The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has published its final recommendations for new electoral arrangements for Hackney.
Today’s publication follows a ten-week public consultation on its draft proposals last year followed by a further six-week consultation which started in January. The review proposes new boundaries for each council ward across the borough.
The Commission’s final recommendations propose that Hackney should be represented by 57 councillors in the future, the same as the current arrangements. The recommendations also propose that those councillors should represent fifteen three-member wards and six two-member wards across the borough.
Dr Colin Sinclair, lead commissioner for the review, said, “We are extremely grateful to the people of Hackney 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. As such, we believe these recommendations deliver electoral equality for voters as well as reflecting the identities of communities across Hackney.”
The Commission published draft recommendations for new ward boundaries in July 2012 and asked for local people to have their say on the proposals. In response to the consultation, the Commission altered its recommendations in three parts of the borough and opened a new phase of consultation on revised plans in January.
The Commission has decided to confirm its revised proposals as final. This means that the new electoral arrangements for Hackney will include a three-member Cazenove ward bordered by a three-member Springfield ward in the north east of the borough. The recommendation replaces the Commission’s original draft recommendation for a three-member Stamford Hill East ward and a three-member Upper Clapton ward.
The Commission also confirms its revised recommendation for two three-member wards in the west of the borough. This means there will be a three-member Hoxton East & Shoreditch ward alongside a Hoxton West ward. The proposal replaces the Commission’s original plans for three two-member wards in this area.
In the central parts of the borough, the Commission confirms its revised plans for Dalston, Hackney Central and Shacklewell wards as final subject to one further minor amendment for Dalston ward.
Elsewhere in Hackney, the Commission has made minor amendments to its draft recommendations to improve levels of electoral equality for Hackney voters.
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 2014.
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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/south-east/greater-london/hackney-fer or at consultation.lgbce.org.uk
3. The electoral review of Hackney is a separate undertaking from the review of parliamentary constituency boundaries which was carried out by a separate body (Boundary Commission for England) under different rules and legislation.