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Final plans for new electoral arrangements in Cornwall 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 all districts in Cornwall.
Pamela Gordon, Committee Chairman said: 'The review of Cornwall began in June 2001. During the winter period a successful public consultation 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.
The Committee is substantially confirming its draft recommendations as final.
Carrick - the Committee is substantially endorsing the draft recommendations with some amendments. The Committee proposes that the whole of St Clement parish becomes a constituent part of the proposed Probus ward. In addition The Committee proposes amending the boundary between the proposed wards of Moresk and Boscawen. The Committee also proposes renaming Trehaverne ward as Trehaverne and Gloweth ward. The Committee's proposals are for 47 councillors for Carrick (increased from 45) representing 19 wards (reduced from 20).
Caradon - the Committee's proposals are for 42 councillors for (increased from 41) representing 22 wards (reduced from 30).
Kerrier - the Committee is substantially confirming its recommendations for Kerrier with some amendments to the draft proposals. The Committee proposes retaining the existing boundary on Higher Fore Street and East End between Redruth North and Redruth South wards. In addition the Committee recommends two single-member Mullion and Grade-Ruan and Landewednack wards. The Committee also recommends the revised district ward of St Day, Lanner and Carharrack and Constantine, Gweek and Mawnan. The Committee proposes that the overall number of councillors remains the same at 44, representing 20 wards (a reduction of 2).
North Cornwall - the Committee proposes some amendments to the draft recommendations. A minor boundary change has been proposed for Bude-Stratton, the Committee proposes renaming the proposed Stratton ward Poughill and Stratton. In addition the Committee proposes amending the boundary between the proposed Bodmin St Mary's and Bodmin St Petroc wards to better reflect community identity while maintaining electoral equality. The final recommendations are for 36 councillors for North Cornwall (decreased from 38) representing 23 wards (reduced from 27).
Penwith - the Committee is substantially confirming its recommendations for Penwith with some amendments to the draft proposals. The Committee proposes minor boundary modifications in the St Ives South and Penzance South wards. The Committee also proposes renaming the Penzance South ward as Newlyn and Mousehole ward and new parish warding arrangements for Gulval and Heamoor ward. The Committee's recommendations are for 35 councillors for Penwith (increased from 34) representing 17 wards (an increase of one).
Restormel - the Committee's proposals are for 45 councillors in Restormel (increased from 44) representing 19 wards (increased from 18)
The report is available at the Council offices and at public libraries and can also be obtained by writing to The Boundary Committee for England, Trevelyan House, Great Peter Street, London SW1P 2HW.
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