The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has published its final recommendations for new electoral arrangements for Lichfield District Council.
Today’s publication follows an eleven-week public consultation on its draft proposals and draws new boundaries for each council ward across the district.
The Commission’s final recommendations propose that Lichfield should be represented by 47 councillors in the future, nine fewer than the current arrangements. The recommendations also propose that those councillors should represent five single-member wards, nine two-member wards and eight three-member wards across the district.
Max Caller, Chair of the Commission, said, “We are extremely grateful to the people of Lichfield 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 district, 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 the district.”
In its final recommendations, and in response to views submitted during consultation, the Commission proposes to alter some of the recommendations it put forward for consultation. For example, in response to local feedback, the Commission now recommends that Wigginton and Hopwas parish should not be divided between two district wards as previously proposed. Instead, the Commission now recommends that the whole parish is included in the Whittington & Streethay ward.
The Commission has also listened to local views and now proposes that the parish of Swinfen and Packington should be part of the Bourne Vale ward rather than Whittington and Streethay ward as put forward in the draft recommendations.
With the exception of one further amendment to its draft recommendations in the Blake Street area in the south of the district, the Commission confirms its draft recommendations for new ward boundaries and ward names as final.
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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