The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has published its final recommendations for new electoral arrangements for Wyre Borough Council.
Today’s publication follows a twelve-week public consultation on its draft proposals and draws new boundaries for each council ward across the borough.
The Commission’s final recommendations propose that Wyre should be represented by 50 councillors in the future, five fewer than the current arrangements. The recommendations also propose that those councillors should represent six three-member wards, 14 two-member wards and four single-member wards across the borough.
Max Caller, Chair of the Commission, said, “We are extremely grateful to people across the borough 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 Wyre 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 identities of communities across Wyre.”
In response to the views submitted during the consultation, the Commission proposes some changes to the draft recommendations it put forward in June. For example, in the Norcross and Thornton-Cleveleys area, the Commission has decided to modify five of the ward names it put forward in its draft proposals. In particular, the final recommendations rename the Cleveleys Park West and Cleveleys Park East wards as Cleveleys Park and Pheasant’s Wood wards respectively. Similarly, the proposed Victoria and Norcross & Thornton wards become Victoria & Norcross and Marsh Mill wards in the final recommendations.
Elsewhere in the borough, the Commission has decided to rename the Staina ward as Stanah ward as a result of feedback provided during consultation.
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 council elections in 2015.Ends
For further information contact the Commission’s press office on: 0207 664 8530/8534 or email: email@example.com
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 – 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/north-west/lancashire/wyre-fer or at consultation.lgbce.org.uk