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Local electoral arrangements finalised for Woking Borough Council

20th January 2015

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

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

The Commission’s final recommendations propose that Woking should be represented by 30 councillors in the future: six fewer than the current arrangement. The recommendations also propose that those councillors should represent ten three-member wards across the borough.

Max Caller, Chair of the Commission, said, “We are extremely grateful to people across Woking 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 in Woking.”

In response to representations made to it on the draft recommendations, the Commission has made changes to the draft proposals it originally put forward for consultation in July 2014. For example, the Commission proposes to rename Sheerwater ward as Canalside ward. In addition, the final recommendations include Old Avenue, Hollies Avenue and Woodlands Avenue in the Byfleet & West Byfleet ward rather than Canalside (Sheerwater) ward as put forward in the draft recommendations.

Elsewhere in the borough, the Commission has made minor changes to the draft recommendations as a result of representations made during consultation. 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.

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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/current-reviews/south-east/surrey/woking-fer or: https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/2341.