The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has published its final recommendations for new electoral arrangements for Rugby Borough Council.
Today’s publication follows a 12-week public consultation on its draft proposals and draws new boundaries for each council ward in Rugby. The draft recommendations, published in March 2011, provided for a council of 42 members and the Commission today confirms that figure in its final recommendations.
The Commission’s final report also confirms a pattern of 13 three-member wards and three single-member wards for the borough. Max Caller, Chair of the Commission, said: “We’re extremely grateful to the people of Rugby 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 by local people during consultation, we are proposing a few changes to the recommendations we put forward in March. For example, we propose including the shops and community centre that serve the Brownsover estate in the Newbold and Brownsover ward as we received compelling evidence to make that change. In addition, our final recommendations include changes to the names of some wards such as renaming the proposed Admirals ward as Admirals & Cawston ward.
“Our recommendations for Rugby will deliver electoral equality for voters in local elections where the value of your vote is similar regardless of where you live in the borough. We have also tried to ensure that the new electoral arrangements reflect, as far as possible, the identities and interests of local communities across Rugby.”
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 later in the year. The draft Order provides for new electoral arrangements which would come into force at the next local elections for Rugby in May 2012.
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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 for conducting reviews of local government external boundaries and structure.
2. In its final recommendations, the Commission is proposing new names for four of its proposed council wards in response to consultation with local people on its draft proposals: Rocheberie ward is renamed as Rokeby and Overslade ward; Eastlands ward is renamed St Cross ward; Central ward is renamed Benn ward; and Admirals ward is renamed Admirals and Cawston ward. The Commission is also proposing some small changes to the boundaries of its draft recommendations including moving the shops and community centre serving the Brownsover estate into Newbold and Brownsover ward as well as a small change to its draft proposals between the Central ward and New Bilton ward amongst a small number of other minor boundary changes.
3. Full details of the Commission’s final recommendations (including maps) can be viewed at www.lgbce.org.uk .
4. The electoral review off Rugby Borough 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.