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Local electoral arrangements for Bromsgrove finalised

21st June 2013

Local electoral arrangements for Bromsgrove finalised

25th June 2013

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

Today’s publication follows an eight-week public consultation last year followed by a further six-week consultation on draft proposals in the Spring. The review draws new boundaries for each council ward across Bromsgrove.

The Commission’s final recommendations propose that Bromsgrove should be represented by 31 councillors in the future, eight fewer than the current arrangements. The recommendations also propose that those councillors should represent 29 single-member wards and one two-member ward for the district.

Max Caller, Chair of the Commission, said, “We are extremely grateful to the people of Bromsgrove 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 district, 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 interests of communities across Bromsgrove.”

The Commission considered the evidence put to it during the previous phases of consultation and has made changes to its original recommendations. In particular, the final recommendations propose a two-member ward which brings together the areas of Bell Heath, Belbroughton, Romsley and Bournheath. In previous phases of the review, the Commission had proposed splitting one or more parts of the proposed Belbroughton & Romsley ward between other wards.

The final recommendations also ensure that the Hagley area is included in a single-member Hagley East and single-member Hagley West ward. Some parts of Hagley and previously been included with other council wards in the earlier draft recommendations.

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 borough 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 (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 interactive maps) can be viewed at https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/685/la=206 and www.lgbce.org.uk/all-reviews/west-midlands/worcestershire/bromsgrove-fer.