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Boundary Committee announces proposals for electoral arrangements in Bolton and Trafford

14th October 2003

Boundary Committee announces proposals for electoral arrangements in Bolton and Trafford

14th October 2003

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Final plans for new electoral arrangements in two local authorities in Greater Manchester are being submitted to The Electoral Commission today. The recommendations from The Boundary Committee for England mark the end of a review which began in May 2002. They include changes to ward boundaries across the area.

Pamela Gordon, Committee Chairman said: 'During spring 2003 a successful public consultation on draft recommendations was carried out. The responses have led to us changing some of the proposals. The aim of the review has been to ensure that, as far as possible, one person's vote should have the same value as another's. The improvements in electoral equality we are recommending today meet that objective without disrupting community interests.'

The Electoral Commission is now responsible for deciding the outcome of the Committee's recommendations and all further correspondence should be addressed to The Secretary, The Electoral Commission, Trevelyan House, Great Peter Street, London SW1P 2HW.

Trafford - The Boundary Committee is substantially confirming its draft recommendations as final, subject to one boundary amendment to better reflect community identity. In addition, the Committee is recommending one ward name change. The final recommendations are for a council size of 63, representing 21 wards the same as at present.

Bolton - The Committee is substantially confirming its draft recommendations as final, subject to a number of minor boundary amendments to better reflect community identity and to provide for stronger and more easily identifiable boundaries. The Committee is also recommending six ward name changes to better reflect the constituent communities. The final recommendations propose retaining a council size of 60, representing 20 wards.

The Committee's reports are also available at council offices and at public libraries. Copies of the reports can also be obtained by writing to The Boundary Committee for England, Trevelyan House, Great Peter Street, London SW1P 2HW.

For further information contact:

Elise Cross on 020 7271 0530 or Gemma Crosland on 020 7271 0527

Out of Office hours 07789 920 414, Fax: 020 7271 0528

ecross@electoralcommission.org.uk

Notes to editors:

1.      PDFs of maps are also available on our website.  For copyright permission, contact Ordnance Survey's helpline on 023 8030 5092.

2.      The present review of Greater Manchester began in May 2002. Draft recommendations were published on 25 Feb 2003

3.      The Boundary Committee is a statutory committee of The Electoral Commission.

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