The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has published its final recommendations for new electoral arrangements for North Norfolk District Council.
Today’s publication follows public consultation on its draft proposals last year and draws new boundaries for each council ward across North Norfolk.
The Commission’s final recommendations propose that North Norfolk should be represented by 40 district councillors in the future: eight fewer than the current arrangement. The recommendations also propose that those councillors should represent 24 one-councillor wards and eight two-councillor wards across the district.
Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said, “We are extremely grateful to people across North Norfolk 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 North Norfolk.”
In response to local feedback during consultation, the Commission has made changes to some of its proposals. For example, in the south-east of the district, the Commission received local representations that objected to the Commission’s proposal to include Barton Turf & Irstead and Neatishead parishes in different wards. Local people and organisations argued that the two areas shared community ties.
In response to the representations made, the Commission has decided to combine its proposed wards of Hoveton and Tunstead to create a Hoveton & Tunstead ward which will be represented by two councillors. The proposal means that Barton Turf & Irstead and Neatishead will be part of the same council ward.
In the north of the district, the Commission had previously proposed that the parish of Upper Sheringham should be included in the Coastal ward and that Stiffkey parish should be part of the Priory ward. However, local representations suggested that Upper Sheringham should be included with other Sheringham wards and that Stiffkey should be part of the Coastal ward. The Commission has listened to those views and the parish of Upper Sheringham will form part of the Sheringham South ward and Stiffkey will be included in the Coastal 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 2019.
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 North Norfolk District 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.