Today’s publication follows a twelve-week public consultation on its draft proposals and draws new boundaries for each council ward across the district.
The Commission’s final recommendations propose that South Kesteven should be represented by 56 councillors in the future: two fewer than the current arrangements. The recommendations also propose that those councillors should represent eight single-member, 18 two-member and four three-member wards across the district.
Max Caller, Chair of the Commission, said, “We are extremely grateful to the people of South Kesteven who took the time and effort to send us their views. The Commission considered every piece of evidence it received before finalising these recommendations.
“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 South Kesteven.”
In response to views expressed by local people and organisations, the Commission has made changes to the names of some of the wards it put forward as part of its draft recommendations. In particular, the final recommendations re-name Grantham Priory ward as Grantham St Wulfram’s ward and Fenside ward reverts to Aveland ward as the area is currently known. In addition, the Commission has opted for the name Bourne Austerby for the ward in the east of the district rather than Austerby as originally proposed.
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
Notes to editors:
The Local Government Boundary Commission for England is responsible for reviewing local authority electoral arrangements, e.g. defining boundaries for local elections and the number of councillors to be elected and – separately - for conducting reviews of local government external boundaries and structure.
Full details of the Commission’s final recommendations (including maps) can be viewed at https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/791/la=122.