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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.
Wigan - The Committee is substantially confirming its draft recommendations for Wigan as final. In order to better reflect community identities the Committee proposes uniting Bickershaw Village in the proposed Abram ward. The Committee also proposes two minor boundary amendments and two ward name changes. The final recommendations are for a council size of 75 increased from 72 representing 25 wards, one more than at present.
Stockport - The Committee proposes confirming its draft recommendations as final subject to a number of boundary amendments and eight ward name changes. In addition, due to the level of evidence received from local people, the Committee proposes to amend the boundary between Cheadle & Gatley ward and Heald Green ward to better reflect community identity. The Committee proposes to transfer the Mile End area from Offerton Ward to Manor ward and then to transfer the area around Offerton High School from Manor ward into Offerton ward. The Committee also proposes new Bredbury and Romiley & Woodley wards in order to better reflect community identities in Bredbury. The final recommendations are for a council size of 63 representing 21 wards as at present.
Bury - The Committee proposes confirming its draft recommendations as final subject to two minor boundary amendments in the proposed North Manor ward area. The final recommendations are for a council size of 51 increased from 48, representing 17 wards, one more than at present.
Manchester - The Committee proposes adopting the draft recommendations as final subject to a few boundary amendments and ward name changes. In addition, the Committee proposes a boundary amendment between Higher Blackley and Crumpsall wards. The Committee also proposes boundary amendments between Charlestown and Moston wards. The final recommendations are for 96 councillors, reduced from 99 representing 32 wards, one fewer than at present.
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
Notes to editors:
1. PDFs of maps are available on The Boundary Committee's website www.boundarycommittee.org.uk 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 February 2003 and are also available on the Committee's web site at www.boundarycommittee.org.uk
3. The Boundary Committee is a statutory committee of The Electoral Commission.
4. The final recommendations for Bolton and Trafford will be published on 14 October 2003