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Final plans for new electoral arrangements in Stockton-on-Tees 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 July 2001. They include changes to ward boundaries across the borough.
In Autumn 2002 a further period of local consultation was undertaken in order to consider further draft recommendations which were produced following the receipt of revised projected electorate forecast figures for the Ingleby Barwick wards submitted by Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council. After careful consideration, the Committee proposes an increase in council size from 55 councillors to 56 for Stockton-on-Tees, representing 26 wards reduced from 30.
Pamela Gordon, Committee Chairman said: '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.
In light of the support received for the draft recommendations and the further draft recommendations The Committee endorses these as final with some minor modifications to improve community identities. We are proposing two three-member wards in the Ingleby Barwick area.
The Committee also proposes renaming a number of borough wards in light of local comments received.
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