The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has published its final recommendations for new electoral arrangements for Sheffield City Council.
Today’s publication follows a twelve-week public consultation on its draft proposals and draws new boundaries for each council ward across Sheffield.
The Commission’s final recommendations propose that Sheffield should be represented by 84 city councillors in the future: the same as the current arrangement. The recommendations also propose that those councillors should represent 28 three-member wards across the city.
Max Caller, Chair of the Commission, said, “We are extremely grateful to people across Sheffield 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 city, 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 Sheffield.”
In response to representations made to it on the draft recommendations, the Commission has made changes to the draft proposals it originally put forward for consultation in October 2014. For example, the final recommendations include the Highfield area in City ward. In its draft recommendations, the Commission had proposed that the area should be included in the Park & Arbourthorne ward. However, strong local evidence was presented to the Commission to suggest that its inclusion in the City ward would be a better reflection of local community interests and identities.
As a consequence to the changes the Commission is making to the draft recommendations in the central part of the city, it proposes further amendments to its draft recommendations. For example, the Commission now proposes that part of the Netherthorpe area should be included in the Walkley ward. In addition, the Commission has decided to amend the proposed Park & Arbourthorne ward so that its boundaries will be almost identical to the current arrangements.
The Commission also proposes that its draft recommendations for the central part of the city are amended so that the Broomhall community is included in the re-named Broomhill & Sharrow Vale ward.
Elsewhere in Sheffield, the Commission makes amendments to its draft recommendations so that the Lower Bradway area is included in the Dore & Totley ward. The Commission proposes that the village of Ringinglow should also be part of Dore & Totley ward. The changes come as a result of feedback received during consultation.
Other changes to the names of wards put forward in the draft recommendations include changing the Foxhill & Chaucer ward to Southey ward. Similarly, Crookes ward is re-named as Crookes & Crosspool ward.
Elsewhere in the city, the Commission has made minor changes to the draft recommendations as a result of representations made during consultation. 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 2016.
For further information contact the Commission’s press office on: 0207 664 8530/8534 or email: email@example.com
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