The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has published its final recommendations for new electoral arrangements for Teignbridge District Council.
Today’s publication follows public consultation on its draft proposals last year and draws new boundaries for each council ward across Teignbridge.
The Commission’s final recommendations propose that Teignbridge should be represented by 47 district councillors in the future: one more than the current arrangement. The recommendations also propose that those councillors should represent five three-councillor wards, thirteen two-councillor wards and six single-councillor wards across the district.
Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said, “We are extremely grateful to people across Teignbridge 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 Teignbridge.”
In response to local feedback, the Commission has made amendments to the draft proposals it published for consultation last year. For example, in the northern part of the district, the Commission has changed its recommendations so that the parishes of Dunsford and Tedburn St Mary will be part of the Teign Valley ward. The parishes had previously been included in a Tedburn & Moretonhampstead ward.
The Commission has also amended its proposal for a single-councillor Whitestone & Ide ward alongside a two-councillor Exminster & Kenn ward. In response to a local proposal, the Commission has agreed to merge the two areas to form a Kenn Valley ward to be represented by three councillors.
The Commission also received representations that opposed the draft proposal to include Moretonhampstead parish in a Tedburn & Moretonhampstead ward. After listening to local views, the Commission has amended the recommendations so that Moretonhampstead will form its own ward to be represented by one councillor.
In the south of the district, the Commission heard arguments that favoured the parishes of Bickington and Woodland being part of the Woodland in Ashburton & Buckfastleigh ward. The Commission has listened to the arguments and changed the proposed ward boundaries accordingly.
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
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