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Final recommendations for Blackpool electoral arrangements

1st November 2003

Final recommendations for Blackpool electoral arrangements

3rd April 2002

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Final plans for new electoral arrangements in Blackpool are being submitted to The Electoral Commission today. The recommendations from The Boundary Committee for England mark the end of a year-long review. They include changes to ward boundaries across the district.

Pamela Gordon, Committee Chair said: 'The review of Blackpool began in March 2001.  During Autumn 2001 a successful public consultation on the draft recommendations was carried out and 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.

The Committee is confirming the draft recommendations as final, subject to some minor amendments to provide a better reflection of community identities.  The Committee's proposals are for 42 councillors for Blackpool (reduced from 44) representing 21 wards (reduced from 22).

Copies of the report can be obtained at the Council offices, public libraries or by writing to The Boundary Committee for England, Trevelyan House, Great Peter Street, London SW1P 2HW.

Notes to editors:

  1. Contact Ordnance Survey's helpline on 023 8030 5092 to obtain copyright permission for the use of maps.
  2. The present review of Blackpool began on 27 March 2001. Draft recommendations were published on 9 October 2001. 
  3. The Boundary Committee is a statutory committee of The Electoral Commission.

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