The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has published its final recommendations for new electoral arrangements for South Norfolk Council.
Today’s publication follows public consultation on its draft proposals last year and draws new boundaries for each council ward across South Norfolk.
The Commission’s final recommendations propose that South Norfolk should be represented by 46 councillors in the future: the same as the current arrangement. The recommendations also propose that those councillors should represent five three-councillor wards, ten two-councillor wards and eleven single-councillor ward across the council area.
Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said, “We are extremely grateful to people across South Norfolk 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 Norfolk.”
In response to local feedback on its draft recommendations, the Commission has made changes to some of its proposals. For example, the Commission has combined the proposed Stoke Holy Cross ward with its proposed Mulbarton ward. The change comes as a result of local responses to consultation which suggested that some parishes in the proposed Stoke Holy Cross ward share closer community ties to the Mulbarton area and should therefore be part of the same ward.
Elsewhere in the district, the Commission has changed the names of two wards it put forward for consultation in December last year. As such, Dickleburgh & Scole ward becomes Beck Vale, Dickleburgh & Scole ward. The proposed Diss ward is also renamed as Diss & Roydon.
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:
2. The electoral review of South Norfolk Council is a separate undertaking from the review of parliamentary constituency boundaries which is being carried out by a separate body (Boundary Commission for England) under different rules and legislation.