The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has published its final recommendations for new electoral arrangements for Arun District Council.
Today’s publication follows an eight-week public consultation on its draft proposals and draws new boundaries for wards across Arun District.
The Commission’s final recommendations propose that Arun should be represented by 54 councillors in the future: two fewer than the current arrangements. The recommendations propose that those councillors should represent eight three-member wards and 15 two-member wards across the district.
Max Caller, Chair of the Commission, said, “We are grateful to the local people and organisations who took the time and effort to send us their views. The Commission considered every piece of evidence it received before finalising these recommendations.
“In response to the views submitted to us during the consultation, we are proposing some changes to the recommendations we put forward last year. For example, we propose to alter our draft recommendations so that there is a two-member Ferring ward which covers the parish area only and does not take in any of Angmering parish as we previously proposed.
“Our changes for Ferring also mean we are now able to propose that the boundaries of East Preston ward and Rustington East ward will remain the same as they are at the moment. These changes support the views of local people who contacted us during the consultation phase.
“In the Littlehampton area, we are also proposing to change some of the names we put forward as part of our draft recommendations. As such, we now propose that Central ward should be called River ward and the ward we had recommended to call Wick with Toddington should be called Courtwick with Toddington.
“Overall, our recommendations will deliver electoral equality for local people where every councillor represents a similar number of voters. At the same time, the pattern of wards reflects, as far as possible, local community identities and interests.”
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 next few months. The draft Order provides for the new electoral arrangements to come into force at the district council elections in 2015.
For further information contact the Commission’s press office on: 0207 664 8530/8534 or email: email@example.com
Notes to editors:
1. The Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) 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/south-east/west-sussex/arun-fer or at consultation.lgbce.org.uk
3. The electoral review of Arun District Council is a separate undertaking from the review of parliamentary constituency boundaries which was carried out by a separate body (Boundary Commission for England) under different rules and legislation.