The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has published its final recommendations for new electoral arrangements for Manchester City Council.
Today’s publication follows public consultation on its draft proposals last year and draws new boundaries for each council ward across Manchester.
The Commission’s final recommendations propose that Manchester should be represented by 96 city councillors in the future: the same as the current arrangement. The recommendations also propose that those councillors should represent 32 three-councillor wards across the city.
Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said, “We are extremely grateful to people across Manchester 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 Manchester.”
In response to local feedback during consultation, the Commission has made changes to some of its proposals. For example, Piccadilly Gardens will be part of the Piccadilly ward rather than Deansgate ward as previously proposed.
In the north of the city, the Commission has also listened to local views that suggested Broadhurst Park should be completely contained within Moston ward rather than divided between wards as suggested in the draft recommendations.
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: email@example.com
Notes to editors:
2. The electoral review of Manchester 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.