The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has published its final recommendations for new electoral arrangements for South Lakeland District Council.
Today’s publication follows public consultation on its draft proposals earlier this year and draws new boundaries for each council ward across South Lakeland.
The Commission’s final recommendations propose that South Lakeland should be represented by 51 district councillors in the future: the same as the current arrangement. The recommendations also propose that those councillors should represent fifteen three-member wards and three two-member wards across the district.
Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said, “We are extremely grateful to people across South Lakeland 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 South Lakeland.”
In response to local feedback, the Commission has made amendments to its draft proposals. Following local feedback, the Commission has amended its proposals for Kendal to provide a better reflection of local community identities in the town and surrounding areas.
In Windermere, the Commission has listened to local views on its recommendations and made changes to them. In particular, a previous proposal to include part of Windermere in the Ambleside & Grasmere ward has been amended
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
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.
The review has only considered council ward and division boundaries. It is a separate undertaking from the review of parliamentary constituency boundaries which is led by a different organisation, under unrelated rules and on a different timetable.
Full details of the Commission’s final recommendations (including maps) can be viewed at: www.lgbce.org.uk/current-reviews/north-west/cumbria/south-lakeland or https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/5403.