The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has published its final recommendations for new electoral arrangements for Milton Keynes Borough Council.
Today’s publication follows an eight-week public consultation on its draft proposals earlier this year and draws new boundaries for each council ward across Milton Keynes.
The Commission’s final recommendations propose that Milton Keynes should be represented by 57 councillors in the future, six more than the current arrangements. The recommendations also propose that those councillors should represent 19 three-member wards across the borough.
Max Caller, Chair of the Commission, said, “We are extremely grateful to the people of Milton Keynes 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 interests of communities across Milton Keynes.
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 2014.
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 (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 interactive maps) can be viewed at https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/566/la=304 and www.lgbce.org.uk/all-reviews/south-east/buckinghamshire/milton-keynes-fer