The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has published its final recommendations for new electoral arrangements for East Lindsey District Council.
Today’s publication follows a twelve-week public consultation on its draft proposals and draws new boundaries for each council ward across the district.
The commission’s final recommendations propose that East Lindsey should be represented by 55 district councillors in the future, five fewer than the current arrangements. The recommendations also propose that those councillors should represent four three-member wards, ten two-member wards and 23 single-member wards across the district.
Max Caller, Chair of the Commission, said, “We are extremely grateful to the people of East Lindsey 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 identities of communities across East Lindsey.”
In response to the views submitted during the consultation, the Commission proposes to change its draft recommendations for Louth and in the Coningsby and Wainfleet areas.
In its draft recommendations, the Commission had proposed to combine the current single-member wards of St Mary’s and St Michael’s in a two-member ward in the Louth area. In response to persuasive local evidence, the Commission has changed its final recommendations so that the area is represented by two single-member wards. In addition, the Commission has also ensured that the area covered by the Pleasant Residents Association is included in a single ward and not split between council wards as previously proposed.
In rural East Lindsey, the Commission has also decided that the parish of Revesby should be included in the Coningsby & Mareham ward rather than Sibsey & Stickney ward as previously proposed. The change was agreed in response to strong evidence supplied to the Commission about community ties in that part of East Lindsey.
In the south east of the district, the Commission has altered its draft recommendations so that the existing Croft ward is retained alongside a Wainfleet ward. The Commission had previously proposed to combine several local wards in a two-member Wainfleet & Firsby ward.
Elsewhere in the district, the Commission has altered the names of some of the wards it put forward as part of its draft recommendations in response to local representations. For the rest of East Lindsey, the Commission confirms its draft recommendations as final.
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 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 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/east-midlands/lincolnshire/east-lindsey-fer or at consultation.lgbce.org.uk