The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has published its final recommendations for new electoral arrangements for Rushcliffe Borough Council.
Today’s publication follows an eight-week public consultation on its draft proposals last year and draws new boundaries for each council ward across Rushcliffe.
The Commission’s final recommendations propose that Rushcliffe should be represented by 44 councillors in the future, six fewer than the current arrangements. The recommendations also propose that those councillors should represent five three-member wards, nine two-member wards and eleven single-member wards across the borough.
Max Caller, Chair of the Commission, said, “We are extremely grateful to the people of Rushcliffe 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 Rushcliffe.
“In response to the views submitted to us during the consultation, we are proposing some changes to the recommendations we put forward last September. For example, we propose to alter our proposals so that the parish of Kneeton is part of East Bridgford ward which we think better reflects local community identities in that part of the borough.
“We are also proposing to make a number of changes to the names of wards which we put forward at the draft recommendations stage. For example, we had originally proposed an Aslockton ward in the east of the borough. In response to local views, we are now proposing to re-name the ward as Cranmer ward.”
“Similarly, we are proposing a Keyworth & Wolds ward rather than the Keyworth ward we had previously proposed. We also believe that the name Nevile & Langar is a better reflection of community identities than our previous suggestion of Kinoulton & Langar.
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 2015.
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 maps) can be viewed at www.lgbce.org.uk/all-reviews/east-midlands/nottinghamshire/rushcliffe-fer Or at consultation.lgbce.org.uk
3. The electoral review of Rushcliffe 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.