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Final plans for new electoral arrangements in West Sussex 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 West Sussex.
Pamela Gordon, Committee Chairman said: 'The review of West Sussex began in July 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.
Arun - the Committee proposes confirming the draft recommendations as final, subject to two amendments. The Committee proposes renaming Preston with Kingston ward as East Preston with Kingston to better reflect community identity. It also proposes including Beach Crescent in the proposed Beach ward. The Committee's proposals are for 56 councillors for Arun, the same as at present, representing 26 wards reduced from 27.
Chichester - the Committee proposes substantially endorsing the draft proposals as final having received broad local support, subject to one minor amendment. The Committee recommends transferring Marden parish to the proposed Funtington ward where it's geographical links are stronger.
The Committee's proposals are for 48 councillors reduced from 50 representing 29 wards reduced from 34.
Worthing - given the broad support for the draft recommendations, the Committee proposes confirming them as final in their entirety. The Committee proposes that the overall number of councillors is 37 (an increase of one), representing 13 wards (an increase of one).
Adur - the Committee proposes some amendments to the draft recommendations. Minor boundary changes have been proposed between Churchill and Mash Barn wards. The Committee recommends that the proposed Churchill ward be renamed Elms. In addition the Committee proposes to combine the proposed Widewater and South Lancing wards in a three-member Widewater ward, providing a better reflection of community identities in the area. In addition the Committee proposes minor modifications to the boundaries of St Mary's, St Nicolas and Southlands wards. The final recommendations are for 29 councillors for Adur decreased from 39 representing 14 wards.
Horsham - the Committee is substantially confirming its recommendations for Horsham with some amendments to the draft proposals. The Committee proposes minor boundary modifications between the proposed Horsham Park and Riverside wards, Rusper and Colgate and Roffey North wards and Holbrook West and Rusper and Colgate wards.
The Committee proposes a number of ward name changes. It proposes that Riverside ward be renamed Forest ward and Horsham Park ward be renamed Riverside ward. The Committee also proposes changing the name of the proposed North Horsham parish ward to Old Holbrook parish ward. Finally it proposes that Storrington ward be renamed Chantry and Billinghurst ward be renamed Billinghurst and Shipley.
The Committee's recommendations are for 44 councillors for Horsham, increased from 43 representing 22 wards, a decrease of three.
Crawley - given the level of support for the draft recommendations, the Committee proposes endorsing them in their entirety. The Committee's proposals are for 37 councillors in Crawley (increased from 32) representing 15 wards (increased from 13).
Mid Sussex - the Committee proposes substantially endorsing the draft proposals as final having received broad local support, subject to minor amendments. The Committee proposes that the number of councillors for Mid Sussex remains 54 representing 26 wards (a decrease of four).
The 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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