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Final plans for new electoral arrangements in Blackburn with Darwen were submitted to The Electoral Commission yesterday. The recommendations from The Boundary Committee for England mark the end of a year-long review. They include changes to ward boundaries across the borough.
Pamela Gordon, Committee Chairman said: 'The review of Blackburn with Darwen began in June 2001. During spring 2002 a successful public consultation on draft proposals was carried out. The responses received 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.
Having considered carefully all the representations and evidence received in response to the draft recommendations report, the Committee is substantially endorsing the draft recommendations, subject to four ward name changes and boundary amendments to the proposed Earcroft North and Ewood wards.
The Committee's proposals are for 64 councillors for Blackburn with Darwen, increased from 62, representing 23 wards increased from 22.
Hard copies of the report can also be obtained by writing to The Boundary Committee for England, Trevelyan House, Great Peter Street, London SW1P 2HW.
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