The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has published its final recommendations for new electoral arrangements for Leeds City Council.
Today’s publication follows public consultation on its draft proposals last year and draws new boundaries for each council ward across Leeds.
The Commission’s final recommendations propose that Leeds should be represented by 99 city councillors in the future: the same as the current arrangement. The recommendations also propose that those councillors should represent 33 three-councillor wards across the city.
Sir Tony Redmond, Deputy Chair of the Commission, said, “We are extremely grateful to people across Leeds who took part in the review. The Commission has looked at all the evidence that was put forward during the consultation.
“We believe these recommendations deliver electoral fairness for voters as well as reflecting community ties throughout Leeds.”
In response to local feedback during consultation, the Commission has made changes to some of its proposals. For example, in the west of the city, the Commission has amended its proposals so that the Bramley Shopping Centre is now included in Bramley & Stanningley ward rather than Armley ward as previously suggested.
The Commission has also listened to local views which suggested that the Varley Street and Richardshaw Road area should be part of the Pudsey ward rather than Calverley & Farsley ward as the Commission had proposed in its draft recommendations.
In the south-west of the city, the Commission received representations which proposed that the Woodlands Drive area should be included in the Middleton Park ward rather than the Ardsley & Robin Hood ward. Given the strength of the evidence, the Commission has changed it recommendations accordingly.
In its draft recommendations, the Commission had proposed for the Red Hall Lane area to be included in Harewood ward. However, local evidence presented to commissioners during consultation persuaded them that the area should be part of the Cross Gates & Whinmoor ward. The recommendations therefore include this amendment.
The Commission has also made a minor change to its draft proposals for the centre of the city by including Woodhouse Moor park in Little London & Woodhouse ward. The Commission had previously included the park in the Headingly & Hyde Park ward.
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 1525 / 1250 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to editors:
2. The electoral review of Leeds City Council is a separate undertaking from the review of parliamentary constituency boundaries which is being carried out by a separate body (Boundary Commission for England) under different rules and legislation.