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Final plans for new electoral arrangements in West Midlands 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 December 2001. They include changes to ward boundaries across the area.
Pamela Gordon, Committee Chairman said: 'During winter 2002 a successful public consultation on draft recommendations was carried out. The responses have lead 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.
Solihull - The Committee proposes substantially endorsing the draft recommendations as final subject to a few minor boundary amendments and 3 further ward name changes. The existing council size of 51 should be retained representing 17 wards.
Wolverhampton - The Committee is substantially confirming its draft recommendations as final subject to a few minor boundary modifications in order to improve electoral equality and better reflect communities. In addition, the Committee proposes renaming Bushbury and Low Hill wards as Bushbury North and Bushbury South and Low Hill wards. The final recommendations are for 60 councillors representing 20 wards.
Coventry - The Committee is substantially confirming its draft recommendations for Coventry as final, subject to some minor boundary modifications. The Committee proposes that the number of councillors should remain the same at 54 representing 18 wards.
Walsall - The Committee is substantially confirming the draft recommendations as final, with a few amendments. Given the broad level of local support for the renaming of Pheasey ward to Pheasey Park ward the Committee proposes adopting this change as part of its final recommendations. The Committee's final recommendations are for a council size of 60 representing 20 wards.
Dudley - The Committee substantially endorses the draft recommendations as final subject to minor boundary amendments and four ward name changes, in order to reflect local opinions. The Committee concludes that 72 councillors should be retained representing 24 wards.
Birmingham - The Committee proposes adopting the draft recommendations as final subject to a number of boundary modifications. The final recommendations are for 120 councillors, increased from 117 representing 40 wards increased from 39.
Sandwell - The Committee substantially endorses the draft recommendations as final subject to minor amendments. The final recommendations are for a council size of 72 councillors representing 24 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
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 West Midlands began on 4 December 2001. Draft recommendations were published on 22 October 2002 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.