The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has published its final recommendations for new electoral arrangements for Gedling Borough Council.
Today’s publication follows an eight-week public consultation on its draft proposals last year and draws new boundaries for each council ward across Gedling.
The Commission’s final recommendations propose that Gedling should be represented by 41 councillors in the future, nine fewer than the current arrangements. The recommendations also propose that those councillors should represent five three-member wards, twelve two-member wards and two single-member wards across the borough.
Max Caller, Chair of the Commission, said, “We are extremely grateful to the people of Gedling 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 borough, 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. We believe these recommendations deliver electoral equality for voters as well as reflecting the identities of communities across Gedling.”
In response to the views submitted to it during the consultation, the Commission is proposing some minor changes to the draft recommendations it published last year. For example, the council proposed a change to southern boundary of Calverton ward so that it runs along Ollerton Road and Lime Lane. The Commission has accepted the amendment and includes it in its final recommendations.
The Commission also proposes a change to its draft recommendation for the boundary between Plains ward and Gedling ward so that any future development on the Gedling Colliery site would be in Plains ward.
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.
For further information contact the Commission’s press office on: 0207 664 8530/8534
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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 maps) can be viewed at www.lgbce.org.uk/all-reviews/east-midlands/nottinghamshire/gedling-fer
3. The electoral review of Gedling Borough 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.