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Boundary Committee announces proposals for electoral arrangements in South Yorkshire

29th July 2003

Boundary Committee announces proposals for electoral arrangements in South Yorkshire

29th July 2003

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Final plans for new electoral arrangements in South Yorkshire 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.

Barnsley- The Committee is substantially confirming its draft recommendations as final subject to some minor amendments. In Penistone town the Committee proposes amendments to the parish ward boundaries. The final recommendations are for a council size of 63 reduced from 66, representing 21 wards reduced from 22.

Sheffield - The Committee proposes a number of minor amendments across the city. In addition, the Committee proposes boundary amendments between the propose Firth Park & Longley and Shiregreen & Brightside wards.  The final recommendations are for a council size of 84 reduced from 87, representing 28 wards, one fewer than 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.

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

www.electoralcommission.org.uk

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 South Yorkshire began on 8 May 2002. Draft recommendations were published on 11 February 2003 and are also available on the Committee's web site at www.boundarycommittee.org.uk

3.      Final recommendations for Rotherham and Doncaster will be published on 27th August 2003.

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

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