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Final plans for new electoral arrangements in Norfolk 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 all districts in Norfolk.
Pamela Gordon, Committee Chairman said: 'The review of Norfolk began in July 2001. During the spring 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, subject to a number of minor changes.
Broadland - the Committee proposes adopting a single-member Buxton ward and single-member Coltishall ward as part of the final recommendations. The Committee also proposes that Belaugh parish be incorporated into the proposed Wroxham ward. In addition, the Committee proposes adopting the alternative ward name of Spixworth with St Faiths and also proposes departing from the draft recommendations relating to the Drayton and Taverham areas. The Committee's proposals are for 47 councillors for Broadland, reduced from 49, representing 27 wards reduced from 35.
Great Yarmouth - the Committee proposes substantially endorsing the draft proposals as final having received broad local support, subject to a few minor amendments. The Committee recommends modifying the boundary between the proposed Claydon and Southtown and Cobholm wards. Regarding the most appropriate name for the proposed Yarmouth Central ward the Committee proposes the revised ward name Central & Northgate ward. The Committee's proposals are for 39 councillors for Great Yarmouth, reduced from 48, representing 17 wards reduced from 21.
Norwich - the Committee substantially endorses the draft recommendations as final subject to minor amendments. The Committee proposes that the overall number of councillors is 39, reduced from 48, representing 13 wards, reduced from 16.
Breckland - given the broad support received for the draft recommendations, The Committee proposes substantially confirming them as final subject to a few minor amendments. With regard to Attleborough and Besthorpe, The Committee proposes departing from the draft recommendations and proposes that all of Besthorpe parish remain part of a revised Queen's ward in Attleborough. In Dereham, The Committee proposes modifying the boundary between Dereham-St Withburga and Dereham-Central wards and proposes changing Dereham St-Withburga's ward name to Dereham-Humbletoft. The final recommendations are for 54 councillors for Breckland increased from 53 representing 36 wards, reduced from 41.
King's Lynn and West Norfolk - the Committee is substantially confirming its recommendations for King's Lynn and West Norfolk with some amendments to the draft proposals relating to Walsoken parish, The Woottons ward and the parishes surrounding Nar Valley. The Committee's recommendations are for 62 councillors for Kings Lynn and West Norfolk, increased from 60, representing 42 wards, increased from 40.
North Norfolk - given the level of support for the draft recommendations, the Committee proposes endorsing them in their entirety subject to a very minor boundary modification. The Committee's proposals are for 48 councillors in North Norfolk, increased from 46, representing 34 wards, decreased from 36.
South Norfolk - the Committee proposes substantially endorsing the draft recommendations as final, subject to amendments to its proposals in the town of Wymondham and three revised ward names. The Committee proposes to retain the five single-member wards of Abbey, Cromwells, Northfields, Rustens and Town subject to amendments. The Committee proposes that the number of councillors for South Norfolk is reduced from 47 to 46, representing 36 wards, a reduction of five.
The report is available at Council offices 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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