Local electoral arrangements for Daventry finalised
27th September 2011
The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has published its final recommendations for new electoral arrangements for Daventry District Council.
Today’s publication follows a 12-week public consultation on its draft proposals and draws new boundaries for each council ward in Daventry. The draft recommendations, published in March 2011, provided for a council of 36 members (two fewer than at present) and the Commission today confirms that figure in its final recommendations.
The Commission’s final report proposes a pattern of eight three-member wards, four two-member and four single-member wards for the district.
Max Caller, Chair of the Commission, said: “We’re extremely grateful to the people of Daventry who took the time and effort to send us their views. The Commission considered every piece of evidence it received before finalising these recommendations.
“The recommendations for Daventry will deliver electoral equality for voters in local elections where the value of your vote is similar regardless of where you live in the district. We have also tried to ensure that the new electoral arrangements reflect, as far as possible, the identities and interests of local communities across Daventry.
“The Commission received high quality evidence from individuals and groups across Daventry in response to our draft recommendations. We’ve listened to those views and, as a result, we’ve made substantial alterations to the draft proposals.
“In particular, we have felt able to move away from a uniform pattern of three-member wards across Daventry where we were presented with evidence that single- or two-member wards better reflect the identity and interests of certain communities, particularly local parishes.
“In Braunston, for example, the parish council and local people made a strong case that their area had specific characteristics that meant its interests and identity would be better reflected by being part of a single-member ward. We’ve considered the arguments put to us and are proposing to change the draft recommendations to accommodate a single-member Braunston & Welton ward.
“Similarly, we’re proposing that the three-member Welford ward which covered the whole of the northern part of the district in our draft proposals should instead be a single-member Yelvertoft ward and a two-member Welford ward to reflect the differing concerns of the various parts of the north of the district.
“In the east of the district, we accepted the council’s view that Overstone and Moulton parishes have very different needs and identities compared to the parishes of Old, Holcot, Walgrave and Hannington. In response, we’re now proposing a separate two-member ward Moulton ward for Overstone and Moulton and a single-member Walgrave ward for the other parishes.
“The final proposals strike the balance between ensuring fair votes for local people and reflecting the identities of Daventry’s local communities.”
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 later in the year. The draft Order provides for new electoral arrangements which would come into force at the next local elections for Daventry in 2012.
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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 for conducting reviews of local government external boundaries and structure.
2. In its final recommendations, the Commission is proposing changes to its draft recommendations which were published in March 2011. The changes are proposed in four particular parts of Daventry:
- The Commission is proposing to move away from a three-member Braunston ward in favour of a single-member Braunston & Welton ward and a two-member Barby & Kilsby ward to reflect the different identities of that part of the district.
- The Commission also proposes to split the large Welford ward in the north of the district - which had been contained in the draft recommendations - in favour of a single-member Yelvertoft ward and a two-member Welford ward.
- In recognition of the differing needs of parishes on the fringe of Northampton, the Commission has also proposed to split the original three-member Boughton ward into a single-member Ravensthorpe ward and a two-member Spratton ward.
- Similarly, and in recognition of the different interests and identities of parishes in the east of Daventry District, the Commission is now proposing a single-member Walgrave ward and a two-member Moulton ward as part of its final recommendations.
3. Full details of the Commission’s final recommendations (including maps) can be viewed at www.lgbce.org.uk.
4. The electoral review off Daventry District Council is a separate undertaking from the current review of parliamentary constituency boundaries which is being carried out by a separate body (Boundary Commission for England) under different rules and legislation.