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Final plans for new electoral arrangements in West Berkshire 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 West Berkshire 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 its draft recommendations as final, subject to amendments to the draft Chieveley, Holybrook and Pangbourne wards, a minor boundary amendment to Thatcham Central Ward, and changes to parish and town council electoral arrangements. The Committee's proposals are for 52 councillors for West Berkshire (no change) representing 30 wards (increased from 28).
The Committee's report is available at the 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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