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Final plans for new electoral arrangements in Hartlepool 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 October 2001.
In Autumn 2002 a further period of local consultation was undertaken in order to consider the proposal for a reduction in the number of councillors put forward by the mayor and Cabinet of Hartlepool Borough Council. However after careful consideration, the Committee is substantially confirming its draft recommendations as final. The recommendations are for 47 councillors for Hartlepool, representing 17 wards, the same as under the existing arrangements.
Pamela Gordon, Committee Chairman said: "While we are proposing to retain 47 councillors for Hartlepool, we have not dismissed the rationale for the Mayor's proposal for 32 councillors. The current management structure at the Council has only been operational since May 2002, so the timing of the proposal to reduce the council size, in the context of the periodic electoral review, may be premature.
In spite of this, unlike our predecessor, the Local Government Commission for England, we can undertake ad hoc electoral reviews, if the Electoral Commission directs us to do so. We would value the opportunity to revisit the issue of council size in Hartlepool should a further review be requested once the current political management structure is well established, and there is a clearer appreciation locally of its implications for the role of councillors."
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.
After careful consideration, the Committee is substantially confirming the draft recommendations as final, subject to a number of minor changes. The Committee proposes amending the boundary between the revised Greatham and Seaton wards in order that the electors on Marsh Lane are included in the revised Greatham ward. It also proposes amending the boundary between the revised Fens and Rossmere wards in order that the eastern boundary between the wards runs south along Brenda Road (as existing between Rossmere and Seaton wards).
The Committee also proposes amending the name of the proposed Furze ward to Foggy Furze ward; the name of the revised Jackson ward to Stranton ward and the name of the proposed Rift West ward to Rift House ward.
The Committee's report is available on its website at www.boundarycommittee.org.uk or at Council offices and at public libraries. Copies of the report 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