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Final plans for new electoral arrangements in Gloucestershire 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 August 2002. They include changes to division boundaries across the area.
Pamela Gordon, Chair of the Committee said: During autumn 2003 a successful public consultation on the draft recommendations was carried out. The responses have led to us changing some of the 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 divisions will be subject to change. All divisions are based on district wards, which changed as a result of the recent district council Periodic Electoral Reviews. The Committee is confirming its draft recommendations as final subject to the following boundary modifications and division name changes.
The final recommendations are for a council size of 63 councillors as at present representing 53 divisions.
The Committees reports are available on its website at www.boundarycommittee.org.uk or at council offices and at public libraries. Copies of the report can also be obtained by writing to The Boundary Committee for England, Trevelyan House, Great Peter Street, London SW1P 2HW.
Elise Cross on 020 7271 0530 or Gemma Crosland on 020 7271 0527
Out of Office hours 07789 920 414, Fax: 020 7271 0528
Notes to editors:
The Boundary Committee is a statutory committee of The Electoral Commission.