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Local electoral arrangements finalised for Wellingborough

25th February 2014

Local electoral arrangements finalised for Wellingborough

25th February 2014

The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has published its final recommendations for new electoral arrangements for Wellingborough Borough Council.

Today’s publication follows a twelve-week public consultation on its draft proposals and draws new boundaries for each council ward across the borough.

The Commission’s final recommendations propose that Wellingborough should be represented by 36 councillors in the future, the same as the current arrangements. The recommendations also propose that those councillors should represent three single-member, six two-member and seven three-member wards across the borough.

Max Caller, Chair of the Commission, said, “We are extremely grateful to the people of Wellingborough 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 borough, 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 Wellingborough.”

In its final recommendations, and in response to views submitted during consultation, the Commission proposes to alter its draft recommendations in some parts of the borough. For example, the Commission has made three minor amendments to its draft recommendations in in Wellingborough town to ensure that the new ward boundaries reflect local communities. In addition, the Commission has also changed the names of two of the wards it put forward last year. Gleneagles ward will be known as Redwell ward and Redhill ward is re-named Rixon ward.

Elsewhere in the borough, 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 2015.

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For further information contact the Commission’s press office on: 0207 664 8530/8534 or email: press@lgbce.org.uk

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/east-midlands/northamptonshire/wellingborough-fer or at https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/648/la=317