Today’s publication follows a ten-week public consultation on its draft proposals and draws new boundaries for each council ward across the borough.
The Commission’s final recommendations propose that Poole should continue to be represented by 42 councillors in the future. The recommendations also propose that those councillors should represent six two-member wards and ten three-member wards across the borough.
Max Caller, Chair of the Commission, said, “We are extremely grateful to people across Poole 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 borough, 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 Poole.”
In light of feedback received during the public consultation, the Commission proposes to alter part of the recommendations it put forward in April. In particular, the Commission has decided to retain the existing boundary between Broadstone and Creekmoor wards. In its draft recommendations, the Commission had proposed that parts of the Broadstone ward, such as Edwina Drive, Twin Oaks Close and York Road, should be part of Creekmoor ward. However, after considering local representations made during consultation, the Commission has altered its recommendations so that the roads in question remain in the three-member Broadstone ward.
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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