The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has published its final recommendations for new electoral arrangements for Stroud District Council.
Today’s publication follows an eleven-week public consultation on its draft proposals and draws new boundaries for each council ward across Stroud.
The Commission’s final recommendations propose that Stroud 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 nine three-member wards, six two-member wards and twelve single-member wards across the district.
Max Caller, Chair of the Commission, said, “We are extremely grateful to people across Stroud 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 in Stroud.”
Following public consultation earlier in the year, the Commission has made amendments to its draft proposals for Stroud Uplands, Stroud Valley and Stroud Central wards so that the new ward boundaries deliver electoral equality for voters and reflect the shape of communities.
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: 0330 500 1525 / 1250 or email: email@example.com
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