The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has published its final recommendations for new electoral arrangements for the London Borough of Redbridge.
Today’s publication follows an eight-week public consultation on its draft proposals and draws new boundaries for each council ward across Redbridge.
The Commission’s final recommendations propose that Redbridge should be represented by 63 councillors in the future: the same as the current arrangement. The recommendations also propose that those councillors should represent nineteen three-member wards and three two-member wards across the borough.
Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said, “We are extremely grateful to people across Redbridge 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 in Redbridge.”
In response to representations made to the Commission during consultation, the Commission has made changes to the draft proposals published in June. For example, in the west of the borough, the Commission has altered its draft recommendations so that the Snaresbrook community will be part of the Wanstead ward rather than South Woodford as previously proposed. Similarly, the area around Charlie Browns roundabout is included in the South Woodford ward rather than Wanstead as proposed in the draft plans. The Commission was persuaded by local submissions that the new pattern of wards reflects community ties in that part of the borough.
Elsewhere in the borough the Commission has made minor changes to its draft proposals to ensure that ward boundaries are easily identifiable.
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 1250/1525 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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