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 West Devon should be represented by 31 councillors in the future, the same as current arrangements. The recommendations also propose that those councillors should represent two three-member wards, nine two-member wards and seven single-member wards across the borough.
Max Caller, Chair of the Commission, said, “We are extremely grateful to people across West Devon 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 West Devon.”
In light of feedback received during the public consultation, the Commission proposes to alter some of the recommendations it put forward in April. For example, in the rural centre of the borough, the Commission has moved away from its original proposal for a two-member Dartmoor ward in favour of two single-member wards called Dartmoor and Mary Tavy.
The Commission has done the same in the west of the borough where the draft two-member Tamarside ward is now two single-member wards: Tamarside and Milton Ford. In both these cases the Commission was persuaded that two smaller wards in this part of the borough would be a better reflection of local community identities.
As a consequence of the changes to Dartmoor and Mary Tavy the parish of Lydford is now included in Bridestowe ward rather than Dartmoor ward as previously proposed.
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.
For further information contact the Commission’s press office on: 0207 664 8530/8534 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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