The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has published its final recommendations for new electoral arrangements for Hertsmere Borough Council.
Today’s publication follows three phases of public consultation earlier this year and draws new boundaries for each council ward across Hertsmere.
The Commission’s final recommendations propose that Hertsmere should be represented by 39 borough councillors in the future: the same as the current arrangement. The recommendations also propose that those councillors should represent seven three-councillor wards and nine two-councillor wards across the borough.
Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said, “We are extremely grateful to people across Hertsmere who took part in the review. The Commission has looked at all the evidence that was put forward during the consultation.
“We believe the new boundaries deliver electoral fairness for voters as well as reflecting community ties throughout Hertsmere.”
In response to local feedback during previous rounds of consultation, the Commission made changes to some of the proposals it originally published in June. For example, the Commission’s draft recommendations had proposed that Potters Bar should be covered by a Potters Bar Oakmere ward to be represented by two councillors alongside a Potters Bar Furzefield ward to be represented by three councillors and a Potters Bar Parkfield ward to be represented by three councillors.
However, following public consultation in the summer, the Commission changed its proposals so that Potters Bar would be covered by a Bentley Heath & the Royds ward to be represented by two councillors alongside a Potters Bar Furzefield ward to be represented by two councillors and a Potters Bar Parkfield ward also to be represented by two councillors. Its original plan for a Potters Bar Oakmere ward remained largely unchanged. Following a further stage of consultation in Potters Bar on the new proposals, the Commission has confirmed them as finalsubject to a minor amendment between Potters Bar Oakmere and Bentley Heath & the Royds wards. We have also made a minor amendment between Borehamwood Hillside and Borehamwood Kenilworth wards.
Elsewhere in Hertsmere, the Commission has listened to local views that called for the proposed Bushey Central ward to be called Bushey Park instead. Similarly, representations were made to the Commission that its Bushey South ward should be called Bushey Heath. The Commission has accepted that both names are a clearer reflection of local community identity in that part of the borough.
Full details of the final recommendations are available on the Commission’s website at www.lgbce.org.uk.
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 coming months. The draft Order provides for the new electoral arrangements to come into force at the council elections in 2019.
For further information contact the Commission’s press office on: 0330 500 1525 / 1250 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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