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The Boundary Committee announces proposals for electoral arrangements in Hampshire

27th July 2004

The Boundary Committee announces proposals for electoral arrangements in Hampshire

27th July 2004

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Final plans for new electoral arrangements in Hampshire 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: 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 Committee is confirming its draft recommendations, subject to the following amendments:

  • In Basingtoke & Deane the Committee is moving away from its draft recommendations for all divisions except for Loddon and Whitchurch & Clere division. In the remaining areas it is adopting a proposal put forward by a resident which will better reflect community identity and improve coterminosity [3];
  • In East Hampshire it is proposing amendments to its Petersfield Rural and Petersfield Urban divisions to better reflect community identity;
  • In Eastleigh it is moving away from its Chandlers Ford, Eastleigh and Hiltingbury East & Eastleigh North divisions and is reverting to a locally generated proposal to better reflect community identity;
  • In Hart it is moving away from its Eversley & Yateley Hawley and Hawley, Frogmore & Hartley Wintney divisions in favour of an amendment put forward by a local town council to better reflect community identity;
  • Our final recommendations are for a council of 78 councillors, an increase of four, representing 75 divisions, an increase of one.

The boundaries of all existing 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 Hampshire began on 6 August 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.