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Local electoral arrangements for Fenland finalised

21st March 2013

Local electoral arrangements for Fenland finalised

25th March 2013

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

Today’s publication follows an eleven-week public consultation on its draft proposals last year and draws new boundaries for each council ward across Fenland.

The Commission’s final recommendations propose that Fenland should be represented by 39 councillors in the future, one fewer than the current arrangements. The recommendations also propose that those councillors should represent four three-member wards, seven two-member wards and thirteen single-member wards across the district.

Max Caller, Chair of the Commission, said, “We are extremely grateful to the people of Fenland 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 Fenland.”

In response to the views submitted to it during consultation, the Commission proposes some changes to the recommendations it put forward last October. For example, in the March area, the Commission’s final recommendation is that the current pattern of wards should be retained.

The Commission also proposes to make changes to the draft recommendations in Whittlesey so that the area around Drybread Road is included in an urban ward rather than with rural parts of the district. The change is in line with feedback received during consultation.

Similarly, changes are proposed to the draft proposals in the Wisbech area so that ward boundaries are stronger and more identifiable.

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.

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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 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/eastern/cambridgeshire/fenland-fer Or at consultation.lgbce.org.uk

3. The electoral review of Fenland District Council is a separate undertaking from the review of parliamentary constituency boundaries which had been carried out by a separate body (Boundary Commission for England) under different rules and legislation.