The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has published its final recommendations for new electoral arrangements for Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council.
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Today’s publication follows public consultation on its draft proposals earlier this year and draws new boundaries for each council ward across Rotherham.
The Commission’s final recommendations propose that Rotherham should be represented by 59 councillors in the future: four fewer than the current arrangement. The recommendations also propose that those councillors should represent nine three-councillor wards and sixteen two-councillor wards across the borough.
Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said, “We are extremely grateful to people across Rotherham 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 Rotherham.”
In response to local feedback during consultation, the Commission has made some changes to the proposals it published in July. For example, the Commission previously proposed that the Sledgate Lane and Moorlands area in the east of the borough should be part of the Wickersley North ward. As a result of local representations about local community ties, the Commission has decided to include these areas in Thurcroft & Wickersley South ward instead.
In the north of the borough, the Commission also received local representations that argued for houses on Golden Smithies Lane to be part of Wath ward rather than the Swinton Rockingham ward as proposed by the Commission. The Commission has listened to views on local interests and identities and agreed that the area should be part of Wath 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: email@example.com
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