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The Boundary Committee announces proposals for electoral arrangements in Bedfordshire

27th July 2004

The Boundary Committee announces proposals for electoral arrangements in Bedfordshire

27th July 2004

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Final plans for new electoral arrangements in Bedfordshire are being submitted to The Electoral Commission today. The recommendations from The Boundary Committee for England mark the end of a review which began in December 2002. They include changes to division boundaries across the area.

Pamela Gordon, Chair of the Committee said: In January 2004, an eight-week period of public consultation on the draft recommendations began. The responses lead to some changes to our original proposals. The aim of the review has been to ensure that, as far as possible, one persons vote should have the same value as anothers. 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 Committees recommendations and all further correspondence should be addressed to The Secretary, The Electoral Commission, Trevelyan House, Great Peter Street, London SW1P 2HW.

The boundaries of all existing divisions will be subject to change. We are broadly confirming our draft recommendations as final, subject to the following amendments:

  • In Bedford borough, the Committee is proposing to transfer Carlton & Chellington and Stevington parishes into an amended Harrold division to better reflect community identity and improve coterminosity [3]. It is also proposing that Harrold & Sharnbrook and North East Bedford divisions should be renamed Harrold and North East Bedfordshire respectively;
  • In Mid Bedfordshire district, it proposes to transfer Aspley Guise district ward into an amended Woburn and Harlington division to better reflect community identity. It also proposes that Woburn division should be renamed Woburn & Harlington and that the proposed parish wards of Ivel & West and Pinnacle North should be renamed Beeston & Ivel and Fallowfield & Pinnacle respectively;
  • In South Bedfordshire district, it proposes to transfer Heath & Reach parish into an amended Plantation division to better reflect community identity and to improve electoral equality. It also proposes that Caddington, Dunstable and Linslade & Planets divisions should be renamed South East Bedfordshire, Dunstable Downs and Leighton Linslade Central respectively;
  • Our final recommendations are for a council of 52 councillors, an increase of three, representing 46 divisions, a reduction of three.

The Committees reports are available on its website at www.boundarycommittee.org.uk or at council offices and at public libraries. Copies of the reports can also be obtained by writing to The Boundary Committee for England, Trevelyan House, Great Peter Street, London SW1P 2HW.

For further information contact:

Maxine Hoeksma on 020 7271 0531 or Tabitha Cunniffe on 020 7271 0529

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

www.electoralcommission.org.uk

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Notes to editors:

1.       PDFs of maps are available on The Boundary Committees website www.boundarycommittee.org.uk  For copyright permission, contact Ordnance Surveys helpline on 023 8030 5092.

2.       The present review of Bedfordshire began on 10 December 2002. Draft recommendations were published on 13 January 2004 and are also available on the Committees web site at www.boundarycommittee.org.uk

3.       A coterminous division is one which is made up of entire district or borough wards. Coterminosity across the county is calculated by the percentage of divisions that are made up of entire district or borough wards.

4.       The Boundary Committee is a statutory committee of The Electoral Commission.