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Final plans for new electoral arrangements in four 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.
Tameside - The Committee is substantially confirming its draft recommendations for Tameside as final. In order to better reflect the community the Committee proposes the renaming of Ashton St Peter's ward as St Peter's ward. The final recommendations are for a council size of 57 representing 19 wards, as at present.
Salford - The Committee proposes substantially endorsing its draft recommendations as final, subject to some minor amendments and one name change to provide stronger boundaries and a better reflection of community identities. The Committee proposes that the number of councillors should remain the same at 60 representing 20 wards.
Rochdale - The Committee proposes a number of minor boundary amendments and ward name changes to its draft recommendations. The final recommendations are for retaining a council size of 60, representing 20 wards.
Oldham - The Committee proposes adopting the draft recommendations as final subject to a number of minor boundary amendments and one ward name change to better reflect community identities and access routes. In addition, the Committee proposes retaining the existing Crompton and Shaw wards and, consequentially, is amending the boundary between the proposed Royton North and Royton South wards to improve electoral equality. The Committee proposes that the number of councillors should remain the same at 60 representing 20 wards.
The Committee's reports are available on its website at www.boundarycommittee.org.uk or 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.
Elise Cross on 020 7271 0530 or Gemma Crosland on 020 7271 0527
Out of Office hours 07789 920 414, Fax: 020 7271 0528
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