The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has published its final recommendations for new electoral arrangements for Three Rivers 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 Three Rivers should be represented by 39 councillors in the future, nine fewer than the current arrangements. The recommendations also propose that those councillors should represent 13 three-member wards across the district.
Max Caller, Chair of the Commission, said, “We are extremely grateful to the people of Three Rivers district 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 Three Rivers.”
In response to the views submitted during the consultation, the Commission proposes some changes to the draft recommendations it put forward in April.
In the Abbots Langley area, the Commission proposes to alter its previous recommendations so that the town of Abbots Langley is included in a three-member ward with Bedmond. The recommendation means that the areas of Primrose Hill, Langleybury and Hunton Bridge are included together in the three-member Gade Valley ward. The draft recommendations had proposed to divide the town of Abbots Langley.
The Commission has also changed its draft recommendations so that the three-member Croxleyhall Wood ward should be called Dickinsons ward in response to submissions made during consultation.
The final recommendations also make minor amendments to the draft boundary between Rickmansworth Town and Moor Park & Eastbury wards in line with comments made during consultation.
Elsewhere, the Commission confirms its draft recommendations 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 2014.Ends
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/eastern/hertfordshire/three-rivers-fer or at consultation.lgbce.org.uk