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The Boundary Committee announces proposals for electoral arrangements in Cornwall

14th September 2004

The Boundary Committee announces proposals for electoral arrangements in Cornwall

14th September 2004

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Final plans for new electoral arrangements in Cornwall 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.

The boundaries of all but four existing divisions will be subject to change. We are broadly confirming our draft recommendations as final, subject to the following amendments. The Committee proposes new division names in Caradon district and Penwith district to reflect community identity and in Carrick district to reflect the geography of the area. In North Cornwall, the Committee is proposing to adopt five divisions as suggested in a locally generated proposal. Our final recommendations are for a council size of 82 councillors, an increase of three, representing 69 divisions, a decrease of ten.

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