The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has published its final recommendations for new electoral arrangements for South Hams District Council.
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 Hams should be represented by 31 councillors in the future, nine fewer than the current arrangements. The recommendations also propose that those councillors should represent eleven single-member, seven two-member and two three-member wards across the district.
Max Caller, Chair of the Commission, said, “We are extremely grateful to the people of South Hams 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 district, 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 Hams.”
In its final recommendations, and in response to views submitted during consultation, the Commission proposes to alter the names of six of the wards it put forward as part of its draft recommendations. As such, the proposed Bigbury & Modbury ward is re-named Charterlands ward, Halwell & Stoke Fleming ward becomes Blackawton & Stoke Fleming ward, Dartmouth & Kingswear ward becomes Dartmouth & East Dart ward, Ashprington & Cornworthy ward becomes West Dart, East Allington ward becomes Allington & Strete ward and Aveton Gifford ward is re-named Loddiswell & Aveton Gifford ward.
Elsewhere, the Commission confirms its draft recommendations for new ward boundaries and ward names as final.
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:
1. 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.
2. Full details of the Commission’s final recommendations (including maps) can be viewed at www.lgbce.org.uk/all-reviews/south-west/devon/south-hams-fer/ or at https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/650/la=142