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Final plans for new electoral arrangements in Leicester City 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 city.
Pamela Gordon, Committee Chairman said: 'Our review of Leicester City began in June 2001. Early in 2002 we carried out a successful public consultation on our draft proposals and the responses we received have led to us changing some of the proposals before we submit them to The Electoral Commission. The aim of our 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 the draft recommendations as final with some amendments. In the west and south of the city, The Committee proposes the creation of two- as opposed to three-member wards. It proposes an amendment to the boundary between Abbey and Spinney Hills wards in order to retain the links between the St Matthew's and Highfields areas. Finally, The Committee proposes amending three ward names. The Committee's proposals are for 54 councillors for Leicester (reduced from 56) representing 22 wards (reduced from 28).
The Committee's report is available at the offices of Leicester City Council and at public libraries. 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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