The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has published its final recommendations for new electoral arrangements for Middlesbrough Council.
Today’s publication follows a twelve-week public consultation on its draft proposals and draws new boundaries for each council ward across the borough.
The Commission’s final recommendations propose that Middlesbrough should be represented by 46 councillors in the future, two fewer than the current arrangements. The recommendations also propose that those councillors should represent eight three-member wards, ten 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 Middlesbrough 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 Middlesbrough.”
In response to the views submitted during the consultation, the Commission proposes some changes to the draft recommendations it put forward in May. For example, the Commission has made a change to its draft proposal for the boundary between Newport and Ayresome wards so that the entirety of Stockton Road will be in Newport ward. Similarly, the Commission has made alterations to the draft recommendations for the boundary between Marton West ward and Nunthorpe ward so that St Cuthbert Avenue is included in Marton West ward.
The Commission has also made alterations to its draft recommendations for the boundaries of Acklam, Kader and Park wards as a result of submissions made to it during consultation.
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.Ends
For further information contact the Commission’s press office on: 0207 664 8530/8534 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 http://www.lgbce.org.uk/all-reviews/north-east/middlesbrough/middlebrough-fer or at consultation.lgbce.org.uk