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Final plans for new electoral arrangements in Wokingham 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 district.
Pamela Gordon, Committee Chairman said: 'The review of Wokingham began in June 2001. During spring 2002 a successful public consultation on draft recommendations 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.
Having considered carefully all the representations and evidence received in response to the draft recommendations report, the Committee proposes confirming the majority of draft recommendations, with minor boundary changes in Arborfield, Barkham, Coronation, Emmbrook and Evendons to enhance community identity and provide a clear boundary. The Committee also proposes renaming St Nicholas ward as Maiden Erlegh ward.
The Committee's proposals are for 54 councillors for Wokingham (no change) representing 25 wards increased from 24.
The Committee's 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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