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Greater Manchester residents consulted on proposed changes to local electoral arrangements

25th February 2003

Greater Manchester residents consulted on proposed changes to local electoral arrangements

25th February 2003

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Residents in Greater Manchester are being asked for their views on new local electoral arrangements. The Boundary Committee today publishes its draft recommendations for proposed changes, based on locally generated schemes, to provide a better electoral balance. Most of the ward boundaries in Greater Manchester are likely to change.

The public consultation period begins today and runs until 22 April 2003. The Committee will take into account all representations received by this date when it produces its final recommendations to submit to The Electoral Commission. The Committee may change some or all of the proposals, depending on the responses it receives during the consultation period. It is therefore important that members of the public let the Committee have their views, whether or not they agree with the draft recommendations.

Commenting on the proposals, the Committee's Chairman, Pamela Gordon, says: "At present, the electoral arrangements across Greater Manchester are significantly unbalanced. For example, the worst imbalance is in Walkden South ward in Salford, where each councillor represents 50% more electors than the city average, while each councillor for Middleton West ward in Rochdale represents 40% fewer electors than the borough average."

"The aim of our review is to ensure that, as far as possible within each borough, each person's vote should have the same value as another's, without disrupting community identities. We are consulting until 22 April 2003 and I hope that all those affected by our proposals will tell us what they think about them."

Tameside - the Committee proposes retaining a council size of 57 members representing 19 wards, subject to a number of amendments to the existing wards.

Salford - given the broad consensus of support for the existing council size in Salford the Committee proposes retaining a council size of 60 members representing 20 wards, subject to a number of amendments to the existing wards.

Bury - the Committee proposes adopting a council size of 51 (increased from 48) representing 17 wards (increased from 16). It's proposals would create a new North Manor ward in the north of the borough, in addition to revised wards elsewhere. 

Stockport - the Committee proposes that the overall number of councillors for Stockport remains the same at 63, representing 21 wards, subject to boundary amendments across the borough.

Wigan - the Committee's draft recommendations for Wigan are for a council size of 75 members (increased from 72) representing 25 wards (increased from 24).  The Committee proposes modifications to all existing wards.

Manchester - the Committee proposes a number of amendments across the city in order to better reflect local communities.  The Committee proposes adopting a council size of 96 (reduced from 99) representing 32 wards (reduced from 33). 

Rochdale - the Committee proposes that the overall number of councillors for Rochdale remains the same at 60, representing 20 wards. The Committee proposes modifications to all existing wards.

Oldham - the Committee proposes retaining a council size of 60 members representing 20 wards. These recommendations involve boundary amendments to 18 of the existing wards with two wards retaining their existing boundaries.

Bolton - given the broad consensus for retaining the existing council size in Bolton the Committee proposes to retain a council size of 60 representing 20 wards.

Trafford - the Committee proposes that the overall number of councillors for Trafford remains the same at 63, representing 21 wards. The Committee's recommendations involve boundary changes to 20 of the existing wards with one ward retaining its existing boundaries.

Copies of the relevant reports are available from the Committee's website at www.boundarycommittee.org.uk or by writing to the Committee, and will be available for reference at council offices and in public libraries.

Anyone wishing to make representations to The Boundary Committee on its draft recommendations should do so in writing no later than 22 April 2003 to: Team Leader (Greater Manchester), The Boundary Committee for England, Trevelyan House, Great Peter Street, London SW1P 2HW. All representations will be available for inspection, by appointment, at the Committee's offices and copies will be available at the offices of the relevant local authority. A list of respondents is also available on request from the Committee.

For further information contact:

Elise Cross on 020 7271 0530 or Gemma Crosland on 020 7271 0527

Out of office hours 07789 920 414, Fax: 020 7271 0528

press@boundaryCommittee.org.uk

www.boundaryCommitteee.org.uk

Notes to Editors:

1.      PDFs of maps are available on The Boundary Committee's website www.boundaryCommittee.org.uk. For copyright permission, contact Ordnance Survey's helpline on 023 8030 5092.

2.      The present review of Greater Manchester began in May 2002.

3.      The Boundary Committee is a statutory Committee of The Electoral Commission.

ENDS