The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) has published its final recommendations for new local government electoral arrangements for Bedford Borough Council.
Today’s publication follows months of public consultation and draws boundaries for each ward across Bedford. The Commission published its draft recommendations, which provided for a council of 40 members, in May 2010. Having considered the council’s new responsibilities as a unitary authority and its views on the representational role of councillors in the local community, the LGBCE today confirms that figure in its final recommendations.
In addition, the pattern of wards announced today will ensure electoral equality for local voters as well as recommending a pattern of wards that reflect natural communities and encourage effective and convenient local government.
Max Caller, Chair of the LGBCE, said: “We’re extremely grateful to all those people across Bedford who took the time and effort to send us their views.The review has been driven by engagement with the local community whose input has been incredibly valuable throughout.We believe the recommendations we’re announcing today will deliver fair and easily identifiable electoral arrangements which are so important for democracy”
The proposed new arrangements must now be implemented by Parliament. An Order – the legal document which brings into force the recommendations – will be laid in Parliament in the coming weeks. The draft order allows for the new electoral arrangements to come into force for the next council elections in May 2011.
Full details of the final recommendations (including maps) can be found at www.lgbce.org.uk
For further information contact the Local Government Boundary Commission for England
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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 for conducting reviews of local government external boundaries and structure.
2. Table of new electoral wards for Bedford Borough Council: