This is an archived news release and links may no longer work.24 February 2004
Residents in Cambridgeshire are being asked for their views on new county council electoral arrangements. The Boundary Committee today publishes its draft recommendations for proposed changes to provide a better electoral balance. All of the division boundaries in Cambridgeshire are likely to change.
The public consultation period begins today and runs until 26 April 2004. The Committee will take into account all representations received by this date when it produces its final recommendations to submit to The Electoral Commission. The Committee may change some or all of the proposals, depending on the responses it receives during the consultation period. It is therefore important that members of the public let the Committee have their views, whether or not they agree with the draft recommendations.
Commenting on the proposals, the Committees Chair, Pamela Gordon, said: At present, the electoral arrangements across Cambridgeshire are significantly unbalanced. For example, the worst imbalance is in Huntingdon & Godmanchester division in Huntingdonshire where the councillor represents 64% more electors than the county average, while the councillors for Abbey and Kings Hedges divisions in Cambridge City represent 34% fewer electors than the county average.
The aim of our review is to ensure that, as far as possible within each county, each persons vote should have the same value as anothers, without disrupting community identities. We are consulting until 26 April 2004 and I hope that all those affected by our proposals will tell us what they think about them.
The Committee recommends that there should be an increase in council size from 59 to 69 councillors. The Committee is putting forward a combination of its own proposals and locally generated proposals in East Cambridgeshire, Fenland and South Cambridgeshire, while in Cambridge City and Huntingdonshire it is adopting locally generated proposals in their entirety. The Committee is proposing six two-member divisions in Huntingdonshire and two two-member divisions in South Cambridgeshire.
Copies of the report are available from the Committees website at www.boundarycommittee.org.uk or by writing to the Committee, and will be available for reference at council offices and in public libraries.
Anyone wishing to make representations to the Committee on its draft recommendations should do so in writing no later than 26 April 2004 to: Team Leader (Cambridgeshire), The Boundary Committee for England, Trevelyan House, Great Peter Street, London SW1P 2HW. All representations will be available for inspection (including the names and addresses of respondents unless otherwise specified), by appointment, at the Committees offices and copies will be available at the offices of the relevant local authority. A list of respondents is also available on request from the Committee.
Elise Cross on 020 7271 0530 or Gemma Crosland on 020 7271 0527
Out of office hours 07789 920 414, Fax: 020 7271 0528
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