The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has published its final recommendations for new electoral arrangements for Ribble Valley Borough Council.
Today’s publication follows public consultation on its draft proposals earlier this year and draws new boundaries for each council ward across Ribble Valley.
The Commission’s final recommendations propose that Ribble Valley should be represented by 40 borough councillors in the future: the same as the current arrangement. The recommendations also propose that those councillors should represent fourteen two-councillor wards and twelve one-councillor wards across the borough.
Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said, “We are extremely grateful to people across Ribble Valley 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 Ribble Valley.”
In response to local feedback during consultation, the Commission has made changes to its draft recommendations. For example, In its draft proposals, the Commission had included the parish of Bowland Forest Lower Division in a Waddington ward and had included the parishes of Great Mitton and Little Mitton in a Hurst Green & Mitton ward. Given the strength of evidence about local community ties in this part of the borough, the Commission has changed its recommendations so that Bowland Forest Lower Division will be part of a Hurst Green & Whitewell ward whilst the parishes of Great Mitton and Little Mitton will be part of the Waddington, Bashall Eaves & Mitton ward.
The Commission has also renamed its proposed West Bradford ward as West Bradford & Grindleton ward to reflect local evidence submitted during the consultation phase of the review.
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
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