals earlier in the year followed by a further six-week consultation in the summer. The recommendations propose new boundaries for each council ward across Lancaster.
The Commission’s final recommendations propose that Lancaster should be represented by 60 councillors in the future, the same as the current arrangements. The recommendations also propose that those councillors should represent 12 three-member wards, nine two-member wards and six single-member wards across Lancaster and surrounding areas.
The full recommendations and detailed maps are available on the Commission’s website at: https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/567/la=103
Max Caller, Chair of the Commission, said, “We are extremely grateful to the people of Lancaster 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 Lancaster and the 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 across Lancaster.”
In response to the views submitted during its original consultation in early 2013, the Commission published further draft recommendations in June which made significant changes to the original proposals in the Morecambe and Heysham areas as well as the North West part of the council area. Following a further six-week consultation in the summer, the Commission now proposes to adopt the changes in those areas as part of the final recommendations.
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.Ends
For further information contact the Commission’s press office on: 0207 664 8530/8534 or email: email@example.com
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.
2. Full details of the Commission’s final recommendations (including maps) can be viewed at www.lgbce.org.uk/all-reviews/north-west/lancashire/lancaster-fer or at consultation.lgbce.org.uk