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The Boundary Committee announces proposals for electoral arrangements in Cambridgeshire

14th September 2004

The Boundary Committee announces proposals for electoral arrangements in Cambridgeshire

14th September 2004

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Final plans for new electoral arrangements in Cambridgeshire 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 March 2003. They include changes to division boundaries across the area.

Pamela Gordon, Chair of the Committee said: In February 2004, a nine-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.

As part of its final recommendations, the Committee proposes a council size of 69 councillors, an increase of 10 councillors, representing 60 divisions, an increase of one. We are broadly confirming our draft recommendations as final, subject to the following amendments:

  • In East Cambridgeshire district, we propose creating a two-member Soham & Fordham Villages division in order to better reflect community identity and improve coterminosity [3] and electoral equality in the district;
  • In Huntingdonshire district, we propose creating two alternative St Neots divisions to better reflect community identity. We are also proposing changes to six division names;
  • In South Cambridgeshire district, we propose transferring Horningsea parish from Waterbeach division to Fulbourn division, to improve community identity and coterminosity. In addition, Cottenham division should be renamed Histon & Cottenham.

The boundaries of all existing 59 divisions will be subject to change.

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 Cambridgeshire began on 11 March 2003. Draft recommendations were published on 24 February 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.