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Local electoral arrangements for Hart finalised

16th January 2012

Local electoral arrangements for Hart finalised

17th January 2012

The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) has published its final recommendations for new electoral arrangements for Hart District Council.

Today’s publication follows a 12-week public consultation on its draft proposals and draws new boundaries for each ward in Hart. The draft recommendations, published in July 2011, provided for a council of 33 district councillors (a reduction of two compared to the current arrangements) and the Commission today confirms that figure in its final recommendations.

The Commission’s final report also confirms a pattern of eleven three-member wards across the district.

Max Caller, Chair of the Commission, said, “We’re extremely grateful to the people of Hart who took the time and effort to send us their views.The Commission considered every piece of evidence it received before finalising these recommendations.

"Our draft recommendations were broadly well received but we have made some changes to the proposals put forward in July in response to the comments made to us.

"In Fleet, we’re proposing that the area bound by Elvetham Road, Reading Road North and Fleet Road should be included in Fleet Central ward as the area was split between wards in our draft recommendations.

"In response to views supplied to us by the council, we are also proposing to unite the whole of Chesilton Crescent in Crookham East ward as our previous recommendations ran along the middle of the road.

“Comments were also made to us about our proposed names for some of Hart’s wards. In response, we’ve decided that Church Crookham ward should be called Crookham East and the Crookham Village ward we proposed in our draft recommendations should be called Crookham West & Ewshot. We received some other suggestions for ward names during the consultation but we decided they could prove confusing and have decided to stick with our original proposals.

“Overall, our recommendations for Hart will deliver electoral equality for voters across the district where the value of your vote is similar regardless of where you live in Hart. We also believe that our final recommendations reflect, as far as possible, the identities and interests of local communities across Hart.

” 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 next district council elections in May 2014.

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For further information contact the Commission’s press office on: 0207 664 8530 or email: press@lgbce.org.uk

Notes to editors:

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. In its final recommendations, the Commission is proposing some changes to the draft recommendations it published in July 2011 in response to its consultation with local people and organisations:

  • Broadly speaking, the draft recommendations were well received with a number of respondents endorsing the proposals for their area. The Council largely endorsed the draft recommendations but proposed some modifications including a number of ward name changes.
  • The Commission is proposing that the area bound by Elvetham Road, Reading Road North and Fleet Road should be contained in a single ward where our draft proposals had split it between Fleet West and Fleet Central wards. Instead, the final recommendations propose including the whole area in Fleet Central ward.
  • The Commission’s draft recommendations proposed drawing a boundary down the middle of Chesilton Crescent between the Commission’s Church Crookham ward and Crookham Village ward. Instead, the final recommendations propose including the road fully within Church Crookham ward (which the Commission is now proposing should be called Crookham East ward).
  • Similarly, the Commission is proposing that the whole of the Hampton Close cul-de-sac and adjacent section of Aldershot Road should be included within the Crookham East ward where it had previously been split.
  • The Council also proposed altering the names of the proposed Church Crookham and Crookham Village wards. The Commission agreed with the proposal and therefore names the wards Crookham East and Crookham West & Ewshot respectively.
  • A minor amendment to the draft recommendations was also accepted by the Commission to ensure the boundary between Yateley East ward and Blackwater & Hawley ward runs down the backs of properties on Hearsey Gardens. The Commission considered all the evidence presented to it and further details about its recommendations for every part of the district are available in the full report on its website.

3. Full details of the Commission’s final recommendations (including maps) can be viewed at www.lgbce.org.uk .

4. The electoral review of Hart 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.