The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has published its final recommendations for new electoral arrangements for Purbeck District Council.
Today’s publication follows a six-week public consultation on its draft proposals and draws new boundaries for each council ward across Purbeck.
The Commission’s final recommendations propose that Purbeck should be represented by 25 councillors in the future, one more than the current arrangements. The recommendations also propose that those councillors should represent four three-member wards, four two-member wards and five single-member wards across the district.
The Commission’s final report makes some changes to its draft proposals as a result of the feedback gathered from local people and organisations.
Max Caller, Chair of the Commission, said, “We’re extremely grateful to the people of Purbeck who took the time and effort to send us their views. The Commission considered every piece of evidence it received before finalising these recommendations.
“In response to the views submitted to us during the consultation, we are proposing some changes to the recommendations we put forward in May. For example, our draft recommendations proposed that the Organford area should form part of the St Martin ward. In light of the views expressed to us during consultation, we propose to change that recommendation so that Organford is included in Lytchett Minster & Upton West ward as that arrangement better reflects community identities in that part of the district.
“We are also proposing that East Holme Parish should be part of Wool ward and not Creech Barrow as it shares community interests and identities with parishes and communities to its west.
“Across Purbeck, 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, namely to deliver electoral equality for voters as well as reflecting the interests of communities across the district and promoting effective local government.”
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 district council elections in 2015.Ends
For further information contact the Commission’s press office on: 0207 664 8530/8534 or email: firstname.lastname@example.orgNotes 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 maps) can be viewed at www.lgbce.org.uk/all-reviews/south-west/dorset/purbeck-fer or visit our consultation portal.
3. The electoral review of Purbeck 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.