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Local electoral arrangements for West Somerset finalised

13th October 2010

Local electoral arrangements for West Somerset finalised

2010-10-12T10:33:33+00:00

The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) has published its final recommendations for new local government electoral arrangements in West Somerset.

Today’s publication follows months of public consultation and draws boundaries for each ward across the West Somerset District Council area. The Commission published its draft recommendations in May, which provided for a council of 28 members, and today confirms that figure in its final recommendations.

Max Caller, Chair of the Local Government Boundary Commission for England, said: “Our recommendations determine how many councillors will serve on thecouncil. They also decide which wards you vote in. We’re grateful to all the people across West Somerset who took the time and effort to send us their views because having fair wards, where each councillor represents around the same number of people, is important.”

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 New Year. If accepted, the new electoral arrangements will come into force for the next council elections in May 2011.

Ends

Notes to editors

Full details of the final recommendations (including maps) can be found at the LGBCE’s website at www.lgbce.org.uk


For further information contact the Local Government Boundary Commission for England press office:

Tel: 0207 664 8530

Email: press@lgbce.org.uk


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. Table 1 shows the newwards for West Somerset District:


 

Electoral ward name

Number of councillors

Electorate

(September 2009)

Number of electors per councillor

Variance from average

%

Electorate

(September 2015)

Number of electors per councillor

Variance from average %

1

Alcombe

2

2,134

1,067

6

2,265

1,133

10

2

Brendon Hills

1

1,073

1,073

7

1,097

1,097

6

3

Carhampton & Withycombe

1

1,022

1,022

2

1,061

1,061

3

4

Crowcombe & Stogumber

1

1,035

1,035

3

1,062

1,062

3

5

Dulverton & District

2

2,049

1,025

2

2,103

1,052

2

6

Dunster & Timberscombe

1

1,063

1,063

6

1,093

1,093

6

7

Greater Exmoor

1

1,026

1,026

2

1,066

1,066

3

8

Minehead Central

3

2,993

998

0

3,071

1,024

-1

9

Minehead North

2

1,916

958

-4

1,934

967

-6

10

Minehead South

2

2,072

1,036

3

2,151

1,076

4

11

Old Cleeve

2

1,810

905

-10

1,852

926

-10

12

Porlock & District

2

2,092

1,046

4

2,148

1,074

4

13

Quantock Vale

2

1,724

862

-14

1,763

882

-15

14

Watchet

3

2,972

991

-1

3,060

1,020

-1

15

West Quantock

1

962

962

-4

985

985

-5

16

Williton

2

2,120

1,060

6

2,194

1,097

6


Totals

28

28,063


28,905


Averages

1,002

1,032