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Final plans for new electoral arrangements in Dorset 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 February 2003. 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 have 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 45 councillors, an increase of three councillors, representing 42 divisions, an increase of two. We are confirming our draft recommendations as final in the districts and boroughs of Christchurch, East Dorset, North Dorset and Purbeck. The Committee is moving away from its draft recommendations in the following areas:
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.
Maxine Hoeksma on 020 7271 0531 or Tabitha Cunniffe on 020 7271 0529
Out of Office hours 07789 920 414, Fax: 020 7271 0528
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 Dorset began on 4 February 2003. Draft recommendations were published on 13 January 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.